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 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 receives an abundant amount of snowfall every year, and is also where 2018 Winter Olympic Games was successfully 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.
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 🎣
The main attraction at the festival is of course, ice fishing, where you 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).
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! you don’t want to have a cold bottom from sitting on the snow and ice!
*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.
If you’re feeling super brave, why not try fishing for trout with your bare hands? Brrrr… doesn’t it make you shiver just thinking about it?
You, along with many other brave souls, will enter a large pool full of trout in just t-shirt and shorts and attempt to grab as many as they can.
Eating at Pyeongchang Trout Festival 😋
One of the best parts 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 grill it in 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 ❄️
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)!
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.
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,
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.
Mt. Seoraksan Tour
However, for those of you who are in Gangwon-do, but don’t have much time to enjoy ALL these delightful activities, we offer you half-day options to either tour Mt. Seoraksan in Seoraksan National Park, a majestic mountain will be capped with snow in the winter, which is a definite sight to see. Or have fun catching lots of fish in the Pyeongchang Trout Festival.
Going to do either of these can still be as fun as a full day!
Hope you enjoyed reading this blog! We will come back with more winter travel updates in Korea!
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