Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch 대관령 삼양목장 / Eco Green Campus 에코그린 캠퍼스, Pyeongchang (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Woke up early today to take bus to Hoenggye at 08:05 o’clock. Today’s destination is Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch 대관령 삼양목장, Eco Green Campus 에코그린 캠퍼스 at Pyeongchang County.

After breakfast, we go to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal 동서울종합터미널. Buses (both intercity and express running to every corner of Korea including Gyeonggi, Gangwon, Gyeongsang, Chungcheong and Jeolla depart from this bus station). Bus reservations may be made through the following reservations agencies, but tickets can also be purchased at the ticket window upon arrival at the bus station. 

The Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is located at Gangbyeon Station, Seoul Subway Station Line 2, Exit 4.

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1113555

Bus to Hoenggye is an Intercity Bus which cost 14.500 won and it took 2 hours and 45 minutes. Hoenggye is the 3rd stop. 1st stop is 장평 Jangpyeong Bus Terminal. 2nd stop is 진부공용버스정류장 Jinbu Bus Terminal. And finally, at 3rd stop, we arrive at Hoenggye Bus Terminal.

Pyeongchang is a county in Gangwon province, South Korea located in the Taebaek Mountains region. It is also home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. It is located approximately 180 km east of Seoul. Pyeongchang will host the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

The altitude of Pyeongchang is wide-ranging, with 84% of its territory comprising mountains with average elevations of 750m (2,460ft). Its best-known place, the township of Daegwallyeong-myeon, averages between 700 to 800m (2,300 to 2,600ft) above sea level, with some areas over 1,000m (3,300ft) high. Daegwallyeong-myeon has a monsoon humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and long, cold and dry winters.

The area is popular with mountain hikers, especially at the southern part of Mount Seoraksan. 
Alpensia ski resort is a tourist attraction and has 6 slopes for skiing and snowboarding, with runs up to 1.4km long, for beginners and advanced skiers, and an area reserved for snowboarders. The resort is open year-round. Alpensia will be the focus of the 2018 Cultural Olympiad, with a new, purpose-built concert hall within the resort. A 250km per hour KTX line will be built between Wonju and Gangneung via Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Olympics and will put Pyeongchang within 50 minutes of travel time from Seoul.

Buddhist temple Woljeongsa of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism is located on the eastern slopes of Odaesan. The Lee Seung-bok Memorial Center is located in Nodong-ri, Yongpyeong-myeon.

Samyang Ranch is the largest highlands farm in Asia located on the hills of Daegwallyeong 850 to 1,470meters above sea level. It was operated as a petting zoo and enjoy tha pastoral landscape. It is film locations of the drama ‘Autumn in my Heart’ and the movie ‘Lover’s Concerto.’

Address: Hoenggye-ri, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Kangwon, South Korea
Phone: +8233-335-5044 ext. 5

Credit: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264459

Arrive at Hoenggye at 10:50, it’s raining really hard. I have already espect the rain, because the weather forecast. But I didn’t know that it will be this hard.

We rode taxi to Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch. There’s a taxi base camp in front of the bus station. Don’t forget, if you can’t speak Korean, write the destination, and show it to taxi driver. Then the driver tell us how much. I pay for 13.000 won one way for 20-30 minutes ride. And he gave me his name card, and ask me to call him again when we want to back to bus station. He is very kind, he even let us borrow his umbrella. Actually, I don’t know how to call him back, because my country phone number didn’t have signal at all. Just think about it later.

The ticket entrance to Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch is 8.000 won, include the shuttle bus to go around the ranch. The shuttle buses travel non-stop for 20 min from the Welcome Square to the Dong Hae Observatory. On your way down, there are five bus stops where you can get off the shuttle to view the area at your leisure, then hop back on whenever you like. (Bus service runs from May through to November).

At winter season, shuttle bus is not available, instead you can enjoy the farm with your own car or by foot.

Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch is Asia’s largest green pasture on a plateau. This ancient and vast meadow is where milking cows feed. The view from the plateau is remarkable as well. If you go up to Daegwallyeong Observatory early in the morning, you can witness the spectacular sunrise from the East Sea beyond the peaks of Mt. Odaesan. The lake where cows drink water is called Samjeongho Lake.

It’s a bad weather when I came there. Hard rain, thick mist, and we can’t enjoy the scene much. But because we have already arrive in here, so we have to visit the place.

1st stop, Dong Hae Observatory (1140m above sea level)
It should be a fantastic view of Gangneug CityJumunjin City and Dong Hae (East Sea). But because of bad weather, we can’t see anything. Only a thick mist around there. The bus drive give us 10 minutes to stop here.
If the weather is nice, you can tracking in here. The first walking tracks is Breezy Hills (550m) which is location of filming “Taegeukgi: Brotherhood of War” and “Welcome to Dongmakgol“. 

The second walking tracks is Leisure Forest (930m) where you can see 400Jeong, a location to view an extensive 400ha of our land. That’s why it is named 400Jeong (1 Jeong is almost 1 ha).

In here, you also can see Wind Powered Generator Complex with 53 wind powered generators which in operation and provide electricity to 50.000 households which are 60% of Gangneung population.

2nd stop, Tree of Lover’s Concerto, 2002 (1.080m above sea level)
Not only famous due to the popular movie “Lover’s Concerto” in 2002, the tree’s surroundings are stunnings.
From 1st bus stop to 2nd bus stop, also known as Eunseo and Junseo’s Autumn in My Heart TV Series bike path.

We decided to stop in here, and try to walk to 3rd stop.

The 3rd walking track is Memories of Love, located between 2nd bus stop and 3rd bus stop and it took 650m. But we didn’t pass the tracking because it’s slippery. We walk around the main road. There’s nothing can be seen, we can’t see the sheep paddock. But we saw a group of sheep, and take picture with them.

3rd Stop, Office of Gangwon Wind Poweres Generator Complex
I don’t know what can be seen in this area. We stop at the bus stop and wait for the bus. It’s really cold and I thought I need to drink hot chocolate right at that time, haha.. 😀

The 4th walking track is Meadow Stroll with distance 1.470m from the middle of 2nd bus stop to 4th bus stop. We will pass cattle paddock, ostrich paddock and sheepdog herding field.

4st Stop, Wish and Wind Post-Box
There’s a “Wish and Wind Post-Box” to share your emotional experience at our beautiful farm with your postcard and put it inside the post-box, chich are provided at Cheong Yeon Botanical Garden and the Ostrich Pavilion. Postcards will be delivered full of happiness.
We also would pass Eunseo & Junseo’s Tree in the TV Series “Autumn in My Heart”.
The 5th walking track is Peace of Mind, which located from 4th bus stop to 5th  bus stop. The distance is 900m.

5th Stop, Welcome Square
Finally, we arrive at the main point. We bought instant noodle at the ranch mart. You can also buy souvenir from Samyang Ranch.

The 3rd walking track is Memories of Love, located between 2nd bus stop and 3rd bus stop and it took 650m. But we didn’t pass the tracking because it’s slippery. We walk around the main road. There’s nothing can be seen, we can’t see the sheep paddock. But we saw a group of sheep, and take picture with them.

3rd Stop, Office of Gangwon Wind Poweres Generator Complex
I don’t know what can be seen in this area. We stop at the bus stop and wait for the bus. It’s really cold and I thought I need to drink hot chocolate right at that time, haha.. 😀

The 4th walking track is Meadow Stroll with distance 1.470m from the middle of 2nd bus stop to 4th bus stop. We will pass cattle paddock, ostrich paddock and sheepdog herding field.

Behind the Welcome Square, there’s a building of Eunseo & Junseo’s House in the TV Series “Autumn in My Heart”.

Source: Eco green Campus Manual Brochure which you can get it on the ticket entrance locket when you bought the ticket.

