Winter is here and it’s high time to think about fun stuff to do during the chilly season. And if you are visiting (or are already in) South Korea, you’ll be glad to know that the country is full of exciting wintertime things to try like visiting ski resorts, attending festivals, and more. Get started on your Korean winter escapade with these activities.
Hit the Slopes
Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a first-timer on the snow, Korea’s ski resorts are the places to go for winter sports.
High1 Resort is one of Korea’s top ski resorts. Over 15 slopes are available for skiers and snowboarders. It’s pricier compared to other resorts around the country, but the quality of the snow and the facilities are worth it. Make the most of your trip to High1 by staying for two to three days and get an instructor to help you improve your skills.
Alpensia Resort might sound familiar to anyone who watches competitive skiing. The resort was one of the venues for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018. This resort has its own indoor water park to add variety to your ski trip.
265 High1-gil,Sabuk-eup, Jeongsun-Kun, Gangwon-do
325 Solbong-ro, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
You need to be prepared for winter in Korea since it can get very cold and very dry. But one fun way to ward of the chill is by soaking yourself in a warm bath.
There’s nothing like an experience at a jjimjilbang. A jjimjilbang is a public bathhouse with hot and cold pools, saunas, showers, and more. Depending on the jjimjilbang, customers can even spend a few hours singing karaoke or binge watch some DVDs. It might feel intimidating going into a public bathhouse for the first time, but it’s quickly becoming a favorite among tourists.
Dragon Hill Spa & Resort is the biggest spa in Seoul and has been used as a shooting location for K-dramas. Its amenities include a cinema and internet cafe with free WiFi on the premises. The spa is also open 24 hours so you can come by for a steaming hot bath and get a massage anytime. It’s definitely the place to go for a break and heat up before heading back out into the cold Seoul winter.
Dragon Hill Spa & Resort
40-712 Hangangno-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Winter in Jeju Island isn’t as cold as the mainland peninsula, but temperatures still reach single digits during the months of December to February. Like the rest of the country, it’s easy to find a jjimjilbang on Jeju, but you shouldn’t miss out on Sanbangsan Hot Springs. This public hot spring offers a spectacular view of Jeju’s mountains. The water’s composition encourages healthy blood circulation and will leave you feeling warm and relaxed.
Sanbangsan Hot Springs
192 Sagyebung-ro 41beon-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to make you feel cozy during the winter and Korea’s cuisine has all sorts of soup dishes to do just that. But winter also brings some utterly delicious snacks that you should try.
Roasted chestnuts are a staple winter snack in many countries, and this also rings true in Korea. Known as gunbam, you’ll find these sold in most markets as early as late autumn.
Enjoy a mix of sweet and savory when you bite into a gyeranppang (egg bread). These can be found throughout the country and provide a taste of warmth as you walk through the cold weather.
Experience the challenge of trout fishing during winter at the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival. While numerous winter festivals occur during the season, this is one of the biggest in the entire country. Thousands sit over the frozen waters and attempt to catch fish during the course of the event. One highlights is the barehanded fishing competition where competitors try to grab a prize-worthy fish from the freezing waters with their hands.
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
137, Sancheoneo-gil, Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do
See the Lights
Winter lights are popular spectacles around the globe. And fans of these vibrant displays can enjoy them throughout Korea. But one place that has become a top Korean tourist spot is the Garden of Morning Calm which is located a few hours away from Seoul.
For most of the year, the Garden of Morning Calm receives hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to look at the colorful flowers and natural scenery. In the winter, it transforms into a sparkling wonderland that enchants families and couples from all over the world.
Garden of Morning Calm
432 Sumokwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Start packing your jackets and coats and jet off to your next winter holiday. KKday’s here to make your next trip to South Korea full of fun and exciting activities.
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