South Korea’s 11 Best Winter Activities & Festivals (Videos)

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“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”

-John Burroughs, Winter Sunshine

Temperature is dropping, but you know it’s the time to explore the whole new world of winter activities and scenes in South Korea. So, don’t hibernate at home! Explore all the fun out there.

1.  Strawberry Picking

Picking fresh strawberries at a farm is a great excursion for both kids and adults! Take them home with you, and they’ll be your healthy, delightful dessert of the day.

Yangpyeong offers a strawberry picking experience where you can also learn about how to grow and harvest your own berries and make delicious desserts such as chocolate strawberries and strawberry rice cakes!

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There’s also the Seoul Vicinity One day Tour Package where you can visit Korea’s romantic winter spots in Chuncheon and Gapyeong such as Nami Island, Petite France Village and the Strawberry Farm.

2. Snow Swimming

If you really want to see snow, like LOTS and LOTS of snow, you definitely have to get away from the city and go to the rural areas in Gangwondo Province. You’ll never see so much snow in your life! Plus, you can have fun swimming in the pile of snow. Not joking, watch this video clip.

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3. Skiing at the Venue of 2018 Winter Olympics

Did you know that South Korea will be hosting the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics? 😉 Without further ado, you should definitely experience cross-country skiing when you’re in Korea.

There are great value ski resorts, such as Yongyong Ski Resort and Vivaldi Park Ski Resort, and all of them offer wide range of slopes for all levels of skiers, and magnificent views of winter landscapes on the slopes. So, just choose any according to your taste!

Check out more Ski Resorts in South Korea here!

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4. Snow Sledding

If you’re unable to get out to provinces, here’s what you can enjoy in the city. In Seoul, for instance, you can enjoy snow sledding in one of the biggest sledding hills at Seoul Land, Korea’s first theme park.

Plus you’ll be able to see the fantastic illumination show at night which makes your winter experience just more enchanting! 🙂 Seoul Land Sledding Hill One Day Pass is available on

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5. A Rail Bike Ride

For those of you who want both actions (not too aggressive though) and nature, a rail bike ride is just the thing. You can pedal down the rail track while enjoying fantastic winter scenes around you with your friends, families and lovers. Forget about the cold, go and try in Gangchon.

There’s also the Jeongseon Rail Bike, where you can admire the hidden mountain and forest landscapes. The 1-day tour also includes the Jeongseon Sky Walk which offers views of a U-shaped stream from an observation platform which is a see-through glass floor over a cliff.

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6. Light Festivals

Glisten and glow. Here are the most romantic light festivals in South Korea, Everland’s ‘Romantic Illumination’ and the Garden of Morning Calm. Whichever festival you choose to go, 100% satisfaction and incredible travel photos of your lifetime are guaranteed!

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7. Ice Fishing Festival

Can you catch fish with bare hands? Try it at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, which is announced as one of the 7 Winter Wonders of the World by CNN. It’ll be a great chance for travelers and tourists to have a whole lot of fun while traveling in Korea! The admission tickets and a round-trip shuttle bus are available here.

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8. Sunrise Festival at Winter Sea

Scenic pine trees, the blue winter sea, a tranquil coast, and rustic railways make Jeongdongjin one of the top tourist destinations in Korea. The seaside rail bike there also allows you to paddle along one of the most beautiful beaches in Korea. Grab this ticket to enjoy it!

Above all, it’s a popular spot where you can watch the earliest sun rises in Korea. Celebrate the New Year here with people you love!

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9. Sheep-Feeding

Now that the green fields are gone, why not give some grass to the flock of hungry sheep? It’s fun, and it doesn’t cost you much (only 4,000 KRW for an adult) compared to what you’ll be rewarded! A beautiful view of huge wind turbines on the white rolling hills of snow!

With this 1 Day Private Tour, you can visit not only the sheep farm in Daegwallyeong but also Seoraksan National Park or Naksansa Temple. The park is Korea’s most popular national park, while the temple boasts a 1,300-year history and offers gorgeous views of the East Sea.

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10. SBS Awards Festival (SAF)

Ready to meet your favorite Korean TV shows and stars in one place?! SAF is Korea’s broadcasting festival held by SBS, which celebrates all the accomplishments in SBS’ TV programs throughout the year!

Here, you can engage in various events and win special prizes such as autographed CDs and tickets for the Gayo Daejeon (Kpop Music Festival), Drama & Entertainment awards ceremony! The dates for 2016 have been announced as December 25 ~ 31. Check out last year’s highlights below.

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11. The Seoul Music Awards

It’s one of the biggest and hottest annual music festivals in Korea! The awards show  was founded in 1990 and celebrates the outstanding achievements in Korea’s music industry.

Winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year, combined with 40% digital download and album sales as well as judge’s scores. Check out this past winter’s event.


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Those were South Korea’s 11 best winter activities and festivals that’ll make your travel unforgettable. Now, which one would you like to add to your travel bucket list?

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