With its unique culture and delicious cuisine, Seoul has become one of the go-to destinations in Asia. However, it’s easy to get caught up in all this metropolitan buzz, especially in such a fast-paced city. What’s more, with winter approaching, there’ll be another side to the enchanting city that only the frosty months can reveal. Nevertheless, with countless hidden gems around to explore, you might want to stay an extra day or two for an exciting day trip from the city, especially in the coming months!
1. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
‘Sancheoneo’ is mountain trout in Korean. So, you’ve probably guessed it! Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is an ice fishing festival where you can even catch these slippery creatures, even with your own bare hands! This annual festival which takes place in Hwacheon, about a two to three-hour drive from Seoul, is one of the biggest Winter festivals in Korea and was even selected as one of the 7 Wonders of Winter by CNN Travel. It is certainly a festival not to be missed as it offers a one-of-a-kind experience where you can attempt to catch your own lunch! There are many more other Winter activities such as snow sledding and ice skating available for all, so make sure to squeeze the 2020 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival into your Winter in Korea itineraries!
2. Pyeongchang County / Gangneung City
If you’re looking to add more than one spot to your “Visited Places” list, look no further. Head on a day trip to Pyeongchang and/or Gangneung with Trazy and visit up to 3 places of your choice! Gangwon-do is the #1 destination in Korea when it comes to enjoying a true Winter Wonderland experience. So, set out on a 1 day trip to places such as Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch, Jumunjin Beach or Pyeongchang Trout Festival which offer picturesque Winter-only views!
3. Mt. Deogyusan & Maisan Winter Wonderland
One of the things that make Korea such an attractive Winter destination is probably the exquisite scenery of mountains blanketed in glistening white snow. This is also just one of the many reasons you should visit Mt. Deogyusan and Maisan this Winter. Despite being the lesser-known mountains, these tall mounds of Earth provide some of the most beautiful panoramas of Nature. The iconic Sangjeru and Tapsa Temple, at Mt. Deogyusan and Maisan respectively, create a perfect balance with the surroundings, boasting a magnificent view against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
4. Hongcheon River Trout Festival
Vivaldi Park Ski Resort is definitely one of the top destinations in Hongcheon, especially in the winter. Nonetheless, a 30-minuted drive will take you to another one of Hongcheon’s winter wonderlands – Hongcheon River Trout Festival. Featuring various activities such as trout-catching bare-handed, ice-fishing, sledding at Vivaldi Park Snow World and many more. What makes this particular festival unique is that the trout here are fed with ginseng grown for 6 years!
5. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival
Daegwalleong is another must-visit winter destination for its noteworthy snowy mountain tops and sheep farms. Thanks to the heavy snowfalls in this area, the Daegwallyeong Snow Festival has been a success for many years since it first began in 1993. The main attractions at this land of snow are the colossal ice sculptures, some even made by the locals there, which are displayed throughout the festival. With various performances and many more activities to take part in, a day trip to Daegwallyeong Snow Festival will certainly be a memorable one for you and your loved ones!
6. Inje Icefish Festival
The much-awaited Inje Icefish Festival is back again for its 20th year this winter! Taking place at Soyangho Lake, the largest man-made lake in Korea, there will be more than 2,000 holes available for people to fish bingeo (icefish) from. If you don’t know much about fishing, not to worry. In addition to the many activities prepared such as fishing, sledding and ice soccer, there will also be various educational events for the public to take part in to learn a little more about fishing. So, head on down to the Inje Icefish Festival this winter for a day of fun and excitement!
7. Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival
The city of Taebaek comes alive each year in January, ever since 1994, for its annual Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival! This festival offers a great many sights to see but the main attraction is the display of the gigantic snow sculptures! They may seem small in images, but standing next to one will have you gawking at its massive size. You can even make your own mini snowmen, go down an enormous snow sledding hill and have a try at some ice sledding. For the competitive at heart, there’ll be a Taebaeksan Mountain Snowflake Hiking Competition for anyone who is up to it! Once you’ve had your share of snow-filled fun, literally chill out at the Igloo Cafe made out of ice for a warm cup of tea! This will be one of the perfect winter day trips from Seoul!
8. 2020 Coex New Year’s Countdown & Gyeongpodae Overnight Sunrise
Whether you like it or not, 2019 is coming to an end in just a few months and what better way to celebrate the end of the year than with a bang! The 2020 Coex New Year’s Countdown & Gyeongpodae Overnight Sunrise Tour is going to be by far the best day trip you’ve ever been on. Enjoy the last moments of 2019 at COEX with a magical display of 1500 fireworks going off and then, head over to Gyeongpo Beach to welcome the New Year with the warm glowing rays of the first sunrise of 2020! Start the New Year off by creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones!
Don’t these sound like amazing ways to spend Winter in Korea? Well, we’re predicting quite the Winter Wonderland experience this year. So, book your tours to some of the best Winter Day Trips from Seoul before it’s too late!
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