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

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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

Korea Day 4: Everland & Yong Pyong All Seasons Resort

Morning after breakfast, we bid farewell to Jeju and took a flight back to Seoul. We took the 11am flight, arriving Gimpo airport at around 12:30pm. We told Edison that our itinerary would be Everland theme park, and he was truly excited.

Everland is located outside Seoul, in a city called Yongin in Gyeonggi-do province. Our bus ride from Gimpo airport to Everland took about an hour. We had a quick lunch and arrived Everland at 2:30pm.

Everland 1

It was a shame that we only have 4 measly hours to spend at this beautiful and huge theme park. Everland is World’s seventh largest outdoor amusement park, and also the largest theme park in South Korea. It’s FIVE TIMES the size of our Universal Studios. Can you imagine how big it is?

It was opened in 1976, so the theme park is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. A rose festival is being held with a plethora of beautiful flowers. Despite its age, Everland still look very new, clean and well-maintained.

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Everland is divided into different sections (as most theme parks are), but we didn’t move around strategically nor did we study the map beforehand due to time limitation. After a short introduction by our tour guide, we speed to those sections that we were most interested in – Zootopia (like a mini Safari), Magic Land (with attractions and rides for children), and European Adventure.

Zootopia is like a Safari where visitors can get very close to endangered animals such as tigers, lions, bears and many others. It houses and exhibits more than 2,000 animals of 201 species. Their latest additions includes a pair of giant pandas, which was a gift from China to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Magic Land, on the other hand, is like a dream-come-true for Edison. Built around the theme of Aesop’s fables with numerous attractions and rides for children, this section is perfect for families with young children. He had so much fun with the rides.

European Adventure brings visitors on a magical journey to Holland with dazzling colours of tulips, replica houses with Netherlands style of architecture, and also a windmill. It’s certainly a picturesque view not to be missed.

Everland is famous for its T-Express, a heart-pumping ride which is South Korea’s highest, fastest, and steepest roller coaster. It’s also a wooden roller coaster – South Korea’s first. And it is said to be the world’s fourth steepest, ninth fastest, fourth tallest, and sixth longest roller coaster. But, nope. I didn’t have the guts to go up there.