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Alpensia Ski Resort Kangwon South Korea February 2015

Alpensia Ski Resort Kangwon South Korea February 2015

We went to South Korea during Chinese New Year holiday. Our first stop is Imjimgak (임진각), which is along the way to other sites in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), such as Dora-san Observatory (overlooking North Korea; on the southern line of the DMZ), Panmunjom (called the Joint Security Area, JSA; on the Military Demarcation Line, MDL) itself, and the 3rd Tunnel (dug by the North Koreans in 1978 under the DMZ through the bedrock as an invasion route). The Tunnel spans over 1635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height and is located 52km from Seoul. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour. The tunnel offers various sightseeing points such as the DMZ Video room, symbolic sculptures, the souvenir shops and more. There is also the Bridge of Freedom (across which trains had resumed up to the Kaesong Industrial Complex), an old railway engine that was caught in the DMZ but now placed here as a memorial, several monuments, and a fence where South Koreans have posted messages and photos to lost family members still in the North. There are Korean restaurants and souvenir stands as well.  
 
COEX Aquarium, which opened in 2000, is situated at Samseong-dong COEX Mall and is home to 40,000 marine creatures from 650 different species. As the largest marine theme park in Korea, COEX Aquarium showcases 14 themed discovery zones, from the heights of the Andean mountains to the depths of the Amazonian rainforest, in ecosystems ranging from rivers and swamps to the deep sea. Our kids love the Wonderland the most as it brings together a crazy collection of eccentric fish tanks. The shower-cubicle tank is home to a yellow-bearded dragon fish, and there is a seahorse living in a computer monitor. Put your hand in the bathtub and you will be tickled by doctor fish, from the river basins of Turkey. The Undersea Tunnel is an amazing moving walkway through the heart of an enormous aquarium (containing 2,000 tonnes of water) giving visitors a sense of total immersion in the deep sea, surrounded by sharks and massive rays. The Deep Blue Sea zone displays the strange world of giant crabs and beautiful jellyfish in the deep oceans. There is also the Touch Pool where kids can get hands-on experience of sea stars and shellfish.  
 
Alpensia Ski Resort has six slopes for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Runs as long as 1.4km provide a dynamic experience for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders. There is also an area exclusively for advanaced snowboarders to practice their skills. Before they start the ski lessons, the kids were thrilled to bits, moulding snowballs and playing around the ski area. This was a good experience for them as this was their first encounter with snow fall. They were having fun making a giant snow man. There was ski shops for ski equipment you can either rent them or you can also buy everything else you need gloves, goggles etc. We hired a ski instructor for the kids but cannot find someone who can speak good english. The kids absolutely love it here and will probably come back again next time!  
 

Alpensia Ski Resort Kangwon South Korea February 2015

We went to South Korea during Chinese New Year holiday. Our first stop is Imjimgak (임진각), which is along the way to other sites in the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), such as Dora-san Observatory (overlooking North Korea; on the southern line of the DMZ), Panmunjom (called the Joint Security Area, JSA; on the Military Demarcation Line, MDL) itself, and the 3rd Tunnel (dug by the North Koreans in 1978 under the DMZ through the bedrock as an invasion route). The Tunnel spans over 1635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height and is located 52km from Seoul. It is estimated that approximately 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour. The tunnel offers various sightseeing points such as the DMZ Video room, symbolic sculptures, the souvenir shops and more. There is also the Bridge of Freedom (across which trains had resumed up to the Kaesong Industrial Complex), an old railway engine that was caught in the DMZ but now placed here as a memorial, several monuments, and a fence where South Koreans have posted messages and photos to lost family members still in the North. There are Korean restaurants and souvenir stands as well.  
 
COEX Aquarium, which opened in 2000, is situated at Samseong-dong COEX Mall and is home to 40,000 marine creatures from 650 different species. As the largest marine theme park in Korea, COEX Aquarium showcases 14 themed discovery zones, from the heights of the Andean mountains to the depths of the Amazonian rainforest, in ecosystems ranging from rivers and swamps to the deep sea. Our kids love the Wonderland the most as it brings together a crazy collection of eccentric fish tanks. The shower-cubicle tank is home to a yellow-bearded dragon fish, and there is a seahorse living in a computer monitor. Put your hand in the bathtub and you will be tickled by doctor fish, from the river basins of Turkey. The Undersea Tunnel is an amazing moving walkway through the heart of an enormous aquarium (containing 2,000 tonnes of water) giving visitors a sense of total immersion in the deep sea, surrounded by sharks and massive rays. The Deep Blue Sea zone displays the strange world of giant crabs and beautiful jellyfish in the deep oceans. There is also the Touch Pool where kids can get hands-on experience of sea stars and shellfish.  
 
Alpensia Ski Resort has six slopes for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy. Runs as long as 1.4km provide a dynamic experience for both beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders. There is also an area exclusively for advanaced snowboarders to practice their skills. Before they start the ski lessons, the kids were thrilled to bits, moulding snowballs and playing around the ski area. This was a good experience for them as this was their first encounter with snow fall. They were having fun making a giant snow man. There was ski shops for ski equipment you can either rent them or you can also buy everything else you need gloves, goggles etc. We hired a ski instructor for the kids but cannot find someone who can speak good english. The kids absolutely love it here and will probably come back again next time!