May 15-19, 2023
Gangneung is a municipal city in the province of Gangwon-do, on the east coast of South Korea. It has a population of 213,658 (as of 2017). Gangneung is the economic center of the Yeongdong region of Gangwon-do. Gangneung has many tourist attractions, such as Jeongdongjin, a very popular area for watching the sunrise, and Gyeongpo Beach. There is a ROKAF airbase south of downtown Gangneung that formerly doubled as a civil airport. The city hosted all the ice events for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
People exploring the forests and the sea with coffee
There are no boundaries between nature and the city. Gangneung’s morning, day and nighttime flow alongside nature. People promenade through the forest trails, filled with the scent of pine, and organize their thoughts in quiet and peace. They dive into the blue waves of the sea in the afternoon, and watch the sun fall beyond the horizon at night and rise again to announce a new day. The people of Gangneung know how to appreciate a good cup of coffee. Gangneung is a place of romance and calm, where you can enjoy nature and coffee.
Local dishes from nature
Most of the local dishes of Gangneung are made with seafood, due to its geographic characteristics, and locally grown potatoes and vegetables. The fresh ingredients from the high-altitude regions with clear and cool weather and the clean and blue sea present a unique flavor that the dishes are known for. In Gangneung, you can find a number of special tofu dishes. Soybeans are ground using a millstone and the filtered with a hemp cloth. The filtrate is then boiled in an iron pot to make chodubu or removed of excess moisture to make modubu. There are numerous tofu dishes that are made with these types of tofu, and they are known for being nutritious, tasty and soft.
General Secretariat Dr. Da-seul Shin
Workshop/Symposium Secretariat Ms. Da Yeong Kim