Yeongwol is famous for a legend of King Danjong (1441-1457), who was dethroned by his uncle King Sejo and assassinated in this region. His dead body was thrown to riverside, but a loyal servant buried the body secretly. After a few hundred years, his tomb was found and it renamed Jangneung. Yeongwol people has felt sympathy for the young king, and held a festival to commemorate him. Some shamans believe the king became a god to protect Yeongwol.
The Taebaek line goes through Yeongwol, stopping at Ssangryong Station and Yeongwol Station.
- Ssangyong Station. Trains stop at this station very rarely. Using this station is not recommended.
- 1 Yeongwol Station. You can take a train for this station at Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul.
- Yeongwol Intercity Bus Terminal. You can take a non-stop bus at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal for this terminal in Seoul.
- 1 Jangneung (장릉), 190, Danjong-ro, Yeongwol-eup, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do, ☏ . 09:00-19:00 (May-Oct), 09:00-18:00 (Nov-Feb). Even though most of the royal tombs of Joseon Dynasty are in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do, Jangneung for King Danjong is in Yeongwol, because the young king was murdered here. Yeongwol registants hold an annual festival, Yeongwol Danjong Festival to commemorate him. Adult ₩2,000 / Teenage ₩1,500 / Child ₩1,000.
Temple and Shrine
- Beopheungsa Temple (법흥사).
- Bodeoksa Temple (보덕사).
- Changjeolsa Shrine (창절사).
- Minchungsa Shrine (민충사).
- Mohyeonsa Shrine (모현사).
- Gonggi Fortress (공기산성).
- Dowon Fortress (도원산성).
- Beopheung Fortress (법흥산성).
- Taehwa Fortress (태화산성).
- Donggang Museum of Photography (동강사진박물관).
- Gossi Cave (고씨굴).
- Dong River (동강).
- Yeongwol Danjong Festival (단종문화제), ☏ . Early April, for three days.