174, Taegi-ro, Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
With a 5-star hotel, condominium buildings, ski slopes, and a top-class golf course, the mountain resort complex of Phoenix Park provides various recreational and amusement facilities for a great vacation. The resort is located approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from Seoul in Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do. Pyeongchang is a major winter sports region in Korea and is the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
The resort has a total of seventeen slopes, four of which are approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation), and has superb snow quality. Phoenix Snow Park is an environmentally friendly resort, created with the minimum possible disruption to surrounding nature. For more information on the Phoenix Snow Park and subsidiary facilities, please visit the official website or call the ski resort helpine.
1883, Geumdanggyegok-ro, Daehwa-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
One of the most well known sites to rafting maniacs is the Geumdanggyegok Valley of Pyeongchanggang River. It is a 5 km course along Geumdangsan Mountain and Geomunsan Mountain from the Deungmaeji Village, which is at the upper stream, to Baegam-dong.
Do-dong, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
The Dokdo Island Observatory Cable Car, from which one can get a bird's eye view of Ulleungdo Island, is a must-see tourist attraction. Located inside the Dodong Yaksu Park, the cable car takes visitors up to Manghyangbong Peak. When the sky is really clear (about 50 days a year), you can see as far as Dokdo Island that is located 92 kilometers away. This is also the first place to view the rising sun in Ulleungdo Island.
The cable car usually begin operations early in the morning, just in time for visitors to bask in the views of the beautiful sunrise, and operates until 7 pm. or 8 pm.Tickets can be purchased on-site without any reservation.
2254, Seorak-ro, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Situated in Inje-gun, Gangwon-do, X-game Resort Naerincheon (Stream) Bungee Jumping is a leaning tower style bungee jumping facility, like those common in Australia. To secure safety, the facility is tilted at 60 degrees and flanked by steel frames on both sides. Adopting technologies employed by Bungee Big, a renowned company in Australia, it offers one of the safest bungee jumping experiences for visitors.
Slingshots are a new type of bungee jumping for beginners who are scared of jumping from above; they are easily accessible and ideal for family visitors and couples. Two people at a time can ride the slingshots, and there are two towers (30m high) supporting slingshots on both sides. Shot from the bottom, slingshots can fly one and half times as high as the x_height of the jumping facility. Flying over 45m in a matter of seconds, slingshots offer extreme thrills for friends, couples, or family visitors.
2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Situated on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula, Hallasan is 1,950m in x_height and is the highest mountain in South Korea. Formed from volcanic activity, the mountain is a dormant volcano made mostly of basalt. Home to the magnificent Baekrokdam (lake-filled crater), the mountainside is covered with alpine flora and lush trees.
The mountain is characterized by majestic cliffs, steep slopes, interesting rock formations, and, in particular, myriads of colorful azaleas. There are over 360 small mountains (uniquely-shaped volcanic mountains called “Oreum” in Jeju dialect) surrounding Halla Mountain that offer new delights to visitors with the coming of each new season. Along with Hallasan, the oreums were officially named the Hallasan Natural Protection Area (Natural Monument No.12) in 1966.
There are six hiking trails along Hallasan. Seongpanak Trail on the east and Gwaneumsa Trail in the north go all the way up to the summit (Baekrokdam). Those looking for a less rigorous hike are advised to take the shorter trails reaching midway up the mountain. All trails are relatively short (less than 10km) and can be hiked in less than a day. Visitors are advised, however, to start early in the morning if planning on hiking up to the summit and to check official operating hours, as some trails are only open during certain hours of the day. Keep reading for information on some of the most popular trails.
* Gwaneumsa Trail (North)—Summit Trail
Gwaneumsa Trail offers hikers the best view of Hallasan’s deep valleys and stunning terrain. Midway along the trail is Guringul (a lava cave) and Tamna Valley. Tamna Valley is especially beautiful during the fall when the leaves are changing and during the winter when the entire area lays under a dusting of snow.
* Seongpanak Trail (East)—Summit Trail
This relatively long, gently sloping trail is perfect for beginners. Lush broadleaf trees give shade from the beating sun and in spring the azaleas bloom and turn the mountainside into a dazzling array of color.
* Eorimok Trail (Northwest)
This short trail is another relatively easy trail for beginners. In spring, the nearby meadows are adorned with red royal azaleas. From the stone pathway to Mansedongsan visitors can catch a breathtaking panoramic view of the countryside and the island’s signature Oreums.
