We just got back from a short trip/vacation to Vivaldi Park (http://www.daemyungresort.com/vp/)- less than 2 hrs from Seoul. It was quite an experience, especially since my sister-in-law and her husband came with us. They were visiting Korea for the first time . (My brother-in-law can swear that he is the first person from his village who ever visited Korea 🙂 ).
It was a great and relaxing experience. Vivaldi Park has good skiing, and also Ocean World – a place which is open year-round. First day we went skiing. It was NOT Utah (that is one of the last places where I skied before coming to Korea), but the slopes were good and the ski lifts very efficient. I say that because I have never seen before a ski lift that can carry 8 people at one time. You can imagine that shortened the lines for the ski lift quite a bit.
Ocean World was very helpful and much necessary after a day of skiing. It is a place where you can play in the water – but most important – get all kinds of water-massages, cold and hot water, sauna etc. I have not seen anything like this in the States (it may well be available but I suppose for a lot more money -?), and the prices were reasonable – especially if you have 40-50% coupons – as we did.
Isaiah had a love/hate relationship with the water. He likes water a lot, but after a while he seemed to have had too much. It might have been the noise too (it is noisy with all the water streams and falls inside). Ocean World is fascinating and exciting, not only for the plethora of pools available, but also because the interior copies very well many monuments and paintings of ancient Egypt.
In any case – if you are in Korea and if you are looking for a nice place to ski, or simply to relax around water – Vivaldi Park should be a top destination. It is well worth the short drive from Seoul.