It’s worthed to come here. And I want to come here again when the weather is nice. Maybe I could spend 1 night stay at Hoenggye.

We ask the staff at the restaurant to help us to call the taxi driver to pick us. It also cost 13.000 won to go back to the bus station.

Then we bought the ticket to back to Seoul.

At 17:15 we arrive at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and back to guest house.

1 Day Trip to Gyeongju 경주 City (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도 – South Korea

Woke up early, and go to 노포 Nopo Station to take bus to Gyeongju. Once out from the train, just look for the direction to bus station, and then from subway station, just make a U-Turn.
The bus station is easy to read. You just choose your destination, and it will show the time of the next departure. Then you go to the locket, and tell the officer and pay. It cost 4800 won to Gyeongju.

The Express Bus Ticket to Gyeongju from Busan
The ticket after you check with the driver

It’s only took approximately 50 minutes to Gyeongju. That’s why I plan only to do 1 trip journey. The city is beautiful. Because it’s still traditional city. 

Once arrived in Gyeongju Bus Station, there’s an information centre located just right next the bus station. You can ask the direction in there.

Our first destination is 불국사 Bulguksa Temple. Just cross the road, and wait for the bus no 10 or 11. Bulguksa station is the last station, and it took approximately 45 minutes to 1 hours (12 stop).

Don’t worry, you won’t miss it because the driver will tell you that it’s the last station, and everyone will get out from the bus.

The scene is beautiful, the autumn feel is really strong in here.

PS: If you have enough time, I suggest stay for 1 night / 2 night in here. It’s worthed.

Our first destination is Bulguksa Temple. There’s 2 car parking, the 1st one is where you saw once you get out from the bus.

There’s two way to Bulguksa Temple. The first one is the main road, which there’s so many stall that sell souvenir, and the 2nd one is beside the toilet.

the 2nd way to temple, beside the toilet

We decided to try the main road first.

There’s so many stall that sell souvenir and street food. You can try some street food in there and buy some souvenirs.

Bulguksa Temple is the representative relic of Gyeongju and was designated as a World Cultural Asset by UNESCO in 1995.. It is located at 385, Bulguk-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도 경주시 불국로 385 (진현동). The beauty of the temple itself and the artistic touch of the stone relics are known throughout the world. 

– www.bulguksa.or.kr
– www.jikimi.cha.go.kr/english

the entrance of the temple

The 2nd car park is near the entrance. The ticket cost 4000 won. On the way to temple, you can see a beautiful autumn scene.

It’s peaceful and very suitable to refreshing from every problem. As you can see at the picture, there’s another way. We will pass there when going back.
Then you will pass a gate.

The King Gate
The Map of Bulguksa Temple

Once you enter the gate, you will arrive in a large field. There’s a free guide service near there. You can follow the time and apply for free guide. There’s English, Chinese and Japan guide. We ask for English guide, but unfortunately, there’s only one English guide and he can’t go anywhere. So he just give us information about this Buddhist Temple.

After that, we walk around the temple. We can see many of Budha statue with different pose. There’s a meaning between the pose, but I’m not remember.

It took approximately 30 minutes to 1 hours in here. There’s a stone build too.

The scene is beautiful. Especially because it’s Autumn. After the stone building, you will found this scene.

The famous leaf in Korean, Maple leaf. When it’s autumn, it will turn colour to red and yellow.

This time, we pass the other way. 

The bridge which we passed when we get in.

The situation is so peaceful. If you looking for relaxing and peaceful place, this is the one. While enjoy the scenery, you can feel the peaceful of the temple.

Actually, there’s another place near Bulguksa, it’s Seokgoram Grotto. But our time didn’t make it. The last bus is 17:40. It’s 15:40 now, and we are afraid we didn’t make it to take bus at 17:40 to back to the city. So we decided to go back to the city now.

We rode bus no 11 back to downtown. On the way back, we found a beautiful scene so we decided to drop by.

