Winter activities in South Korea

Planning for your year end vacation away from the humidity and haze in Singapore? Winter wonderland South Korea is perfect for strolling under snow-covered trees, sledding down ski slopes and recreating romantic drama scenes with bae. Look no further because we’ve rounded up several of South Korea’s hidden gems for the winter weather.

1. Step into a Winter Wonderland at Jade Garden

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Photo credits: @about_gardens on Instagram

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Photo credits: @about_gardens on Instagram

If you’ve always been fond of chasing snowflakes or rolling in showers of snow, the Jade Garden is one winter treat you’d least expect. By the end of the year, the European-inspired park turns into a winter wonderland seemingly right out from the movies! While you won’t find any flowers here, the garden itself is mesmerising enough to sate that picture-perfect winter theme you have in mind. The tour also includes a stopover at Gubongsan Mountain Observatory Cafe Street so you can warm yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate.

Jade Garden
Address: 80 Haetgol-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm

2. Flex your sledding skills at Vivaldi Park Snowy Land

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land has long been a popular go-to travel spot when winter hits South Korea. After a series of remodeling, this family-friendly attraction now has a slew of winter activities that are equal parts safe and exhilarating for both grown-ups and kids as well! Suit up and head straight for snow sledding or Snowy World other than the usual skiing and snowboarding. With over 5 unique sledding courses and a series of child-friendly rides, there is always something for everyone in the family.

#Klooktip: Pack takeaway breakfast or snacks during the transfer rides to sate your hunger! Since it takes approximately 2 hours to reach Vivaldi Park and back to Myeong Dong, here’s the perfect chance to refuel and nap in the comforts of the shuttle bus.

Vivaldi Park Snowy World
Address: 262 Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon, Gangwon-do
Opening Hours: 7am to 11pm

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3. Watch the Garden of Morning Calm sparkle

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Of course, how can we miss the winter solstice at Nami Island? Draped in a piercing white blanket of snow, the island transforms into a stunning white city at the end of the year. Stay a little longer and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking illumination at the Garden of Morning Calm. Relive your favourite drama moments at the filming site of ‘Love in the Moonlight’ starring the nation’s crown price, Park Bo Gum and the nation’s fairy, Park Yoo Jung from 9th December 2019 onwards.

Garden of Morning Calmness
Address: 432 Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, 상면 Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 7pm

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4. Unleash your inner child at Everland

Everland is South Korea’s biggest theme park and we are not just talking about rides that defy gravity or the classic swinging pirate ship. Here you’ll gain DIRECT ENTRY to an up-close wildlife enclave, the steepest wooden roller coaster and even a Wicked Parade and Trick or Treat shows! Conquer Everland with this insider guide to the sprawling playground now!

Everland
Address: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday; 10am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday

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5. Baguette a trip to Petite France

After some sweetness overload, enter Petite France, a french theme park painted in bright popping colors inspired by the timeless tale of the Little Prince. Expect a series of dreamy murals, cottages adorned with french antiques and a 3D landscape of other Disney characters like Cinderella and Snow White. Instagram enthusiasts, gather your gear because this is one spot worthy for the gram’.

#Klooktip: Warm yourself up with a cuppa in one of Petite France’s french cafes.

Petite France
Address: Hoban-ro, Oeseo-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm

6. Explore Nami Island on a rail bike

Still can’t get enough of South Korea’s Moon Island? You’re in for a treat! Before wrapping up your vacation,  pedal your way around the snow draped city along the 318km Bukhangang River. Capture the glistening waterfront as soft fluffy snow melts into the river body. Put away your transportation woes because this includes a tailored bus at the end of the trip!

Gangchon Railbike Station
Address: 1385, Gimyujeong-ro, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm

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7. Snap up close selfies with alpacas

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With a staggering 110,000 square feet (that’s about 2 football fields!) of green forest, get up close with the resident alpacas as they roam around in search for more treats. You will get to feed, pet and even go for a short walk along the enclave. Despite its name, you’ll also find other animals such as deer, horses and other farm animals.

Alpaca World
Address: Pungcheon-ri, Hwachon-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm

Klook your Alpaca World, Jade Garden, and Gubongsan Mountain Observatory Café Street Day Tour from Seoul here!

8. Enjoy panoramic views at N Seoul Tower

Can you imagine how beautiful the view from N Seoul Tower is during the winter season? In the daytime, a city enveloped in snow, or a glistening skyline at night credits to the Christmas lights that cover the city. Whenever you decide to go, you’ll definitely be in for a treat!

N Seoul Tower Observatory
Address: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10am to 11pm; 10am to 12am on Saturday only

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9. Visit the iconic filming site of “Goblin”

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Photo credits: Gangneung Tours

If you still haven’t binge-watched Goblin, what are you still even doing? For Goblin fans, you’ll be glad to know that you can visit many of its filming sites during a romantic day tour to Gangneung. Use this opportunity to finally snap photos against the winter landscapes featured in the show!

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10. Check out the Gyeongbokgung Palace covered in snow

Though we can agree that the Gyeongbokgung Palace is gorgeous on any day, there’s just something so enchanting about the plazas and gardens during the winter season. The structures and landscapes are all blanketed in snow – creating the Winter Wonderland of your K-Drama dreams!

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