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27 Incredible Places to Visit in Korea during Winter

Winter in Korea is TOUGH. Gale force Siberian winds, freezing temperatures and super dry, sometimes polluted air make it tempting to sit inside, binge-watch Netflix and drink coffee all day long. At least that’s what I want to do most Seoul winter days.

You definitely shouldn’t hibernate till the cherry blossoms bloom though, (no matter how tempting it is). There’s plenty of cold weather activities and interesting places to visit in Korea during winter, so throw on your long padding coat and vogmask and venture forth bravely into the frostiest of Korea’s seasons.

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PLACES TO VISIT IN KOREA DURING WINTER FOR SPARKLING LIGHTS

If bright, sparkling bulbs are your thing, you’re in luck. Because the winter holiday season in Korea guarantees a country illuminated with twinkling Christmas lights from top to bottom. Here’s the best places to see them during winter in Korea.

6th E-WORLD STARLIGHT FESTIVAL IN DAEGU

Festival dates: November 17th – December 31st, 2018.

If you want to get blitzed out by brilliant lights right now, head down to Daegu for the 6th E-World Starlight Festival. The entire 430,000 m² area will be covered in luminous decorations, under the theme of “Queen of Flowers.”

Check out their website for more info.

THE GARDEN OF MORNING CALM (아침고요수목원 오색별빛정원전)

Festival dates: December 5th, 2018 – March 24th, 2019.

The Garden of Morning Calm is one of the best places in Korea to see a lighting festival during winter. It’s the biggest one in the whole country! Prepare to be wowed by the sight of tens of thousands of glowing lights in every possible colour covering acres and acres of land.

Admission ranges from 5,500 (child) to 9,000KRW (adult). Visit their website for more information.

BOSEONG GREEN TEA PLANTATION LIGHT FESTIVAL (보성차밭 빛축제)

Festival dates: December 14th, 2018 – January 13th, 2019.

Located in the south of the country, the Boseong Green Tea Plantation is wonderful to see in every season. During winter in Korea though, the entire plantation gets a festive facelift with twinkling lights adorning its pleasing symmetrical bushes.

If you arrive before dark, take in views of the tall cedar trees and nearby bamboo forest while sipping a green tea, or matcha latte (of course).

Find more info on their website (Korean only).

PETITE FRANCE KOREA LIGHTING FESTIVAL

If you want a little taste of Christmas in Europe, Petite France is definitely the place to be during a Korean winter. Starting near the beginning of December, it will do its best imitation of Montpellier, with fairy tale lights strung throughout the village.

Ticket prices range from 5,000 (child) – 8,000KRW (adult). Find more performance and transport info on their website.

LED ROSE GARDEN AT THE DDP

Sure, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza’s LED Rose Garden isn’t technically just a holiday thing, but you should still check out this selfie hotspot. You’ll be glad you did.

The roses were initially planted as a promotion for OMEGA watches in 2014, but didn’t become a permanent installation until Korea’s 70th National Liberation Day in 2015. The 25,550 LED roses are symbolic of the number of days since liberation – 70 years (in 2015) multiplied by 365 days equals 25,550).

DDP LED Rose Garden - Seoul at night

The DDP LED Rose Garden is a selfie hotspot

It’s free to check out, and can be seen every night of the week from 5:30 to midnight in the Grass Plaza area of the DDP. Get there by taking exit 1 at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station.

Check out our full post about the LED Rose Garden HERE.

DEPARTMENT STORES

If traveling out of the city is a distant dream for you, add the Hyundai and Lotte Department stores to your list of places to visit in Seoul during winter. Each winter in Korea, their Christmas displays seem to get more and more extravagant.

The huge Christmas Tree is already up outside the Hyundai Department store near Coex Mall, along with a gorgeous festive installation of books inside the Starfield Library.

The Starfield Library has a festive facelift for winter in Korea

Last winter, the Lotte World Tower next to Jamsil subway station had an over-the-top display with literally thousands and thousands of bulbs, a huge Christmas tree, and lights strung up over a full 2 block length… and I would expect nothing less this year.

FESTIVALS TO VISIT IN KOREA DURING WINTER

There’s no doubt Korea loves its festivals and during winter, there’s a huge variety to choose from. Attending one of these outdoor events is undoubtedly one of the most popular things to do during a Korean winter, for residents and travellers alike.

