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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 winter days in Seoul.

gyeongbokgung palace during winter in korea

Winter in Korea is especially stunning at Gyeongbokgung Palace

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 venture forth bravely into the frostiest of Korea’s seasons.

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Winter in Korea: What to Expect

Winter in Korea lasts for approximately 3 months. Typically, it starts at the beginning of December and finishes by the end of February.

All of Korea experiences the chill of winter, but Gangwon-do Province in the NE corner is typically the coldest part of the country. That’s where you’ll find the most snowfall, the best ski resorts, and the typical wintry scenes you’re dreaming of. Not surprisingly, as you head further south on the Peninsula, winter in Korea gets shorter and ever so slightly warmer.

hallasan in jeju during winter in korea

Count on snow at the top of Hallasan on Jeju Island during winter. Photo by kangbch/@Pixabay

How cold is Korea in winter?

In Seoul, average temperatures range from a low of -7 degrees Celsius in January to a high of +5 in February. It’s colder in Gangwon-do, and warmer near Busan. And while those temperatures might not seem TOO cold from a strict degrees point of view, I must warn you that it feels a heck of a lot colder.

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Yes, that’s the land of 6 month winters, colossal piles of snow and temperatures as low as -40. Yet I found winter in Korea with its much milder temperatures to be insanely cold. There’s a brutal wind that blows in from Siberia, and the cold just seeps into your bones. It’s totally unexplainable and painfully shocking.

snow in seoul during winter in korea

Winter in Korea is shockingly cold… even for a Canada transplant!

What should I wear during winter in Korea?

I can’t reiterate this enough. The winter months in Korea are freezing cold. If you live in a hot climate like Singapore or Thailand, you will feel like an icicle twice frozen. Guaranteed.

You need to be extra prepared with super warm clothes, thermals, thick socks, a hat and gloves. There’s a rush on Uniqlo heattech products during winter in Korea for good reason.

daegwallyeong sheep farm during winter in korea

Gangwondo Province usually gets the most snowfall during winter in Korea.

Does it snow in Korea?

It snows all over Korea in winter, but more in certain regions. If you’ve got your heart set on experiencing snow, head northeast for the best chances of catching it. Look to the months of December or January for a better chance to see snow in Korea.

Does it snow in Seoul?

If you’re staying in Seoul, your timing will have to be absolutely perfect to catch snow. Because snowfall is actually a pretty rare occurrence in Seoul. If you’re lucky, and happen to be here when it DOES snow, get outside as fast as possible to enjoy it. Because it melts just about as fast as it appears.

snow in seoul during winter in korea

Snowy scenes like this are few and far between in Seoul

Where to see snow in Korea

You’re guaranteed to see snow at any of the ski resorts around Korea. And even if you don’t ski, many of them have wintry activities, like sledding to participate in.

sledding on frozen ice during winter in korea

Sledding is a popular activity for families in Korea during winter.

Another popular destinationsfor seeing snow near Seoul, is Nami Island. They even have a snowman festival, every winter in Korea, that you can check out!

It takes a long time to get to Nami Island by public transportation, so it’s worth looking into these affordable and all-inclusive tours to make it a super convenient day trip out of the city.

Lighting Festivals during Winter in Korea

If bright, sparkling bulbs are your thing, you’re in luck. Because the winter 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.

The Garden of Morning Calm | 아침고요수목원 오색별빛정원전

Festival dates: December 3rd, 2021 – March 13th, 2022

Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432

The Garden of Morning Calm is one of the best places to see a lighting festival during winter in Korea. 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.

During winter in Korea, the Garden of Morning Calm has extended evening hours, so visitors can enjoy the spectacle after dark. The lights come on at sunset, and the Garden stays open until 9PM on weekdays, and 11PM on Saturdays.

TIP  |  During winter in Korea, there are tours available with later starting times, so you can enjoy the various lighting festivals around the country after dark. Be sure to select the winter itinerary when booking. Reserve an all-inclusive tour to the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival on Klook  |  On Trazy.

Petite France Korea Lighting Festival | 쁘띠프랑스

Festival dates: December 3rd, 2021 – March 13th, 2022

Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063

If you want a little taste of Christmas in Europe, Petite France is definitely the place to be during winter in Korea. This year, they’re holding a Starlight Festival with Pinocchio and Da Vinci Village.

petite france, winter in korea

Would you believe this “European Village” is in Korea?? photo by 陳 中昇 [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Highlights will include a Starlight Photo Zone, and fairy tale lights imported directly from Europe that will be strung throughout the village.

TIP  |  Traveling with a large group? It might be more affordable and convenient to book a private car to take you where you want to go, with no limitations. Check prices to reserve a chartered car for up to 10 people.

Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival (보성차밭 빛축제)

Festival dates: TBA for 2021 /2022 but usually starts in late November

Address: 763-65, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do | 전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 763-65

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 and covering the entire grounds.

christmas in korea at boseong lighting festival durig winter in korea

Boseong Green Tea Plantation has a lighting festival during winter in Korea.

If you plan on visiting this festival, be sure to take extra warm clothing. I can tell you from personal experience, that it’s incredibly cold in Boseong. Much colder than in Seoul.

