[What to do in Korea in Winter] Hwacheon Sancheono Ice Festival

Have you ever lived in a country for so long, you thought you’ve seen everything? I haven’t!

Living in Korea makes me want to travel more and more and by travel, I don’t mean traveling abroad. There is so much to see inside the country, I can’t even imagine how long it will take me to see everything, so I decided to put one foot forward and start traveling more this year! Maybe it will help me to push my blog a little bit as well πŸ™‚

My first destination of 2019 was Hwacheon city in Gangwon province! Hwacheon city is mostly known among Koreans and foreigners thanks to a Hwacheono Ice Festival which is being held there every year ever since 2003! Even though there is some controversy around it and some people say that it can be interpreted as animal cruelty, we still decided to give it a shot.

We visited this festival on Saturday, January 19th this year. First thing I have noticed – Hwacheon is much colder than Seoul. It really is. So please, dress warmly.

The festival location is about a 10-minute walk from the Hwacheon bus terminal, so if you come by bus you can just simply walk there. This is what we did as well. As we arrived at the festival, we noticed that there were so many people! Much more than we thought there will be. Fishing in Korea is much different from fishing at home, after all, ^^’

There are two separate fishing areas for Koreans and for foreigners. Korean area is much more crowded, so we decided to play my foreigner card and went to the foreigner area. Fewer people, more fish, huh?

We got our fishing roads and started the challenge, which I lost very quickly. Gyu caught 4 fish and I was left with nothing.
Rather than real fishing, it is more of a game, where you need to know your strategy. Gyu researched it first and I just came unprepared, so this is why it happened ^^”

Later, we went to another location, where you go into ice-cold water and try to catch the fish with your bare hands. I decided not to risk it, but Gyu wanted to look cool and did it πŸ˜€ He said he regretted it 3 seconds later, so please, do this only if you are not too sensitive to cold.

There are even more fun activities in the area, even the bobsleigh for winter Olympics fans!^^
We really enjoyed Ethiopian coffee made in a small coffee shop nearby, so make sure to visit that one as well^^

In general, Hwacheon Ice Festival was a lot of fun, yet I realized that I am a summer person ^^”

That’s all for this time! Thank you!

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