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If you’ve ever wanted to take a selfie with a 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 farm, fed the sheep, and explored the surrounding area. And 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.

a sheep at daegwallyeong sheep farm

Who wouldn’t want a selfie with this cutie?

What to expect at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm

Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm is located in Pyeongchang, about 3 hours away from Seoul. It’s a privately owned farm, and 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 we visited, the entire ranch was covered in fog, but strangely, it only added to the highlands feeling of the place.

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The foggy fields had their own beauty

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 Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm. There are 30 oak trees and 30 different types of wildflowers on the ranch, so the landscape is always shifting and changing with the seasons. Head there in summer time to escape the crazy heat and humidity of Seoul.

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. At a barn on site, you can get a basket of hay and try your hand at feeding the sheep yourself.

feeding sheep at daegwallyeong sheep farm

Feeding the sheep at Daegwallyeong sheep farm is a real highlight

In winter time, the sheep head inside, but people still make the trip out to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm to admire the gorgeous winter scenery. This area is sometimes called the “Alps of Korea,” due to its splendid snowy landscapes.

pyeongchang winter landscape korea

Pyeongchang turns into a winter wonderland in the colder months – photo by Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service (Photographer name) [CC BY-SA 2.0]

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.

walking course at daegwallyeong sheep farm

It takes about 40 minutes to walk around – unless you get distracted by sheep!

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.

wooden shack at daegwallyeong sheep farm

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.

Getting to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm 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.

sheep in a field at daegwallyeong sheep farm

Sheep don’t need subways or buses – photo by: Taehoon Kang [CC BY 2.0]

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)

The best way to get to Daegwallyeong

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’re wanting to check out Seoraksan National Park (and you SHOULD), consider taking this private tour that includes all the top sites in Gangwon-do, including Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, Nami Island, Naksansa Temple and the Sokcho Fishery Market. Book it here.
Naksansa temple in autumn

Gangwon-do is gorgeous in autumn

Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm: Essential Info & FAQ

  1. When is the sheep farm open?
    It’s open year round, starting from 9AM. Closing hours vary from season to season, but are between 5PM – 6PM. The last admission is at 4:30PM. The farm is completely closed to visitors on Lunar New Year, and Chuseok. Note that hours are subject to weather and conditions on-site.
  2. What are admission charges?
    It costs 5000 won per adult, 2000 won for seniors, and 4000 won per child aged 5 and up. Children under 5 enter free.
  3. When’s the best time to see the sheep?
    From May to October, the sheep are allowed to graze for 24 hours. Visit from May – June, and in September and October for more comfortable weather.

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Comments:

  • August 16, 2019

    How cool! I would not have thought about visiting a sheep farm in Korea, but now I want to!

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  • August 18, 2019

    looks like an absolutely beautiful location!

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