Are you planning a trip to Korea this year? Well, if you are, you should probably be aware of how cold it gets during the winter months. With the cold winds sweeping in from Siberia, temperatures drop drastically, with Seoul having reached a record -17.8 °C (-0.04 °F) last year. However, this is by no means meant to discourage anyone from spending a great time in Korea. In fact, the cold won’t be a problem when you get here because you’ll be having the time of your life! Also, there are many fun and exciting ways, only possible in Korea, to beat the freezing cold!
Get Your Body Moving!
The simplest of ways to stay warm is to increase your body heat and what better way to do that than get your body moving! Yes, walking and running are some ways to do that but I’m not talking about some plain old thing you can do anytime. Rather, cool and exhilarating ways that will not only get your heart-pumping but make your trip to Korea an unforgettable one!
Let’s take a look at 9 cool ways to fight against the chilly cold!
Have a go at a Korean martial art, Taekwondo! Learning the way of the fist and foot will surely get your heart pumping. You’ll not only be getting a good workout but also learn how to discipline your body and soul as you master skills such as jieurgi (first strike) and makgi (defense). This will also be a unique opportunity to experience the culture of Korea first-hand. Who knows, you might discover you have a knack for Taekwondo!
You may be less familiar with this form of traditional Korean martial art, but Taekkyeon has been around for centuries and continues to be practised by many. Likewise, this is an effective way to beat the chill of Winter. Characterised by fluid, rhythmic movements, it may seem like a graceful dance performance at first glance. Nonetheless, it requires great concentration and employs various fighting methods. Why not have a go at Taekkyeon next time you’re in Korea?
3. K-Pop Dance
This will definitely turn the heat up! Have you ever tried dancing along to a K-Pop dance tutorial on Youtube just to give up in a matter of minutes? We’ve all been there. Well, this is the perfect opportunity to scratch one off your bucket list. With experienced dance instructors to teach you, learn how to dance like your favorite K-Pop idols in a matter of hours, even if you’re a beginner! Keep the heat up with some crazy dance moves at this K-Pop Dance Class!
4. Traditional Korean Dance
You’ll need to keep your dancing shoes on for this one too! What about taking up the chance to learn some dance moves whilst learning about the culture and history of Korea too? A Traditional Korean Dance class will take care of all that for you. There are a variety of dances/performances to choose from such as the Korean fan dance, Janggu and Sal-puri dance. Dance the cold away with some traditional dance moves!
5. Nanta (Traditional Korean Percussion)
Release that inner beast in you with Nanta, Korea’s traditional percussion. It’s a bit like playing the drums but with a touch traditional Korean rhythm and groove to it. Begin with the basics of Nanta and by the end of the class you’ll be drumming along to K-pop songs with even a simple choreography to go along with it. Get your arms moving and drum away all that cold away!
6. Running Man Theme Park
If you’re more of the active type, we definitely recommend you give the Running Man Theme Park a go. Based on the Korean variety show, Running Man, your goal is to complete as many missions as you can and collect the most R-points within the 1-hour time limit. Doesn’t sound too hard, right? With all sorts of activities to keep you sweating, it does sound like a fun place to hang out with friends!
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7. Legend Heroes Sports
Who said you can’t enjoy your favorite sports in the Winter? Well, now you can at Legend Heroes Sports! It’s actually an indoor screen sports theme park where you can experience a variety of sports such as soccer, archery and even horse-riding! Though it functions with the help of motion sensory technology, it provides an almost life-like experience with real sports equipment that you just might think you’re at an actual soccer field or bowling alley!
8. Room Escape
Ever been trapped somewhere? Well, you’ll know how terrifying that can be then. Imagine being trapped inside a room for an hour and solving challenges and puzzles were the only way out! This exciting, yet thrilling game of Room Escape is a popular go-to destination for many looking for an adventure. It’s sure to get you fired up as you race against the clock in an attempt to escape the room before it’s too late!
9. Detox Yoga & Teatox
Did you know you can warm yourself up without running around? Well, experience a day of detox yoga & teatox! Cleansing your body and mind through a traquil session of yoga and a sip of tea will help you release toxins in your body to help with to get the blood flowing through your body and keep you warm. Spend a day of relaxation and recovery from the cold outdoors!
All these exciting, fun-packed activities have definitely got your minds off the cold of the Winter, right? Well, make sure to squeeze one of these fun-tastic activities into your Winter plans to fight off the freezing cold!
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