Travel Review & Tips: Gangchon, Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm

Gangchon Station – 강촌역

The iconic and now disused Gangchon Station in Gangwon-do Korea, the destination of choice for weekending university students for decades. This train station was the arrival and departure point for many of these alcohol fueled weekends. Now disused and empty, the station stands waiting for who know’s what will happen to it next.

Gangchon has a special place in the memory of many, if not every, university student to have studied in Seoul. For decades the small town was the destination of choice for university students when they took the weekend excursions, either with friends or on faculty MT, or training weekends.

Autumn leaves in Chuncheon and Gangchon

A couple of weeks ago, myself, Herself, and a few friends took a weekend excursion down Chuncheon and Gapyeong in Gangwon-do. It hadn’t really been our idea to catch the autumn leaves, but fortunately we arrived right at the ideal time to really see the bright multi-coloured autumn which Korea prides itself on.

The set below posted on flickr is the first collection of photographs taken of this trip.

While there, we took a few short walks. The first included a short boat trip and then a light stroll up along a river towards a temple, Cheongpyeongsa. The last time that I was here I came with Herself during the winter. The river and the waterfall were frozen over and this created a stunning winter wonderland of faded brown leaves, grey stone and the white of the ice. I dragged out an old photo that Herself took of me back then.

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