Looking for something fun to do this winter in South Korea? Well, this winter festival is definitely something 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 the town of Jinbu-myeon in the Pyeongchang County, which is located about 2.5 hours away from Seoul.
Pyeongchang County, 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.
So when you visit this area, you will be able to admire Korea’s beautiful winter landscapes while enjoying ice fishing with your friends and family at the trout festival. If you can spare more time, do try skiing or snowboarding as well when you travel to Pyeongchang!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 (pictured above) or tent fishing (these tend to sell out very quickly).
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. 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.
The best part? 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!
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. Ice sculptures are also scattered around the area for you to take photos with. This festival is something you must check out this winter season as it’s fun for people of all ages.
You may also want to drop by South Korea’s best ski resort, Yongpyong Ski Resort, which is located nearby the venue. With 28 slopes and Asia’s longest gondola course spanning 7.4 km, it’s a great destination for skiers of all levels.
Alpensia Ski Resort is also located close to the venue of the Pyeongchang Trout Festival. It makes another great choice with 6 slopes, top-notch leisure facilities and 5-star accommodation. If you want to enjoy both the ice fishing festival and skiing at the ski resorts check out our packages.Browse more of our awesome winter tours and ski packages on Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, and plan your winter trip with us!