Wonju has become closer to Seoul with the opening of the Yeongdong Expressway #2 in November last year. The city has been brought to life with the corporate and innovative activities that have been promoted at the same time, and its hidden charms have been revealed with the tourism projects of Wonju City. The natural beauty of the season, along with the characteristics of a local city, allows Wonju’s landscapes to capture your heart slowly and deeply.
Before you visit Downtown Wonju, you must stop by ‘Museum SAN’, which is a bucolic art museum nestled at the Hansol Oak Valley. This structure located on top of the hill becomes a part of nature, as this place was designed by the world-famous architect Ando Dadao. The main building features the ‘paper gallery’ with paper craft and the ‘Cheongjo Gallery’ with various paintings, printmaking, and drawings. You can enjoy light meals and warm drinks while looking at the beautiful landscapes of ‘Café Terrace’. You can also appreciate the ‘Stone Garden’ with its nine stone mounds outside the main building and the ‘James Turrell’ exhibit with the major creations of James Turrell, who is an artist of light and space. No matter how short your visit is to Museum SAN, it will end with an absolute feeling of fulfillment.
There is a saying that you should visit the market if you want to learn about a place. Your first destination in Downtown Wonju should be the ‘Miro Art Wonju Jungang Market’. In 2013, the ‘Jungang Market Ran with Arts’ residency program was promoted, thereby resulting in the selection at a culture and tourism market in 2015. It triggered the formation of an ‘alleyway art museum’ on the 2nd floor of a concrete slab building that was erected in the 1970s. The building invited many young businessmen, who opened ateliers, to transform the place into a cultural complex. The people can visit the ‘Wonju Museum of History’ and the ‘Birth Home of Former President Gyooha Choi’, which are not very far from the market. The museum exhibits resources about Wonju’s history and folk culture from ancient to modern times. Wonju has a small train station that was shut down in 2007 and reopened in 2014. The wooden building represents the view of the small local train stations from the late Japanese colonial period. Designated as a cultural heritage (Registered Cultural Heritage #165), Bangok Station was shut down as the number of passengers decreased, as with many other small stations. Soon after, the public corporations opened nearby and many commuters needed to use the station. Currently, the train stops here eight times a day (four times northbound and four times southbound). If you want a quiet reflection in a tranquil setting, you can stop by the ‘Yongsomak Catholic Church’. Five safeguarded sawleaf zelkova trees are beautifully standing as if they are protecting the church. In addition, the elegant and dignified church diffuses clean energy. We are inviting you to take with you the essence of the winter season and the impression of space in Wonju, which is more beautiful with snow.