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[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights across Korea

By Yoon Min-sik
  • Published : Feb 7, 2019 - 15:03
  • Updated : Feb 7, 2019 - 15:03

Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival


The Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province includes fun activities such as catching trout with bare hands, ice fishing, riding traditional sleds and many other hands-on activities. Visitors who pay admission to the fishing reservoir are invited to watch the free circus performance as well.

The hours are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and admission fees are 15,000 won for adults and 12,000 won for children. It is open to visitors of all ages.

For more information in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese, call the travel hotline at 1330. The homepage -- www.cpfestival.net -- is only in Korean.

Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival 

The Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival features a large-scale ice fountain that resembles a castle in the Alps with fairy-tale characters.

The festival includes snow sculptures, ice sculptures, a snow cave, a wish tunnel and activities like catching smelt, making organic cosmetics, snow sledding and bobsledding.

Located five minutes away is a suspension bridge over Cheonchang Lake that is famous as a filming location for “Two Days and One Night.”

The event continues until Feb. 17. It is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. as well as 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese, call the travel hotline at 1330. The homepage -- www.alpsvill.com -- is only in Korean.

Samcheok Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival 

The Samcheok Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival is a celebration that blends gijuldarigi, Samcheok’s local game of tug-of-war designated as a Gangwon Province Intangible Cultural Heritage, with other traditional customs of Jeongwol Daeboreum.

The festival aims to preserve and develop both national and regional customs and traditions as well as boost the local economy and provide an opportunity to bring the community together. It takes place at Samcheok, Gangwon Province.

The festival runs throughout the month of February.

For more information in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese, call the travel hotline at 1330. The homepage -- fullmoonfestival.or.kr -- is only in Korean.

Yangpyeong Icefish Festival 

The Yangpyeong Icefish Festival takes place at the Baekdong fishing site and Soomy Village from late December to early February. Residents welcome all visitors, including families, couples and groups.

Fish cake and roasted chestnuts are offered at the festival. Besides ice fishing, other traditional winter games and activities, such as flying kites, spinning tops, sledding and the making of jjinbbang (steamed buns with red bean filling), are available.

The festival is being held through Feb. 17, and admission fees vary by program.

For more information in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese, call the travel hotline at 1330. The homepage -- winterfestival.kr -- is only in Korean.

Jaraseom Singsing fest 

The Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival offers various hands-on programs for tourists and participating residents of Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, and is managed by the Gapyeong Shopping Center Cooperative. Various events will be available during the festival.

The hours are between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission fees are 17,000 won per person.

The festival runs until Feb. 17

For more information, call the travel hotline at 1330 for Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese services.