32nd BUSAN POLAR BEAR SWIMMING FESTIVAL (북극곰 수영대회)

If you’re just a little bit crazy, you can become one of 5,000 Busan Polar Bears, by diving into the icy cold waters off Haeundae Beach, during the 32nd Polar Bear Swim.

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Considered one of the best festivals in the country, participation costs 20,000KRW, and it looks like you get some really cute SWAG out of it.

Dates have not been set for 2019 yet, but watch out for registration and detailed information HERE.

HWACHEON SANCHEONEO ICE FESTIVAL (화천산천어축제)

Festival dates: January 5th – 27, 2019.

Hwacheon is the first place to freeze over in Korea during winter each year, with Hwacheon stream becoming a thick sheet of ice perfect for fishing, skating, hockey, bobsledding and much more. If you’re brave enough, you can even try bare-handed fishing.

The prime catch at the  Hwacheon Ice Festival is the Sancheoneo fish. Full of vitamins, amino and fatty acids, it only survives in super clean, super cold water.

Sign up for ice fishing, and find all the details and transport info on their website.

OTHER ICE FISHING FESTIVALS DURING WINTER IN KOREA

If you can’t make it out to Hwacheon though, don’t stress – there are several different places to visit in Korea during winter, for ice fishing. Former winter Olympics site, Pyeongchang has a trout festival taking place from December 22nd, 2018 until January 27th, 2019.

We checked out the Inje Icefish Festival last year, where the tiny bingeoho fish is the main catch. This year, it takes place from January 19th – 27th, 2019. For a tasty treat, be sure to try it twiggim (battered and deep fried) style at one of the vendors near the ice field.

The Inje Ice Fishing Festival is a great family activity during winter in Korea

SNOWMAN FESTIVAL AT NAMI ISLAND

Nami Island is a hotspot during every season, but during winter in Korea, it will be transformed into a Snowman Village. At this Festival, visitors will be able to sled, bobsleigh, curl and slide their way across the island. With an icebreaker crossing the frozen Bukhangang, an ice carving competition and an ice-wall photo zone planned, you’re sure to find something to entertain you.

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TAEBAEKSAN SNOW FESTIVAL (태백산 눈축제)

Festival dates: January 18th – February 3rd, 2019.

This festival takes over tiny former coal boom town Taebaek City, and its namesake mountain Taebaeksan, with non-stop winter activities.

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This is the winter festival to go to in Korea for large scale snow sculptures, sledding, and hiking.

Visit their website HERE. (Korean only)

WELCOME THE NEW YEAR, KOREAN STYLE

From December 31st to January 1st, thousands of people are standing on high mountains or lined up on a coast in the bitter cold waiting for the sun to rise. Welcoming a new year this way, is one of the most popular things to do in Korea in winter, because Koreans believe that wishes made while witnessing the first sunrise of the year, are more powerful.

GANJEOLGOT SUNRISE FESTIVAL (울산 간절곶 해맞이축제)

The Ganjeolgot Sunrise Festival (울산 간절곶 해맞이축제) in Ulsan is the place to be if you want to witness the earliest sunrise of the year in Korea. More details can be found HERE.

ACHASAN SUNRISE FESTIVAL (아차산 해맞이축제)

If you’re in Seoul, and want to avoid traffic congestion out to the East Coast, you can attend the Achasan Sunrise Festival (아차산 해맞이축제). It’s easy to access using public transportation and it takes just 15 minutes to hike up to the viewing spot.

Be warned though, this is one of the more popular places to visit for NYE in Korea during winter due to its proximity to Seoul – last year, 40,000 visitors attended.

More details and transport info can be found HERE.

HOMIGOT SUNRISE FESTIVAL (호미곶 한민족 해맞이축전)

If it’s the first sunrise of the year you’re after, the place to be in Korea on NYE is Homigot Village. It’s the furthest east you can get in the ROK.

At this festival, you can witness cultural performances, a sunrise concert, kite-flying and the launching of hope balloons with wishes attached. Be sure to have a free bowl of tteokguk – a traditional New Years Day dish.

