Bimbimbap at Sokcho # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Near the intercity bus terminal, there’s a Bimbimbap Restaurant which quiet famous because it’s location. We ask the information centre in front of the bus terminal, and the staff told us to go here for lunch.

Once again, I’m not suitable with Korean Food. But I still can eat it.

As usual, we have to order at least 2 portion, and this is 2 portion of Bimbimbap.

Seoraksan National Park (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gangwon-do – South Korea

Today, our destination is Mt Seorak. It’s located at Sokcho. So we have to ride bus to Sokcho. We go to Dong Seoul Terminal at exit 4 Gangbyeon Station.

We come to the bus station at 07:30, and the next bus is 08:59, and the ride took approximately 2 hours. The bus ticket cost 17.300 Won. This time, we go to Sokcho Intercity Bus Station.

Arrive at Sokcho, we ride bus to Seoraksan National Park, Here’s the bus schedule.

It tooks approximately 1 hours to go to the National Park.

Seoraksan Bus Station is the last station. So you won’t missed it. It’s so crowded with tourists. The bus station and the entrance is quiet far. So you have to walk 10-15 minutes to the entrance. Just follow the others, because most of them is go to Seoraksan National Park.

The entrance ticket cost KRW 3.500/pax. Once we entered, we could see the beautiful autumn.

Seoraksan, also referred to as Seolsan and Seolbongsan, the mountain was named Seorak (‘Seol’ meaning ‘snow’ and ‘Ak’ meaning ‘big mountain’) because the snow would not melt for a long time keeping the rocks in a permanent state of white. In November 1965, the Seorak Mountain district was designated as a Natural Monument preservation area. Afterwards in December 1973, it was designated as a park preservation area, and in August 1982, as a Biosphere Preservation District by UNESCO. 

The park is spread across 4 cities and counties: Sokcho, Inje, Goseong and Yangyang. The highest peak is Daecheongbong; to the east is OeSeorak and to the west is NaeSeorak, which is divided again into North NaeSeorak and South NaeSeorak. North NaeSeorak is composed of Bukcheon, which flows to Ingyecheon and Baekdamcheon streams. There are numerous valleys in NaeSeorak. Follow the Baekdamcheon valley where all the streams meet and you will reach Baekdamsa Temple, which is known for its beautiful scenery. Upstream there is Gayadong valley and Suryeomdong valley, and past Yeongsiam and Mangyeongdae there is Madeungryeong ridge (1,327m) that leads to Seorakdong. 

Follow Suryeomdong valley and you will reach Waryong and Ssangpok waterfalls. Further up is Bongjeongam (1,224m sea level). Once you arrive at Daecheong peak you can view the magnificent mountain range. The sunrise viewed from here is spectacular and should not be missed. South NaeSeorak directs the valley from Oknyeotang area to Hangyeryeong. Daeseung Waterfall north of Jangsudae is the most beautiful site of NaeSeorak, which is 88m high. South of Yongdaeri valley is the twelve fairy bathing spring, Oktang Falls, and Yongtang Falls, along with several other traditional relics.

Credit: VisitKorea

We bought the cable car ticket first. And we have to queue. There’s the time schedule in there, which show what time the next cable car.

I got 15:45 cable car.

The cable car cost KRW 9.000/pax. We wait for approximately 2 hours. While waiting, we walk around the cable car area. In the behind cable car’s building, there’s a river with amazing scene. There’s also a bridge to some attraction place (I didn’t remember).

If you want to explore more, stay for 1 / 2 nights in here. I see that there’s a cabin inside the Seoraksan National Park. You can try to sleep in there, so if you want to watch sunrise, you could ride the cable car early.

We still have time, so I decided to separate from my friend. She said that she wants to sit beside the river and enjoy the scene. So I decided to walk in the front of Cable Car’s building. There’s direction to where is it go.

I decided to visit the Temple because it’s the nearest.

The gate to the Temple

It’s a big Budha statue. Many people come here to pray.

After taking photos, I decided to go back to Cable Car’s Building, and while waiting for the time, I bought hot chocolate. I’ts already cold in autumn even the sun shine brightly.

At 15:30, I go to level 2 and wait my boarding in there. At 15:45, we boarding.

Arrive in there, we still need to walk around 15-20 minutes. While walking, we can enjoy the beautiful autumn scene.

Finally, we arrive at the peak. It’s beautiful, especially the sun is gonna set. There’s so many people in there. Most of them is Hiking People.

After stay for almost 1 hour, we decided to go back home, because the sun almost set and we don’t want to miss the bus.

It’s beautiful on the way down. Especially with the blue sky and the sunset.

We go back to the bus station and luckily there’s a bus 7-1 in there. It took 1 hour to go back to the bus station. On the way, you will found another bus station, don’t stop there but stop at the after one. So don’t forget to remember how the bus station looks like.

bus local schedule from Seoraksan to Bus Station

We wants to ride the 19:00 o’clock bus. But it’s full already, and we don’t have any choice to ride 20:00 bus. And we decided to eat Instant noodle at 7-11 in front of the bus station while waiting for the ride.

We arrive at hotel at 23:00. And so tired.

Nami Island 남이섬 and Petite France 쁘띠프랑스 (BGSDNMK) – SK Trip 2014 # Gyeonggi-do – South Korea

Today, our destination is Namiseom / Nami Island. Located near Gapyeong City, Gyeonggi-do. We rode Kyungchun Line subway from Seoul to Gapyeong.

From Achasan Subway to Gunja Subway, transfer to line 7, then go to Sangbong Subway transfer to Kyungchun Line to Gapyeong.

It took almost 2 hours, so don’t forget to calculate your time. It’s better if you start earlier.

Along the journey, we can see mountain with their beautiful autumn.

