Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Yongpyong Resort – Day 2

December 22nd, 2009 2 Commented

We left Sorak Pine Resort early in the morning for Yongpyong Resort for a one-day ski thrill. It was a cold morning. We stopped by a ski wear rental shop to retrieve our rented ski jackets and pants. After a two-hour journey, we finally reached the resort. We stayed in the Green Pia Condominium, where the facilities and room conditions are far better than the previous one (Sorak Pine Resort).

A lil’ about Yongpyong Resort (source from Korea Tourism Org).

The Yongpyong Resort is situated at the center of Korea’s Baekdudaegan Mountains, and is blessed with an average of 250 centimeters of snowfall per season, which makes for excellent skiing conditions. Not only that, but the resort’s enormous seventeen million square meters complex includes a 45-hole golf course, gondolas, swimming pool, and other facilities. This all-season recreational complex allows visitors to escape from daily business life and enjoy a wonderful vacation.

Yongpyong Resort has an impressive twenty-eight different ski slopes, including the popular Rainbow Slopes, and offers excellent facilities for skiers. The park’s fifteen ski-lifts include a 3.7km cable-car and ‘Dragon Plaza’, the largest ski complex in Asia, offers various services for skiers and boarders, such as rental and medical facilities. Such is the high quality of skiing available at Yongpyong Resort that it has hosted international competitions, including the World Cup Ski Competition and the Asian Winter Games. It is consequently one of the most popular ski resorts in Korea, and is also frequented by many tourists.

First, we headed for Dragon Plaza to embark on a state-of-the-art gondola to capture the breath-taking scenery of the resort and the surrounding landscape.

It was quite crowded on that day.

We queued for the gondola (a.k.a cable car).

I could see the ski course from the gondola. :)

After a twenty-minute ride, we reached the peak, Mt. Balwang (a.k.a. Dragon Peak).

I did a small panoramic shot on Mt. Balwang. I wanted to do more, but it was freezing.

[Click on the image for the larger version]

You could see the following couple on posters or card-boards almost everywhere in the resort.

Yongpyong Ski Resort was a major setting for Winter Sonata, a famous Korean TV drama that was and is very popular in Asia. It’s a memorable experience to take pictures or enjoy a meal at one of the filming locations.

However, the time given to us was quite limited (which is something I don’t like about guided tours).

These are some nice photos taken by my wife (including those with "courtesy of my wife"). Alright, I must admit that her photography skill surpasses mine at times. Yeah, only once a blue moon. :)

I found this poster on my way to the cafe.

After the Mt. Balwang visitation, we had our lunch and proceeded to the fun-filled ski event that was prepared for us. :)

We went through a short ski course — teaching us how to ski, break, and fall. It’s important to fall in the correct way because a fall may cause fatal injuries.

This is my wife showing off her newbie ski-ing skill. :) I guess I could only put one ski photo up since I’m a newbie too and I didn’t manage to find any available hands for camera. So, I had to forgo photo-taking and experience it!

Use your imagination, it was my first time ski-ing… many falls and wonderful experiences. I have got to try it again. If you have not skied before, you have got to experience it!

After a tiring day of skiing, we ended our night in Yongpyong Water Park (Peak Island). Here, we enjoyed the sauna, outdoor hot-spring pool, indoor swimming pool and the jacuzzi. We were so tired that we left our cameras on the coach. So, there aren’t any photos of Peak Island.

It was an enjoyable day. We really had lots of fun. :D

Anyway, here is an introduction of Peak Island taken from Korea Tourism Org for your reading pleasure.

Within winter skiers’ Mecca, Gangwon-do Pyeongchang-gun Yongpyeong Resort, summer targeted water park, Peak Island, is opening. As a center of family vacation spots, Peak Island is offering enjoyment throughout all four seasons. Yongpyeong Resort, well known as a ski resort, focused in winter interior which reflects to be very unique western image.

Peak Island is located at Korea’s highest above the sea level of 700m which consists of one basement floor and four ground floors. Over 3,500 people can facilitate together at once and basement floor is for golfers to enjoy spa after the golf games. As main facilities there are beach pool, sweat chamber, Kid’s pool, running water pool, open-air theme pool, slides, sauna, and various events are available. In addition, with waterfall ice cave, it is possible to enjoy winter’s snow falling ambiance just as Finland’s winter.

Post on Day 3 – Sinchon Street & Yongduam Rock is up.

Yongpyong Resort Official Website

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2 responses to “Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Yongpyong Resort – Day 2”

  1. ruffeecola says:

    Hello, I’d like to ask which guided tour did you join? Also is it a group tour or private tour (is there a minimum number of participants?)

    Thank you.

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