Visit their website for more info.

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For a full list of lighting, sunrise and winter festivals, you can visit THIS LINK.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE BOSINGAK BELL RINGING CEREMONY

If you want to ring in the new year (literally), in the most traditional of ways, head over to Jongno and listen to the Bosingak Bell being rung 33 times by 16 different people, including the Mayor of Seoul, starting at the stroke of midnight.

The tradition of ringing the Bosingak Bell began way back in Joseon Dynasty times, when it was rung every day at the start and end of the day.

The closest subway station is Jonggak on Line 1. To accommodate the ceremony, Seoul metro will be kept running until 2AM on December 31st. Details HERE.

WINTER SPORTS IN KOREA

Don’t turn into a couch potato watching Pyeongchang Winter Olympics re-runs when there’s tons of sporting options you can get involved in yourself. Winter in Korea is the perfect time to try out something new!

PLACES TO VISIT IN KOREA DURING WINTER FOR ICE SKATING

Last year, the new ice rink opened up at Seoul’s very own spaceship in the city, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, was definitely the big draw. Unfortunately, no dates have been released for it’s use so far this winter, which is a real shame.

While we wait for news about its possible opening, you can take your pick from a huge range of municipal, university, indoor, or hotel skating rinks that open during winter in Korea. Prices range from totally free to upwards of 40,000 KRW for admission (skate rentals not included).

Did you know Korea is 80% mountainous? Perfect for winter sports!

ICE CLIMBING

There are a plethora of options for sledding, snowboarding and skiing in the country, and even a basic online search will yield a million results. But how about trying ice climbing for something new. With its mountainous terrain, Korea has climbs for all levels where you can try this challenging sport.

Sanirang offers beginner ice climbing courses for individuals who have never climbed before. It’s pricey, but it might start you on a lifetime of adventure, scaling heights you never thought possible.

PLACES TO VISIT DURING A KOREAN WINTER TO ESCAPE THE COLD

If you’re one of those people who can’t get warm, no matter what, here’s a few places to visit in Korea during winter, that are designed just for you.

GO STRAWBERRY PICKING

Are Korean strawberries the most delicious ones in the world? Possible, I think. And what better way to eat them, then by picking them yourself, while escaping winter in Korea in a super warm greenhouse.

We visited the 대가농원 farm in Namyangju, but there are tons of greenhouses located all over the country. Check out THIS BLOG for detailed information about where, how and when to pick strawberries in Korea during winter.

SEE THE “ESSENTIAL DUCHAMP” AT MMCA

Exhibition Dates: December 22nd, 2018 – April 7th, 2019.

If you haven’t made it out to the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art yet, here’s your chance. To honour the 50th anniversary of the death of pioneering conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp, the museum will have the most comprehensive exhibition of his work in the Asia-Pacific region so far, with over 150 pieces on display.

Have no idea who he is? It doesn’t matter, because you’ll be escaping the bitter cold of a Seoul winter in one of the city’s most interesting museums.

VISIT A VR GAME CAFE

It’s no surprise that virtual reality game cafes are popping up left, right and centre in a country hell-bent on technological advancement. Yes, you might look like a fool while playing, but you definitely won’t be cold.

There’s a lot of VR game places to choose from all over Korea, but if you want a little privacy while fighting demons, chopping fruit (yes, Fruit Ninja in VR), or kart racing, try the VRIZ VR Game Cafe, which has locations all over the city.

There, you can book private rooms for 20,000 -30,000KRW/hour, depending on the number of people playing.

EAT AT A FOOD COURT WITH A VIEW AT SKY31 FOOD AVENUE

If you’ve wanted to get inside Korea’s tallest building and the Seoul Sky Observatory, but can’t stomach the 27,000KRW ticket price to go all the way to the top, you can head up to the new Sky31 Food Avenue instead.

Sure, its 31st floor location is a long way down from the 124th, but you’ll still get incredible winter views of Seoul and the Han River, totally free of charge. Just visit the information desk on the first floor of the Tower, and obtain a pass card that allows you access to the building and the 31st floor.

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WHERE TO REJUVENATE YOURSELF DURING WINTER IN KOREA

The changing of seasons in Korea is so definitive, it’s violent. And the transition from autumn’s crisp, blue skies, warm days, and gorgeous leaves to the freezing winds and negative temperatures of Korea’s insanely cold winter might be the worst of all.

