VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Guryongpo, South Korea

VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Guryongpo, South Korea

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Japan

Whether you’re working from home, sheltering in place or just staying home, if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming of open skies, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or perfect powdery slopes. Our travel plans may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream up where we’ll go next.

Welcome to our Virtual Vacation video series, where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes.

Join us as we take a short virtual journey to Guryongpo, South Korea.

The great thing about this beach resort town is that it is easily accessible to most of the USFK bases in Korea.

Guryongpo was originally a small fishing village and has plenty of history, food, and beaches which make it a great place for a getaway. 

Some of the must-see spots in Guryongpo include the Japanese House Street, a street that maintains the look of the Japanese colonial period. Here, take a leisurely stroll for a glimpse at the homes of Japanese fishermen who lived here starting in the 1920s. A visit to this area is not complete without a stop at Guryongpo Modern History Museum, the former home of a great Japanese landlord, converted into a museum with an amazing garden.

On my last trip there, I enjoyed Homigot’s beautiful ocean view, a short 15-minute drive from Guryongpo. The “Hands of Harmony” sculpture is impressive and the coast here is a great place to ring in the New Year.

Don't forget to try Guryongpo’s famous snow crab dishes and gwamegi, a half-dried herring, served with an assortment of fresh vegetables and dry seaweed. Both pair well with soju.

I hope you enjoyed a look at Guryongpo through my travel photos and that it's inspired your next trip.

Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thanks for watching!

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