The Ten Best Tourist Attractions to See at Night in Northern Gyeonnggi-do Province
During the hot summer, visiting tourist attractions at night might be a good idea if you wish to avoid the midday heat. In fact, a romantic nighttime atmosphere is pleasurable not only in summer but in all four seasons. In the northern Gyeonggi-do there are numerous places where visitors can enjoy splendid nighttime views including Paju, Gapyeong, Pocheon, and Yeoncheon. The following ten best tourist attractions to see at night in northern Gyeonggi-do have been specially selected by Gyeonggi-do.
2015 Provence Festival of Lights “Beautiful Fairyland”
The Provence Festival of Lights “Beautiful Fairyland” consists of Korea’s largest light tunnel (400 meters) and beautiful fairy tales. This place expands 4,950m2 under the theme of “a story of a fairyland.” Korea’s largest wave illumination show and swimming dolphins and the fortress of the Little Mermaid decorate the festival of lights with waltz music. Some 5 million LED lamps are used for the festival, and it will be a rare opportunity for visitors to see the most advanced technology in lighting.
Address: 77, Saeori-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Individuals: KRW 6,000, Groups (15 people or more) / Men of National Merit and their Families: KRW 4,000 / Preschool Children: Free
Nearby Tourist Spots: Heyri Art Village, Paju Matgoeul Food Culture Street, and Odusanseong Fortress
By car; Gangnam Station – Provence Village (1 hour)
By public transport; Gangnam Station – Provence Village (2 hours 40 minutes)
Petite France’s ‘Le Petit Prince Star Light Festival’
Event Period: December – February (~20:00)
The Petit Prince Star Light Festival takes place at night in Petite France, a French-style concept of cultural village located in Gapyeong-gun, creating a fantastic fairytale world with numerous lights decorating Petite France’s beautiful buildings and streets.
Visitors will enjoy the splendid illuminated artworks of a scene of The Little Prince as well as Christmas trees at the festival.
In addition, Petite France offers visitors the opportunities to create precious memories through diverse interesting events and experiences such as the ‘Supernatural Power Time Do Minjun,’ a reenactment of a scene from the Korean TV drama My Love from the Star (filmed in Petite France); an orgel performance; a marionette dance performance; a magic show; the screening of a French film; a plaster art experience; and the Wish Tree event.
Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Events: Exterior lighting at night and Christmas tree decorations / Light Show – Supernatural Power Time Do Minjun / Marionette dance performance / Orgel performance / Puppet plays with Guignols and marionettes / Screening of a French film / Plaster art experience / Wish Tree event
Accommodations: Rooms for 4 – 10 people and Youth Training Center (max. capacity of 200)
By car; Gangnam Station – Petite France (1 hour 20 minutes)
By public transport; Gangnam Station – Petite France (2 hours 20 minutes)
Nearby Tourist Spots: Namisum Island, The Garden of Morning Calm, Homyeong Lake, Cheongpyeong Lake, etc.
The Garden of Morning Calm’s Lighting Festival (Garden Festival of Brilliant Starlight Colors)
Event period: December – March (Sunset – 21:00)
The festival is held at night to create a spectacular nighttime garden (about 330,000,000m2) illuminated with a dazzling variety of light bulbs.
The Garden Festival of Brilliant Starlight Colors offers visitors a unique opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Korean nature amid artificial lighting.
The Garden Festival of Brilliant Starlight Colors, held between December and March every year, is a splendid lighting festival set amid the beautiful Garden of Morning Calm. Only environment-friendly LED lamps are used.
Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Business hours: 11:00-21:00 (until 23:00 on Saturdays) all year round / The Garden is open from 08:30 – Sunset, except during the Lighting Festival.
Admission fee: KRW 9,000 for adults/KRW 6,500 for middle and high school students/KRW 5500 for children
Nearby Tourist Spot: Chungnyeongsan Mountain
By car; Gangnam Station – The Garden of Morning Calm (1 hour 20 minutes)
By public transport; Gangnam Station – The Garden of Morning Calm (2 hour 20 minutes)
Nature & Star Observatory in Gapyeong
The Nature & Star Observatory, located in Gapyeong-gun at the optimal site for observing the sky at night, offers visitors a fascinating opportunity to view the shining stars, constellations and planets of our universe.
The observatory is equipped with various observation facilities including a Maksutov 16-inch optical telescope, a Maksutov Newtonian, a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, refracting telescopes, binoculars, solar filters (for observing a solar prominence), eyepieces and so on.
The Nature & Star Observatory runs a variety of astronomical observation programs including a basic family/group program for one night and two days, a vacation camp for two nights and three days, and a children’s day program for kindergarten kids.
In addition, the observatory has accommodation facilities for individuals and groups and a family camp site. Its subsidiary facilities consist of an astronomy lecture room, an outdoor terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, and restaurants.
Address: 115-33, Baekdun-ro 342beon-gil, Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Programs: Family Programs for one day or one night and two days / Group Programs for one day, one night and two days, or two nights and three days.
