Winter might be cold but the winter season will not be complete without enjoying it. Here are the 5 ways to enjoy winter in South Korea.
Not all people love the cold season especially here in Korea. The weather during winter is dry, cold, and windy. Even though there’s an available heater or hot water it is still hard to take a bath or even take a shower. The cold weather will make you lazy and will make your stay in bed all day. But do you know that to fight the cold weather you need to go outside? You can put on your winter jackets, gloves, and winter shoes to go outside, walk around or play.
My first winter in Korea was in 2016 and that year we experienced more snow fell than this winter. It was really exciting to watch the snow falling down and make your own snowman which you just have seen in movies like the movie Frozen. Aside from that, there are other ways to enjoy winter in Korea. Let’s check it out!
5 Ways to Enjoy Winter in South Korea
Aside from the famous Everland, there are some sledding parks in Seoul like the Seoul Land (서울랜드), Ttukseom Han River Park Snow Slope (뚝섬 한강공원 눈썰매장), Children’s Grand Park (서울어린이대공원), Yangjaecheon Ice Sledding Rink (양재천 얼음썰매장) and Dorimcheon Children’s Ice Sledding Rink 도림천 얼음 썰매장.
Sledding slope is one of the activities that both adults and children can enjoy. They are usually open from December to February but opening and closing dates vary from one year to another. So before visiting check out the site of the sledding park you wanted to visit.
2. Ski and Snowboarding
Korea has a lot of mountains that’s why ski and snowboarding are the best activities to do during winter. If you are a beginner you must visit a ski resort with easy slopes like Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort. If you are going together with family and kids, choose the ski resort which is family-friendly like the Yongpyong Ski Resort. But if you are looking for an adrenaline rush you must visit a thrill-filled attraction like Vivaldi Park Ski Resort.
If you are confused and can’t choose which one you wanted to do. Check out the difference between ski and snowboarding. In terms of difficulty, the ski is easier than snowboarding. But you want a challenging one you can choose from snowboarding. You can freely move your hands and feet with a ski while snowboarding your hands are free to move but your feet are fastened to the board. Another thing is with ski you can enjoy the feeling of excitement when skiing through the slopes while snowboarding you can able to do jump tricks.
3. Ice Fishing Festivals
Aside from snow sledding, ski and snowboarding, the ice fishing festival is famous too. Pyeongchang is one of the most visited Ice Fishing Festival in Korea. But if you don’t want to go too far, going to Gapyeong will be fine.
The fishing entrance fee is usually 15,000 won and you can only bring up to 2 fishes. You can catch as many as you can but you cannot bring all of it. You can also bring the fish to the nearby restaurant to clean it and cut it so you can eat it raw or asked them to grill it and you need to pay about 5,000 won.
At first, I find the fishing festival so boring since you need to wait till you catch a fish but honestly it’s fun. There’s a lot of people enjoying it from kids to adults. Aside from that, there are other things that you can enjoy aside from fishing like snow sledding or play dart games, ball games, and of course, eat till you get full.
4. Outdoor Ice Skating
If you can’t able to go fishing nor ski, you can try outdoor skating in Seoul. The city government always opens the skating ring during winter at the Seoul Plaza in front of the Seoul City hall. Aside from the Seoul Plaza ice skating rink, there’s one available in COEX in Gangnam.
5. Enjoy Winter Streetfoods
Street foods might be open all through the year but there are foods that can be seen and eaten during winter. These foods include hotteok (pancakes), chestnuts, and sweet potatoes.
Honestly, I love visiting Myeongdong just to buy and eat sweet potatoes which cost about 3,000 won for one piece. Though I find the sweet potatoes in 7-eleven cheaper. Not all branches are selling sweet potatoes so to satisfy my craving I just go to Myeongdong.
Hotteok is a sweet Korean pancake with is best to eat when served hot. The street of Seoul will not be complete without the chestnuts roasted in coal.
There are many activities that can be done during winter. So instead of staying at home get out and enjoy! Winter will never be fun without enjoying the season.
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