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Enjoy a Winter at Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

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Photo: Trout bare-hand fishing (Credit: NARA Foundation)

One of Gangwon-do’s most representative festivals, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is taking place until February 2 in the area of Hwacheoncheon Stream. The festival has great winter activities including trout fishing, bare-hand fishing and more on the frozen Hwacheoncheon Stream.

The main event, trout ice fishing, has a separate ice fishing location for international visitors. The most popular event is bare-hand fishing, in which participants change into clothes provided by the festival and jump into a pool barefoot to catch trout. If that’s a bit too much, visitors can participate in various winter sports such as sledding, bobsled and curling, as well as take pictures of trout-shaped lanterns at the Lantern Street Festival.

Visitors can reach the festival venue by taking an express bus, however it is recommended for international visitors to take the foreigner-exclusive shuttle bus that travels between Seoul and the festival grounds. Advance reservations are required for the shuttle bus; English & Chinese interpreters will be on the bus for passengers’ convenience.

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Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

☞ Event period: 
January 11 – February 2, 2020
☞ Event venue: 137, Sancheoneo-gil, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 화천군 화천읍 산천어길 137)
☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 2 min from Hwacheon Bus Terminal
☞ Foreigner-exclusive shuttle bus
- Operating period: January 4 – February 2, 2020
- Fare: 5,000 won
- Seoul → festival grounds
08:00 Hongik Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Gyeongui-Jungang Line, Airport Railroad), Exit 8
08:30 In front of Shinsegae Dept. Store at Hoehyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 7
08:50 Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4, 5), Exit 11
- Festival grounds  Seoul: 17:00 Parking lot
- Website (reservations): koreadays.kr (English, Chinese)
* Must show passport upon boarding
☞ Admission: Free (additional fee may apply to programs)
☞ Main events: Trout ice fishing, bare-hand fishing, sledding, bobsled, curling and more
☞ Website: www.narafestival.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Thai)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)

Information courtesy of NARA Foundation
 

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