Here’s what you can do to rejuvenate mind and body from the brutality of winter.

GO FOR A KOREAN FACIAL

The dry air and freezing winds of Seoul’s winter are seriously bad for the skin. There’s no better time to hop on the K-beauty bandwagon and pamper yourself with a super moisturizing facial than now. Added bonus: the heated bed you get to lie on while your skin is getting spoiled.

See where I go for a super affordable facial in Seoul.

VISIT A JJIMJILBAND OR MOGYOKTANG

A weekly visit to the humble neighbourhood mogyoktang or bath house is on most Koreans’ agendas, for relaxation, revitalization and a skin-bruising scrub. Consisting of hot tubs, saunas and a cold plunge pool, it’s an ideal way to recharge the body and spirit in the depths of a winter in Korea.

A visit there is not for the faint of heart though, since the entire experience is enjoyed completely in the buff. If that thought is too much for you, you can check out a jjimjilbang, which offers both the naked bath house area PLUS a clothed area with various dry saunas and entertainment areas.

Some foreigner friendly jjimjilbangs, you could try out in Seoul include Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan and Aquafield which has locations in both Goyang and Hanam Starfield malls.

Be sure to get your Korean sheep head on (양머리) and try some sikhye (식혜) while there. You’ll blend right in. 😉

VISIT THE SALT CAVE HEALING CENTRE

Breathing in tiny micrometre particles of salt at the Salt Cave Healing Centre near Namdaemun might just cure what ails you. Said to help with asthma, certain types of allergies and general fatigue – at the very least, it’ll get you out of the cold and surrounded by the womb-like warmth of a cave made entirely out of sun-dried Pacific salt.

Get there by taking Exit 3 at Hoehyeon Station.

SPREAD HOLIDAY LOVE THIS KOREAN WINTER

For me, the winter holiday season is about connecting with those we love and being grateful for everything the year has brought and taught us. I’ve been incredibly blessed in my life, and it’s important to remember that not everyone is so fortunate.

Being a single mother in Korea can be incredibly difficult, not just financially, but because of outdated ideas and social stigma.

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This holiday gift drive allows you to sponsor a family and buy a gift for the children of unwed mothers. There’s a list of wishes on their website, and most of the requests are so humble, that I couldn’t make it through the list without shedding a tear. Ok…a lot of tears.

Detailed information about this year’s holiday gift drive has not been released yet, but in the meantime, you can DONATE HERE.

FEED THE HOMELESS WITH PLUR

Sadly, the homeless population in Korea continues to rise… with little social safety net in place yet to help them make it through the long, bitterly cold winter.

You can help out just a little bit by volunteering with PLUR to hand out some food to the homeless congregated around Seoul Station. They meet each and every Sunday evening.

Join each week by signing up on their Meetup page.

A lot of homeless congregate around Seoul Station

KOREA’S CARDBOARD HALMONIS (Grannies)

If you walk the streets of any Korean city, you will inevitably see a “cardboard granny.” These elderly women (AND men), pick up used cardboard and other recyclable materials to earn a little bit of money to survive.

Often bent in half from malnutrition and osteoporosis, these old women push huge and heavy carts up and down streets in the bitter cold and wind. Every time I see one, my heart literally feels like it’s being ripped out of my chest, but I always feel powerless and frankly a little shy to approach them with help.

Winter in Korea can be bitterly cold. Help out if you can!

One day though, I came across a halmoni who’s cardboard boxes were being blown off her cart by the wind, and stopped to help her pick them up. The total gratitude and humbleness with which she received this simple help sent me to the nearest bathroom in painful tears. I realized in that moment, that ANY help is appreciated and my shyness was not only silly, but totally selfish.

If you see a cardboard granny on the street this winter in Korea, just walk up and lend a hand. Help push her cart, give her a pair of warm gloves, a hot drink, or cash if you feel inclined to do so. Whenever I have approached a granny with money, she inevitably refuses saying my daughter needs it more than she does, but persist, and she will accept, because she truly needs it.

