Discover Arari Village, Byeongbangchi Skywalk, PyeongChang Tourism Night

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Have you visited Jeongseon and PyeongChang in Gangwon before?

For the coming PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, I had the pleasure to be invited by Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) to South Korea from 29 November to 3 December 2017 on Wow PyeongChang fam trip, together with 12 fun-loving participants from eight countries across the world.

We took some time to visit Gangwon province, where PyeongChang, Gangneung and Jeongseon are the host cities of the coming Olympic Games.

During the trip, we spent 2 days 1 night in the cities, where we were given deep insights into PyeongChang 2018 as well as visited “Goblin” filming sites and various experience activities.

Arari Village

On the first day in Gangwon province, we began our journey from Seoul, where it took us nearly four hours to reach our first destination – Jeongseon, one of the three cities that would be hosting PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Entrance of Arari Village

Before lunch, we went to Arari Village in Jeongseon. It is a huge theme park which features the traditional houses and authentic lifestyle of a typical rural village during the Joseon Dynasty. Each house also offers a variety of experience programs.

A traditional Korean house at Arari Village

As our tour guide pointed out, Korean traditional houses were actually “scientifically” constructed in the past. The best example would go to Ondol – the underfloor heating system which was used by the Koreans in their traditional architecture to keep themselves warm during the cold winters.

Statues of commoner (L) and yangban (R)

Arari Village also features the story of a yangban (nobleman), where visitors can understand and learn more about the different social statuses of the past.

Address: Aesan-ro, Jeongseon-eup (according to Free&Easy Gangwon Tourist Guide issued by Gangwon Province)

Byeongbangchi Skywalk

After lunch, we headed to Arii Hills (Byeongbangchi Skywalk). The aim for this destination was to experience the skywalk, which is an observatory platform protruding over a cliff at the height of 583m above sea level.

Before entering the skywalk, we had to wear a pair of blue cloth covers for our shoes, which serves the purpose of protecting the glass floor.

The transparent reinforced glass floor allows visitors to catch a panoramic view of Bamseom Island, which is coincidentally shaped like the Korean Peninsula.

Apart from the skywalk, there is also the zipwire experience where you can glide down from the hill at high speeds. Unfortunately, it is closed in winter as the cold wind might freeze you before you can even reach to the other end.

225, Byeongbangchi-gil, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
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PyeongChang Tourism Night

Next, we moved to Hanwha Resort in PyeongChang city, where we would attend PyeongChang Tourism Night together with approximately 180 domestic and foreign participants. Apart from the VIPs, government guests and us, the rest of the participants consisted of authorized Olympic ticket resellers, travel agencies, medias and social influencers.

The two-hour event included a tourism promotion video screening, opening performance, welcome speeches, presentations on PyeongChang 2018 and Gangwon-do tourism, as well as an orchestral OST concert of the hit TVN drama “Goblin”.

CEO of Korea Organization Mr Jeong Chang Soo opened the welcome speech to all the guests, followed by Secretary General of PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Mr Yeo Hyung Koo, and Administrator of PyeongChang County Mr Sim Jae Guk.

Administrator Mr Sim Jae Guk then presented the full story of PyeongChang 2018, from the beginning till the current developments.

After the next presentation of Gangwon-do tourism, the audience got a special treat to the hit TVN drama Goblin OST orchestral concert, accompanied by snippets of the familiar scenes between lead cast Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun before the buffet dinner.

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This article is presented for 2017 Wow PyeongChang Fam Trip, invited by Korean Tourism Organization (KTO). Special thanks to KTO staff Miss Lim Nam Hee, Miss Jinny Kim and Miss Jenny Oh.

Reporting by Adrian Cheng

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