My first trip to Korea was in 2003, when Korean Drama (aka K-drama) was introduce to Asia. The biggest hit then was Winter Sonata, the K-drama that “swept” across Asia – the beginning of Korean Wave. A series of drama on different seasons Autumn, Spring and Summer followed. More than a decade later, the Korean Wave is still going strong, or should I say, ever stronger.
For those who are not familiar with the K-drama, Winter Sonata, below is a picture of the lead actor and actress. Picture was taken at the Yongpyong Ski Resort.
Since my first trip to Korea in 2003, I have been traveling to Korea almost yearly for both business and leisure. I love visiting Korea, there are so much to see and experience. Love the food too. It’s been a year since I was last there. Hope to be back soon.
During winter, the place to visit is the ski resort. One of them is the Yongpyong Ski Resort, situated at the center of Korea’s Baekdudaegan Mountain Range at Gangwon-do. To get there, you could either arranged for transport via a tour agency to pick from the Incheon Airport to the ski resort or buy your coach ticket from the Airport. If you are planning to go Seoul after spending a few days at the ski resort, you could book your coach tickets at the resort.
Address: 715, Olympic-ro, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
강원도 평창군 대관령면 올림픽로 715 (대관령면)
For more on Yongpyong Ski Resort, do check out www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/index.do
Seoul, which was called “Hanyang” during the Joseon dynasty and “Gyeongseongbu” during the Japanese Imperialism was referred back to as “Seoul” after Korean’s independence on 15 August 1945.
In Seoul, one of the places to visit is Gyeongbokgung, the main Royal Palace of the Joseon dynasty. Below is a panoramic view of Gyeongbokgung that I took from my office in Seoul while I was waiting for my meeting to start. An amazing view in winter.
Getting there: Exit 5 of Gyeongbokgung station (Line 3)
Opening & Closing of Palace Gates and Guard Changing Ceremonies: 10:00. 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
English Tour : 11:00, 13:30, 15:30
For more on the Royal Palace, do check out http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/.
I will be writing my travel experience in Seoul in my up-coming posts. Stay tune!
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I enjoyed my first winter.
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