There are plenty of family things to do in Gangneung, at least partially because the South Korean city is a popular beach destination. Gyeongpo Beach is the most well-known beach in Gangneung and popular with people of all ages. The lively Jumunjin Fish Market and Gyeongpo Aquarium are also recommended if you enjoy being near the beach, while the Edison Science Museum houses a collection of inventions related to famous inventor Thomas Edison. The Money Museum at the Bank of Korea’s Gangneung Branch offers a different type of experience. You can learn about money, which may be interesting for adults.

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    Daegwallyeong Natural Recreation Forest

    Daegwallyeong Natural Recreation Forest is the first recreational forest in Korea and features a beautiful pine forest with trees that are hundreds of years old. A leisurely walk along the main path leads to an observatory where you can see the entire city of Gangneung at a glance. A variety of experiences and sights are on hand, like charcoal crafting and works of forestry culture. There are also camping grounds, so be sure to check it out if you are on a family trip.

    Location: 133 Sampoam-gil, Seongsan-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays in low season)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-641-9990

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    Gyeongpo Beach

    Gyeongpo Beach is the most prominent beach in Gangneung and closest to the city centre. The beautiful sandy waterfront and pine forests are beloved by people relaxing and sunbathing. It’s calm and quiet in the mornings, showing you another side to an otherwise crowded beach. The beach has an unmistakably welcoming atmosphere for all visitors, with small sculpture installations and decks throughout.

    Location: San 1-1, Gangmun-dong Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

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    Jumunjin Fish Market

    Jumunjin Fish Market is just next to Jumunjin Port and is divided into the regular fish market and dried fish market. Thanks to its proximity to Jumunjin Port, the fish market is full of fresh fish at reasonable prices. It’s a popular market for locals and non-locals alike. The dried fish here are very popular, and many are great for gifting. When you arrive at Jumunjin Port, an area famous for squid fishing, you’ll be greeted by a big squid statue.

    Location: 38 Sijang-gil, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Weekdays from 7 am to 10 pm

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    Gyeongpo Aquarium

    Gyeongpo Aquarium is less crowded than other aquariums and houses local aquatic animals that live off the coast of Gyeongpo, as well as some of the world’s largest fish, piranha from the Amazon, otters, and penguins. Feeding and other experiences are available, making it a fun spot during your family outing. Add Gyeongpo Aquarium to your things to do near Gangneung’s East Sea. It’s close to the sea, making the aquarium feel like a natural stop while sightseeing.

    Location: 131 Nanseolheon-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Weekends from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-645-7887

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    Heo Gyun & Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park

    Close to Chodang Village, the Heo Gyun & Heo Nanseolheon Memorial Park prominently features a statue of poet Heo Nanseolheon in the middle of the park. There are memorial stones inscribed with Heo Nanseolheon’s works, and there's no better way to appreciate her works than in nature.

    The pine forest trail is quite pleasant, as are the wildflowers and well-maintained lawns. The view of Gyeongpo Lake along the memorial park path is an added bonus.

    Location: 477-8 Chodang-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +82 (0)33-640-5581

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    Edison Science Museum

    The Edison Science Museum and adjacent Chamsori Gramophone Museum are full of Thomas Edison’s inventions, including large and small gramophones. There are so many different inventions like the light bulb, the electric car, telephones, and refrigerators, that it's hard to believe they were invented by a single person. The museums are said to house more inventions than anywhere in America, Thomas Edison’s home country. Stopping by at the Son Sung Mok Film Museum next door is highly recommended.

    Location: 393 Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-655-1130

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    Money Museum at Bank of Korea’s Gangneung Branch

    The Money Museum at Bank of Korea’s Gangneung Branch is where you can learn more about the money we use, from the history of money to curious facts. There are fun and exciting experiences for both children and adults, like having commemorative bills printed with your likeness and trying to lift large amounts such as ₩500 million (about $400,000 USD) in banknotes.

    Location: The Bank of Korea Gangneung, 2063 Gyeonggang-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Weekdays from 9.30 am to 4 pm

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