Winter activities to check out in South Korea
One of the best times of the year to visit South Korea is in the winter! When the snow blankets the city, the whole town is transformed into a mini winter wonderland. Whether it’s shredding down the slopes on a snowboard or ski or ice fishing for some fresh trout, here are some ideas on what you can do in South Korea.
Seoul & Gyeonggi-do
1. Jisan Ski Resort
Located just 40 minutes away from Seoul, the Jisan Ski Resort is the perfect getaway for those looking for a quick escape. Whether you’re looking to spend a day shredding down the slopes or just looking to explore the area, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re game for shredding down the slopes, Jisan Ski Resort is the perfect place to begin. For the beginners, the Jisan Ski Resort Sightseeing Klook tour includes a 1 hour lesson for those who have no experience on the slopes. You won’t even have to bring along your own equipment as everything is provided. You can pick from skiing, snowboarding and even sledding.
There is even a sightseeing tour option for those who don’t wish to ride the slopes.
This activity is available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 1 Dec 2018-28 Feb 2019.
For the experts who already know how to manage the slopes, opt for the Ski Package for the ultimate hassle free Ski trip in Jisan! This includes all ski equipment as well as a 4 hour ski lift pass for you to conquer the slopes as many times as you like. For those who are heading there from Seoul, this also includes a round trip transfer from Seoul for an absolutely fuss free experience.
This activity is available everyday from 1 Dec 2018 to 28 Feb 2019.
If you’re also planning to visit Everland Theme Park, why not make your trip to Gyeonggi-do a full day experience! Start off your day with a trip to Everland theme park before trying out the Jisan Ski Resort slopes at night.
Head to Everland theme park and experience the thrills of the one of the world’s steepest roller coasters, the T-Express. If you’re not up for rides, the Safari Express will have you up close and personal with the kings and queens of the jungle! You’ll even get to try your hand at feeding bears and other wildlife creatures. Check out our Everland guide to see what else you can experience at one of Seoul’s largest theme parks.
Have you ever tried skiing in the dark? Well, now you can! Head down the slopes of the Jisan Ski Resort at night for a different experience you definitely wouldn’t want to miss. This includes a 30 minutes basic ski lesson so even if you have no experience on the slopes, you don’t have to worry.
2. Bears Town
Bears Town Ski Resort is a must visit for all avid skiers! With 11 different slopes boasting over 15km, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus, there are 8 different ski lifts to take you around, so you won’t have to worry about not being able to access any. The tracks and their levels of difficulty are varied so even if it is your first time on the slopes, you won’t have to worry about the slope being too difficult.
Even if you are not keen on winter sports, the views from the top of the resort are so breathtaking they are definitely worth a trip here.
Klook your Bears Town Ski Trip and it even includes a 2 way transfer from Seoul as well as all the ski equipment you’ll need. You won’t have to prepare anything! This tour is available every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1 Dec 2018 to 28 Feb 2019
3. One Mount Snow Park
If you’re not up for the harsh cold winter outside but still want to experience the winter wonderland, head over to the Onemount Snow Park! Onemount is the first and largest indoor winter theme park in South Korea and is guaranteed fun for all ages.
Bowling on ice, riding on husky sleds, ice shows and even catching the aurora are just some of the things you can experience at Onemount.
Address:1050-64 Daehwa-dong, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Opening hours are adjusted depending on the season and special events of the day so do check out the official website before heading down.
Getting there: Take Subway Line 3 to Juyeop Station, take Exit 2 and walk for 15 minutes
4. Elysian Gangchon Resort
The Elysian Resort is located on Nami Island Gangchon, within a beautiful valley. With its close proximity to Seoul, this makes for a great day trip for those looking to experience a winter wonderland. This tour operates on 3 Dec 2018-15 Mar 2019 , 7:00am-6:30pm, daily. With round trip transfers from Seoul, you can enjoy a fuss-free snow trip to Elysian with Klook!
