Muju Deogyusan Ski Resort 무주덕유산리조트 스키장
- Kyle Hughes
- 07 October 2014
Muju Deogyusan Resort is the largest of the resorts in the central region of Korea. Situated inside the beautiful Deogyusan National Park, the winding road through the mountains to the village of Manseon-ro enjoys some spectacular scenery. The resort has been built in a tyrolean style, adding to the alpine character and atmosphere of this popular snow destination.
Located approximately 2.5 hours drive from both Seoul and Busan, Muju Deogyusan Resort has great on and off mountain activities for all to enjoy. The resort mountain has been designed in 2 main sections, the Manseon Base with 12 slopes and the Seolcheon base with 10 slopes, which include the 6.1km long Silk Road trail run and the Raiders Course with arguably the steepest runs in Korea. One of the trails passes alongside the on resort condominium-style accommodation, unique for Korea and convenient for families. A total of 14 lifts service the mountain and the facilities are world class. Across the mountain there is a good combination of beginner, intermediate, advanced and when the snow is good, this resort is fantastic. Best snow times are during December and January.
The ski house is located at the base of Peak 1. There you will find the ski school, equipment rental, Western and Korean eateries and amenities. At the top of Peak 2 there is a small rest stop complete with a cafeteria, a perfect place to enjoy the views.
Other resort facilities are located around village and include supermarkets, retail outlets, a pub / bar, various restaurants, karaoke and billiards room, games arcade, the Muju Wine Gallery and outdoor hot springs. The friendly staff and patrons we experienced on our last visit only complimented the quaint village feel. This place really is beautiful.
On site there is the 5-star Hotel Tirol, the Family Hotel condominiums and the Kookmin Hotel, perfect for larger groups and offering shared kitchen facilities. The accommodation venues also offer a variety of restaurants, leisure facilities and a Korean sauna. The village of Maseon-ro on route to the resort also has many accommodation options as well as a variety of restaurants and bars. While at Muju Deogyusan Resort be sure to take a drive through the national park or visit nearly Bandi Land for kids.
how to get there
From Incheon International Airport, take the Airport Railroad Express (AREX) to Seoul Station. Transfer here for local line and go to Nambu Bus Terminal (Line 3). Or catch a limousine bus from Incheon International Airport to Nambu Bus Terminal at Level 1, docking station 5B. See below for route options.
From Seoul Take an intercity bus from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Muju Intercity Bus Terminal. From the back entrance of Muju Intercity Bus Terminal (in front of Jeil Uiwon Hospital) take the free shuttle bus to the resort.
During winter take the Dyeogyusan Resort Shuttle Bus from Sports Complex Station (Line 2) or Lotte World at Jamsil Station (Line 2 & 8) directly to the resort.
From Incheon International Airport and Seoul, take Olympic Drive (Route 60) out of town. Head east onto Seoul Ring Expressway then take the Deajeon Expressway (Route 35) and follow the directions below.
From Seoul take the Gyeongbu Expressway (Route 1) out of town. Turn off onto the Daejeon Expressway (Route 35) and at Gaok-ri take Route 30. Drive along to the Jeoksang-myeon 3-way and turn onto Route 19. At the Sansan 3-way crossing take Route 49 and proceed 8km to the village of Manseon-Ro. From there follow the signs to the resort.
From Busan take the Namhae Expressway (Route 10) and at Jinju turn onto the Daejeon Expressway (Route 35). Drive on until the Mt. Deogyu interchange then take Route 19 Guchundong. Go through the Chimok Tunnel and then the Gunchundong Tunnel. From there follow the signs to the resort