Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is one of the nearest ski resorts to the South Korean capital of Seoul. Due to its proximity, many visitors to the resort are able to travel to the resort cheaply via public transportation (Seoul Metro) in less than 1.5 hours from Seoul. We recently did the trip and future visitors/skiers can use this post as a guide to travel to the ski resort during the winter seasons.
In Seoul, we stayed at Ibis Styles Ambassador Seoul Myeongdong (booked via Agoda for about 100,000 KRW without breakfast) and used it as a base since it was located in a good location in Myeongdong though the room was a bit tiny. The hotel was located a few hundred metres from the Myeongdong subway station.
Metro Route from Seoul to Elysian
The Seoul Metro route from Seoul to Elysian that we took is on the Gyeongchun Line from Cheongnyangni (경춘선) Station to Baegyang-ri (경춘선 ) Station. From our hotel in Myeongdong, we took a taxi via the Kakao T app (Korea’s Uber equivalent) to Cheongnyangni station and paid for our fare (about 10,000 KRW) using our credit card in the taxi (most Korean taxis accept foreign credit cards, T-money card and cash onboard).
The fare from Cheongnyangni station to Baegyang-ri station was approximately 3,000 KRW for an adult (one-way) and the trip took about 1 hour 15 minutes. We used the T-money card, which we bought from a convenience store at Incheon airport for 4,000 KRW each (without credit). We loaded the card using cash via top-up machines at many subway stations in Seoul.
A shuttle bus is provided free-of-charge by the resort from Baegyang-ri station (main entrance) to the Ski resort. The journey to the main entrance of the ski resort (via ElSuite Condominium) is very short and takes just 1 minute – the full timetable is provided in the image below (frequency is every 20 or 30 minutes).
The ski area is located just a few hundred metres away from ElSuite Condominium. Rentals and ski lifts can be bought separately via the ticketing booth but we bought a ski package from Klook as it was cheaper as a bundle. There is a basic cafeteria serving both Western and Korean food on the 2nd floor of the building.
We booked a family room (suite) at Elsuite Condominium in Elysian Resort for one night via Agoda for about 140,000 KRW (with breakfast). The suite had a living room, a kitchen area and a bedroom. Though a bit dated, the suite was very clean with efficiently heated floors. The condo building itself has a 24-hours convenience store, a cafe and a few restaurants.