South Korea’s 10 Best Winter Activities & Festivals (Videos)
“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 to both kids and adults! Take them home with you, and they’ll be your healthy, delightful dessert of the day.
Enjoy this family-friendly activity near Seoul in Gapyeong (90 mins journey from Seoul), as well as other winter adventures like Gangchon Rail Bike (Refer to #5 below) and Nami Island, an island that boasts amazing natural landscapes, esp. the redwood-lined path.
Youtube Video credits to tiger g (https://youtu.be/iquWy4VxYtY).
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.
Youtube Video credits to hanbin KIM (https://youtu.be/d-lLYXx5apQ).
3. Skiing at the Venue of 2018 Winter Olympics
Did you know that South Korea will be holding 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!
See More Ski Resorts in South Korea from Trazy’s Ultimate Selection.
Youtube Video credits to 배장필름웍스 (https://youtu.be/fGgoUuwDa9o).
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 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 Trazy.com.
Youtube Video credits to 귀요미희재 (https://youtu.be/nGZ_WT4a5Ws).
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.
Youtube Video credits to 주진 (https://youtu.be/KSr1_HpeRdo).
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!
Youtube Video credits to 에버랜드 withEverland (https://youtu.be/8TbBo8WkjI4).
7. Ice Fishing Festival
Can you catch fish with bare hands? Try it at 2016 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 whole lot of fun while traveling Korea! The admission tickets and a round-trip shuttle bus are available here.
Youtube Video credits to Milk Factory (https://youtu.be/vlW1pjocLjg).
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. Above all, this is a popular spot where you can watch the earliest sun rises in Korea. Celebrate the New Year with people you love in Korea!
Youtube Video credits to LuCKi’s World travel 토종감자 수입오이의 세계여행 (https://youtu.be/AdH1n14tqyM).
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! So, try it at a sheep farm in Daegwallyeong.
Youtube Video credits to 두발로 TV (https://youtu.be/IPkosEkdXVk).
10. 2015 SBS Awards Festival (SAF)
Ready to meet your favorite Korean TV shows and stars in one place?! Here comes 2015 SAF from 25th~31st Dec. It’s a 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! Oh, and don’t forget that BTS, BAP, EXID, GOT7, Twice, and many more will be performing! Free admission tickets are available here.
Youtube Video credits to SBSNOW (https://youtu.be/D-tVSA8pIXw).
11. The 25th Seoul Music Awards
The weather will be icy cold by January 14th in 2016, but WHO CARES! It’s one of the biggest and the hottest annual music festivals in Korea!
How to enjoy this festival? Simply get the ticket only, with ‘The 25th Seoul Music Awards & Red Carpet Entrance Ticket’, or enjoy the tour of the city and this major K-pop festival all in one with Trazy’s ultimate ‘Seoul Music Awards Ticket & Seoul Tour Package’. See more details here.
Youtube Video credits to namja12four (https://youtu.be/JnCzSvFzAg8).
Those are 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?