In the Winter you will have the chance to see Korea’s beautiful snow capped mountains. My boyfriend came to visit me here during his Winter break, and we went on a trip to Yongpyeong Ski Resort. Yongpyeong is Korea’s largest ski resort with 31 slopes, and has been selected as the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics. My boyfriend and I chose not to go skiing this time around, instead we went mainly to relax and enjoy the scenery.
We took the 6:10am shuttle bus from Jamsil Station number 4. There was another bus for 9am, but we wanted an early start. You will see a crowd of shuttle buses outside of the Lotte Mart all going to Yongpyeong, but check the sign in the front of the bus just in case. The driver will collect the money for your ticket once everyone is seated. It is 15,000 won per person one way, and 28,000 won for a round trip. If you get a ticket for one way, you can purchase your return ticket at the front desk of the Tower Condominium.
At Yongpyeong we went up the Gondola. It costs 12,000 won per person. At the peak of the mountain there is a lodge where you can sit and enjoy the view and just relax. We ate the most delicious chili hotdogs and drank hot cocoa. Yongpyeong is also where they filmed a famous Korean drama called “Winter Sonata”. In that same building you can read a whole synopsis of the drama and see pictures.
Outside of the building there is a beautiful walking trail. We walked on for an hour, coming across different breathtaking views of the mountains. The view was so captivating we stayed up on the peak for 4 hours before we rode the Gondola back down. Later that night we went drinking and bowling in the Tower Condominium, which was a short walk from the Villas we were staying at. It was a fun and relaxing trip where we made a lot of memories and took lots of pictures.
Yuna Lee is a current instructor at Chung Dahm Learning. Yuna was born and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area and graduated from the University of Mary Washington. She has traveled to many different places including Honduras, Ecuador, and Nepal. However with her father being Korean, she wanted to learn more about her heritage, so she set off to Seoul, Korea to do some soul-searching. Now, she is loving the freedom and independence of her post-college life. Teaching at Chung Dahm has been such a rewarding experience. Follow her blog to read up on the interesting things she has to share!