Winter in Korea though is very cold but it is so beautiful because it is covered with soft white snow. In fact, if you travel to Korea in the winter, you can also experience a variety of activities, from skiing to the sauna or hot springs. Let’s discover travel Korea in winter — 5 great experiences you can’t miss when coming to Korea in winter.
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1. Skiing, skating
These are two experiences you should not miss when you travel to Korea in this winter. East and North Korea are snow-capped mountains, here is suitable for joining in winter activities. In Korea, there are plenty of ski resorts with full facilities so that visitors can have great experiences with skiing.
The most popular outdoor skiing place in Korea is the Seorak Mountains. You only take 7 minutes of sitting on the cable car; visitors have come to the largest outdoor ski resort in Korea. It is designed to scale with ideal slopes, speedy slopes suitable for everyone and lift systems which can support you to move. Coming here, in addition to skiing, visitors can take part in many other games such as sliding, skating, hiking, snow jumping, etc. If you want to try with ice skating, you can go to some of the popular attractions; such as the Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel, Yeouido Park, the Seoul Indoor Ski Resort…
2. Enjoy spicy and hot food
Winter cuisine with a spicy and hot feature is also a tourist attraction to the land of kimchi, help you warm up the body and wake up your taste. Stewed fish (spicy beef stew soup, chopped kimchi soup, hot spicy fish soup), hot noodle or spicy chicken, spicy rice … are hot spicy Korean dishes are good for health. It helps keep the body warm in the cold weather of winter in this country.
In addition, grilled sweet potatoes and greasy chestnuts, grilled fish skewers, tokbokki rice cakes … are also the most popular street food in winter in Korea and they attract many tourists. It’s not hard to find, you can easily meet the stalls selling these dishes at many corners of the street, the exit of the subway.
3. Go ice fishing
Fishing on ice is one of the most fun activities in winter in Korea. Whenever the winter comes, thousands of people flock to the Hwacheon Sancheoneo festival in Gangwon province. The festival is held from April to 26 January every year. This is a good time for visitors to fish, catch fish by hand, and play snowboard, ice ball… Therefore, every year, fishing festival on ice attracted a lot of visitors, including local people and foreigners.
You need to prepare clothes, winter shoes which are best to have thorn soles to go on snow, slip gloves, wool caps, sunglasses. Although never fishing, when you come here, you will be instructed how to punch holes in the ice, how to drop fishing rods.
4. Relax at a Jimjilbang or hot springs
One Jimjilbang is a Korean bathroom. These bathrooms often include a hot tub, sauna and a cozy bedroom located on the floor. When showering, everyone must be naked and the bathroom has a division of the area for men and women.
If you do not like Jimjilbang, natural hot springs are another option you can mention. In the cold weather, go out of the city and dive into one of the hot mineral water pools around the country to enjoy the warmth of nature.
5. Join the polar bear swimming competition
Every year, when the winter comes, Haeundae Beach in Busan City organizes Polar Bear Swimming Competition for those who are brave enough to take a dip in the cold water. This competition attracts about 2,000 people from many countries in the world. It is said to be the largest winter festival in Korea. In addition to swimming, visitors come to the competition also have the opportunity to enjoy a concert or soak in the hot spring.