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Thursday, January 5, 2012

YET - South Korea Ski Trip, Nov 25-Dec 1 2011 (Part 2)

Continued Day 3 journey... After Sinhung Temple and garden visit, we passed by a tiny little but cute Teddy Bear farm. As we wondered, why would teddy bear been so famous here, aren't it from the Europe, just like Mr Bean's bear? Oh well, from what the tour guide explained, it's because Korea was found good in manufacturing nice teddy bear. Didn't quite verify the fact, just let the thoughts be. The little tour around the displayed museum and picture taking, it was kinda interesting too.

The following destination was rather an easy one too. Daepohang Fish Market. Nothing much there, except seeing a street of locals selling seafoods, was rather a wet market. Some of us was actually lepaking at Family Mart and 7-11 nearby, hunting for local snacks, coffee, small bottled wine, and junk foods.

It was rather a not-so-pack schedule of the trip. Highlight of the trip finally begun -- Ski! Unfortunately, I wasn't in good condition for the ski, and it was drizzling earlier during the suit rental place. I couldn't really remember how much would we need to pay extra for the Ski, guess was around 60,000Won/pax.

Anyway, I enjoyed the ice-ground very much. Been able to walk, jump, lie, on it... it was chill but nice. I don't think I would miss the ski session, as I have the feeling it is extremely tiring to walk on the heavy boots plus slider. Having to carry the slide and stick up the hill every time one needs a ride downhill, it's just too tiring.

After spending about 3 hours at the ski ground, we then board on the cable car up the Dragon peak. It was too windy by the time we were up there. Stayed there only for about 20min.

Late evening, we checked into Yong Pyong Tower hotel. Newly refurbished, and it caught us a surprise!! It's an apartment styled equipped with heated raised flooring. Oh dear, I find it over heated when I couldn't find the control. It was a nice hotel to say, overlooking the ski park. It was so convenient there's a convenient store at lobby. Happily had a Korean Shin noodle that night.

Oh yeah, skipped the dinner earlier... where we had fish meal (soup based) that evening. I like the dried fish side dish, and they refill some dishes like seaweed upon request.

Enjoyed a tight night sleep, but the heater somewhat killed the cool feel in the room.

Day 4 - Checked out from Yong Pyong. Headed back to Seoul. Before Seoul, we stopped by for Hanbok, Korean costume. Sorry ya! Shy to share my Korean look here.

What's on itinerary that afternoon was Everland theme park. A Samsung owned theme park.

I liked the Safari park the most! (oh well, probably we really didn't have much time to explore other parks :() What's in the Safari... A mixed breed of Lion + Tiger, namely Liger! What impressed us was the 1 personnel doing 3 person's job, the bus driver, the safari ride guide explaining each animal (in Korean) then the one who feed the animal and instruct them to do certain pose! Indeed they are efficient employee! Not forgetting their signature hand greetings in Everland. Korean love they job, even if it is a rubbish collector in the theme park. Even makeup youngsters do not mind be the cleaner (at least that was what we observed within the theme park).

By 2pm, we gathered and headed back on the bus for 2hours ride back to Seoul. We missed the visiting hour of the palace as there was some peaceful demonstration happened in downtown causing traffic jam. Anyway, we visited the museum next door, wasn't too bad after all.

We headed next to another palace kind of place, but I literally omitted that destination. Instead headed ourselves to a nearby coffee place - Holly's Cafe! and some road side food stall for local food. Yummy! Their rice cake in sauce was perfect, plus a fishcake stick, oh no!! I'm hungry now.

At night was shopping spree at Dongdaemon (東大門). The shopping malls around are just like KLCC standard. Oh well, for me I will head to Sg Wang standard mall - AM-PM mall was my choice. Got myself some stuff there for only 5,000Won/ea *grin*.

Lastly, only at 8pm we are able to check in to our hotel. Oh gosh! What a waste. We found this is the most well equipped hotel. Standard room comes with mini kitchen and living hall, even with a washing machine!! A family got even the suite with 2 rooms, that turned out be our party place!!

Day 5 - Oh well. This wasn't an exciting day after all. And such I had only 1 photo to share. It was basically a shopping day... a "duty" shopping, or so to say duty-free shopping? That's one thing no one could miss for a guided tour trip. Anyway, we 'survived' with some sneak around to nearby coffee shops and even mini market to get some local chocolates and snacks. :D

Alright... pause for a moment. Preparing my beauty sleep for the day :)

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