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[Korea] Gangwon-do Prepares for 2019 Winter Festivals!

  • Date11/16/2018
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Photo: Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (left) & Inje Icefish Festival (right)

With winter quickly approaching, Gangwon-do is busy in preparation for winter festivals due to kick off January of next year.

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival will take place from January 5 to 27 in Hwacheon-gun. Visitors can enjoy ice fishing for sancheoneo (cherry salmon) through a hole drilled into a 2-meter deep frozen river. A total of 120,000 holes will be drilled to accommodate a large number of visitors; fish can be seen swimming underneath the ice, allowing even those who are new to ice fishing anticipate a catch. A shuttle bus will be running between Seoul and the festival venue for foreigners.

Inje Icefish Festival, another popular winter festival, will take place for ten days, from January 19 to 27. Celebrating its 19th anniversary, the venue for the upcoming year’s festival will be at the Inje Bingeoho Lake near the upper stream of Soyangho Lake. The event venue will provide themed activity zones for ultimate fun, such as the hunting ground, snow and ice playground, rest area, mountain village, ice competition zone, food zone, and more.

More Info

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
☞ Address:
137, Sancheoneo-gil, Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 화천군 화천읍 산천어길 137)
☞ Directions: Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Hwacheon Intercity Bus Terminal. Walk approx. 10 minutes to the festival venue.
☞ Period: January 5-27, 2019
☞ Activity fee (Ice fishing): 10,000 won
☞ Event programs: Ice fishing, barehanded fishing, ice soccer, ice sledding
☞ Inquiries: +82-1688-3005 (Korean only)
☞ Website: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai)

Inje Icefish Festival
☞ Address: 555-2bunji, Bupyeong-ri, Nam-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 인제군 남면 부평리 555-2번지)
☞ Directions: Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Inje Intercity Bus Terminal, then transit to city bus headed to Sinnam direction. Get off at Bupyeong-ri Bus Stop and walk for five minutes to festival venue.
☞ Period: January 19-27, 2019
☞ Event programs: Ice fishing, icefish quiz contest, family movie presentation, ice sledding contest
☞ Inquiries: +82-33-460-8900 (Korean only)
☞ Website: (Korean only)

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Information courtesy of Hwacheon County Office and Inje County Office