Check out these fab Korean fests!
published: January 09, 2019
This was last updated Jan. 9
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Date: Until Jan. 27, 2019
Location: Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheongun, Gangwon-do
Introduction: Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. Since 2003, the festival has been visited by a million people, making this festival more joyful. Varied festival programs include ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsled, and other things to see and
- Safety devices prepared
- Medical Center in operation
- 119 Safety Center is located nearby.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Hwacheon. Hwacheon Stream and the festival grounds are about 10-min walk from the bus terminal.
Homepage: www.narafestival.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Inje Icefish Festival
Date: Jan.26 - Feb.3, 2019
Location: Bingeoho Lake, Nam-myeon
Introduction: Inje Icefish Festival has developed thanks to a lot of tourists’ participation and their interest since 1997. It tries to offer varied programs following trends. Visitors can enjoy icefish fishing at the festival venue.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Inje Bus Terminal. From Inje Terminal, take a taxi or a shuttle bus to the festival venue. (travel time: approx. 10min)
Homepage: www.injefestival.co.kr (Korean only)
Pyeongchang Trout Festival
Date: Until Jan. 27,2019
Location: Areas of Odaecheon Stream
Introduction: The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun district. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more. There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away
at a nearby restaurant. Trout farming first started in Pyeongchang due to its cold, clear waters. Trout offers plenty of nutrition and offers great taste and texture when prepared raw.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jinbu. (Intervals: approx. 30-40min) Odaecheon Stream is a 7-min walk from the Jinbu Bus Terminal.
Homepage: festival700.or.kr (Korean only)
Baegungyegok Valley Dongjangkun Festival
Date: Until Jan. 27
Location: Areas of Doridol Village
Introduction: Baegungyegok Valley Dongjanggun Festival in Pocheon offers various hands-on programs for families. It is located along the highway between Sejong and Pocheon, making this festival easily accessible. In addition, Pocheon is famous for I-dong galbi and I-dong makgeolli, as well as Il-dong Oncheon District, Sanjeong Lake, and Pocheon Art Valley.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an express bus bound for Baegun-dong. (Travel time: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes)
Homepage: www.dongjangkun.co.kr (Korean only)
Animal & Heart Village Light Festival at Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land
Date: Until Jan. 31, 2019
Location: Starlight Village Photo Land
Introduction: Starlight Village Photo Land provides a beautiful and romantic light festival all year round in the theme of Annimal & Heart Villages. The Animal Village
is decorated with displays of over 200 animals from owls, cranes and swans to elephants, giraffes, lions, pandas and more. Set off on a wild safari adventure with your family or loved ones to create special memories. In Heart Village, lovebirds will enjoy the romantic atmosphere decorated with hundreds of hearts. Photo themes include a lovely
wedding and a propose zone.
Jungang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1. Take Bus No. 5601 and get off at Ansan Cheongmundang Entrance Bus Stop. The village is across the street approx. 200m back.
Homepage: www.star1723.co.kr (Korean only)
Seoul Photo Festival
Date: Until Feb. 10
Location: Buk Seoul Museum of Art
Introduction: Seoul Photo Festival is held with the participation of citizens of Seoul and Seoul Museum of Art. The festival consists of series of workshops and exhibitions
held at Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Changdong Photo Art Gallery area, and SeMA storage facility. The workshops are aimed to evaluate and communicate with local photo art galleries as well as to explore the current state of the changing environment and society and its effect on photography.
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2)
Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5)
Get off at City Hall Station Bus Stop.
- Green Bus: 1711, 7016, 7022
- Blue Bus: 103, 150, 401, 402, 604
- Village Bus: Jongno 09, Jongno 11
Homepage: sema.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)
Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival
Date: Until Feb. 17
Location: Area of Alps Village Festival Ground in Cheongyang-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival features a large-scale ice fountain creating an Alps Castle where fairy tale characters are living together. The ice fountain and sculptures create a splendid ambience during the nighttime opening. This festival serves to create valuable memories for children and a romantic winter dating spot for couples alike. Located 5 minutes away, a suspension bridge over Cheonchangho Lake is famous as a filming location of the popular variety program “Two Days and One Night.”
From Central City Terminal, take an express bus bound for Jeongsan Bus Terminal.
From Jeongsan Bus Terminal, transfer to a local bus bound for Cheongyang-Jeongsan and get off at Cheonjang-ri Bus Stop (3 bus stops). Walk along the road in the same direction of the bus toward Cheonjangho Lake for 830m.
Homepage: www.alpsvill.com (Korean only)
Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival
Date: Until Feb. 17, 2019
Location: Gapyeongcheon Stream area in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Introduction: Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival offers various hands-on programs to tourists and participating residents of Gapyeongeup. Various events will be available
during the festival.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gapyeong.