It’s in the middle of somewhere, in the big main road, with field and mountain at autumn scene.

After take some photos, we continue the journey. It tooks time to wait for the bus, but finally the bus is coming.

We stop by downtown Gyeongju then went to a park which there’s so many attraction place in there. There’s a festival in there so there’s so many people.

The first attraction place that we visit is, 내물왕릉 The Royal Tomb of King Naemul. It’s unique. Unfortunately, we only can see from far away.

14, Gyo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 
경북 경주시 교동 14번지

Across from the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 70. Get off at Cheomseongdae (첨성대) Bus Stop. It is a 10min-walk from the bus stop.

King Naemul was the 17th monarch of the Silla Kingdom (in power from 356 to 402) and became the second king of the Kim family name. King Naemul was known as the first king to initiate the king title of ‘Maripgan’ and was known for spreading cultural advancements from China to the Korean people. When the allied forces of Baekje and Japan attacked, he asked Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo for help and led the people to victory, contributing to the increased strength of the Silla Kingdom. After his rule, the throne was exclusively ceded to members of the Kim family clan.

The royal tomb of King Naemul is a large mound (2.2m in diameter and 5.3m in height) that sits on the northern hill of the Confucian school of Gyeongju. The edge of a natural stone is exposed around the bottom of the mound, pointing to the fact that the inner chamber tomb was made of stone. In the historical document Samguk Sagi (History of the Three Kingdoms), no records are found about the tomb, but the Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) describes the king’s tomb as being located in the southwest of Cheomseongdae, which is consistent with the tomb’s location.

(Source: Visit Korea)

The sun almost set when I’m in there. There were so many people playing kite. It’s beautiful.

The next place is Cheomseongdae Observatory which located right next of the Royal Tomb of King Naemul.

– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheomseongdae
– http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264256

839-1, Inwang-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeonsangbuk-do 
경북 경주시 인왕동 839-1


  • Start at the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal. From the terminal bus stop take Bus 70. Get off at Daereung-won Tumuli Park. The observatory is 3 minutes away on foot. Bus arrives at 7-min intervals.
  • Start at the Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal bus stop. Take Bus 10 or 11 and get off at Wolseong-dong office (Daereung-won Tumuli Park). TThe observatory is 5 minutes away on foot.

Admissions Fee: Free

Cheomseongdae is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in Asia. Constructed during the reign of Queen Seon-deok (632-647), it was used for observing the stars in order to forecast the weather. This stone structure is a beautiful combination of straight lines and curves, and was designated as National Treasure No.31 on December 20th, 1962. 

Cheomseongdae was built in a cylinder shape with stones 30cm in diameter. 362 stones were piled up to make 27 levels. Roughly 4.16m up from the bottom there is a 1㎡ square entrance and a space to hang a ladder under it. The inside is filled with soil up to the 12th level, and the 19th, 20th, 25th, and 26th levels all have long rocks hanging on two areas, shaped as the Chinese letter ‘井’ (jeong). 

It stands 9.17m high and the base stone on each side measures 5.35m. The Vernal Equinox, Autumnal Equinox, Winter Solstice, Summer Solstice and the 24 solar terms (also known as the astronomical solar year) were determined by the observation of stars. The pavilion stone is believed to have been used as a standard of deciding directions, north, south, east and west. The 362 stones used to build Cheomseongdae represented the 362 days in a lunar year.

It’s a heritage monument. If you didn’t know the history, then probably you won’t understand what is this. Just look like a monument in the middle of the park. I think it’s unique.

So many people come here and enjoy the festival. We buy some streetfood like Tteokbuki and BBQ. It’s yummy. And there’s dance competition too in there.

Some place nearby are Anapji Pond, Tumuli Park, but the sun has already set. So we decided to end the trip for today.

We go back to Bus station using taxi and ride express bus back to Busan. We passed by Gyeongju Bread Store so we bought some for tasting.