If you are visiting South Korea and want to see the countryside, you can do a side trip in PyeongChang and experience winter there. PyeongChang will host the Winter Olympics 2018 with a slogan of “Happy700 Pyeongchang” which refers to the city’s average elevation, approximately 700 meters above sea level. It’s affordable and easy to navigate on how to go to PyeongChang from Seoul.
How to Go to PyeongChang – With my Friend Ruel who experienced snow here for the first time. 🙂
When I went to Seoul few years ago, I made a side trip in PyeongChang to go for snowboarding (which I do at least once a year). It was just a day trip and I spent a whole day enjoying the snow and slopes and travelled back to Seoul before dark, just in time for a warm Soju and Korean barbecue.
How to Go to PyeongChang – Snowboarding in YongPyong
There are many Ski Resorts in PyeongChang but I chose to go YongPyong. We took the public bus from Seoul going to a village about 15 minutes away from the resort and took a shuttle bus going to the resort itself, the same way we took going back to Seoul.
From Dongseoul Bus Terminal in Eastern Seoul, you can take a bus going to Hoenggye. The bus departs from 06:32AM and the last bus is at 8:05PM with interval of 35 minutes. The journey will take 2 hours and 30 minutes. You don’t need to book in advance and just buy the ticket at the bus terminal, ticket price is 14,500 KRW.
Once you reached Hoenggye, you need to alight at the post office next to the bus terminal and transfer to a FREE shuttle bus to YongPyong resort.
How to Go to PyeongChang – At The Post Office while waiting for the Shuttle Bus
Bus Schedule (Honggye Post Office to YongPyong resort): 04:40, 05:20, 06:20, 07:20, 08:00, 08:30, 09:40, 12:00, 14:00, 16:20, 17:40, 18:50, 20:00, 21:00, 23:30).
However, since Pyeongchang is at peak of tourism now due to its hosting of Winter Olympics in 2018, there are more convenient transportations that are also available. You can book private transfers here or you can check the schedule below and book your tickets on this website.
How to Go to PyeongChang from Seoul
Once you reach PyeongChang, you’ll immediate fall in-love to this winter wonderland. There are many activities too if you’re not into winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. You can try half day sledding which costs 25,000 KRW for Adults and 20,000 KRW for kids. For adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts like me, the cost of day pass for the ski lift in YongPyong is 76,000 KRW. It’s open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. If you don’t have gears with you, you can rent a snowboard/ski for 33,000 KRW for a whole day . Complete clothing can be rented as well for 25,000 KRW. If you’re a beginner and want to learn these winter sports, you can take the personal lessons as well.
Are you traveling on a budget? Don’t worry, playing around and enjoying the snow is FREE! That’s the best part of visiting Pyeongchang.