Pyeongchang, South Korea —
Many Koreans make it a tradition to look forward to first sunrise of the year, even if they have to travel far to the east side of the peninsula at midnight. Fortunately, Danny and I were given an opportunity to take a break on the last day of 2015. We thought we’d spend it on the road but, surprisingly there was no traffic jam. So, on our spare time, we visited Samyang Ranch (대관령 삼양목장), currently renamed as Eco Green Campus (에코그린 캠퍼스).
Upon arrival, we purchased our entrance ticket for ₩8,000 each. Then, we drove all the way to the highest spot of the ranch. Hiking or taking the bicycle are other options to reach the top. The path was rough and steep.
However, when we reached the loftiest point, it offered a fantastic view that left both of us speechless. We were wholly in awe of God’s magnificent creation. It was all worth it. We wanted to spend more time and enjoy the moment but, the biting wind wouldn’t allow us to stay that much longer.
“Asia’s largest green pasture on a plateau.”
While basking in the spectacular, picturesque sight of the highland, it reminded me of the movie “Sound of Music” except the grass and trees were already withered. In addition, it is a popular filming location of Korean dramas and movies like Lover’s Concerto, Taegukgi, My Wife is a Gangster, Autumn in my Heart and many more.
They are also famous for their, of course Samyang noodles and fresh dairy products such as milk and yogurt but, we didn’t see the cows around. On the way down, we passed by the ostriches and herd of sheep. We fed some sheep as well, which is free of charge.
I would highly recommend to visit this place during summer or early autumn. The sheep and cows would be out and running around the huge field. The view will also be as marvelous but greener than winter.
That’s all for now. Have you been to this place? If so, how was your experience?
Address: 708-9 Kkotbadyangji-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Operating Hours: Daily 8:30 to 18:30
Performance Time: 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 (No performance in the case of rain or bad weather)
- Adults — ₩8,000
- Children (3-18 years old) — ₩6,000
Direction [Bus]: Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Hoenggye (횡계). From there, take a taxi about 20-30min ride to Eco green campus.