Back in 1996, the North Korean (DPRK) launched the most recent in a series of covert naval submarine missions. However, this one did not go as smoothly as planned.After running aground and damaging the rudders and propellers, the submarine was captured by the South Korean Navy.The submarine has been pulled out of the water and is now on display...more
Odae-san is Korea's 6th or 7th highest peak and is not that hard of a climb. The scenery rivals the more popular Seorak, but without all of the people. The best time to go is fall when the leaves are all changing color and the cool weather makes for a pleasant day.The trailhead starts at Sangwonsa (temple). Don't take the bus that stops at...more
Well, since we're on the topic of food, let me just say that the food at Yong Pyong is overpriced and it sucked big time. It's only good for carbo-loading in between skiing so head for Hwengye(the little ski village below Yong Pyong) for dinner or lunch.
There's lots of little restaurants in Hwengye, so look out for this nondescript eating place nearest to the bus terminal. It serves piping hot bbq meats and seafood.
Do take note that despite its plain facade, this shop is quite well-known.It was featured on national television not too long ago for it's grilled squid and home made tomato-based sauce. I have to agree with the local TV, it was bloody good, especially on a cold winter's day.
There's not much life at Hwengye or Yong Pyong Resort, all the action there is belong to the brightly - lit ski slopes till 12am.
It's pretty easy to get to Yong Pyong Ski Resort due to the efficient bus system of Korea. All buses here seem to run on time and it's pretty easy to purchase ticket, provided you know how to pronounce the name of the place you're going!I travelled to Yong Pyong from Sokcho on my last trip. You can travel to Yong Pyong too, even if you are...more
Now if you are going to Yong Pyong, try as much as possible to stay at the condo as every apartment has a kitchenette. It's cheaper to cook your own stuff and also there's this supermart that sells everything, from instant noodles to tooth paste.
Up till today, I don't understand why the 5* hotel didn't provide a simple kettle for hot water. I had to call conceirge each time I wanted hot water for my instant noodles. It drove me nuts and I'm sure it made them insane too. What's a $20 item for some sanity and customer service?Oh yes, did I mention that they don't provide toiletries too??more
It's difficult to ski here especially if you are a beginner. If failing to keep your balance is not bad enough, there are obstacles all over the beginner's slope ! Yes, there's:1) lots of daft snowboarders who don't think twice about sitting in the middle of the slope to admire the scenary2) parents who walk up the slope in their high heels to take...more
Have you been shoved aside or squashed in a Korean subway? Yes, the same thing happens here, be careful of skiers who didn't think twice about pushing or shoving their way around when they queue. I guess the average Korean patience runs short as the queue at ski lifts are rather long....more
This cable car ride is quite comparable to the one in Langkawi (Malaysia) as it is a whopping 3.7km long joyride. You'll get to see a bird's eye view of KangNung, snowy mountain tops and the peak of Mount Balwang.I think it cost about US$10 per person for the ride ( both ways) so it's quite a deal. This is way better than the crammed, sardine-can...more
Fancy dining at more than 1400m above sea level? There is a beautiful Western restaurant that's situated at the peak of Mt Balwang or Dragon's Peak. This place is only accessible by the gondola, so after you make a quick exit from the gondola station, climb the steps to the 2nd floor and dine at this place. It has superb views and they have...more
I was quite surprised to find out that there are some similarities to inline skating and skiing. Since I blade frequently , it didn't take me too long to figure out how to ski and brake on those darn things. So if you intend to pick up skiing , try roller blading first and pick up some basic skills from there.
Equipment: Ski Equipment is available for hire at the Dragon Plaza in Yong Pyong. If you intend to save some $$, you might want to consider hiring the equipment from Hwengye ( village at the base of the mountain ) but the trouble is, you have to lug the equipment on the bus....
Unless you are one of Norwegian's elite ski patrol troop, I'll seriously advise to avoid skiing in the morning. Ski at night, the whole place ain't exactly yours but you'll preserve your sanity as the crowds are not so bad. Don't worry about the lighting, Yong Pyong is so brightly lit that the resort is visible from miles around. Also, the owners of this place must be caffeine junkies and the place is lit till 12am!
Fondest memory: Looking at the black , frosty sky and skiing downslope in a flying whizz of snow and cold wind...