5. Ice Fishing festival
Have you ever taken part in an ice festival? Well if you’re heading to South Korea this winter, here’s your chance! South Korea is host to the following ice festivals : the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, Cheongpyeong Snow Trout Ice Festival, Pyeongchang Ice Festival, or the Gapyeong Ice Festival. Try your hand at ice fishing for trout and then grilling them afterwards. It’s true when they say the best tasting food is those you catch with your own hands.
Klook yourselves an ice fishing festival tour and pick and 1 of the 4 festivals to experience. With convenient 2 way transfers from Seoul, you can easily make your way to these festivals hassle free. Do note that these tours are only available Monday to Friday starting from 5-27 January 2019.
Round trip transfer between Seoul and your chosen festival
Breakfast (bread or cake + 1 bottled water)
Insurance provided by the operator
The Hwacheon Sanchoneo is definitely the one we’d recommend! In celebration of the Mountain Trout, locals often set off on their annual pilgrimage in the thick of winter for some ice fishing. You’ll experience digging holes into the hard ice and fishing for fresh trout and of course the experience ends with you grilling and eating them straight away!
You’ll also get to try your hand at sledding, bobsled, ice soccer and even creating ice sculptures. Klook your Hwacheon Sanchoneo festival experience and it even comes with 2 way transfers from Seoul for the perfect hassle free journey!
6. Nami Island
Those who have been to Nami Island before in the summer, we bet you’ve never seen these tree lined avenues so white! Stroll along the lanes of trees hand in hand with bae and recreate some famous Korean “Winter Sonata” drama scenes.
On the streets, you’ll find piping hot steamed red bean buns, syrup-filled pancakes, and sausages so you won’t have to worry about going hungry. For a hassle free trip to Nami Island, be sure to Klook your Nami Island day trip and enjoy round trip transfers from your hotel in Seoul. 7.
7. Yongpyong Resort
Visit the site of the 2018 winter olympics and one of the most popular ski resorts, the Yongpyong Resort! Enjoy a 2 day 1 night stay where you won’t have to worry about not having enough time to enjoy the slopes. With ski passes and ski gear all inclusive, you’re all set to hit the slopes. In addition, with convenient 2 way transfers from Seoul and a nights stay in the Yongpyong Resort Tower Condominium, you won’t have to worry about a thing!
This ski complex is also famous for its beautiful winter romance drama scenes from “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”. Even if you’re not an avid skier, you won’t have to worry about not having anything to do. Grab your Seoulmate and recreate your favorite winter drama scenes!
8. Vivaldi Park
Vivaldi Park consists of 2 parts – Snowy Land and the Ski Park. If you find Snowy Land familiar, it is because it was the set to many famous Korean drama series like “Legend Of The Blue Sea” and “That Winter, The Wind Blows”. Enjoy candlelit streets, ice sledding, tube sledding and even snowmobiling! Even if you’re not up for some winter sports, the breathtaking views just might spark a winter romance.
This activity is available daily from 10 December 2018 to 1 March 2019.
For the winter sport enthusiast, the Ski Park is home to 13 different slopes spanning across many difficulty levels. Whether you’re a first timer trying to learn the ropes or an avid skier looking to shred, you’ll definitely find a slope for you. You can even opt for a ski lesson package where the instructor will teach you all you need to know to head on the slopes.
There is also a strawberry picking experience where you’ll get to pick fresh local strawberries and even take them home. Of course, you’ll be allowed to gorge yourselves silly on strawberries while picking them.
Your winter wonderland awaits!
Winter is the perfect time to don a hanbok without sweating! Put on a hanbok and stroll the streets of Seoul and even gain free entry to the palaces. After being out in the cold, nothing warms the stomach like some piping hot bulgogi. Head over to Bulgogi Brothers and enjoy some bulgogi dishes or cook your own Korean Barbeque at your seat.
With all the bulky winter coats and all that shopping you’ve done, it might be a bit of a hassle lugging your luggages to the airport. Klook your Safex Airport Luggage service and explore Seoul with your hands free for more shopping before heading back to the airport!