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 Korea in winter. Every year, their Christmas displays just seem to get more and more extravagant.

There’s always a huge Christmas Tree set up outside the Hyundai Department store near Starfield Coex Mall. And you can count on some type of festive holiday installation inside the Starfield Library, if prior years are any indication.

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.

Everland Theme Park

Everland is one of the biggest and best theme parks in Korea. It’s full of heart stopping rides and 5 amazing themed zones. It even has one of the steepest wooden roller coasters in the world. Ride it if you dare.

Everland pulls out all the stops during winter in Korea. Photo by phploveme@Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

During Korea’s winter season, Everland really pulls out all the stops. There’s a towering Christmas tree, several special parades, a Magic Garden and brilliant fireworks to enjoy. Everland has over 40 rides and attractions to explore, so you could easily spend an entire day and night there, without seeing it all.

TIP  |  You’ll want to stick around Everland until after dark to enjoy the lights at their best. Trazy is one of the few companies to offer a later return shuttle bus to Seoul. Book discounted Everland admission tickets with a night bus option here.

Festivals to visit during Winter in Korea

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 winter in Korea, for residents and travellers alike.

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival | 화천산천어축제

Festival dates: January 8th – 30th, 2022

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.

ice fishing winter in korea

Ice fishing scenes like this are common during winter in Korea

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.

TIP  | The Hwacheon Ice Fishing Festival is very popular and day tours DO sell out in advance, so try to book as soon as you can.

> Book an all-inclusive day tour from Seoul to Hwacheon here.

> Visit the Hwacheon ice fishing festival during the day and the Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival at night with this all-in-one tour of BOTH festivals.

Pyeongchang Trout Festival | 평창송어축제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2022, but usually late November

Address: 3562, Gyeonggang-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do | 강원도 평창군 진부면 경강로 3562

If you can’t make it to Hwacheon’s festival, don’t stress – there are several different places to visit in Korea during winter, for ice fishing. Former winter Olympics site, Pyeongchang in Gangwon-do also has a popular trout and ice fishing festival that you can check out.

TIP  |  It’s cold on the ice! Stop by any convenience store, pharmacy, or Daiso and buy hot packs to keep your hands warm throughout the day.

Inje Ice Fishing Festival | 인제빙어축제

Festival Dates: TBA for 2022

Address: 555-2 Beonji, Bupyeong-ri, Nam-myeon, Inje-gun, Gangwon-do

We checked out the Inje Ice Fishing Festival last year and had a total blast. The tiny bingeoho fish is the main catch there. 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

Taebaeksan Snow Festival | 태백산 눈축제

Festival dates: TBA for 2022

Address: 168, Cheonjedan-gil, Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do | 강원도 태백시 천제단길 162 (소도동)

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

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

35th Busan Polar Bear Swimming Festival | 북극곰 수영대회

Festival dates: January 2nd – 9th, 2022

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 35th Polar Bear Swim.

busan polar bear swim during winter in korea

You can become a crazy polar bear too! by Busan Metropolitan city, (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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

Registration and detailed information isn’t up yet for this year, but can usually be found HERE.

Sports to Try during Winter 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

In Seoul, 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).

starfield coex mall ice rink

There are ice skating rinks all over Seoul. This one is at Starfield Coex Mall.

Here’s a few popular ice rinks in the city to check out:

  • Seoul Plaza Ice Rink: admission fee + skate rental for just 1000 won
  • Lotte World Indoor Skating Rink: admission + skate rental for 13,000 won
  • Olympic Park Ice Rink: admission + skate rental for 3,000 won

TIP  |  Wanna skate where famed Olympic figure skater Kim Yuna trained? Head to the Korea University Ice Rink and choose from hockey, speed, or figure skates for a fun-filled icy day. Be sure to check out the campus too. It’s gorgeous! Reserve your spot on the ice at least 2 days in advance here.

Where to snowboard & ski during Winter in Korea

Many people don’t realize that Korea is absolutely covered in mountains. Once snow blankets the ground in Gangwondo Province, snowboarding, skiing and sledding become super popular activities. The best thing is that many of these ski resorts are super accessible from Seoul, so it’s easy to visit on a day or overnight trip.

snowboarding during winter in korea

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

TIP  | If you want to ski during winter in Korea, there are a ton of convenient ski and snowboard packages to various resorts around the country. Most include transport, accommodation, lift passes and even lessons!

Ice climbing

There are a plethora of options for sledding, snowboarding and skiing in the country, 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.

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.

snow and a temple in korea

Oh winter in Korea – why you gotta be so pretty, and so brutal at the same time?

Go for a facial in Korea

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.

TIP  |  If you’re into skincare, a Korean facial is a must. Avoid language barriers and get exactly what you want by booking in advance. The excellently reviewed Whoo Spa in Nonhyeon uses luxurious Korean products and you’re sure to leave feeling totally refreshed. Be sure to book this at least a few days in advance as it does get fully reserved. Snag an appointment at Whoo Spa here.

