PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA
The South Korean county of Pyeongchang has stolen newspaper headlines for its hosting of one of the world’s biggest sporting events: the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympics in February. The good news for powder hounds is that the exceptionally wellgroomed ski runs and jump center in Alpensia are now just an hour’s commute from the Korean capital, thanks to a new high-speed rail line that connects Seoul and Incheon International Airport with the county. But Pyeongchang’s mountains hold an allure that extends beyond their snowfields. The region is home to Odaesan National Park, South Korea’s largest natural forest, dotted with important religious sites including Woljeongsa Buddhist temple and seventhcentury Sangwonsa, home to the oldest bronze bell in the nation.