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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.

Annual Winter Festivals Around Korea

Pyeongchang Trout Festival | Pyeongchang

winter activities in korea Pyeongchang Trout Festival

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: Late December
Price: ₩13,000 for a fishing ticket, ₩25,000 for a tent to keep the wind off of your face, and ₩3,000 to take your fish to a restaurant and request for it to be cooked/prepared.
For more information: Visit http://www.festival700.or.kr/

Mt. Taebaek Snow Festival | Gangwon-do

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Taebaksan Festival (Image from the Korea Tourism Organization)

Enjoy on-snow and ice events for all ages! Likewise, get to see wonderful snow sculptures and the breathtaking Taebaeksan mountain. Fees start at ₩2,000.

Opens: 2 weeks in January
For more information: Check updates on festival.taebaek.go.kr (Korean) or call the Taebaek-si Tourism Information Center at +82-33-550-2828 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese).

Winter Sports

Yong Pyeong Ski Resort | Gangwon-do

winter activities in korea Yongpyong Ski Resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort (Image from the Korea Tourism Organization)

The patron saint of skiing and snowboarding stations in Korea offering 28 slopes and an elevation of 1350m. Count on three hours travel time from Seoul (shuttle bus and car only). With 28 different slopes of varying difficulty, Yongpyong is a great destination for winter sports.

Opens: Mid November – early April
Entrance Fee: Rental day pass ₩33,000, half day pass ₩28,00. Lift day pass ₩76,000, lift half day pass ₩59,000
For more information: Visit https://www.yongpyong.co.kr/eng/skiNboard/overview.do

High1 Ski Resort | Gohan-eup, Gangwon-do

winter activities in korea High1 Ski resort

(Image courtesy of High1 Ski’s website)

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

Deogyusan Ski Resort | Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

winter activities in korea Deogyusan Ski Resort

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.

For more information on Muju Resort including prices and packages, visit http://en.mujutour.co.kr/index.sko?menuCd=BA01007000000.

Sledding at Everland | Gyeonggi-do

When: December to March

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.

Entrance Fee: ₩54,000 for a one day ticket, ₩84,000 for a two-day ticket
Hours:  Usually 10:00-21:00 (check website for daily hours)
For more information: Check everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/everland_guide/ticket.

Ice Diving at Spavis | Asan

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.

Entrance Fee: ₩64,000 for high season, ₩37,000 for low season
Hours:  9:00 – 19:00 during the high season, 10:00 – 18:00 during the middle season. After 4PM, customers will receive a 50% discount on the admission fee.
For more information: Check http://www.spavis.co.kr/reservation.guide.asp

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks In Seoul

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’s Snow Park | Ilsan

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Ice skating rink at One Mount, Ilsan. (Image from onemount.co.kr)

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: ₩35,000 for all-day tickets, foreign customers get 50% off admission fees (don’t forget your relevant identification!)
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 http://en.onemount.co.kr/

Lotte World Ice Skating Rink | Jamsil

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Ice skating rink located on level B3 of Lotte World. (Image from the Korea Tourism Organization)

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: ₩52,000 for all-day tickets,₩41,000 for after 4PM,₩36,000 for admission only.
Skate Rental: ₩10,000 – ₩15,000
Hours:  11:00 – 22:30 during weekdays, 10:00 – 22:30 during weekends.
For more information: Visit http://global.lotteworld.com/app/attrctn/list.asp?cmsCd=CM0196.

Mokdong Ice Skating Rink | Yangcheon

winter activities in korea mokdong ice rink

This indoor ice skating rink is open to the public year round and fits 1,000 skaters on the ice. Many events and competitions have been held here, and the stadium houses state of the art facilities.

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: Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=266851.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks In Seoul

Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink | Songpa

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Outdoor Olympic Park ice-skating rink. (Image from the Korea Tourism Organization)

The Olympic Park Peace Plaza is an outdoor ice skating rink is located in the Songpa-gu district of Seoul and is open every winter. For more information visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=789703.

Yeouido Ice Park | Yeongdeungpo

winter activities in korea Yeouido ice rink

Yeouido Park is a great skating destination for the whole family. As well as an indoor ice skating rink, Yeouido Ice Park features a sledding slope and a snow ‘playground’. Day passes are priced at only ₩2,000. This ice rink is 1,800sqm and open from 10AM-9.30PM throughout the winter season, last year the rink opened the first week of December.

Entrance Fee: ₩2,000 for a day pass
Hours:  10:00 – 9:30 during the winter season (commencing around December 9th)
For more information: Visit http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/AKR/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=2440006

Grand Hyatt Ice Skating Rink | Namsan

winter activities in korea grand hyatt ice skating

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.

Opens: December 1
Entrance Fee: ₩26,000 – Mon-Thu / ₩32,000 – Fri-Sun & Holidays
Hours: 12PM – 9PM – Weekdays / 10AM – 9PM – Weekends
Skate Rentals: ₩20,000

Winter Light Festivals and Exhibitions In Korea

Going to a light or lantern festival is one of the most affordable and enjoyable things to do during winter in South Korea! You just need to keep your eyes peeled, so you know where to go.

LED Flower Garden at the DDP | Jung-gu

Every night, except every 3rd Monday of every month (19:00-24:00)
winter in South Korea Activities DDP Led rose garden

DDP LED Rose Garden (Image from Flickr – Alex Barlow)

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
winter activities in korea World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival

Bucheon Aiins World Fantasy Lighting Festival (Image from the Tourism Organization)

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).

For more information: Visit http://www.aiinsworld.com/

Light & Fairy Tale Story Festival of Herb Island | Gyeonggi-do

When: November to April
winter in South Korea Activities Light & Fairy Tale Story Festival of Herb Island

Light & Fairy Tale Story Festival of Herb Island (Image from Gyeonggi Tourism Organization)

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.

Entrance Fee: ₩6,000 for weekdays
For more information: Check out en.ggtour.or.kr (English) or herbisland.co.kr (English, Korean, Chinese) for more information.

Winter Wonderland @ Everland | Gyeonggi-do

When: December to March
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‘Moonlight Parade’ at Everland, 2017.

Spend an entire day in South Korea’s largest theme park, and see how it transforms into a bright and colourful spectacle at night.

Entrance Fee: ₩54,000 for a one day ticket, ₩84,000 for a two-day ticket
Hours:  Usually 10:00-21:00 (check website for daily hours)
For more information: Check everland.com/web/multi/english/everland/everland_guide/ticket.

Winter Concerts In Korea

PREP Winter Tour in Seoul

Saturday, November 10th| BlueSquare iMarket Hall

This London-based band comprised of a hip-hop producer, a classical composer, a house DJ, and a singer-songwriter with credits including Drake, Kwabs, Foxes, Raleigh Ritchie, and Klangkarussell, PREP fuse elements of R&B, funk, and jazz into a melting pot of blissfully-styled pop. If you missed them at Seoul Jazz Festival, you will not want to miss them this winter.

Tickets start at ₩77,000 and are available to purchase via Interpark.

The Weeknd Live in Seoul

December 15, 2018 | Gocheok Sky Dome

Alternative R&B revolutionary The Weeknd remains one of the most enigmatic artists of the 21st century. The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling trendsetter will be visiting Seoul on December 15th. Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary artist.

Tickets start at ₩88,000 and are available to purchase via LiveNation. 

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