By car; Gangnam Station – Nature & Star Observatory (2 hours)
By public transport: Dongseoul Express Bus terminal – Nature & Star Observatory (1hour 20 minutes)
Nearby Tourist Spots: Gyeonggang Station Rail Bike, Namisum Island, etc.
Jarasum Island’s Auto-camping Site
Located along the beautiful Bukhangang River in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, the Jarasum Island Auto-camping Site, which served as the venue for the 2008 FICC Gapyeong International Camping and Caravanning Rally, is an eco-friendly leisure campground that boasts the largest and best facilities in the capital region.
Jarasum Island was formed on the Bukhangang River as a result of the construction of Cheongpyeong Dam, in 1943. It actually consists of three separate islands called Jungdo, Seodo, and Namdo, and two more affiliated islands. Although the island was originally called Junggukseom (China Island) because the area was cultivated by a community of Chinese people after the 1945 Liberation of Korea, it was renamed ‘Jarasum’ by the Gapyeong-gun County Geographical Naming Committee in 1986 as it faces a hill that is said to resemble a jara (Korean word for ‘terrapin’).
The Jarasum campsite is equipped with various camping facilities including mobile homes, caravans, a caravan site, and an auto camping site as well as common facilities including a communal kitchen, toilets, shower rooms, and a laundry room. The entire facilities are operated according to a reservation system, and can be reserved at the campsite’s Internet homepage.
Ewhawon Garden, an ecological theme park, is situated right next to the camping site. Jarasum Island is also widely known as the venue of the annual Jarasum International Jazz Festival, which is held every October.
Address: 60, Jaraseom-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
-Caravan B (for 4 people), Caravan C (for 6 people): Check-in – 14:00 on the day / Check-out – 11:00 of the next day
-Caravan Site, Auto Campsite: Check-in – 14:00 on the day / Check-out – 12:00 the next day
Nearby Tourist Spots: Ewhawon Garden, Gapyeong Memorial Tower, Monument for the Participation of the British Commonwealth in the Korean War, etc.
By car; Gangnam Station – Jarasum Island’s Auto-camping Site (1 hour 23 minutes)
By public transport; Jarasum Island’s Auto-camping Site (2 hour 13 minutes)
Yumyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest
Yumyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest is located in the valley at the entrance to Yumyeongsan Mountain in Gail-ri, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do. Opened in 1989, the recreation forest can accommodate up to 3,000 people per day (with an optimal capacity of 2,000).
This magnificent forest consists of a natural forest zone with many oak trees and an artificial forest zone with larches and Korean pine trees. In addition, the valleys and oddly-formed rocks and stones create a pleasant harmony with the white oaks and maple trees along the walking paths. In particular, diverse plants and vegetables including local specialties such as chwinamul (wild aster), bracken, deodeok (roots of mountain herb), meoru (Korean wild grapes), and shiitake mushrooms grow naturally in the forest.
The recreational forest boasts a wide range of convenient facilities including an auto camping site, various woodland nature trails, a campfire site, physical training facilities, and a log house, offering visitors numerous opportunities to relieve their fatigue from the busy routine of urban life. The forest also has a number of attractive subsidiary facilities including a greenhouse, sledding slope, wild flower garden, and 2.6km-long beltway.
Address: 79-53, Yumyeongsan-gil, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Business hours: [Accommodations] 15:00 on the day – 12:00 the next day / [Daily Opening] 09:00 – 18:00
Nearby Tourist Spots: Yongmunsan Mountain, Hanwha Resort, Cheongpyeong Recreation Area, Hyeondeungsa Temple, Jungmisan Natural Recreation Forest, etc.
By car; Gangnam Station – Yumyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest (1 hour)
By public transport; Gangnam Station – Yumyeongsan Natural recreation forest (2 hours 20minutes)
Light & Fairy Tale Story Festival of Herb Island
Herb Island, established in Samjeong-ri, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do in 1998, is run as a tourism farm (429,000m2) under the theme of Mediterranean ‘herbs in daily life’.
Open all year round, it offers visitors the opportunity to experience Mediterranean herbs and refresh mind and body and alleviate their stress.
The resort holds various festivals throughout the year including a flower festival, carnival, and light fairy tale festival, as well as staging diverse cultural events and performances every weekend in the outdoor theater of Venetia Village free of charge.
The Light & Fairy Tale Story Festival of Herb Island invites visitors to a fantastic fairytale world illuminated by myriad colorful LED lamps at the streets of Herb Island and the Mountain Garden (1,512㎡).
Visitors are sure to enjoy experiencing the uniquely magnificent Christmas scenery at the Santa Village, which is located at the heart of the nut pine forest. Herb Island also holds festivals with splendid nighttime scenes according to different seasonal concepts all year round. (Open every night until 23:00.)
Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
By car; Gangnam Station – Herb Island (1 hour 40minutes)
By public transportation; Gangnam Station – Herb Island (2 hours 40minutes)
Pocheon Art Valley Astronomical Science Museum
Pocheon Art Valley was built as a culture and art complex in an abandoned granite quarry in 2009, and has attracted an increasing number of visitors since the opening of the Pocheon Art Valley Astronomical Science Museum in 2014. The museum consists of three floors and a rooftop area: Exhibition Hall 1, situated on the 1st floor, introduces the earth including its creation and structure; Exhibition Halls 2 and 3, situated on the 2nd floor (which is reached via a staircase and by following a series of images taken by the Hubble space telescope), enable visitors to experience the seasonal constellations using a motion recognition system, and contain an exhibition of the planets of the solar system, various types of telescopes, an infrared light experience and a space exploration simulator; the Planetarium, situated on the 3rd floor, enables visitors to watch a cutting-edge 4D video and constellation; and, finally, the Astronomical Observation Room, situated on the rooftop, is equipped with six telescopes for solar and astronomical observation.
Address: 234, Art valley-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Business hours: March – Oct.: 09:00-21:50/Nov. – Feb.: 09:00-20:50
Facilities: 1F~2F: Exhibition and Experience Halls / 3F: Planetarium (open nine times/day to visitors who obtain a free entrance ticket on the 1st floor) / Rooftop: Astronomical Observation Room
Programs: Daytime: Solar observation (sunspots, solar prominences, etc.) / Nighttime: Astronomical observation (Moon, planets, star clusters, etc.)
Nearby Tourist Spots: Herb Island, Sanjeong Lake, Bidulginang Falls, Baegun Valley, Korea National Arboretum, Pyunggang Botanical Garden, Eight Scenic Views of Hantangang River, etc.
By car; Gangnam Station – Pocheon Art valley (1 hour 30 minutes)
By public transport; Gangnam Station – Pocheon Art valley (1 hour 20 minutes)
Located in Sanjeong-ri, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Sanjeong Lake was thus named as its water is said to be as clear as a mountain (San) well (Jeong). The lake was originally built in 1925 by the Yeongbuk Farmland Improvement Association as a reservoir to supply water to surrounding farmland, and covers approximately 0.24km2.
Dominated by Myeongseongsan Mountain to the north and Gwaneumsan Mountain to the south, the lake attracts visitors throughout the year: It is a hub of water sports in spring and autumn, and boasts a sledding slope for winter vacationers, while a stroll along the nature trail that follows the edge of the lake is the ideal way to take in the splendid surrounding scenery.
The lake is surrounded by numerous attractions and facilities including Sanjeong Falls, Pedestrian Overpass, Sculpture Park, restaurants, an amusement park, Family Hotel, and Jainsa Temple. A water fountain is situated in the middle of the lake.
Sanjeong Lake is a popular destination for family outings as the nearby restaurants serve various delicious dishes including ssambap (rice and leaf wraps), mushroom dishes, grilled spareribs, grilled mineral-fed duck, chicken stew or boiled chicken, maeuntang (spicy freshwater fish stew), etc., and different types of accommodation are available.
Other famous tourist attractions situated nearby include Korea National Arboretum, Gomori Café Village, Pyunggang Botanical Garden, and Herb Island.
Address: 108, Sanjeonghosu-ro 411beon-gil, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Business hours: Open all year round
Admission fee: free
By care; Gangnam Station – Yumyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest (1 hours and 40minuits)
By public transport; Gangnam Station – Yumyeongsan Natural Recreation Forest (3 hours)
Nearby Tourist Spots: Herb and Wild Flower Village, Myeongseongsan Mountain, Biseon Falls, Deungnyong Falls, Jainsa Temple, etc.
Hantangang River Resort
Located in Jeonggok-ri, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do, the Hantangang River was renewed as an eco-friendly cultural resort for families by connecting prehistoric sites with a history and culture village.
The site, which extends for 1.5km along the river between Hantangyo Bridge and Saranggyo Bridge, consists of a caravan camping site, an auto camping site, shops, a football pitch, an outdoor theater, Water Park, Children’s Character Park, and Children Traffic Land under Hantandaegyo Bridge.
In particular, the auto camping site, which is available by reservation only, is characterized as an eco-friendly multipurpose campsite that responds to ever-changing tourism trends such as a leisure activity using automobiles.
The Hantangang River flows from Pyeonggang-gun in North Korea, through Cheorwon-gun and Pocheon-si in South Korea, to Jeongok-ri. Historic relics including Goseokjeong Pavilion and a stone cave which was inhabited by Im Kkeok-jeong, can still be seen by the upper reaches of the river. The Hantangang River is also a popular rafting destination due to its fast-flowing current.
Address: Jeongok 6-ri, Jeongok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Facilities: Caravans, auto camping site, Cabin House, Children’s Character Park, Children Traffic Land, trails, a water park, sports facilities, an inline skating rink, etc.
Nearby Tourist Spots: Jeongongni Prehistoric Site, Prehistory Museum, Herb Village, Houses of the Joseon Royal Family, etc.
By car; Gangnam Station – Hantangang River Resort (1 hour 40minutes)
By public transport: Gangnam Station – Hantangang River Resort (3 hour 20minutes)1