Ulsan Rock, Seorak Mountain (울산바위)
This six-peaked rocky mountain has five urn-shaped holes at the top and is named “Crying Mountain,” due to legends and ancient records that claim the rocks on the mountain cry just before a big wind is about to blow.
Another legend behind the mountain’s name says that a rock was wandering around looking for Geumgangsan but settled in Seoraksan when it couldn’t find it, and became the Ulsan rock.
Daegwallyeong Ranch (대관령 양떼목장)
This only sheep ranch in Korea doubles as a natural sledge park in winter.
The dreaminess of the view is as heady as the mountain air.
Meat-lovers should stop by the restaurants in the ranch village for a taste of the highest grade lamb.
Snow in Taebaek Mountain (태백산 설경)
Gangwon province is famous for catastrophically heavy snows in the winter.
While driving there may be rough, the snowfall makes for the best skiing in the country.
The High1 Resort features the highest peak (1,345 meters) and puffiest snow among ski and snowboard resorts in Korea.
The 18th Taebaek Snow Festival will take place January 27-February 5 this year and will feature sledding, snow rafting, ice slides and snowball fights.
Bangwhasuryujeong, Suwon Hwa Seong (화성 방화수류정)
Bangwhasuryujeong is one of four polygonal pavilions in Hwa Seong.
During the Joseon dynasty, this pavilion was used to keep a lookout and for performances of King Jungjo’s archery skills; now people hold recitals of Korean traditional music and poetry surrounded by the duck pond, the willow trees and the flowers.
Inje Smelts Festival (인제 빙어축제)
The Inje Smelts Festival takes place on Soyang lake every winter and offers families and couples (and the occasional single visitor) some major fun on ice.
Even if fishing is not your idea of fun, you’ll enjoy the eating part.