The tourism of South Korea has suddenly surged with travelers from all regions of the world pouring in to enjoy the diversity it holds. The Republic has made a recent ingress in the top traveled list of places on the planet and with that people are taking a keen interest in the Korean culture. South Korea brings together polarities with the natural geologic phenomenon of beaches and mountains. Those in favor of mountain sports must be familiar with the name Yongpyong Ski Resort. Internationally popular as the “Ski Mecca” of South Korea, the place is earning an international identity as the chosen site of Winter Olympics, 2018.
Yongpyong resort was built in the year 1975. Standing at an erect 700 meters from the mean sea level, the resort is doubtlessly off the limits of habitable grounds. The resort is 200 kilometers away from the capital city of Seoul, at the edge of Eastern Asia. The place receives snowfall of 250cm in average, and that leaves it snow swept in the months starting from November to April. It stretches across 4,300 acres that encompasses a golf course with 45 holes and 31 ski slopes.
Things to Do
It is a Ski Resort and hence the possible sport is evident with the number of slopes it has. Skiing and snowboarding are the most prominent winter sports. One can also enjoy the mind-blowing sight of the whites with stony jags cutting out of the snowy envelope. The effect of the sunlight melting on and bouncing off the snow is a must watch when in Wongpyong resort.
Aside dangerous adventure sports as heli-skiing, casual recreational skiing like freestyle, Nordic and speed skiing are practiced here.
Check the event’s calendar before going and you might catch the full day skiing event getaway in the resort.
One can also play snow golfing using the extensive course and its 45 holes. Hiking, bicycling, horse riding and Alpine Sliders are the other sports activities available to the visitors.
While you are there, do not miss out on the delicious Korean cuisine served in the restaurants of the resort. American buffet spread out in the Yongpyong ski resort is equally popular among Western and Eastern tourists.
How to Get There
The ski resort is located a little off the center at a distance of 20 and 43 km from the Odaesan Mountain and Songjung Beach respectively. The East Sea is at about 50Km. Travelers can avail 15 lift services depending on where they are coming from. They can take a 3.7 Km ride on cable cars or take shuttle cabs. A 4-lane highway has further reduced the distance from Seoul by two whole hours.
Where to Stay
The report sprawls over a vast expanse and inside its 4300 acres are luxury hotels and premium condominiums of European style. Dragon Valley Hotel, Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia, etc. are some of the accommodation options for premium quality staying.