Last October, we visited Daegwallyeong Baby Animal Farm. It had rained the whole day and we couldn’t do much after the visit to the animal farm. Thankfully, on the next day, the rain had stopped and the sun was out.

While the others slept, Basil and I were up and ready to explore the natural beauty around the room. The leaves had started changing colour and the pathways looked quite stunning.

We walked to the parking area of the resort and reached a road — probably leading back to the city. We were tempted to walk along this road and explore the natural beauty of the location. However, we didn’t know where we were or how often public transport came along, so we decided to head back.

YongPyong Resort

We finally found boards pointing towards the cable car boarding area of Yongpyong Resort. It was about 9:00 a.m. and there were barely any people standing in line. Certain Korean credit cards will get you a discount on the ticket price. We were lucky to add this unexpected trip to our morning walk.

Cable Car Ride (UP)

This is one of the longest cable car rides in Korea and spans a distance of about 7.4 km. It was the first week of October and the leaves were turning yellow. In certain sections, the trees were bright red, and the sun brought out those pops of colour. We saw few people climbing the mountain and I felt guilty for taking the easy way up.

Dragon Plaza Platform

Dragon Plaza Platform has a range of eating options and a coffee shop with a stunning view of Taebak Mountains.

K-Drama Stars & Popular Mascots

We had never heard of Balwangsan (1,458 m) before the cable car ride. We did remember the scene in the K-Drama: Goblin, where the female lead takes a job at Yongpyong Resort. And sure enough, there were boards with descriptions of the dramas that were shot here. I could see why many K-Drama fans would want to add this to their Korea itinerary.

The view looked spectacular from the top and we could spot low lying clouds cover the peaks of distant mountains. Some trees were bare and added a distinct characteristic to the scenery.

Koreans truly appreciate nature and know how to absorb its beauty.

The peak of Balwangsan is about 500 m from Dragon Plaza. It’s an easy walking path surrounded by trees and shrubs. Balwangsan is also the 12th highest mountain in Korea.

The heavy rain would have caused the leaves to fall earlier. Most of the trees, on the trail, were already bare. I was happy to find one tree that was still flaming red.


The trail had sharp rocks in some sections. We found few rocks that were white and wondered if it was marble. The summit (and the view) wasn’t impressive and we only found collections of rocks (probably ceremonial mounds). We didn’t stay for very long and walked back to Dragon Plaza.

On the way back, we got a vantage view of the trail and Dragon Plaza.

We were quite captivated by the hues of red and couldn’t help taking more shots.

Cable Car Ride (Down)

We had to check-out earlier than we expected and had to rush back to the room. More people had started arriving and we were lucky to get an empty cable car for the downward ride. The views were spectacular and we spotted multiple paths leading to the mountain top. Although, I’m not sure if this was a hiking trail or a transport road.

YongPyong Resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort is famous for skiing in the winter months. There are many hotels next to the ski lifts and kids entertainment area. Although, on weekends, most of them would be sold out.

The resort had a lot of options to keep kids and adults entertained. The trampoline looked scary, but that didn’t stop kids from getting their dose of fun. The ski lift was used to get tourists to the highest point of the luge. By afternoon, this place was swarming with families.

Bus Ride to Seoul

We took the evening bus (to Seoul) from Hoenggye Intercity Bus Terminal. There are regular shuttle buses from the bus terminal to the resort and back. It was nice way to spend the weekend and we were lucky to watch sunset from the comfort of our bus.

Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

11 replies on “K-Drama Fever on Balwangsan Mountain (YongPyong Resort)

  1. Stunning autumn colors. I so miss Autumn it is one of my favorite times of year. Well, used to be when we lived in Chicago. Now we have hot and humid year round. Not complaining as its better than having Chicago winters but still I do miss Autumn and the wonderous colors and crisp air. Lovely photos of the leaves, trees, rocks, flowers.


    1. It is a tough choice. Autumn is so alluring and I love the changing colours. But I don’t like Korean winters and the cold winds that blow from Siberia. 😦 The temperature dips can be quite sudden and it’s hard to predict how winter will be. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

  2. what a lovely and scenic spot. I’m sure those people sitting on the benches must have experienced some blissful moments. I also loved th fall colors.

  3. An incredible look at the autumn colors ~ incredible views ~ and a picture of Korea that beautifully contrasts the one of amazing and bustling Seoul (which I love!). Cheers to a great weekend, and more wonderful travels for you both.

    1. It’s so good to hear from you after such a long time. πŸ™‚ Korean tourism is on an all time high and Seoul (we love living here) is on every tourist’s radar. It’s nice to escape the noise and seek comfort in the isolation of Korea’s natural landscape. πŸ™‚ Have a great week ahead!

    1. Autumnal colours are truly spectacular in Korea. I feel blessed to look outside and be able to enjoy nature’s transience. YongPyong is more popular for skiing, but looked gorgeous even in autumn. πŸ™‚

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