When I was still a kid, I used to be so jealous of my cousins and other relatives living abroad.
I was not jealous of the fact that they are living overseas but I was reeling from the fact they they lived in countries where they experience snow.
My 10 year-old self was so in love with snow and the fun activities you can do with it like building a snowman, skiing and bobsled. I was in love even with the idea of throwing snow balls against each other.
But living in the Philippines where it never snows, I had to contend with watching snow in TV shows and movies. Deep inside however, I promised myself that I would grow up to be successful, enough to afford trips to countries where it snows.
True enough, after years of hardwork, I can now call myself an accomplished traveler. And yes, I have traveled to colder countries where snow is available. Actually, I can still recall vividly the first time, I experienced snow. It was it Kyoto Japan in 2008 and I couldn’t be happier.
Last June, our office had our annual vacation in Seoul and fortunately, one of our stops was at the Woongjin Playdoci, Snowdoci. It is South Korea’s first and the world’s 12th indoor ski resort.
Woongjin is located in Gyeonggi-do, Bucheon or more than an hour away from Seoul city center. Rates vary depending on your stay. Adults pay from 30,000 won to 45,000 won (morning to night). kids are charged at 19,000 won to 39,00 won
Yes, the ice was artificial but the snow was powdery enough to mimic a real snowy environment and the little child in me could not help but dive into the activities being offered inside this amusement park.
My office mates and I braved the ice tubing and bobsled, not giving a damn whether our clothes would get soaked from the ice. We took repeated turns until we were numb from the cold.
There are lots of things to do inside Woongjin. No doubt however that the main attraction is the park’s many ski slopes.
Woonjin’s main slope is 270 meters long (40m wide) and the secondary slope measures 70 meters. There are also other slopes such as the school slope and the beginner’s and intermediate slope.
I was not an excellent skier but that didnt stop me from having fun. I trekked to the top of the main slope (thanks to the conveyor belt) and rolled freely on the ice like a child. Some of the locals were laughing at me but I didn’t care, I was having fun.
Perhaps affected by my glee, other officemates joined in and frolicked in the snow.
While lying on the snow, I closed my eyes and I looked back into my childhood days. I remembered those times when I would stay up late at night and pretend to create snow angels on my bed.
I always knew that those fantasies would come true someday.
So even with lots of tourists around, foreign and locals alike, I spread my arms and created my own snow angel, laughing as if a child.
How to go to Woongjin Playdoci Snowdoci
To visit Woongjin from Seoul city center, go to Samsan Stadium Station by taking the Seoul Subway Line 7, Exit 1. Then walk sraight for anout 250 meters and cross the road towards the church. Walk another 200 meters and cross to the other side of the road. Take a left turn at the Bupyeong-gu Recycling Center. From there, you can easily see and locate woongjin.