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 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.

πŸ‘‰ Pyeongchang Trout Festival: Shuttle Bus Package πŸ‘ˆ 

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, 2018 ~ January 27, 2019

| 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 πŸŽ£


Open-ice fishing

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).

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! 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.

Bare-hands fishing

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 πŸ˜‹


Grilled Trout

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 β„️


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.

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,

πŸ‘‰ 2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort + Trout Ice Fishing Festival πŸ‘ˆ 

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!

πŸ‘‰Alpensia Ski Resort: Ski Resort/Nearby Pension Room ReservationπŸ‘ˆ 

Or how about testing your luck with this fun winter tour? You get a choice of 4 different winter festivals to go, either the Pyeongchang Trout Festival, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festival, Gapyeong Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival, and Cheongpyeong Snowflake Trout Festival.

It’s a random pick so you’ll have no idea which festival you will end up visiting! All festivals are exciting and worth going to. Whichever festival you get will depend on the festival’s availability during the date you chose to visit! Weather conditions will also be taken into account. Let’s see if you’re as lucky as you think!

πŸ‘‰Ice Fishing 1 Day Tour: Seoul ↔ Pyeongchang/Hwacheon/Gapyeong/Cheongpyeong (Dec 26~Feb 22)πŸ‘ˆ

*Bonus

Hongcheon River Festival/ Inje Icefish Festival/ Daegwallyeong Snow Festival


If you wish to look for other ice festivals, we’ve got what you’re looking for. In this tour, you can visit Hongcheon River Festival and Inje Icefish Festival in which you can enjoy ice fishing among other winter activities, or Daegwallyeong Snow Festival where you can enjoy 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!

πŸ‘‰Winter Festivals Shuttle Bus Package: Seoul ↔ Hongcheon/Daegwallyeong/Inje (Jan 4~Feb 3)πŸ‘ˆ

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!

πŸ‘‰Half Day Mt. Seoraksan/Ice Fishing Tour (from Yongpyong Ski Resort)πŸ‘ˆ 

πŸ‘‰Half Day Mt. Seoraksan/Ice Fishing Tour (from Alpensia Ski Resort)πŸ‘ˆ 


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

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Photo Credits
Pyeongchang Trout Festival Official Website

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