Check out Korea’s best winter festivals and activities and get the best out of your winter trip to Korea!
The temperature is dropping, it’s getting cold, but you know it’s the time to explore a whole new world of winter activities and scenes in Korea. So, don’t hibernate at home and go explore all the fun out there.
1. Strawberry Picking
Picking fresh strawberries at a local Korean farm is a great excursion for both kids and adults. Take the strawberries home with you and they’ll be your healthy, delightful dessert of the day. For those who want to go strawberry picking in Korea, you can book the experience online in advance.
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 head out to 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.
So don’t hesitate to Book your 1 Day Tour to Mt. Deogyusan & Maisan Winter Wonderland right now!
3. Skiing & Snowboarding
Try and have a go at skiing or snowboarding in Korea, where the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics were successfully held.
Some of the best ski resorts include Yongpyong Ski Resort, Vivaldi Park Ski Resort, and Alpensia Ski Resort. These ski resorts offer a wide range of slopes for all levels of skiers and amazing winter landscapes. So, just choose any according to your taste! Find out about more ski resorts in Korea here and book your ski packages in advance.
4. Snow Sledding
If you don’t want to travel too far from Seoul, head over to a sledding hill in Seoul Land, the first theme park in Korea. Enjoy sledding down during the day and see the fantastic illumination show at night, which will make your winter experience just more enchanting. 🙂
5. Rail Bike Experiences
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 Rail Park.
6. Winter Light Festivals
Glisten and glow. Some of the most popular light festivals in Korea include the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival. Not to mention the luminous Pocheon Herb Island Light Festival gathering all the families and couples to take memorable photographs. Whichever light festival you choose to go, there will be plenty of Instagram-ready photo spots!
Read more about the light festivals in Korea here.
7. Ice Fishing Festivals
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! You can pre-book your shuttle bus package to the festival here.
Let’s not forget that there is more than one Ice fishing festival in Korea, and there is one right in Pyeongchang! If you don’t feel like going to Hwacheon, there is always a Pyeongchang Trout Ice Fishing Festival waiting just for you!
If you’re looking to totally get in on the ice fishing festival fiesta, check out the Hongcheon River Trout Festival as well as the Inje Icefish Festival.
The Hongcheon River Trout Festival is one of the most festivals in Gangwon-do, featuring various programs such as ice fishing, ATV riding and many more. What makes this festival even more special is that the trouts are fed ginseng, which Hongcheon is famous for. So, more the reason to get your hands on them. If you think that’s not enough, go on our Hongcheon River Trout Festival & Sutasa Temple Half-day tour for a more fun-packed day in Korea!
The Inje Icefish Festival is another must-go festival in Gangwon-do. Not only do they have icefish fishing and cooking but also winter activities such as sledding and ice soccer!
If fishing isn’t your thing but you want to enjoy the winter festivities, head on over to Daegwallyeong Snow Festival. Located in the “Alps of Korea”, this area receives heavy snowfall every winter making it the perfect place for some snow-sculpting. Be amazed by the giant snow sculptures, some even made by the locals, displayed throughout the festival. Also, there are many other winter activities and programs prepared to make this festival an unforgettable one!
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 compared to what you’ll be rewarded – a beautiful view of huge wind turbines on the white rolling hills of snow.
For those who wish to take a day trip to the Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm, hiring a private vehicle and a driver can be a great option. The private tour not only offers you the opportunity to visit the sheep farm but also explore other nearby tourist attractions, such as Seoraksan National Park and Naksansa Temple.
9. K-Pop Festival (To Be Updated!)
2019 Monster M Festival (Dec 21~22)
Prepare yourself for a night of monstrous fun as Kakao M invites you to what will be one of the hottest hip hop festival out there this year – 2019 Monster M Festival! Even if you’re not really into hip hop, these are names you will have heard before. Just imagine two days of ultimate fun and excitement with the biggest names in the hip hop and R&B scene performing before your very eyes. Don’t miss this possibly once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch artists Beenzino, Yumdda, Sik-K, HAON, ZICO, DEAN (you.will.knovv) and more perform at Sejong University Convention Center. Missing out on this would just be… a monstrosity!
OranC Mix Max Festival (Dec 28)
Are you ready for the hottest hip hop festival out there right now? OranC Mix Max Festival welcomes you to a night of festivities to groove along to the beats of your favorite hip hop artists. With some of the biggest names in the Korean hip hop scene such as Gray, Loopy, nafla, Sik-K, Yumdda, pH-1 and many more set to perform, the night couldn’t possibly get any better than this!
End the year with a bang at OranC Mix Max Festival this December!
Gaon Chart Music Awards (Jan 8)
Gaon Charts, one of the major record charts in Korea, is back again with its 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards. Start the new year off with a night of festivities as the top songs and artists of 2019 are acknowledged for their achievements. Get ready for the ultimate night of K-pop festivities as your favorite K-pop artists perform before your very eyes!
Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards!
Ready to meet your favorite Korean TV shows and stars in one place? As a must-attend event for every K-Pop fan, SBS Awards Festival (SAF) is one of the major broadcasting festivals held by SBS that celebrates all the accomplishments in SBS’ TV programs throughout the year.
The festival features a K-Pop music awards ceremony called Gayo Daejeon or SAF Music Awards, and the Drama & Entertainment awards ceremony.
Golden Disc Awards
Have a blast with your favorite K-pop starts in the Golden Disc Awards!
To celebrate the start of the new year as well as take a look at the past achievements by K-Pop artists throughout the year, GDA will once again be a highly anticipated show by many fans all over the world!
Who will become the winners of this year’s GDA?
Seoul Music Awards
Seoul Music Awards one of the most prestigious entertainment awards in Korea is returning this year for another round of celebrations! What better way to celebrate the year at this prestigious music festival watching performance after performance by some of the best Korean musicians?
This is an opportunity not to be missed!
10. New Year’s Countdown and Sunrise
We are already coming close to the end of 2019, and what a year it has been! There is no better way to celebrate your New Year’s Eve and New Years in Korea! This is the ultimate New Year’s celebration watching the fireworks go off at the iconic COEX. Spend your final day of 2019 watching a show of 1500 fireworks ignite, and then make your way to one of South Korea’s critically acclaimed sunrise spots in Gyeongpodae Beach, Gangwondo and welcome the first ray of sunlight in 2020!
Now, if you want to make your winter trip to Korea unforgettable, make sure you add these to your travel bucket list.
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