Are there any other worthwhile activities or great places to visit in Korea during winter that I missed? Add your tips in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you! <3

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  1. Sha #

    Such exciting winter times but it just makes you lazy to go out really…hahaha 😄

    January 21, 2018
    • Haha that’s the truth! Though it’s much easier when the sky is at least blue. It’s been like Gotham City her the last few days. 🙁

      January 22, 2018
  2. Once again so many things to do in Korea in winter! Didn’t know climbing the icicles were a thing. You would have thought normal rock climbing on normal rocks were hard enough. But on the ice must be slippery and you probably need a certain level of fitness.

    If I’m not mistaken, that looks like The Little Prince at the lighting festival! So cool 😀 If I visited in Korea in winter I’d probably want to be indoors since I do not like cold one bit, lol.

    January 21, 2018
    • Yes! It is the Little Prince…and I think it might actually be called the Little Prince Lighting Festival. 🙂 Winter in Korea is sooooo cold too…somehow I feel much colder here, than I ever did in Canada, even though the temperatures are much lower there.

      You def need some special gear to climb those icicles, like shoes with spikes so you can dig in. For me, it looks really scary, but of course, Agri wants to try it out. 😉

      January 22, 2018
  3. Just mildly off-topic, but I had to LOL at the imitation of Montpellier. It reminded me of the story of a Chinese girl from one of our Asian offices whom I delivered a course to. She’d gotten to Paris to do a summer course, couldn’t find anything but a bed in a dorm in Seine-St-Denis and, coming from an idea of France that was pretty much that of the Pétite France park, she got the shock of her life.

    January 22, 2018
    • Haha, that’s not even the half of it. We also have full-on imitations of that famous horse fountain from Versailles, and the Fontana di Trevi at the Lotte Mall, a Paris Park (with a mini Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe), and a lot more that I’m not aware of I’m sure. But for that festival they went a step further and actually imported ALL the lights from Montpellier…trying to be more authentic I guess. :p

      But have you heard of Paris Syndrome? It’s actually a thing.

      January 22, 2018
      • Whoa, I just Google’d it and… I’m astonished! Never knew this thing existed, but I suppose it’s to be expected, it’s a little bit like for Italy, all that nonsense on the “dolce vita” and then you find yourself on a commuter train into Milan from the airport at peak time. Not so Dolce!

        January 22, 2018
        • It’s funny you mention Italy because that’s exactly how I felt the first time I entered Rome by train. I was totally shocked by all the graffiti and how run down everything looked. Fortunately, the historic centre more than made up for the rest, but dolce vita? Not quite… though the pastries are not bad. 😉

          January 22, 2018
          • Without descending too much into politics, Rome’s incredibly badly kept thanks to a new breed of “pseudo-politicians” who can only do populism, but even without them certain neighbourhoods would make Clichy-sous-Bois look positively gentrified. Google “Corviale” and see what I mean!

            January 23, 2018
            • I had never heard of neither – I don’t watch the news, and Europe seems a long, long way from Korea sometimes… but wow…def a different world. (and to think, we’re contemplating a move to Italy)…

              January 24, 2018
  4. I MIGHT have missed winter a teeny bit when I saw the ice rink, the icicles, and the snow there! Is your cold a wet cold, and that’s why it feels worse than a drier Canadian winter? I have been strangely chilly here in Houston when the temperatures dip a little, and I’ve survived 26 Chicago winters, so all I can attribute it to is the dampness that seeps into my bones.

    January 22, 2018
    • I thought that’s what it was – the humidity, but Koreans say that the winter is super dry…and my skin seems to agree. I can only think it’s the winds that we get from Siberia…but -5 never felt this bad when I was living in Canada. Maybe I’m just getting old…hahaha. 🙂

      January 22, 2018
  5. Many things to do during the winter! The ice climbing sounds a pretty cool thing to do 🙂

    January 24, 2018
    • Yeah, you never run out of things to do in Seoul that’s for sure. Ice climbing looks cool but also really scary!

