Korea's Winter Festivals
Heat up Korea's winter with these hot events! The following is a description of Korea's special winter festivals. Don't miss out on the thrilling offers only available in winter!
Photo: Catching Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) with bare hands
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival has been continuously featured on CNN, the renowned international broadcasting network, as one of the seven major events to look out for when the year is coming close to an end. The festival attracts over 1 million visitors from domestic and all around each year, verifying its reputation as one of the world's major winter festivals. A wide variety of experience programs and attractions are available, including mountain trout fishing on ice, a zip track stretching across the festival venue, as well as various snow and ice sculptures on exhibitions. Indeed, this festival is a never-disappointing festival worth to check out!
Photo: Fishing bingeo is an enjoyable event for all age groups
When the translucent Soyanghosu Lake freezes solid, this signals the beginning of the Icefish Festival featuring bingeo (silver icefish) below the vast expanse of ice. With crowds of visitors wanting to experience the excitement of catching icefish, the lake is filled with the sounds of delight and laughter throughout the festival season. In addition to ice fishing, the festival features many unique events that can only be enjoyed in winter including icefish tasting, ice sledding, and ice soccer.
Photo: Children playing with snowman
Held every winter in the snow-covered landscape of Taebaeksan Mountain, the Taebaeksan Snow Festival offers a true winter experience. Featuring magnificent sculptures by snow and ice sculptors in a nature-sculpted winter wonderland, the festival is brightly lit by the smiles of tourists.
Photo: Traditional Korean ice sledding on frozen lake
When the season of snow and ice arrives, an outdoor trout festival is held at Odaecheon Stream in Pyeongchang-gun, the city dubbed as 'home of snow' as it usually receives the first snow every year. Pyeongchang's breathtaking views of snow-covered landscapes have earned it the nickname 'The Alps of Korea.' It is the perfect place to appreciate the beauty of winter and enjoy an exciting festival. It features a variety of hands-on programs including trout fishing, sledding, and traditional sledding and much more of excitements on the ice!
Photo: Trout fishing at Hongcheongang River
Every winter, visitors from across the country flock to the frozen Hongcheongang River to catch ginseng trout raised on a diet of six-year-old Hongcheon ginseng. In addition to ice fishing, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages, the festival features a wide range of attractions, cuisines, and entertainment including bare-hand trout fishing, Snow World (operated by top-class Daemyung Resort), charming views of thatched cottages, and traditional restaurants.
Photo: Beautiful luminaire decorating the street of Busan
When the sound of carols echo in the streets with the arrival of the Christmas season, large Christmas trees and magnificent lights light up the night of Busan. Featuring decorations of varying themes surrounding a 20-meter tall Christmas tree, the Busan Christmas Tree Festival offers a variety of cultural performances such as NANTA and chorus songs.
* This page was last updated in November 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.
** The festival period and program details are subject to change depending on the weather condition and other unforeseen events.
<Last updated on November 19, 2015>