Looking for something fun to do this winter in South Korea? Well, the Pyeongchang Trout Festival is definitely one festival 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 the 2018 Winter Olympic Games was successfully held.
If you want to take a day trip to the Pyeongchang Trout Festival from Seoul, the best place to book the trip is here. It is an all-inclusive trip, so 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 21, 2019 ~ February 2, 2020
| 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 a 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 afterwards! 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
More Tour Packages
This festival is a MUST this winter season as it’s fun for people of all ages. Whether you’re a solo traveler or not!
If you want to combine a ski trip and an ice fishing trip together, catch two birds with one stone with these packages:
Or if you would simply like to book comfy and spacious accommodation in Alpensia Ski Resort or nearby pensions for a night, check out the link below!
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!
Other Festivals ❄️
If you’re looking for other ice festivals, we’ve got what you’re looking for.
In this tour, you can visit the Hongcheon River Festival or Inje Icefish Festival where you can enjoy ice fishing and other winter activities. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival is also on the list, where you can admire detailed snow sculptures made by famous sculptors, and also enjoy various winter activities such as snowball fighting. All three of these festivals are iconic winter festivals in Korea so you will have a great time there!
If you want, you can also go on your own 1 Day Private Tour to Pyeongchang/Gangneung or Hwacheon to enjoy not only an amazing day at one of these festivals but also to discover the undiscovered! Head on over to Pyeongchang/Gangneung and visit some of the top destinations in that area such as Daegwallyeong Sheep Ranch, Woljeongsa Temple and Jumunjin Breakwater. How about a trip to Hwacheon where another iconic winter festival, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, is being held. There’s so much to see and do so don’t miss out on any of them with this wholesome tour!
Hope you enjoyed reading this blog! We will come back with more winter travel updates in Korea!
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