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Korea Day 5 (Morning): Gondola at YongPyong All Seasons Resort

As they say, time flies when you’re having fun. How true! It’s Day 5 already – we were half way through our 9D tour. On the contrary, I feel like I’m taking forever to blog about this vacation and by the time I complete my last post, I could be packing up for another vacation. ^__^

Nonetheless, I’m determined to complete this series as I want to document all my beautiful memories here. As I’ve said, this is one of my best vacations and I really love Korea! 🙂

As an introduction, YongPyong (Dragon Valley) Resort is a ski resort in South Korea, located in Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. It’s the oldest commercial ski resort, having opened in the early seventies, and is one of the biggest in the country. There is a lot of mountains to enjoy, with beautiful natural landscapes from the sky.

YongPyong Resort (Big) 2This picture was taken at Dragon’s Peak

YongPyong Resort is also a popular tourist spot attracting Winter Sonata’s fans all year round. Although the drama was aired more than 10 years ago, it is said to have started the first Hallyu wave in 2002. I watched Winter Sonata, and till now, it’s still one of the most unforgettable Korean dramas I’ve ever watched.

YongPyong will be hosting the skiing events for the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

Edison3Edison standing in front of the Dragon Valley Hotel that we stayed


We had our breakfast at the hotel café before we embarked in a gondola at Dragon’s Plaza. We jumped onto the gondola and headed up to Dragon’s Peak – the summit and highest point of the resort. It took 20 minutes to travel up to the peak (most scenic part of the resort) in the gondola with a length of 3.7km.

The weather was again crisp, so we were able to enjoy the picturesque view as we travelled up to Dragon’s Peak.

Dragon PeakPictures of the lead actors and actresses in Winter Sonata at the entrance of Dragon Peak
UsAnother Winter Sonata picture

We were truly excited when we reached Dragon’s Peak. The scenery was simply breathtaking. It was cold and windy even during the beginning of summer, I couldn’t imagine how cold it will be when it’s covered with snow during winter.

View from cable car

Yong Pyong Cable Car 2

Yong Pyong Cable Car 3

Yong Pyong Cable Car

Edison had so much fun exploring the place and taking pictures of the beautiful flowers. And he told me repeatedly that he wants to visit this place again in future. Here are some pictures taken at the resort and Dragon’s Peak.

Yong Pyong

Yong Pyong Cable Car 4

Yong Pyong 1



YongPyong Resort

FlowersA dandelion!
LunchOur miserable lunch – Bibimbap with chicken BBQ

After lunch, we went to Mount Sorak National Park and Hanwha Waterpia Hotspring Resort. Day 5 was interesting and full of activities. I shall continue in my next post. Please stay tuned.

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