Let’s have some fun this winter with Ice!
We are going to travel to Hwacheon to enjoy Ice fishing as well as ice and snow related activities . The Hwacheon Sancheon Festival( officially known) is the most popular yet most successful ice fishing festival in Korea. Every winter, expats in Korea and Koreans flock to Hwacheon to enjoy this unique and exciting winter festival. Hwacheon is known as virtually untouched region, as this is the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.
You will enjoy the thrill of catching trouts through a hole in the ice as there will be many ice holes in the river. You will never forget the exciting feeling of catching trouts( Mount Trouts known as Sancheona in Korean) through the ice holes.
We know the best spot for catching trouts and how to catch them. If you don’t catch at all, don’t worry as you will be given a grilled trout, that you can eat with your lunch.
However, if you like the idea of catching trouts with bare hands( optional), you are welcome to do so. But you need to sign up in advance before you actually do that as it is quite popular activity.
The experience is quite unique as Hwacheon is the best place in Korea where you can actually catch mountain trout fish with your bare-hands.
You will be given a coupon, worth of 7,000 won that you can use for your lunch.
CNN introduced Korea’s Ice Festival as one of the 7 Wonders of Winter. This is the wonder of the Ice Festival. Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mount Trout) Ice Festival is quite famous for its fun programs: ice fishing for which you make a hole in the ice; lure fishing where you throw your fishing rod; and, bare-hand fish-grabbing.
Wearing only shorts and T-shirts and get into into the icy cold water trying to grab Sancheoneo fish with their bare hands is one of well known activities. Both bystanders who watch and those who wrestle with live Sancheoneo as well as the cold weather experience the thrill of winter. In the course of time, you can see yours and others’ breath as you all burst into laughter.
The thing you cannot afford to miss is the taste of Sancheoneo( Mount Trout), which tastes like salmon. Grabbed or lured, you can eat raw or grilled mountain trout and which way you eat it will be delicious. You can catch a maximum of 3 fishes.
We will stay and catch at foreign tourist only fishing zone which means that it will be less busier compared with full of Koreans at other places! It means there are many more fishes in that area. You definitely will be able enjoy the experience of your lifetime when catching a fish in a ice hole! And you can truly enjoy the exciting feeling of walking on the ice in the river.
After the ice fishing fest, we will be going to indoor ice sculpture place where you can take photos of huge snow sculptures displayed at the festival scene and you can even try entering some snow made objects put there. You can walk around enjoying various ice sculptures. It is going to be your life time experience while you are staying in Korea.
If you would like to join this wonderful experience, please click ” Sign up” button being at the top of the web site or email to [masked] with your full name,pick up location, trip name and phone number. When you transfer the fee please send us email confirmation with your full name, phone number, meeting point you like to take.
The followings are some of various Ice Festival activities that will take place;
Snow/Ice activities such as ;
– Ice fishing
– Ice sled
– Snow sled
– Zip line(haneulgareugi)
– Ice slide
– Ice soccer, curling, Ice hockey
– Ice biking (Elgomi bike)
– Wood culture experience
– Largest Indoor ice illumination plaza of korea
– Various exhibitions, performances & concerts
What to bring: Warm clothes, proper winter shoes, towel, water( warm water recommended), gloves, extra socks,some snacks, lunch, toiletries and camera etc.
Jan 8th( Sunday)
– Pick up at[masked]am at exit 3 Outside of Hongik Univ station
You’ll need to U turn when coming out from exit 3 and walk about 50 meters. You will see Goh Travel Korea sign on the Bus there.( Our chartered bus will there early, so you can sit and wait on the bus if you arrive early)
– Pick up at 8.15am at exit 14, Outside of Seoul National University of Education (If you arrive early you can wait insdie the station and get to the bus at around 9.40am)
– Pick up at[masked]am: exit 1, outside of Yeongtong station in Suwon( Bundang line – close to Bundang)( You can wait in front of Homeplus supermarket)
– 11:00am – Arriving at the ice fishing area
** Please let us know which meeting point you want to use.***
– 11.00am – 4.00pm: Take part in various festival activities
– 4.30pm : Leave for Seoul
– 7.30pm or so: Arriving in Seoul
How to sign up and pay for trip:
The fee is 39,000 won including round trip chartered bus, Sancheona( mount trout) ice fishing entrance fee, fishing kits, English speaking tour guide
Transfer the fee from your Korean bank account via an ATM or an internet banking. Also, you can go into any bank in Korea to pay your trip fee by bank transfer. If you don’t have a Korean bank account you can use Pay Pal. If you need to pay by PayPal, please transfer the fee of 36.00 in USD. [masked] is our email address for Paypal payment.
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2. Transfer your trip fee
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4. Name of Bank: NongHyup( NH)
5. Account number: 302-[masked]
6. Bank code : 11
Note: You will receive a confirmation email from us. Please save or print the confirmation email or bring your ATM receipt with you. Also save our phone number: 010- 6737- 1637 as it will be useful if you are running later or have problems finding the meeting point.
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– Pick up point
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– 3 people : 2.000 won
– 4-5 people : 3,000 won
– 6-9 people: 4,000 won
– Over 10 people: 5,000 won
*** In order to be eligible for discount, you should have to sign up at the same time.
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– 2,000 won less with you second trip
– 3,000 won less with your third trip
– 4,000 won less with your fourth trip
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– 9,000 won less with your 10 trip
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