If you’ve ever wanted to take selfies with sheep (because really, who doesn’t?), Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm in Pyeongchang, Korea is the perfect place to do it.
On a day trip from Seoul, we strolled around the Daegwallyeong Ranch, fed the sheep, and explored the surrounding area. It turned out to be a great break from the frenetic pace of life in the big city.
There’s something strangely soothing and meditative about watching these little balls of fluff methodically grazing away. Of course, the gently rolling hills, tranquil setting, and fresh air didn’t hurt either!
In this guide
- 1 What to expect at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
- 2 Things to do at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
- 3 Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm with Kids
- 4 How to get there from Seoul
What to expect at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is located in Pyeongchang, about 3 hours away from Seoul. This farm is privately owned and it’s the only one in the area that raises sheep. It’s a huge piece of land totalling 195 square km, full of rolling green hills that seem like they belong in Scotland, not Korea!
When you arrive at the ranch, you’ll walk through a parking lot to the ticket booth. There’s a pretty steep hill to walk up to get to the farm area.
At the top though, you can’t help but be struck by the natural beauty of the farm. There are 30 oak trees and 30 different types of wildflowers on the ranch, so the scenery is always shifting and changing with the seasons.
Herds of more than 200 sheep dot the hilly green pastures, there’s a circular walking path around the grazing area, and incredible views of the Taebaek mountain range too.
In winter time, the sheep head inside, but people still make the trip out to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm to admire the gorgeous scenery blanketed in white. This area is sometimes called the “Alps of Korea,” due to its splendid snowy landscapes, and it’s definitely worth a visit.
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Things to do at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
This might seem super obvious, given that you know, you’re visiting a sheep farm… but there’s actually some unique things to do at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, besides just admiring sheep in a field.
Feed the sheep
The sheep feeding experience is a real highlight. At an enclosed barn area, the sheep wait hungrily for visitors to arrive. You’ll get a small basket of hay, which you can use to feed the hungry animals. They all have different temperaments, so make sure to have a wander around to find one you like.
Take selfies with sheep
The best place to secure a selfie with a sheep is definitely in the feeding barn. You might get lucky in the grazing field if one comes close to the fence, but otherwise it’s a crap shoot. In the barn though, the animals are close to the enclosure edges, and you can bribe them out closer to you with some hay.
Some of the sheep are definitely more skittish than others, so just keep trying until you find the wooly partner of your dreams.
Stroll the 1.2 km-long walking path
A 1.2km-long walking course surrounds the sheep grazing field. You’ll always have a great view of the sheep inside. You can wander, up, down and around the paved pathway at your own pace, but it shouldn’t take longer than an hour to make it all the way around.
The peak of the path is at 950 metres, and from there you can enjoy incredible views of the Pyeongchang countryside and majestic Taebak mountain range. On clear days, you might even catch a glimpse of Gangneung and the East Sea in the distance.
Find the wooden shack from “A Man who Went to Mars”
Near the entrance of the Daegwallyeong sheep farm walking path, you’ll find a humble wooden shack. It’s become a super popular photo spot for K-drama fans, who know it from the movie “The Man who Went to Mars.” It served as a backdrop in a perfectly white snowy field where the 2 main characters in the movie fall in love.
Snack on lamb skewers or fresh corn
If your interest in sheep is more culinary, you can snack on what are probably some super-fresh lamb skewers, outside the entrance of the farm. If the thought of that is just too much to bear after hanging out with all those adorable sheep, choose some freshly boiled corn instead. It’s also a specialty of the area.
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm with Kids
Visiting the Daegwallyeong Ranch is a perfect activity for kids, so the place is always full of families enjoying a day out together. Older kids will have no problem interacting with the sheep and walking up and down the pathways, but toddlers might need some help.
When we visited, my daughter was around 2 years old. She needed some assistance walking up the initial path to the farm as it’s quite steep, but was ok once we arrived on the actual farm site. It’s possible to take strollers around the 1.2 km walkway encircling the sheep grazing area, if you wish.
The sheep are very gentle, so there’s no need to worry about any danger. My daughter was slightly nervous feeding the sheep, but still enjoyed the experience.
How to get there from Seoul
If you have a car, the best way to get to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is definitely by driving yourself. Public transport links to the ranch are not that great, because it’s a working farm, where sheep are actually raised.
Address: 483-32, Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
In Korean: 강원도 평창군 대관령면 대관령마루길 483-32
Seoul to Daegwallyeong by bus
- Go to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. It’s out of Exit 3 of Gangbyeon subway station on Line 2.
- Buy tickets bound for Hoenggye (횡계). They should cost just under 15,000 won per direction, and takes 2.5 hours.
- Don’t be surprised by the bus station. It’s tiny and next to a GS gas station.
- Once you reach Hoenggye, take a taxi to the Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm at a cost of approximately 8,000 – 10,000 won.
- Alternatively, if you happen to arrive in Hoenggye around 10:30, 11:40 or 2pm, you can take a red shuttle bus to the ranch for free.
- TOTAL COST ROUND TRIP: 35,000 – 50,000 won (if you take a taxi)
TIP | If you want to check out Seoraksan National Park (and you SHOULD), I recommend this 2D1N tour that includes all the top sites in Gangwon-do. It includes pick-up in Seoul and stops at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, Naksansa Temple, Anmok Beach, Gangneung Coffee Street, a luge experience at Alpensia Resort + an overnight stay at the luxurious Sky Bay Hotel in Gangneung. Book this easy all-inclusive tour to Seoraksan and the East Sea here.
The best way to get to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
The best way to get to Daegwallyeong if you don’t have a car, is by booking a day tour that includes round-trip transportation. These tours cost the same or LESS than getting there yourself using public transportation (minus the added stress).
- This tour from Trazy includes round trip transportation from Seoul to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm AND Bongpyeong Herb Farm + admission tickets to both venues for 35,000 won. It’s great value and does sell out way in advance, so book as soon as your plans are confirmed. Reserve it here.
- If you happen to be in Korea during cherry blossom season (April) you can book this awesome day tour to the Gyeonpo Lake Cherry Blossom Festival and Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm.
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