Day 3 of 9
For those who don’t know me, I grew up in a tropical country wherein almost every day is sunny that’s why this trip is something that I genuinely look forward to. Late last year, I was asked by the company if there’s any particular place or activity I want to do or visit in Korea and I hastily told them I want to ski. I’m happy that they are more than willing and generous enough to arrange this special trip for me and my hubby.
0430 Wake Up Call
0500 – 0730 Travel to MUJU
0730 – 0800 Quick Breakfast
0800 – 1200 Ski Lesson
1200 – 1330 Lunch at Popeye’s
1330 – 1630 Deogyusan National Park
1700 – 1900 Travel Back to Gwangju
1900 – 2100 Dinner
Gwangju to Muju
At the break of dawn, we went to catch the bus going to the resort, which is pre-booked as per travel agency arranged by the company. MUJU resort is around 2 hours drive from Gwangju. We arrived past 7 in the morning and headed to the cafeteria for a quick breakfast. The three of us had a cup of coffee, sausage, slices of fruits and some Korean snacks brought by Ms. Sonya.
The route that we took ( Distance : 182 Km , Traveling time: 2h 10m)
88 Expressway → Hamyang JCT → Daejin Expressway → Turn left after Mt. Deokyu I.C(11Km) → Towards Guchundong →Chimok Tunnel → Guchundong Tunnel → Muju Resort
It’s chilling and bitterly cold that time at -6 degree celsius (about 21.2 Fahrenheit). You can see some of the ice along the parking area. After the light meal, we headed to the ski-rental, get our gears and prepared for the morning class.
Muju Ski Resort
This resort is very popular among Koreans because it has the longest run of all ski resorts in Korea. Boasting 30 slopes and 14 chair lifts that will traverse you to different slopes and steeps that suits your style and speed. Perfect for beginners and the pros. The ski resort is located in Deogyusan Park and aside from skiing, you can also hop onto the Gondola ride to enjoy the unprecedented view of the mountain beautifully covered with snow.
FYI: Shooting Location for BOF where Geum Jandi lost her necklace while skiing and Goo Jun Pyo played by Lee Min Ho (My ultimate crush aside from Channing & Mario M.) helps her find the necklace and both eventually trapped on a wood cabin and stranded due to heavy snowfall.
I wasn’t able to take pictures of the actual class since I am so focused with it and at the same time it’s hard to get a shot while trying to make a perfect eight move 🙂 The lesson took us 4 hours, the first 30 minutes are dedicated to warming you up and getting to know the equipments, another 30 minutes for learning the basic and the other 3 hours for the actual skiing with assistance. Basically, we’re wearing the violet vest that indicates that we are on the beginner level.
After Popeyes, we went to ride the Gondola that will get us to the peak of Deogyusan mountain. Unlike any cable cars I experienced before, this is something new and different and it’s because of the chilly weather and of course the gorgeous mountain covered with powdery snow.
After the arduous but gratifying skiing trip, we went to a popular restaurant in Gwangju. I forgot to ask the name of the place but I actually took a photo of it. This particular Korean Restaurant serves samgyetang or Korean ginseng chicken soup.
This meal is composed of young chicken, jujube, ginseng and is filled with rice and garlic. This is a traditional Korean food that is known as a stamina booster. It is usually eaten during Chobok, Jungbok and Malbok (Based on Lunar Calendar), they believed that consuming this within this 3 hottest and sultry days in summer will bring them good health.
It’s indeed a memorable day for us, another tick on our bucket list. Let me know what you think about skiing. Again, Happy Reading 🙂 If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to use the comment area below. 💋
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