We were scheduled to go to Nami Island today but we after checking with the tourist information the night before, we found out that we had to book our bus tickets in advance, which we have not done so. Therefore, we were up early to check out the bus and hoping that they have 2 empty seats for us. Walking through the streets looking for breakfast. It was really cold at -2 degrees. We got the bus / ferry tickets to Nami Island! Finally arrived and waited for our ferry.The place was covered in snow and it was such a pretty sight. As we walked on further and further, we realised that there were lesser and lesser people around. We were not sure if its because they could not be bothered to walk on, or whether it would be too crazy to walk on in this freezing temperature. However the beautiful view seemed to be endless and we were curious to see how beautiful the view would be at the other side of the island. When we arrived here, we could see the half frozen lake. It was too spectacular. We had to pause for a while to take photos and admire the magical view. Even the bare trees looked so gorgeous with the mountain and lake in the background. The lake looks like its mirroring the mountain. We were too awed by the beauty that was right in front of our eyes. We took some time to enjoy the view, I somehow forgot how cold it was when I tried to capture as many photos as possible. All the walking was worth it! We were too in love with the view that we wanted to capture as any photos as possible with both of us inside so we had to be creative! I was also trying to mentally capture the image into my mind. I have never seen anything so beautiful.
Day 6: Everland Theme ParkEverland was an extremely peaceful theme park, probably because it was winter, and we went on a week day. It wasn't crowded and we didn't have to wait too long for the rides! It had a good mix of thrilling rides for teenagers and adults, and rides suitable for children. The T-Express is one of their major rides and I was very nervous before the ride as it started with a big drop, but still glad I did it. My favourite ride was the Rolling Xpress, which involves two 360 degree loops. The ride was fast in both speed and duration. My husband thought it was over too soon. Everland has it's own mini safari and you tour on an amphibious vehicle. It was cool seeing all the animals up close, including the adorable giraffes.
Skiing at Jisan Forest Ski Resort– There are many skiing resorts in Seoul but they are all located outskirt of Seoul. There are several pickup points and one of it is right in front of Gwangdaemun which is just one bus stop away from where we stayed. Skiing is really one hell adventure because it can be really tough to master at the first try. However as we choose the half-day skiing package with lift included(trust me, half a day is enough) and gotten discounts, we only spent 640000KRW so we have more money the last few day to spent eating!
DMZ - The Third Tunnel
Day 5: DMZ - Still technically at WarWe took a tour to the De-Militarized Zone today. I was so surprised at how near Seoul it was. It reminded us that South Korea is still at war, and I understand now how any small incident can be cause for concern.To visit the DMZ (the 4 km wide zone surrounding the border between North and South Korea that is 2km wide on each side), you must go with a tour. You can sign up with any tour agency. Only certain people are qualified to be tour guides at the DMZ, so the tour agency will just forward you to a specialised guide. There are many things to see in this area, and one of the most popular sites is the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom, which is the one in photos you might have seen of blue sheds with North Korean and South Korean soldiers inches away from each other. We realllly wanted to visit the JSA but unfortunately, throughout the entire time we were going to be in Korea, the JSA was closed for military training. No matter, the other sights within the DMZ were very interesting as well.On our tour, we visited Imjingak Park, Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, and Dorasan Station. The Third Infiltration Tunnel was very interesting because we got to go down into one of the tunnels that the North Koreans built as they were trying to invade South Korea. 30,000 soldiers could pass through in an hour - that is very scary. This tunnel is only big enough for 2 people to pass through side by side. The museum above the tunnel showed the entire history of the tunnel and how each of the 4 tunnels that were build by the North Koreans were discovered.