Part II - Korea Folk Village Minsokchon in Yongin, the Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace in Gyeonggi-do and Other Suggestions!

For Part II of our 1-day Gyeonggi Province itinerary, we went to the Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace and the Korean Folk Village (Minsokchon) in Yongin. I've already been to both locations before and just a couple of hours for both is surely not enough, esp. if you're a fan of K-dramas and want the old Korean village of the Joseon Dynasty feel (or want to see some characters or join some activities). So for accommodations (I am for staying more than one night in Suwon so that you can see the fortress light up at night and explore more! Hehe.), I would suggest the Hotel Prumir where we stayed =)

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Part I - My 1-Day Gyeonggi-do Experience Near Seoul, Gangneung and Pyeongchang - the Gwangmyeong Cave Theme Park!

Gyeonggi province surrounds the city of Seoul and one of the things I like about it is that the subway reaches Suwon (and Everland which is in Gyeonggi-do also)! For our last day on this trip, we visited all these sites in Gyeonggi that you might want to visit! Part I is about Gwangmyeong Cave, which is located near The Grand Masterpiece Media Art Exhibit.

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Photo Spots in Gangneung - Haslla Art World Museum Creative Space and Gyeongpoho Lake Cherry Blossom Festival!

I wish I had more time to spend in Gangneung (Gangwon Province, Korea). We found photo spots in just two days! I could spend a half day or more at the Haslla Art World Museum and maybe even try out the boutique hotel inside like the US Ambassador's recommendation! Then if the timing is right, the Gyeongpo Lake is lined with cherry blossom trees =)

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Play Time at the Gangneung Ice Arena and the Gangneung Hockey Centre!

When in Korea, two important sayings to remember are to have fun and be open to new experiences! Just picture a day like this in Gangneung - one of the three cities hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics! The new ice sport facilities are world-class and high-tech and what's good about the Olympics is that they have a long-term plan for the sites even after the games! Soon, the public will be able to skate here in Gangneung! 

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Jumunjin Beach Resort, Fish Market and Silbi Saengseon Gui Seafood Experience in Gangneung Gangwon Province near Seoul!

Chances are you've already heard of Nami Island in Korea! It is reachable from Seoul and is part of Gangwon province. Chances are too that you have already heard of Busan with its Jagalchi Market and Haeundae Beach. Did you know that there's a popular destination for locals (reachable from Seoul) like that in Gangwon province too since it goes all the way to the east coast of Korea?! This is the charming city of Gangneung - a winter wonderland and summer (actually all-season) escape closest to Seoul ;) As of now, you can take a bus from the Seoul Express Bus Terminal but soon the KTX (less than 2 hours ride) will be finished in time for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics! Check out the quiet and clean Jumunjin market of Gangneung and our Silbi Saengseong Gui experience below!

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Things to Do in PyeongChang - Daegwallyeong Ski History Museum and Ski Jump!

Honestly, before my trip to Korea for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, all I knew about the games were figure skating and ice hockey. A brief stop at the Daegwallyeong Ski History Museum and the Alpensia Ski Jump site was a great start to expand my knowledge and curiosity about sports and Korea in the olden times. 

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