Unpack your woollens, warm your heaters and ready that cup of steaming tea; for winters are here! If you haven’t already planned your winter vacations, we have a mind-blowing suggestion, that will surely make you book your flight right away.
Wondering what destination, you should head to this winters, fret not! For we have the perfect Asian destination to your liking. South Korea, it is!
While South Korea is exciting and enjoyable all-round the year, the months of winter in this East Asian country have a charm of their own. While the cold can get insufferably harsh, the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland opening up opportunities to lounge in hot springs and spas, enjoy the snow-capped mountains, or go admiring the festival lights, no matter what interests you – South Korea is sure to inspire and indulge you!
Fun things to do in South Korea in winter!
1. Soak in hot spring spas
Can anything beat the comfort of taking a dip in a heated pool on a freezing day? We bet, not! Hot springs and spas are a big it among tourists in winters. Relax and pamper your body at any of the mineral-rich natural hot springs of the country. Do not worry if you are travelling with kids, for you could visit the hot spring theme parks that also provide overnight accommodations. These theme parks offer water slides along with other entertainment facilities.
There are many spas in the Asan region in South Korea popular for its hot springs that have healing, therapeutic benefits, not to mention how much fun water parks and slides can be! So if you’re planning to visit South Korea with family, then heading to one of the hot spring spas is a must-do activity! A winter trip to South Korea would be incomplete without experience its hot spas!
2. Go rail biking at Gangchon Rail Bike Park
Just 40 minutes away from Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is the Gangchon Rail Bike Park – an old railway line that is no longer used commercially, but has become a popular tourist attraction of South Korea. You can pedal your way along the entire course of snow-clad tracks, rail biking for a good 50 minutes as you take in the stunning scenery of the frozen Bukhangang River on one side.
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3. Frolick in Lotte World: Things to do in South Korea
Dotted with shopping malls, folk museum, a huge indoor complex filled with games and rides, a vast ice-skating rink, good eateries etc., Lotte World in Seoul is a must visit place in South Korea. This is your safest bet to escape the cold weather and still have a fun playful day. If you are lucky, you may also get to see performances of few K-pop bands, who perform especially during the festive season.
4. Go skiing or snowboarding in Gangwon
Korea is an all-season country, yet visiting Korea in the months of winter months from December to February has a charm of its own. Especially, if you are an adventure freak. You could, for instance, head towards the snowy slopes of Gangwon Province located just three hours from Seoul. This mountainous region is known for its ski-resorts and a variety of winter sports avenues. Try your hand at sledding, snow tubing or snow-boarding. The facilities here provide equipment rentals including ski jackets and snow pants. You can also consider joining thousands of Koreans at one of the country’s many ice fishing festivals that occur from January to February. This lies in the province of Pyeongchang which is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics.
If you are new to winter sports, Vivaldi Park Ski World at Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park, located in Hongcheon, is the perfect place to safely enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
5. Tasting winter eat: Fun things to do in South Korea in winters
Your winter vacation in Korea will remain incomplete if you do not find time and go about savouring the tasty winter snacks that Koreans whip up especially during the winter. Right from Hotteok (fried pancake made from dough and filled with melted sugar/syrup), to Bungeoppang (kind of pastry), Gyerang Bbang (egg muffin) to Dokkaebi hotdogs (sausages stuffed with French fries) – street food offerings alone are a treat. Food coma guaranteed!
6. Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival
If you’re planning your trip between December and January, then head to the Boseong County in the South Jeolla Province of South Korea for the famed Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival. One of the Korea’s excellent tourist sites, Boseong Green Tea Plantation, with its themed streets, galaxy tunnel, resolution stairs, well-lit giant Christmas tree offers a romantic and enchanting ambience. If you are travelling to Korea with your partner, you will particularly enjoy taking a long walk in the LED-lit setup with falling snow! Entry is free to all.
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