      January 24, 2018
  6. My goodness that’s a lot of fabulous options! I love the idea of ice climbing and snow festivals. I remember a snow festival in a small town in Finland where I used to live, but I don’t know if they have any here in Poland – this blog post got me curious, so I will give it a search 🙂 Your daughter looks absolutely adorable in the last photo!
    Korea looks vibrant – I’d love to visit one day 🙂

    January 24, 2018
    • There are a ton of options in Korea in every season. You certainly never run out of things to do! But we’re going through a crazy cold snap right, with a wind chill of -26! I’m scared to go outside. Haha. Let me know if you ever make it here – I’d love to meet up in person! 🙂

      January 26, 2018
      • Wow -26 is indeed brutal.. Here in Poland it was up to -10 last week but this week it’s on the plus again and all the snow is gone. We’re having a bad winter hehe. I’ll surely let you know if I ever make it there – that’d be so fun! Thanks! 🙂

        January 26, 2018
  7. Great suggestions and proof that there’s always something going on. I love the idea of heading to the food courts and the festivals. What a vibrant place all year round! Thanks for sharing this on #MOndayEscapes

    January 25, 2018
    • There seems to be a festival SOMEWHERE in the country almost every single weekend… there’s no doubt that Koreans love their festivals. We’re going through a crazy cold snap with wind chills of -26, so all I can think about is getting into one of the saunas at a jjimjilbang or bath house! 🙂

      January 26, 2018
  8. heaps to do! i think i’d prefer Korea in the winter then in the humid summer!

    January 25, 2018
    • I also prefer winter to summer here… at least the skies are usually super clear and the air is good in winter. But if you ever visit, def come in fall – like October. It’s the best time hands-down! 🙂

      January 26, 2018
  9. The plantation light festival looks absolutely amazing! Wow! So does the ice climbing, though I could never get the courage to do it. I am constantly going through things to do during the winter where I live as well, because I hate being cooped up inside. All of these activities are a great way to “get through” the winter. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

    January 29, 2018
    • I haven’t made it there yet, but it’s definitely on my list of things to get to before the winter ends. In Korea, we have these horrible “bad air” days and we have to stay cooped up inside. 🙁 It’s an unfortunately part of living in this part of the world.

      January 31, 2018
  10. Clare Thomson #

    There are so many excellent and varied ideas here, Shelley, most of which seem so exotic to me. That snowman festival looks adorable and I’d rather like to try ice climbing and see the recreation of Montpellier too. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    January 30, 2018
    • There’s so much going on in this city all the time, it can get overwhelming…but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s so nice to have so many options to choose from all the time. The Montpellier re-creation is tops on my list too! 🙂

      February 1, 2018
  11. I’m a old follower of your family and Seoul stories. Before the time you’d conceived till the date she has grown up to this age. Love you all.

    January 31, 2018
    • Aww, it’s so nice to hear that Priyanka! <3 I can't believe how fast she's growing and to what extent she's taken over our lives. 😉

      February 1, 2018
  12. The winter doesn’t stop me unless the roads are bad for driving. Cheers

    February 2, 2018
    • Fortunately, we have an amazing subway system here in Seoul, and driving on bad roads is rarely an issue! Easy to get around for all the amazing winter activities. 🙂

      February 2, 2018
  13. I’d love to be there for the Olympics right now. Or just to see those snowmen. How cute!

    February 11, 2018
    • Haha, I’d love to go to the Olympics too! But somehow cannot get there, despite it being just a few hours drive away. 😉 I def wanna get out there to see the Vantablack building though – it sounds super cool!

      February 12, 2018
  14. Great list! I’m long overdue for a visit to the jjimjilbang… Will have to get on that before I leave.

    I didn’t know about that new ice-skating rink in Seoul at the Design Plaza. That’s so cool that it’s free! I always enjoy a good free activity. Thanks for sharing 😉

    February 15, 2018
    • I hope they keep that DDP rink around even though the Olympics will be over. What awesome surroundings to skate in!

      February 20, 2018
  15. I love your updated options for the list. You know that my eyes went right for that VR cafe! I have to go there immediately. It looks like such fun. I’m always down for anything like that. Thanks for the tip!

    February 15, 2018
    • I like that you can be slightly anonymous when you play at VRIZ…cuz let’s face it, people really do look like dorks when they’re playing VR games. 😉

      February 20, 2018
  16. wrpalomo #

    Where is that ice climbing? It looks like a very athletic winter sports. SO, it’s something i can’t do:-(… but it will be great to take photos there, right? I was just talking to my husband about facials 2 days ago and this is a timely reminder!