* Yeongsil Trail (Southwest)
As the shortest trail in Hallasan, this trail boasts Yeongsilgiam (a spectacular cliff with series of unusual rock formations). It is covered with azaleas and royal azaleas in spring and vibrant autumn foliage starting in October.
Sambuyeon-ro, Galmal-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
Rafting refers to riding swift currents using thick rubber boats (I.B.S). Places where you can enjoy rafting in Korea are Hantangang River in Cheorwon, Naerincheon Stream in Inje, and Donggang river in Yeongwol. The most ideal spot is without a doubt the Hantangang River in Cheorwon. The river, situated about an hour and a half away from Seoul, is deep and clear, and filled with naturally formed Giamgoeseok rocks. Touring the picturesque area will surely leave lasting memories.
579, Giheungdanji-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Korea Country Club, located in Korea Golf & Art Village, is just 30-40 minutes away from the Gangnam area of Seoul. The club offers high-tech quality equipment and facilities including a night lighting system and 5-people electronic carts. With the recent addition of 9-hole course, the club is now better positioned to accommodate its customers with better services. The golf course at the club has few up-downs but there is large pond in the middle of the course where there is an island green with 4 holes on it, which give a certain degree of challenge that golfers may enjoy. Different plants and trees are planted near each hole creating a unique atmosphere and beauty. The club, which hosted a number of pro and amateur golf competitions, is putting its best effort to keep the courses in the best quality and condition.
60, Jugyang-daero 2000beon-gil, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Jisan Country Club offers the most relaxing golfing experience with its beautiful and tranquil courses surrounded by the calming beauty of Mother Nature and the refreshing scent of the woods. One gigantic-sized pond and a number of large and small ponds located around the 36-hole course add to the challenge but this can also be a chance for a high-spirited and adventurous golfer to achieve a more x_heightened sense of victory.
2695, 5.16-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Jeju Country Club, which was the first club to be opened in Jeju, is located 560m ground above sea level. You can enjoy the uniqueness of the fields blooming with Bo-tree flowers in the spring, eoksae flowers in the fall, as well as enjoying golf in the summer. With Mt. Hallasan in the background, the golfer can enjoy the wide-open grassland in harmony with the ocean. It has also hosted the ‘Johnny Walker Skins game’ in 1995, with the world’s best golfers.
809, Unakcheonggye-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Located halfway up Unaksan Mountain, a.k.a. the small Seoraksan of Gyeonggi-do, Sun Hill Golf Club has four courses (Sun, Valley, Pine and Hill courses with 9 holes each) that combine to give at total of 36 holes in a beautifully designed course, and a 9-hole Par 3 golf course. The golf resort boasts of the best quality green fields and beautiful natural scenery all throughout the year. The Sun Course and the Valley course offer golfers the choice between a Par72 and Par73 with a total length of 14,000 yards, the first of its kind in Korea.
Close to nature and eco-friendly at the same time, the golf course has been designed so that one can enjoy a spectacular view of the golf course. The golf club also has 53-room Golf Village with a service comparable to a five-star hotel, allowing golfers to enjoy their weekends with a family.
1738-116, Pyeonghwa-ro 15beon-gil, Dobong-gu, Seoul
Located in Aweol-eup on Jeju Island, Elysian Jeju Country Club is a prestigious golf course well known by Korea’s golf aficionados. Not just an ideal place to enjoy a round of golf, the country club also has space that can be booked for business seminars and other events.
The country club boasts a hotel, teahouse, gardens and much more, but has already begun plans to further expand its facilities to include summer houses, a driving range, swimming pools, and a spa covering an area of 49 acres. By building these new facilities, Elysian Country Club hopes to advance from a country club to a comprehensive resort where visitors can enjoy a wide range of sports and leisure activities.
277, Yongmun-ro, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Using a long abandoned railway, the Yangpyeong Rail Bike offers a unique bike ride at speeds of 15km/h from Yongmun to Wondeok. This 3.2km journey passes along a gleaming river and tree covered mountains. The bike ride delivers picturesque scenery all year round: blooming flowers in the spring with the light green buds blossoming on the trees, the flush greens of summer time, vivid autumnal tones coloring the ridge of Yongmunsan Mountain, and the clean white snowflakes resting delicately on the limbs of trees.