Arrive at Gapyeong, we have to wait for bus shuttle. It only cost 5000 won for 1 day trip. You can hop-off whenever you want to go to some interesting place in there.

Our fisst destination is Nami Island. While waiting for the bust, we take photos around the station. There’s a small garden in front of the station.

Actually, we can ride public bus. But we don’t know the route. We can also ride taxi. But, the shuttle bus cost 5000 won for 1 day. If you still want to go to petite france and other place, I suggest you rode the shuttle bus. But if you only go to Namiseom, you can ride taxi.

Here if you want to wait for public bus or taxi.

A lot of people go to Nami Island. You have to queue to ride the bus. First come first ride. The shuttle bus stop is in front of Tourism Information Centre right in front of the station. Make sure you queue in the front, because you can get a seat inside the bus. It’s hard to stand while ride bus, especially the road to Nami Island full of turn. You can either bus-sick or feel awful looking how the bus driver drove the bus.

It took 15 minutes.

We arrive at Namiseom Shuttle Bus Stop then walk to the Namiseom Parking Lot. Buy the entrance ticket in there. The ticket also used as visa. It cost 10.000 won, but for foreigner, there’s a discount so we only paid for 8.000 won.

Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264244

After bought the ticket, we queue to ride a ferry to Nami Island. We passed Imigration. 

Then we ride a ferry. The scene is beautiful. It’s so many people because Nami Island is one of top tourism in Korea. Just make sure you got a place in the side of the ferry boat. So you can enjoy the scene.

Address:
1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Naminara Republic Immigration Control Office)
경기도 가평군 가평읍 북한강변로 1024 (출입국관리사무소)

Namiseom Island was formed as a result of the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam. It is a half moon shaped (462,809㎡) isle, and on it is the grave of General Nami, who led a great victory against the rebels in the 13th year of the 7th king of the Joseon Dynasty, King Sejo (reign 1455 ~ 1468). 

Namiseom Island is 63 km away from Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, and is famous for its beautiful tree lined roads. The island is 30 minutes away from Chuncheon and an hour away from suburbs of Seoul. Since it is not far from Seoul, many couples and families come to visit. 

A special feature of Namiseom Island is that there are no telephone poles. This is because all electric wires were built underground to keep the natural feeling of the landscape. The complex is 553,560 square yards with chestnut trees and poplar trees around the isle. 

In the middle of the isle, there is a grass field about 316,320 square yards. It is composed of education and training facilities, camping sites, swimming pools and water-sports facilities for motorboats and water skiing. There is also a theme park with merry-go-rounds, a shooting range, roller skating rink, and there are lodging facilities such as resort villas and bungalows.

Nami Island is the filming site of Winter Sonata, and it’s very famous. I went there on autumn, and the autumn scene is very beautiful. And I regret to just spend time only a while. I thought it’s better to stay here if you want to enjoy the island.

From Nami Island, we rode shuttle bus to Petite France.

Address: 
1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do 
경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063

view near Petite France

After travelling 10 km along the lakeside road from Cheongpyeong Dam, in the direction of Namiseom Island, you will come across a cluster of white, exotic buildings on the left-hand hillside. From its outward appearance, it would appear to be a village that belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the Piedmont Alps. This is Petite France, a French cultural village set in the Korean countryside! Petite France serves as both a French cultural village and a youth training facility (Goseong Youth Training Center), and consists of 16 French-style buildings where visitors can lodge and experience French food, clothing, and household culture. 

The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such it is called the Little Prince theme park. It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture. The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each. 
Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy soap bubble experience.

Credit: Petite France Visit Korea

Admission Fee: 8.000 won for adults

Activity Information:
1. Saint-Exupery Memorial Hall: Displays the life of Saint-Exupery, who was a noted author in France, and the writing process of The Little Prince novel.
2. Orgel House: View the orgels (musicbox) collected from all over European countries and enjoy the sound.
3. France Traditional House Exhibition Hall: Experience the 19 century’s French culture inside France Traditional House.
4. Antique Exhibit Hall: Enjoy and purchase antique items, puppets and porcelain from Europe, including France.
5. Marionette Dance Performance: Shows the dance show of marionette of the Czech Republic.
6. Puppet play: A European play for children, comprised of a Guignol and marionette, French and Czech traditional puppets respectively.
7. Appreciating an orgel: Offer an explanation regarding the history of orgels.
8. Plaster art exhibition: Visitors can create plaster arts, painted by themselves with shapes such as the Little Prince or the Eiffel Tower.

I thought that the place is large, but it’s only a small. Not until 1 hour, you have already walk around it. Except if you visit every house. But not all the house is open. And there’s a guesthouse in there, if you want to stay here. If you love France Classics things, then you will love this place.

After walk around, we back to the subway by shuttle bus. This time, we go to Cheongpyeong Station because it’s the nearest from Petite France. We didn’t get a seat, so we standing, and it’s a wrong choice. There’s so many turn on the way, and it’s hard to keep steady inside the bus. One of my friend got sick.

Then we go back to Seoul by Subway.

Our lunch in front of Hoenggye Bus Terminal # Gangwon-do – South Korea

When we go to Daegwallyeong Samyang Ranch, we arrive there at noon and we decided to eat lunch near Hoenggye Bus Terminal. Based on can’t speak Korean, and don’t know what to eat because there’s no familiar food near there, so we decided to eat at the restaurant accross the bus station.

Ahjumma is very kindly. Fortunately, there’s picture for the food. So we eat pancake and cold noodle. And I don’t like it but have to eat it, because I don’t have any options.

I forgot to bring my Tripod when we finished eating and when we wants to go back to Seoul, I try to come here again and guess what, Ahjumma keep my tripod. hehe… Thank you Ahjumma…

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.