Winter in Korea – Winter Festivals and Activities in Korea 2021!
In this article we will share to you all about winter in korea – Winter festivals and activities in south korea 2021 that you can attend while you travel south korea.
South korea is a festivals and event country. While spring and autumn might be the best colorful season in korea, yet winter and summer offers you some great experience and festivals that spring and autumn can’t offer.
As the temperatures begin to drop, it is time to gear up for the enchanting winter festivals of South Korea. These festivals have something for everyone, games, snow sports, marvelous concerts, lip-smacking food, and much more.
Winter snow beautify everything it covers, from mountain, river, and street. Everyone love first snow and there is more for you to know about first snow than just a beautiful experience, there are meaning behind it that people believe and so everyone are looking for it. Alright, let’s dive right to these list of winter festivals you can attend while you travel South Korea.
** Festival Cancellation Notice **
This is to inform you that Many, if not all of These Winter Festival has been canceled to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease(COVID-19). What we share here is only to inform you all the festival normally you can enjoy in Winter.
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Pocheon Herb Village Light Festival
Pocheon is a botanical garden and aromatic herb museum of South Korea. You can enjoy this beautiful festival with your children. Especially during Christmas eve, it has so many Christmas-related attractions that your family will enjoy. The light itself is enough to cheer you up and warm your heart.
Petite France Village Light Festival
Petite France Village light festival, also located in Pocheon, is actually inspired from a famous child novel, The Little Prince. All the buildings and night street as well as Christmas trees are decorated with lights just like a fairytale. Other than that,, various events like marionette performance, puppet performance, magic performance, plaster art experience, and wish tree are also available.
The Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival
If you’re staying in Seoul this winter, the lighting festival at The Garden of the Morning Calm is definitely worth making the one-hour trek for. The garden grows much more beautiful during winter as the property’s got decorated with infinite number of LED light that creates such a true winter wonderland here.
Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festivals
Busan Christmas Tree Cultural Festival is where you can find various shape and style of christmas tree lights filled the street of Gwangbok-ro, the largest fashion shopping street in busan. People visit Nampo-dong to enjoy the magnificent festival that warms up the cold winter every night with beautiful songs and spectacular performances.
Jeju Fire Festival
Jeju Fire Festival is a representative cutural festival related to Jeju’s culture of livestock care. Held every March at Saebyeoloreum Volcanic Cone, the night sky lights up makes it a fiery red sky looks like it’s burning with fire. The festival features media facade show, torch march, fire show and more as well as various programs and food trucks.
The Pyeongchang Trout Festival
The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in Pyeongchang, 700 meters above sea level. What is interesting about this festival is that you can jump into the cold water to catch fish barehands, until it gets numb. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away in different dishes at a nearby restaurant.
Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival
Taebaeksan Mountain Snow festival is a great family winter festival where you can enjoy sledding, snow rafting, or just taking a picture with snowman and snow sculpture. The beautiful Taebaeksan Mountains covered with snow is definitely a great background for beautiful family photos.
The Homigot Sunrise Festival
Homigot Sunrise Festival, located on Homigot village, the easternmost point of the Korean Peninsula. Homigot Village means “a village on a tiger’s tail,” in reference to the Korean peninsula looking like a tiger. Homigo is also the first area on Korean peninsula to see the sun comes up.
This festivals occur on the first day of the year, includes local cultural performances, a New Year celebratory event, fireworks show, sunrise concert and other diverse performances. You may sample free tteokguk, a traditional New Year’s Day dish in this festival too.
Gapyeong Singsing Trout Festival
Gapyeong Singsing Trout Festival offers you a many hands on program and winter activities such as snow sledding, ice sledding, ice fishing, bumper cars on ice and also many other performance at the event areas.
Nonsan Strawberry Picking Festival
Nonsan is well known as the first strawberry producer in south korea. The nonsan strawberries are fresh, big and juicy, you can choose to eat it right away or take back home. Other events include a strawberry exhibition and there are plenty of hands-on activities for you to try, such as baking a strawberry cake and strawberry jam.
Daegwallyeong Snow Festival
Daegwallyeong Snow Festival first began in 1993 and was one of the first snow festivals that took place at the time. This festival is great for snow sledding, where you can enjoy sliding down the snowy slopes and into the soft snow.
Other than that, you can take a picture with a huge sculpture all around here. There’s also performances like parades, and fireworks show for you to enjoy it.
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place along the riverside in Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do Province. This festival was chosen by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as one of Korea’s major winter festivals.
It was even introduced by CNN as one of the “Seven Winter Wonders” in 2011. The most exciting activity of the festival is barehanded fishing at the festivals. Registration here is really easy on site, and you will get a festival t-shirt and shorts.
If you don’t like challenge, you can enjoy ice fishing that taken place on Hwacheoncheon Stream, which is actually the main event of this festivals, take place on a 30cm thick ice.
Inje Icefish Festival
Inje Icefish Festival first held in 1997, within the pristine nature of Inje, Soyangho lake. At this spectacular winter festival visitors will be able to try out ice fishing and exciting games such as human bowling on ice, ice soccer, and even a tug-of-war on ice. You can enjoy icefish eating competition, and get sample of the icefish for free.
These are winter festivals and activities you can enjoy during your Winter travel in South Korea. Which one excited you the most? Let us know in the comments section below!