Winters in Korea are known to be harsh, but there are plenty of things to do during winter in South Korea. Festivals, performances, and events abound across the country despite plunging temperatures. If you’re wondering about Korean winter activities, then look no further!
Those not afraid of fully embracing the cold can get outside with snow sports, ice rinks, and ice fishing festivals, and you can also enjoy the pleasant sights in and around Seoul. You can also stay warm indoors while enjoying some music. From markets to ice sculptures, sunrise festivals to sledding, there’s plenty of things to do during this Korean winter.
The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon. Trout farming first started in Pyeongchang due to its cold, clear waters. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more.
There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant.
Opens: December 28-February 2, 2020 Price: ₩15,000 for a fishing ticket, ₩29,000 for a tent to keep the wind off of your face, and ₩3,000-5,000 to take your fish to a restaurant and request for it to be cooked/prepared. For more information: Visit the 10 Directory listing, or the festival website here (Korean only).
Enjoy on-snow and ice events for all ages! Likewise, get to see wonderful snow sculptures and the breathtaking Taebaeksan mountain. Admission fee is free but there are separate fees for programs.
Opens: January 10th – January 19th, 2020 For more information: Check updates on tour.taebaek.go.kr or call the Taebaek-si Tourism Information Center at +82-33-550-2085 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese).
Experience the mesmerizing ice sculpture park, snowman park, take pictures at the snow land photo zone, and many more at the Daegwallyeong snow festival this winter. Participation fee varies depending on the program so make sure to check for more details on http://www.snowfestival.net/
Jaraseom singsing winter festival is the perfect winter festival for families and friends to come together to partake in various activities such as ice skating, ice sledding, trout fishing and many others.
Opens: January 4th – February 14th, 2020 Admission fee: Adults: 12,000won and Children: 10,000won. However costs vary depending on the event so check for more information on www.가평씽씽송어축제.com or call 031-581-6423
The patron saint of skiing and snowboarding stations in Korea offering 28 slopes and an elevation of 1350m. Count on three hours of travel time from Seoul (shuttle bus and car only). With 28 different slopes of varying difficulty, Yongpyong is a great destination for winter sports.
The new kid on the block, with a summit of approximately 1150 m. The casino is nearby for apres-ski gambling, there are plenty of accommodation options nearby, it has a proper snow (not hard ice) mogul run, and best of all it is rail-accessible.
Opens: Mid November – early April Entrance Fee: High1 Ski charges ₩78,000 for a day pass and also offers a variety of half day passes, evening passes and season tickets. For more information: Visit http://www.high1.com/eng/skiInfo/html.high1
Perhaps the most scenic layout of any ski resort in Korea. A beautiful panorama awaits you at the highest summit of any ski station in the country (approximately 1530m). With plenty of options for accommodation, Muju is also rail-accessible and the only major ski resort south of Seoul.
The ‘Snow Buster’ sledding hill in Everland during winter is a great attraction for families and Seoulites who don’t ski and prefer a more laidback winter sport. Everland provides the slope, the sleds, and the snow, as well as several other helpful facilities such as heated lounges with refreshments and snacks. Another huge bonus? Everland installed a ‘tube lift’ for the ‘Snow Buster’, meaning you can sled to the bottom, climb back up to the top and do it all over again without getting (too) tired.
Spavis, a waterpark in Asan, makes the most of a frozen wintry lake and offers ‘ice diving’ as a winter activity. If you feel like braving the cold, strip down to your bathers and soak in a heated pool in the freezing cold. Surrounded by snow, it’s a nice way to relax and enjoy the mineral-rich hot springs. And if you get tired of the ice diving, there’s a variety of novelty pools, water slides and saunas.
Practice your skills, or take some classes to learn ice skating. Either way, it’ll be a fun leisure activity among friends or even a nice date idea. In some venues, there may also be snow sledding hills, snow playgrounds, and other diverse winter activities.
One Mount, an indoor winter theme park located in Ilsan, offers a large indoor ice skating rink separated for both skaters and sledders.
Entrance Fee: ₩30,000 for all-day tickets Skate Rental: ₩5,000 – personal skates are not allowed. Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 during weekdays, 10:00 – 19:00 during weekends. For more information: Visit the One Mount website.
Lotte World contains a giant and fully enclosed hockey-sized ice skating rink that is open year round. Hours are from 11AM-10:30PM on weekdays, and 10AM-10:30PM on weekends. The cost for 3 hours of skating ranges from around ₩10,000 – ₩15,000.
Entrance Fee: ₩4,000 for weekdays, 5,200 for weekends. Skate Rental: ₩4,000 for two hours, then ₩1,000 per hour Hours: 14:00 – 18:00 on weekdays, 12:00 – 18:00 on weekends For more information: Visithttp://www.mdicerink.com/mdicerink/index.html
Known as one of Seoul’s most beautiful skating rinks, the Grand Hyatt hotel transforms their outdoor swimming pool area into a beautiful and romantic winter wonderland. Featuring twinkling fairy lights and decorated trees, the lovely winter ambiance makes it a popular winter date destination.
Every night, except every 3rd Monday of every month (19:00-24:00)
Walk through a bed of illuminated roses at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza. It’s going to be the perfect way to end (or start!) the all-night shopping marathon in the area.
World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival | Bucheon
When: All-Year Long
Aiins World, Korea’s miniature theme park, now holds their ‘World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival’ throughout the year. However, we think it’s beautiful to see in the crisp coldness of winter. Located in Bucheon-si, the theme park is easily accessible via public transport (Seoul Subway Line 7).
If the LED roses at the DDP aren’t enough, see the whole Pocheon Herb Island filled with Christmas lights! The Light & Fairy Tale Story Festival never fails to wow guests with the truly fantastical decor. Starting in November, you can also try various Christmas-themed activities like tree, candlestick, and souvenir soap-making.
Opens: November to April
Entrance Fee: ₩6,000 for weekdays For more information: Check out herbisland.co.kr (English, Korean, Chinese) for more information.
Queen will hold their first solo concert in Seoul this winter as part of the Hyundai Card concert series from January 18th, 2020 at 7:00pm to January 19th, 2020 at 6:00pm. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor will be joined by Adam Lambert for vocals, and most likely Spike Edney on keyboards, Tyler Warren on percussion and Neil Fairclough on bass.