winter sports

High 1 Ski Resort


High 1

Photo by Nicole Rafael

We all know that the Korean term of “famous” just means “popular”. High 1 is thought to be the most “famous” resort in Korea, and by that they mean busy.

The mountain is located in the Gangwon-do province due north of Busan this resort is just the thing to get the more advanced mountain goers buzzing.

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A look at Pyeongchang, home of the 2018 Winter Olympics


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They say the third time’s a charm, and for South Korea that’s proven to be the case, at least in terms of the 2018 Olympic Games.

On July 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee announced that Pyeongchang, South Korea finally won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, after losing to Canada and Russia the previous two times in a row. (Click here to watch the video of the announcement)

The ROK proudly beat out other top contenders such as Annecy, France and Munich, Germany, and it will be the second time the Olympic Games have been held in Korea since hosting the Summer Olympics in Seoul in 1988.

Life in Korea: winter - what are you waiting for?

Author's note: 'Life in Korea' posts are written with the newer expat in mind - this is a great place to share your expertise if you have some!

Korea is quick to mention its four distinct seasons – indeed,
겨울 (gyeo-ul, or winter) is typically cold, dry, and surprisingly beautiful. Although winter isn’t the prime season for tourists, there’s plenty of things to see and do during Korea’s winter.

Destination: Ice skating at Gwanghwamun Plaza

This year's skating option for the masses has opened in downtown Seoul for the winter season. Gwanghwamun Plaza is not nearly as large as, say, Lotte World's skating rink, but 1,000 won (about $0.80 USD) for admission and skate rental is hard to beat.

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