As the host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, South Korea has a variety of ski resorts to choose from. Some that specialise in jumping, snowboarding, length of runs or Korea’s famous night skiing.
Phoenix Pyeongchang Resort is known for being the host venue for snowboard competitions, the resort features many slopes, including some certified by the International Ski Federation. Alpensia Resort is located in the Daegwallyeong mountain pass and is known for its variety of ski slopes and a ski jump tower that was used for the ski jumping competition of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The tower also serves as an observatory and visitors can take a monorail up to view the beautiful scenery. If it is the longest run you’re after, head to Yongpyong Resort which draws many visitors every year.
With over 70 percent of the country covered in mountainous terrain it’s easy to find great mountain spots for hiking.
Seasonality allows you to experience lush cool greenery in summer, stunning autumnal leaves, beautiful spring blossoms or a white winter wonderland in national parks year-round. Jeju Island is also known for hiking – specifically the Jeju Olle Trail that takes you around the circumference of the island. Broken down by 26 individual routes, you can collect a stamp in your passport as you complete a hike each day. For a more inner-city vibe, try the Seoul City Wall Trail.
Cyclists will love the cycling infrastructure and well-maintained paths nationally that allow you to experience both nature and urban scenery.
The ‘Korean Cycle Tour Passport’ book is also available to stamp at bicycle certification points along the trail. There are many routes that can be found here.
For those wanting to shift gears for a rush of adrenalin, South Korea has a variety of activities to get your heart pumping.
Try extreme sports such as paragliding, bungee jumping, ziplining, luge, ejection seats, surfing or free-diving.