Visit a Jjimjilbang or Mogyoktang

A weekly visit to the humble neighbourhood mogyoktang or bathhouse 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.

traditional korean sauna

A traditional Korean sauna you’d find at a jjimjilbang

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.

If you’re looking for something really special, the newest jjimjilbang on the block is Cimer at Paradise City. Expats and Seoulites are raving about the incredible saunas and photo-friendly scenes at this modern jjimjilbang in Incheon. It’s sure to heal your aching winter bones.

Some other foreigner friendly jjimjilbangs, you could try out that are in or near Seoul are: Dragon Hill Spa in Yongsan, and Aquafield, which has locations in both Goyang and Hanam Starfield malls.

> Snag discounted admission tickets to Dragon Hill Spa in advance on Klook.

Visit the Salt Cave Healing Centre

Breathing in tiny micromillimetre 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 out of Hoehyeon Station.

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Places to visit during Winter in Korea 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 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. It also happens to be the perfect family-friendly activity.

We visited the 대가농원 farm in Namyangju, and ate a ton of delicious strawberries, but there are tons of greenhouses all over the country. It’s worth booking an all-inclusive tour that includes transport, because most of these farms are not exactly in public transit friendly locations. Here’s a few options to check out.

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.

sky31 food avenue in lotte world tower

This is a food court with an incredible view

Ride the Hallyu Wave

If there’s a secret K-pop fan girl hiding inside you, winter’s the perfect time to bring her out of hibernation. Stay warm AND fulfill all your Hallyu dreams at these indoor activities perfect for winter in Korea.

Go behind the scenes of SBS MTV The Show, and see how K-pop spectacles are are produced for television. You might even get front row seats to see some of the biggest K-pop stars performing on stage. This activity sells out MONTHS in advance, because it’s only available on Tuesdays, and demand is super high. Book is as SOON as you know your travel dates.

> If you can’t get tickets to The Show, you can visit MBC World, Korea’s first Hallyu Theme Park. If you’re taking the AREX into Seoul, this is a great stop to make on the way to or from Incheon Airport, since it’s en-route. Get discounted tickets to MBC World here.

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.

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Watching the first sunrise of the year is a popular activity for New Years Eve

Gangeolgot 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.

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.


Tteokguk is a traditional New Years Day dish during winter in Korea

> Spending New Year’s Eve in Seoul? Learn about all the best parties, events and fireworks in this complete guide to celebrating the New Year in Seoul.


Want to make wishes on the first sunrise of the year? Check out these awesome New Year’s Eve tours from Seoul and Busan. DRESS WARM!

> Watch the fireworks and countdown to 2020 at COEX Mall, then head to Korea’s East Coast and make a wish, while watching the first sunrise of the year at Gyeongpo Beach. Book a NYE tour from Seoul.

> Welcome the New Year from Busan Tower, stop in at Gamcheon Culture Village and Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, before arriving at Homigot Square for the first sunrise of 2020. Book a NYE tour from Busan.

Spread Holiday Love during Winter in Korea

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.

This holiday gift drive allows you to sponsor a family by buying 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.

A lot of homeless congregate around Seoul Station

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.

Korea’s Cardboard Halmonis (Grannies)

If you walk the streets of any Korean city, you’ll 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 the 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.

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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, but persist, and she will accept, because she really 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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  • December 6, 2020

    Excellent post Shelley. The ‘Cardboard Grannies’ part made me feel so sad, I completely get your comment about feeling like your heart is being ripped out. I was raised by my Nan and we’re so close and I always feel this way when I see older people struggling in countries that have no welfare safety net.
    I will specifically remember to keep a lookout for them when I visit SK. A little kindness goes such a long way when someone is doing it tough.
    It’s so awful that this issue exists, and even harder when you know there’s nothing ‘significant’ that you can do at that moment to change their lives, although I bet that lady will always remember your kind help that day <3

  • November 21, 2018

    I would be down to go ice climbing! & Ice skating. Ice skating is always fun.

  • Mingga Ang

    October 28, 2018

    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?

      • Mingga Ang

        November 3, 2018

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

  • February 20, 2018

    Yes, definitely always looking for an excuse to go ice skating! #pyeongchang2018

  • February 19, 2018

    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 20, 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 19, 2018

    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 20, 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 18, 2018

    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 20, 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 18, 2018

    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 20, 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 18, 2018

    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 20, 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!

  • wrpalomo

    February 17, 2018

    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 20, 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 15, 2018

    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 20, 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 15, 2018

    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 20, 2018

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

  • February 11, 2018

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

    • February 12, 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 2, 2018

    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. 🙂

  • January 31, 2018

    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.

    • February 1, 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. 😉

  • Clare Thomson

    January 30, 2018

    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

    • February 1, 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! 🙂

  • January 29, 2018

    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 31, 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 25, 2018

    heaps to do! i think i’d prefer Korea in the winter then in the humid summer!

    • January 26, 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 25, 2018

    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 26, 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 24, 2018

    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 26, 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 24, 2018

    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 22, 2018

    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

    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 23, 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 24, 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 21, 2018

    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 22, 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 21, 2018

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

    • January 22, 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. 🙁


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