    February 17, 2018
    • Haha, I’m with you on the ice climbing…but it’s definitely a photogenic thing to see. That photo is actually from a friend who went there with her daughter and son. They watched daddy attempt ice climbing for the first time! 🙂

      February 20, 2018
  17. Your list is making me miss Korea – even though I know its freezing there at the moment! We loved the winter festivals, and the lighting festival at the garden of morning calm is just amazing!

    February 18, 2018
    • This winter was probably the worst one I’ve ever experienced here (in 9 years), but the cold seems to have lifted in the last week…to be replaced by pollution. Ugh. Can’t win it seems. I’m still hoping to get out to the lighting festival at the Garden of Morning Calm before it ends!

      February 20, 2018
  18. I did everything when I was in Korea! Yay!
    My favorite part is visiting Korean Saunas. I really love how they exfoliate the skin!

    February 18, 2018
    • You are good. I haven’t done everything and I’ve been living here for 9 years. :p The scrub at the jjimjilbang is the best thing ever. I always feel totally cleansed afterwards!

      February 20, 2018
  19. This is a great list Shelly! I actually only knew of four of these events. My favorite one on the list is the ice climbing. Pricy, but what a cool experience! Definitely something I want to try before winter is up:D

    February 18, 2018
    • You are braver than me. The thought of ice climbing terrifies me…but I have friends that do. And come to think of it, they’re scared too, but they still do it..hmm 😉

      February 20, 2018
  20. A lot of great ideas here! It’s great especially because it is very easy to just stay inside and watch movies all winter. But you have provided some great ideas for getting out and about an participating in activities you just can’t do in the other months! These kinds of activities really help to fight off the winter blues! Thanks so much for sharing!

    February 19, 2018
    • This winter was a tough one too. Thank goodness it warmed up this week, I was really at my breaking point with how cold it was. Honestly, I’d love to stay in all winter and binge-watch Netflix, but my 2 year old daughter doesn’t let me do that anymore… :p

      February 20, 2018
  21. Yass to ice skating, VR, escape rooms and jimjilbangs!! I had no idea Korea offered ice skating! Not the type of sport I’d go for because it seems scary and very cold haha. In winter, I tend to be quite content hibernating with my netflix and a glass of wine, but these are great (and probably healthier and more social) alternatives! In winter, I do like hosting lots of gatherings at my apartment so friends can come over while I stay in teh comfort of my house! This is a great thing for those with more spacious apartments.

    February 19, 2018
    • We do a lot of winter gatherings at our place too, where we cook a meal together and play board games. To be honest, the introvert in me would rather hibernate watching movies too, but having a 2 year old doesn’t make that possible anymore. She’s super active and extroverted, so I’m constantly on the lookout for new activities for her… *sigh mom life is not the easiest at times 😉

      February 20, 2018
  22. Yes, definitely always looking for an excuse to go ice skating! #pyeongchang2018

    February 20, 2018
  23. Mingga Ang #

    We ll be there in feb 2019, hope to see updated winter events soon… and, may i ask where the location of the photo above, pls?

    October 28, 2018
    • Shelley @Travel-Stained #

      Hi Mingga, sorry there are a lot of photos in the post – which one are you referring to? I’m in the middle of updating the design of my blog, but plan to have a monster winter post up in November sometime, so be sure to check back! 🙂

      October 29, 2018
      • Mingga Ang #

        Sorry 😁, the on on your blog title. Is it Gyeongbokgung palace?
        Looking forward to seeing some more pics. Thx…

        November 3, 2018
        • Shelley @Travel-Stained #

          Hi Mingga, sorry for my slow reply – yes, it’s Gyeongbokgung Palace – and the post has now been updated with dates and tons more things to do. Enjoy your trip here! and do let me know if there’s anything else you’re curious about. 🙂

          December 2, 2018
  24. I would be down to go ice climbing! & Ice skating. Ice skating is always fun.

    November 21, 2018
    • Shelley @Travel-Stained #

      I’d be absolutely terrified of ice climbing, but I have some friends who do it regularly here… 😀

      November 21, 2018

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