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Decorations during Taebaek Winter Festival

Taebaek (태백) is a city in Gangwon.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

From Seoul, take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (at Gangbyeon subway station line No. 2) to Taebaek. The bus will stop once in Gohan city 15 minutes before arrival in Tabaek. The trip takes from 3 hours to 3 hours and 20 minutes.

By train[edit]

From Seoul, take a train from Cheongnyangni station to Taebaek on the Mugunghwa train. The train continues to Gangneung city. The trip takes 3 hours and 50 minutes.

Get around[edit]

Taebaek-si is quite small, therefore transportation around the city core can be done mostly by walking. Places outside the downtown area can be reached by city bus, taxi, or car. There is no car rental available near the bus and train terminals. The train and bus terminal are located beside each other. The main downtown area is a 5-10 minute walk south from these terminals. Taebaek-san (Mt. Taebaek) is about a ₩10,000 taxi ride or single bus ride away.


  • Manggyeonsa Temple.
  • Yongyeon Cave. Located 920 meters above sea level, is 843 meters long. The interior of the cave has four plazas and two water pathways. In the center plaza a rhythm water fountain dancing to a musical beat can be found, and a volcano water fountain. In particularly, a tram operates 1.1 km from the parking lot up to the entrance of the cave, another feature that adds to the fun.
  • 1 Taebaek Coal Museum (태백 석탄박물관), 195, Cheonjedan-gil, +82 33-552-7730. 09:00-18:00. Adult ₩ 2,000 / Teenage ₩ 1,500 / Child ₩ 700.


  • Mountain climbing. Climbing Taebaek-san is the main attraction in Taebaek city. Mt. Taebaek is one of the higher peaks of Korea and the area around the mountain has been designed a provincial park. The peak is criss-crossed with numerous hiking trails but none of them overly strenuous. At a reasonable rate a hiker can expect to reach the summit in about two hours. From the Taebaek Bus Station (located across the street from the train station) a local city bus can be taken to the Taebaek Provincial Park entrance.
Somunsubong Peak on Mt. Taebaek, South Korea (July 2015)



Traditional foods and oils can be found in the main city market.


A local specialty is the Taebaek Hanu beef, from Taebaek cattle. You can find many restaurants with Hanu beef on the menu by exiting the main terminal and cross the roundabout. Most taxi drivers, if asked in Korean, will be able to direct you to their personal choice.

Another local specialty is Taebaek Dalkgalbi also known as Water Dalkgalbi (물닭갈비). Taebaek Dalkgalbi is more of a soup version of the more common Chuncheon Dalkgalbi, hence the name 'water'. It is marinated chicken in a gochujang sauce served with ramyeon or udon noodles. There are many places that serve dalkgalbi, but the original restaurant is simply called "Taebaek Dalkgalbi".

A traditional Korean home specializing in mountain vegetable bibimbap can be found within the city. To reach it: travel to the Il-ju-gong building complex, go down the alleyway which is on the left hand side of Paris Baguette and turn right at the intersection. It is the third restaurant on your right, located in a wooden shingled Korean home.

Many restaurants offer traditional mountain herbs in their side dishes as well.


There are several Korean hof, one dancing establishment and one Korean/Western bar in Taebaek.


  • Africa (아프리카).
  • Fish and Grill.
  • St. Louis.
  • Alley Bar.

Dance clubs[edit]

  • GoGo Sunnis.

Korean/Western bar[edit]

  • S-bar.


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