Pyeongchang is a breathtaking county in the northeast area of the country with a high elevation, rich culture and seemingly endless adventure for you and your partner. Couples find plenty to do here, whether they're interested in history, outdoor adventure or simple relaxation.

    Visiting Pyeongchang is a great way for couples to enjoy an intimate break in tranquil surroundings; after all, it's named after the idea of peace and prosperity. Take a look at some of the best things to do for couples in Pyeongchang.

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    Woljeongsa Temple & Fir Tree Forest

    The temple in a forest

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    • History
    • Adventure

    Woljeongsa Temple & Fir Tree Forest is a stunning location where you and your partner are free to explore a historic temple, towering trees and serene grounds. The temple itself dates back to the Monk Ja Jang era of the Silla Kingdom, which lasted from the late 6th century to the mid-7th century.

    As you approach the temple, you and your partner will have to traverse a half-mile-long path through towering fir trees. Some of the trees are more than half a millennium old. It's all located on the northeast side of the county just north of Ganpyeong-Ri.

    Location: 374-8 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-339-6800

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    Yongpyong Ski Resort

    Visit one of Korea's largest ski resorts

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    • Adventure

    Yongpyong Ski Resort is a massive ski and snowboarding resort with thrilling slopes in the winter and golf in the summer. The ski season lasts from November to April and features 31 total slopes of various difficulty levels.

    Outside of the winter, this resort still has much to offer, including an entire golf course. Of course, the mountainous area makes for stunning sights no matter what time of year you visit, and warmer months open up the opportunity for hikes. It's all located on the county's east side, just south of Odaesan National Park.

    Location: 715, Olympic-ro, Daegwallyeong, Pyeongchang, Gangwon, 232-950, South Korean

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    Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch Observatory

    Take in the view from a scenic plateau

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    The Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch Observatory is a viewpoint set on a plateau that's 1,470 metres high, offering sights stretching across the ranch. The ranch is predominantly an expansive meadow, home to milking cows roaming around eating grass.

    The scenic nature of this spot is so picturesque that it's been used as a filming location for quite a few movies and television shows seeking to capture natural beauty on a grand scale. You can take a look for yourself on the east side of the county just a few kilometres northwest of Gangneung.

    Location: 1-186 Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Open: Suday–Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm

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    Couple spa

    Get pampered with your partner

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    A couple’s spa is one of the most iconic romantic activities in any town, with Pyeongchang having quite a few relaxing massages, saunas and more. When you book a couple’s spa, you and your partner can enjoy a new level of relaxation with massages, hot tubs, special skin treatments and other services.

    Spa facilities are available at various locations throughout the county, and there are quite a few notable ones just a few miles due west of Gangneung. Jinjo-Ri and Myeonon-Ri are additionally just south of a fairly prominent collection of spas.

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    Herb Nara Nongwon

    Check out a herb-themed farm

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    Herb Nara Nongwon is the first herb-themed farm in the country where you and your partner can explore several different themed gardens that are home to diverse herbs. The farm has more than 150 herbs on display, such as sage and lavender.

    When you and your partner explore the area here, you'll not only find colourful herbs but items made from those herbs as well. These include dishes, drinks, soaps, candles and more. You can even make candles and soap yourself. It's located on the northwest side of the county near Changdong-Ri.

    Location: 225 Heungjeonggegokgil, Bongpyeongmyeon, Gangwondo, South Korea

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +82 (0)33-335-2902

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    Odaesan National Park

    South Korea's 11th national park

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    • Adventure

    Odaesan National Park is a lovely IUCN category II national park that's home to thousands of species and has plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. More active couples will especially enjoy the array of walking paths through the woods, open areas and mountainous aspects of the park.

    Most of the unique species in the park are insects, but you'll also find more than 1,000 plant species, 28 different mammals and over 100 different kinds of birds. It's located in the northeastern part of the county, just a few miles west of Gangneung.

    Location: 2 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-332-6417

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    Jeonggangwon (한국전통음식문화체험관)

    Taste traditional food

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    • History

    Jeonggangwon is a food culture experience centre that allows you and your partner to get a taste of traditional Korean cuisine and learn how it's made. You can taste a variety of different dishes at the exhibition hall, and you can explore the food museum to learn the local history.

    Cooking classes are available here, and couples particulalry seem to enjoy them. They teach how to cook traditional dishes like kimchi, gochujang and bibimbap, among others. It's all located near Baegokpo-Ri on the west side of the county.

    Location: Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang-gun, Yongpyeong-myeon, Baekokpo-ri, 21 KR, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-333-1011

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    Sogeumgang Valley

    One of the scenic views of Hwaam

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    • Adventure

    Sogeumgang Valley is a stunning natural area defined by oddly shaped rocks on both sides, walking paths, and scenic views that you can enjoy. A walk through this valley on one of the paths can be particularly romantic, as the odd shapes of the rocks around the valley can make the experience feel almost otherworldly.

    The name of this valley comes from the appearance of the rocks, which are said to be reminiscent of Geumgangsan Mountain. Sogeumgang essentially means a smaller version of Geumgangsan. It's located on the northeast side of the county, a few miles west of Gangneung.

    Location: 2 Odaesan-ro, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-332-6417

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    OXY Lounge at Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort

    Relax in luxurious splendour

    • Couples
    • Nightlife
    • Luxury

    The OXY Lounge at InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort offers relaxing afternoons and evenings with comforting amenities like premium drinks and freshly baked goods. On the menu, you and your partner can enjoy a wide selection of premium wines, coffees, teas and liquors.

    The lounge was designed to champion intimate comfort allowing you and your partner to relax and enjoy each other's company with conversation and tranquillity. With floor-to-ceiling windows, there's plenty of natural light too. It's located on the east side of the county south of Daegwallyeong-Myeon.

    Location: Gangwon-do, Pyeongchang-gun, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Solbong-ro, 325 KR, South Korean

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    Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village

    Celebrate the famous writer

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    • History

    Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village is where the titular author, also known as Gasan, was born and raised, and which features numerous activities and festivals related to his writing. The village gained prominence from the novel ‘When the Buckwheat Blossoms’, which featured the village as its setting.

    When you and your partner visit this village, you'll find plenty to do, including Gasan Park and the Lee Hyo-seok Memorial Hall. The town additionally hosts a museum dedicated to the famous novel. It's located on the northwest side of the county just east of Bongpyeong-Myeon.

    Location: Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

    Phone: +82 (0)33-330-2700

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