Guide to Pyeongchang Trout Festival in Korea

Looking for something fun to do this winter in South Korea? Well, Pyeongchang Trout Festival is definitely one thing that you don’t want to miss out on!

The 10th annual Pyeongchang Trout Festival is a famous winter festival in South Korea that takes place in Pyeongchang in the province of Gangwon-do, which is located about 2.5 hours away from Seoul.

Pyeongchang, which is well known as a haven for winter sports as it receives an abundance of snowfall every year, is also where 2018 Winter Olympic Games will be held.

If you want to take a day trip to Pyeongchang Trout Festival from Seoul, the best place to book the trip is here. It is an all-inclusive trip so you just need to sit back and enjoy the festival.

👉 Pyeongchang Trout Festival: Shuttle Bus Package 👈 

For those who want to know about this festival, read this guide to find out what to expect!

About Pyeongchang Trout Festival



| When: December 22 ~ February 25, 2018

| Where: Pyeongchang County, Gangwon-do

| Things to do:

  • Fishing: Open-ice fishing, Tent fishing, Bare-hands fishing
  • Snow/Ice experience: Snow tubing, Ice skating, Sledding, etc.
  • Food and shopping: Food court, grill center, etc.

Ice Fishing at Pyeongchang Trout Festival 🎣


Open-ice fishing

The main attraction at the festival is, of course, ice fishing, where you can attempt to catch fresh trout from a hole drilled into the ice. You can choose between open-ice fishing or tent fishing (these tend to sell out very quickly).

Tent fishing

A fishing rod can be purchased which differs in price depending on the type of artificial bait attached on the line.

Be prepared to sit idly by the hole as you bob your rod up and down, waiting for a trout to bite onto the bait. Bring your own foldable chair or purchase one on-site for comfort!

*Ice fishing is only available depending on the ice conditions. If it is not cold enough, it may not be available as the ice will be too thin, causing it to break easily.

Bare-hands fishing

If you’re feeling super brave, why not try your hand at fishing for trout with your bare hands? Brrrr… aren’t you shivering just thinking about it?

You, along with many other brave souls, will enter a large pool full of trout in just a t-shirt and shorts and attempt to catch grab as many of them with your bare hands.

Eating at Pyeongchang Trout Festival 😋


Grilled Trout

One of the best part of this festival is that you get to feast on what you’ve caught afterward! Choose to enjoy your fish processed raw as sashimi or get it grilled the traditional way over firewood by chefs on standby. Don’t worry if you don’t catch any fish as you can buy them at the festival also!

Snow & Ice Experience at Pyeongchang Trout Festival ❄️


Ice sled

If you’re looking for something else to enjoy besides ice fishing, look no further as there’s plenty of recreational activities to do!

Choose from snow tubing, ice skating, snow rafting, ice cycling, sledding, spinning rail cars or an ATV (four-wheel motorcycle)!

Bumper car

There are even rides like bumper cars and disco pang pang, which is a circular ride that spins around and bounces up and down, accompanied by entertaining comments from the announcer controlling it.

Tips for Pyeongchang Trout Festival



This festival is something you must check out this winter season as it’s fun for people of all ages and whether you’re a solo traveler or not.

Best for: Family, friends, couples, solo travelers

If you want to combine ski trip and ice fishing trip together, click here. You can even spend 1 night at the Alpensia Ski Resort and enjoy skiing and the trout festival in 2 days. For more details,

👉 2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort + Trout Ice Fishing Festival 👈 

And if you want to make the trip from the ski resorts nearby the festival venue such as Alpensia Ski Resort or Yongpyong Ski Resort, you can simply buy the ticket here. It includes not only the round-trip transportation, but also a Pyeongchang Trout Festival entrance ticket.

👉 Pyeongchang Trout Festival: Shuttle Bus Package from Ski Resorts 👈 

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog! We will come back with more winter travel updates in Korea!

And don’t forget to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, for the latest, trendiest and newest things to do in South Korea.

Photo Credits
Pyeongchang Trout Festival Official Website

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