Winter in Korea Day 3 (9 December 2010): More snow, even more Kimchi and Everland


On Day 3, we were still out of Seoul. We were supposed to take a Gondola up the skiing grounds we were at the day before. Also, we would begin to head back to Seoul, but not quite, stopping at Gyeonggido instead, a province on the outskirts of Seoul. The captial of Gyeonggido is Suwon, a place I had been to couple of times, when visiting Everland, Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village. (Okay if I wanna be really accurate, both Everland and the Korean Folk Village are actually in Yongin.) Enough about places, now for photos!


My room I had all to myself again! Super cosy and comfortable!


The name of the hotel. I guess they go by Kangwon Land Casino Hotel or High 1 Resort.


The view from out of my window! White snow!

This time I got up really early to pack! I should have taken a photo of my luggage. I had brought a relatively small luggage, so everything was neatly organised, which was a chore because everyday I had to unpack and then put the things back neatly else it wouldn't fit. Stupid idea. I should have bought one of those cute luggages from the underground shops at Myeongdong.


Look at the design on the bowl! Fits the casino theme!

We went for breakfast and we were told by our guide that we should go an hour after breakfast starts because for the first hour, it is usually packed with people who had spent the night at the casino. We then took a bus back up to the skiing grounds, but this time instead of skiing, we were supposed to take a gondola. Gondolas are generally only available at the bigger resorts, because the one we went to later in the evening, didn't have one.




Going up on the Gondola! The journey was pretty long!










I love this shot!



I kinda wish I was taking a chair lift instead, so that I wouldn't be blocked by glass from seeing the gorgeous scenery outside. But it was mad cold, so maybe it was a good thing we were instead the gondola. When we reached the top, we went to this building where there was a revolving cafe. The rotations were pretty slow so you don't feel it, but it does turn.


Trying to recreate some snow shot. Fail.




Inside the restaurant. The tables are on a platform so it rotates around that. I wonder how the waiters remember which tables to serve back to, since the place rotates...


My Hot Chocolate which costs 7,000 KRW.



After we warmed up with some hot chocolate and coffee, it was back on the bus and more travelling. This time to Hoengseong (횡성), a county located within Gangwondo itself. It is a small town, with a population of less than 50,000 people. It is most known for their beef. In fact when I was searching for Hoengseong, the search suggestion Google gave me was 횡성한우 which means Hoengseong beef. Of course, I had to try this famous beef since I was in town!


In Hoengseong!




The menu! The name of the place is called 황소해장국 (Hwangso Haejangguk).


Bulgogi! (불고기)


One of the restaurants with the best side dishes! Egg rolls and fruit salad!






육회, pronounced as 'Yuk hway' and it literally means raw meat. So good and fresh! Raw Korean Hoengseong beef!


귤! The Korean name is called 'Kyul' and in English it is called Satsuma. It tastes really sweet and I only found at the market around Winter/Spring. It seems to go out of season in Summer?

After the very meaty lunch, it was time for some vegetables! We went to Jonggajib (종가집) factory, the place where tonnes and tonnes of Kimchi  (김치) is made and sent to not only different parts of Korea, but different parts of the world. If you found the name somewhat familiar, it's because we get Jonggajib Kimchi in the Korean supermarkets in Singapore too!

 
Infront of the factory and myself with the apron before we went to make Kimchi!




Everyone whipping out their cameras. Must blog!


Look at all that cabbage.


The seasoning to coat the cabbages with.


My finished cabbage!



It was such an eye-opener, seeing tonnes of cabbages stacked up, sent down the production line and stuffed with the red pepper seasoning. Every step of the process, while aided with machinery, is all done by humans. The machines just help to move the things about, but the sorting, cutting, stuffing, packing is all done by humans!


My packaged Kimchi. (Which I eventually forgot to bring home.)

The lady there shared with us that because it was winter, people had this particular time where they would make their own Kimchi at home. So they also do sell plain cabbages (that have already been salted) so that it is easier for families to make their own Kimchi, because all they have to do is put the seasoning into the cabbage leaves. Also, because these families make their own supply of winter, sales of Kimchi goes down significantly for the factory during this time, resulting lesser manpower needed. The demand, however, goes back up around March when the families finish up all the Kimchi they've made. Cyclical, somewhat?


One of the reasons people should eat Kimchi! 건강 (Keongang) meaning health!


Kimchi in a typical dining setting.

We then headed off to Yongin (용인), a small city in South Gyeonggido, to visit Everland (http://www.everland.com/MultiLanguage/english/index.html), one of Korea's most well-known amusement parks! I went to Everland back in May when it was warm and sunny and the thing I LOVE about Everland is that they have different festivals during different parts of the year. When I went, because it was end Spring, it was the Rose Festival. But because it is now December and nearing Christmas, the festival is Christmas Fantasy, so everything in Everland is decorated according to the themes.








I wanted to buy them back, but I knew I wouldn't get a chance to wear them.


Because we were given only about 1.5 hours to roam the park, we didn't have much time to go on rides. And it was too cold for the outdoor rides, so we took a couple of indoor ones, which turned out to be quite fun.


Us happy with our Churros! But they weren't hot. ):



We also managed to catch the Moonlight Parade, a parade where colourful lighted floats travel through the theme park, lighting up the place. Reminded me a lot of our local street parade, Chingay.


The first float which is named 'Moonlight Magic'.





It changed colour!





Then it was back on the bus and to our last destination for the day, Konjiam Resort. (http://www.konjiamresort.co.kr) According to Visit Korea, Konjiam Resort has the largest ski slopes in the vicinity of Seoul. It is also located in close proximity to Seoul, making it a convinient destination for people who want to ski but don't want to travel too far out of Seoul. Also, Konjiam Resort is the first resort to impose a maximum occupancy rule. No more crowded slopes! Skiing is also a lot safer and more comfortable since you have more space to work around with.


Pretty hotel lobby.


Walkway to the restaurant.


Buffet dinner!

More on the resort the next day!

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