Founded in 1978, Yonsei Wonju University is located in Wonju, Gang-won Province. Our hospital is the only superior general hospital (aka tertiary hospital) in Gang-won Province and designated as the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Hospital. We also have a "doctor helicopter" and a regional emergency medical center.
Wonju is the biggest city in Gang-won Province. In fact, the name “Gang-won” comes from the name of the biggest cities in the Province, “Gangneung” and “Wonju.” Recently, NHIS(national health insurance services) and HIRA(health insurance review & assessment service) have been moved to Wonju and Wonju has now become truly a medical city. Situated in the middle of the Korean peninsula, it is very easy to visit other cities by intercity/express buses or trains from Wonju. It is only an hour and a half away from Seoul, the capital city and two hours away from the East coast-lines of Korea where you can see the clearest and bluest sea with breath-taking nature.
Our school is always ready to provide the best of all to our Incomings. We provide Social Programs tailored to your needs and wants. If you like hiking, there’s one of the most popular mountains, Chiak mountain nearby. You can even do a temple stay in Guryongsa temple on the mountain. If you want to explore Seoul or go to any of the East-coast cities, our CPs will help you plan your trips and be glad to be your company. Even relatively far away cities such as Busan or Jeju Island could turn into a destination of your SPs. Our school also provides a budget that may be used in Social Programs for both the Incoming and the CPs! Dormitories are provided; you can walk to the hospital and the labs in less than 5 minutes! If the Hospital Boarding isn't to your taste, there are numerous restaurants all within walking distance that allows you to explore diverse and exquisite Korean cuisine.
We are all very excited for you to come to Wonju and join us!
Wonju Severance Christian Hospital (Yonsei University)
*This varies according to which professors are in charge that year.
Basically, we provide coupons that can be used at the Hospital Cafeteria; 1 coupon per day. First we provide 10 coupons, and CPs can buy more coupons if incoming students want more.
Students are privileged to stay at the student dormitory guest rooms which are located inside the campus. It takes less than 5 minutes to walk to the hospital or to the main building where most of the laboratories are located. It is fully supported by the college and male and female dorms are separated. The guest rooms usually have their own toilet and showerbooth. Incomings can also use public toilets and shower rooms. We have Dorm Wifi, but the speed and strength of the signal can be unstable. Incomings can prepare an internet cable if they want faster and more stable internet. Washing machines and drying machines are also available for a really cheap price(800 Korean Won). Incomings can ask CPs for help when purchasing a special card for laundry. Usually incomings buy their own detergents, via CPs' help. There are no facilities for cooking in the dormitory. Incomings can use microwaves or water purifiers which are furnished for each floor.
You can take a bus directly from the Incheon international airport to Wonju. It takes about 3 hours and costs 25,200 won. The bus departs from bus stop no.13 (1st floor of T1) and traffic center (basement of T2) every hour. For the timetable and reservation, please refer to this site (Search Wonju): https://www.airport.kr/ap/en/tpt/busRouteList.do
If you are coming from Seoul, you can take a bus or a train to Wonju.
You can also take a bus from Seoul express bus terminal. It takes 1.5 hr and costs 7,700 ~ 11,300won depending on the bus and time. The bus leaves every 15 mins from early in the morning until late at night.
You can get more info about the express bus here (Search dep. Seoul Gyeongbu and arr. Wonju): https://www.kobus.co.kr/main.do
If you are coming here from Seoul, taking a train is also an option. It takes 1-1.5 hr and costs 6,200 won or 9,400 won depending on the train. It leaves from Cheongnyangni station. The departure time varies but you can get more info about the train here (Search dep. Cheongnyangni and arr. Wonju): http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do#
There is also a ktx station newly built in Wonju called “Manjong” station. This line starts from the airport so you can come to Wonju directly from the airport. And since it makes stops in Seoul station and Cheongnyangni station as well, it is also possible to get on the train there, too. KTX costs 11,400 won or 16,200 won, depending on your seat.
If incomings notify their CP or LORE/LEO about their arrival time in advance, our CPs will be happy to guide you from the Wonju bus terminal or the train station.
And about transportation in Wonju, incomings don’t need to worry about it because his/her CP or at least somebody in our university will take care of you every time you have to go somewhere in Wonju.
If incomings request such things, CPs can help them purchase a public transportation card which can be used in every city in Korea to get on a bus or metro with discounted prices. At first, we charge 20,000 won on the card, and after using up all the money inside, it can be recharged at any convenience store or subway station. This card cannot be used for intercity/express buses or trains, for example, an intercity bus from Wonju to Seoul, but it can be used for any bus or metro within the city limits no matter if it is Wonju or Seoul.
