#5: Roll In Buckwheat Flower Fields
If you are visiting Pyeongchang in autumn, be sure to make a stop at Bongpyeong village to see its endless buckwheat flower fields. The beautiful sight of tiny white flowers glistening in the sun is captured in a 1936 romantic novel by the late novelist Lee Hyo Seok, whose works are on display in a cultural hall in the village. Foodies must try the wide variety of buckwheat dishes Pyeongchang is famous for – from buckwheat noodles to pancakes to steamed buns and more. These foods can be found at the Bongpyeong Market, which is open every second, seventh, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 27th day of the month.
#6: Relive K-Dramas At Film Sites
Pyeongchang’s beautiful winterscape was featured prominently in two hit South Korean dramas – the 2002 classic Winter Sonata and the more recent Goblin (2016 to 2017). Yongpyong, the first ski resort to open in South Korea in 1975, is a must-go for fans of both dramas. Standees of the dramas’ leading couples (such as Goblin’s Gong Yoo, above) have been placed at major film sites – including inside a cable car cabin – for fans to take selfies with. But if you are heading there during the Winter Olympics, note that the gondola ride to the famous Dragon Peak has been closed and will reopen only after the Olympics.