Korea is a beautiful and intriguing place to visit and there are some exciting activities for you to take as the landscape changes and the energy of the places when the snow season comes around. Let’s find out Korea winter: Things to do in Korea during winter with K-Town.
- Ice Skating
When december comes, the temperature goes zero or even minus, it’s time for arctic winds and some of the best ice skating rinks in Korea. The rinks can get pretty crowded at peak times, so just be aware when you’re planning to. There many popular ice skating rinks (both indoor and outdoor) for you to enjoy in Korea winter such as: Grand Hyatt, Banyantree Spa, Olympic Park, Lotte world, and Mokdong Ice Skating Rink.
If you’re looking to explore off the beaten path, the mountain ranges are a great way to see what Korea has to offer beyond its bustling cities. There is varied list with hikes of all difficulty levels – rated for those with average fitness levels and some hiking experience – with routes that will take as little as 1.5 hours, to those that stretch through 3D2N. Some great place for hiking in Seoul must be: Bukhansan which is easily accessible by bus, Suraksan, Seoul with view of Seoul’s outskirts, Yongmasan that is suitable for beginners, and Inwangsan in which you can hike along an old fortress wall. Moreover, you can also try hiking mountains of other cities such as Hallasan in Jeju-do, Jirisan in Gyeongsangnam-do, Naejangsan in Jeollabuk-do and Wolchulsan at Yeongnam Gul
- Jjimjilbang (Korean sauna)
When it’s Korea winter season, spend a day at Jjimjilbang is one way to warm up from a chilly day. You will sure love the relaxing baths and the sauna chambers there as well as enjoy the hot meals served and some fun activities such as gym facilities, heated outdoor pool, noraebangs (karaoke rooms), arcades, TV rooms or cinemas, and special fitness centers for yoga, horse-riding, and group exercises (aerobics, belly dancing). Jjimjilbang is also considered as a very cheap place to sleep at night by most of Koreans because there are comfortable sleeping rooms and you can you can stay up to 12 hours or until noon the next day. Jjimjilbangs are almost everywhere and at least one in the smallest of towns but the most popular list should include: Siloam Sauna, Dragon Hill Spa and The Spa in Garden5 which located in Seoul; outside Seoul, we have Spa Land in Shinsegae Centum City
Please make sure you shower before you hop into one of the baths!
- Winter festivals
One more thing you cannot miss is the winter festivals. As the temperatures plummet during Korea winter months, the country comes to life with exceptionally cool winter festivals that sprout across the country. Below are a few of the popular winter ones that is already available or coming soon:
2020 Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival (2020 Jan 11-19) where you can enjoy snow rafitng, snow sledding, and take picture with world-class snow sculptures. Plus, you can also explore beautiful winter in Taebaeksan Mountain by taking 2 hour-long trail along the snowy stream.
Pyeongchang Trout Festival (Dec 21 – 2020 Jan 28) that includes many enjoyable activities like ice festival, ice fishing and a wide variety of winter-based activities.
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (2020 4-26 Jan) that allows you to Be a chef for a day and cook your freshly-caught fish and Experience carving out snow holes and fishing for ‘Sancheoneo’ cold water mountain trouts.
Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival (2020 Jan 1-Feb 9) offers various hands-on programs such as Trout ice fishing, barehanded fishing to tourists and participating residents of Gapyeong-eup. Various events will be available during the festival.