* Bus Schedule: 06:35-22:05, runs 31 times a day
- From Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 9 Take Bus 7000 to Gapyeong.
* Bus No. 7000 Schedule: runs 17 times a day (Inquiries: +82-2-3431-3994)
* ITX Train Schedule: 06:00-22:00, runs 20 times a day
From Sangbong Station (Seoul Subway Line 7 or Jungang Line), Transfer to Gyeongchun Line and get off at Gapyeong Station. It is a 10min-walk from Gapyeong Bus Terminal, and a 15min-walk from Gapyeong Station.
* Note: Times and schedules for public transportations are subject to change, please check to confirm before visiting.
Homepage: www.jarasumfestival.co.kr (Korean only)
Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival
Date: Until Feb. 24
Location: Cheongpyeong Recreation Area for Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival
Introduction: Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival located in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do includes fun activities such as catching trout with bare hands, ice fishing, riding on tradition sleds and many other hands-on activities. Visitors who had paid admission to the fishing reservoir are also invited to watch the free circus performance offered.
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1. The festival venue is about 5-min walking distance away from the station.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Cheongpyeong.
The festival venue is about 7-min walking distance from Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.
Homepage: www.cpfestival.net (Korean only)
Daegwallyeong Snow Festival
Date: Until Feb. 27
Location: Hoenggye-ri Songcheon area
Introduction: The Daegwallyeong Snow Festival is held in the Hoenggye-ri area, which is located in Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchanggun, Gangwon-do. The festival will be full of events for visitors to enjoy. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival first began in 1993 and thanks to its increasing popularity each year, the festival was selected as one of the top twelve cultural festivals in Korea in the year 2000. The festival’s venue, Daegwallyeong, is often referred to as the Alps of Korea due to its 700 m high valley that receives heavy snowfall every winter.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Heonggye.
- Exit to the right out of Heonggye Bus Terminal.
- Walk along Daegwallyeong-ro Street until you reach Heonggye Rotary.
- Turn right onto Jangseon-gil Road and the festival is about 200 m ahead.
Korea Grand Sale
Date: Until Feb. 28, 2019
Location: Seoul Metropolitan Areas and major regions nationwide
Introduction: Korea Grand Sale is an integrated festival that promotes culture, tourism and shopping to international visitors. Shopping, accommodations, transportation, entertainment, beauty and health, food and other various participating companies will be offering lots of benefits and discounts to all international tourists visiting Korea during this period. In particular, many events will be held and convenient services such as free Wi-Fi, language interpretation service, information center and others will be available.
Homepage: www.koreagrandsale.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France
Date: Until Feb. 28
Location: Petite France
Introduction: Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France is held throughout the Petite France Park with beautiful lighting landscapes at nighttime. Pretty buildings
and night streets as well as Christmas trees are decorated with sparkling lights like a fairy tale. Adding a more romantic mood to winter nights, various event like orgel performance & explanation, marionette performance, puppet performance, magic performance, plaster art experience, and wish tree event will be available for visitors to enjoy the festival throughout Petite France.
Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus
Terminal or Sangbong Bus Terminal to Cheongpyeong.
Byeokchoji Botanical Garden Lighting Festival
Date: Until March 3
Introduction: Byeokchoji Botanical Garden features Paju’s sole lighting festival close to nature. The festival is held every year from mid-November to early-March. Visitors can enjoy this festival in the venue which is a famous filming spot for more than 100 dramas, movies, advertisments, and music videos annually.
Approx. 20 min from Paju Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line)
Homepage: www.bcj.co.kr (Korean only)
Taebaeksan Moutain Snow Festival
Date: Jan. 18 – Feb. 3, 2019
Location: Taebaeksan National Park, Hwangji Pond
Introduction: Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival presents large-scaled snow sculptures in the national park, Jungang-ro, Hwangji Pond and other downtown areas. Also, various programs like Taebaeksan Mountain Snowflake Hiking Competition, Igloo Café, ice fountain, snow sliding, starlight festival, and more are planned for a fun and fantastic festival.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Taebaek. From Taebaek Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Danggol and get off at Taebaeksan Provincial Park.
* Hwangji Pond is a 10-min walk from the Taebaek Bus Terminal.
Homepage: festival.taebaek.go.kr (Korean only)
Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm (Gyeonggi-do)
Date: Until March 24
Location: Garden of Morning Calm
Introduction: Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm is the biggest festival of lights in South Korea, covering 330,000 square meters illuminated by 30,000 lights.
Take a bus bound for Cheonggyeong Bus Terminal from Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; 9,500 won adult, 7,000 won teenagers, 6,000 won children, free age 2 and youngers; +82-2-1330.
NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.
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