- Chiak Mountain national park: Located in the mountain inlands of Korea, Chiak Mountain was designated as the 16th national park in Korea. Chiak Mountain has many steep valleys and it is known for having a beautiful scenic figure with steep slopes. This mountain is the most famous mountain in Wonju and many people hike this beautiful mountain every season. There are several hiking trails to the peak, Birobong(1288m) and you can take taxi or bus from the university to the starting point. If you like hiking, we definitely recommend you to hike Chiak Mountain.
- Temple stay (Guryongsa): There’s traditional Buddhist temple in Chiak Mountain which is called “Guryongsa.” The temple was built in AD 666 in Shilla dysnasty. Legend has it that a monk filled a pond where 9 dragons used to live and founded the temple there. That is why it is named “Guryong,” literally meaning “9 dragons.” You can even stay overnight at the temple. It will be a unique and healing experience staying in a Buddhist temple.
- Museum San (Oak Valley): Museum San is a Korean modern art museum located in Oak Valley, which is also a ski resort just like Pheonix Park. This resort also has a free shuttle bus so you can take the bus to get there with no difficulties. The admission fee might be a little bit costly, Museum ticket (this ticket includes admission to museum, gallery, garden and James Turrell gallery) being 28,000 won and Gallery ticket (this ticket includes admission to museum, gallery and garden) being 15,000 won. But for art lovers, it is totally worth it. The museum exhibits extensive genres of arts and is pretty big. So if you’d like to take your time looking at the artworks, head to the museum at least few hours before its closing time.
- Hanji museum:Hanji is the Korean word which can be literally translated into "Korean paper." The museum is a museum 10 minutes away from the campus by taxi and it exhibition is about how paper was made and utilized throughout Korean history. If you wish, you can make some Korean traditional art crafts yourself using Hanji. It is a perfect souvenir.
- Ganhyeon rail bike: There are several rail bikes in Gangwon Province where the views are beautiful and Wonju has one of them! It is located where the old Ganhyeon train station used to be and you can enjoy the scenic view while pedaling by the river with your fellow students.
- Maeji campus: While College of Medicine has its separate campus in Ilsan-dong, where the hospital is, our university has another campus in Wonju for colleges of other majors. Students majoring in medicine also spend their first year in Maeji campus before moving to the Ilsan campus in their 2nd year. The campuses are 40 mins apart by bus and 15 mins by taxi. Maeji campus is rather big and has its own lake, sports center, track, tennis courts and many other facilities for students to use. It is a good picnic place in the spring when the cherry trees by the lake are in bloom.
- JoongAng market (Miro market): There is a market place right in front of the hospital and you can see shops of all kinds. The left one is JaYu market, and the right one is JoongAng market. The atmosphere of 2nd floor of JoongAng market is quite different from that of the 1st floor that it has its own name, Miro market. There are many handicraft workshops, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants that are run by young people. You can either choose to take a one-day class at a craftshop or even have a casual night out with your friends at a bar.
- Herb-farm: Herb-farm is a botanical garden where you can see and smell a variety of herbs. You can also have a foot bath in warm herb water. It is most beautiful when flowers are in bloom.
For more information about Wonju and what to see and do here, please check out this website: http://www.wonju.go.kr/english/index.do
Even if you decide to explore something outside the city, we will always be happy help you out!
Welcome to our university!
The contents are:
1) About our School
(1) History of our School and Hospital p.3
(2) School Facilities p.6
(3) Akaraka & Yonsei-Korea rivalry p.13
2) Places in Wonju (What You should see and eat)
(1) Mu-sil-dong & Il-san-dong p.16
(2) Dangye-dong & Dangu-dong p.31
(3) Haenggu-dong & Wonju Innovative City p.33
(4) Other Places p.36
3) Places in South Korea
(1) Must Experience p.44
(2) Seoul p.48
(3) Jeju Island p.51
(4) Other Places p.53
4) Must-Eat p.55
5) Must-Buy p.57
6) Korean Culture
(1) Korean Culture & Etiquette p.59
(2) Korean Culture p.74
7) Korean Medical System
(1) Korean Medical System & Institutions p.78
(2) Korea’s National Health Insurance Service p.85
8) Anniversary & Celebrations
(1) Celebrate Korea: Holidays p.89
(2) Korean Anniversaries& Celebrations p.93
9) Translations (Languages)
(1) Language of Life p.100
(2) Languages you need for Transportation p.103
(3) Languages often used in restaurants p.105
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