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Winter Festivals in Pyeongchang, a Land of Ice and Trout
Date 02-09-2018 09:54
Winter Festivals in Pyeongchang, a Land of Ice and Trout

In Pyeongchang, the cold weather brings out all the excitement that the area has to offer. As we wait for the opening of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Pyeongchang presents a series of exciting winter festivals. In particular, this year, the “2018 Pyeongchang Winter Festival” brings two popular festivals together, namely, the “Pyeongchang Trout Festival” and the “Daegwallyeong Snow Festival.” The two festival’s sites are only a 20-min drive from each other.

So Many Trout, So Many People:Pyeongchang Trout Festival

The Odaecheon Stream in Pyeongchang serves as the venue ofthe “Pyeongchang Trout Festival,”which will be held until February 25, 2018. Under the slogan, “A Winter Story with Snow, Ice, and Trout,” the festival offers a wide selection of programs such as ice fishing, tent fishing, and bare-hand fishing. Visitors can also enjoy themselves through snow sledding, snow rafting, skating, and other snow/ice activities. You may be wondering why Pyeongchang should host a trout festival. Pyeongchang is where the area of the first trout farm in Korea, which began in 1965, is located. The said area is still the largest trout producer in Korea.

The two programs that represent the festival are ice fishing and bare-hand fishing. During mid-winter, the Odaecheon Stream is covered with ice that is 30–40 cm thick (about 12–16 in). The ice turns the stream into one of the best ice fishing sites in the world. Ice fishing is simple. You create a hole on the ice, cast the hook into the hole, and wait for a trout to bite the bait. The moment that you manage to catch a trout that is as big as your arm, you don’t even feel cold anymore. The stream is visited by a vast number of visitors, but don’t worry about that. The organizers release 2–2.5 times as many trout as the number of visitors. You have a good chance to catch one even if you haven’t gone fishing before. Here are some tips for those who are eager for a good catch. Trout are most active at dawn and dusk. The “golden time” for catching trout is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bare-hand trout fishing is the highlight of the festival. Visitors change into T-shirts and short trousers and jump into a large water tank to catch a trout by their barehands. During peak hours, the tank is packed with so many people and trout. People get drenched in water and sweat as they run around trying to catch the slippery fish. All you need are the courage to jump into the ice-cold water during winterand the speed to corner a trout. You can take your catch to the barbeque place inside the festival site or to nearby sashimi places.

  • Date : December 22 (Friday) – February 25 (Sunday), 2018; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location : Odaecheon Stream, Jinbu-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea
  • Telephone number : 033-336-4000
  • Website : www.winterfestival.co.kr
Photo Source : Pyeongchang Trout Festival

A Fairytale Land of Snow and Ice: Daegwallyeong Snow Festival

When winter comes, Daegwallyeong turns into a fairytale land of snow. On this land, which records the highest snowfall in Korea every year, the “Daegwallyeong Snow Festival”will welcome visitors from February 7 to 22, 2018. The festival began in 1993, and it will celebrate its 26th anniversary this year. It is on its way to become an international event, with foreign visitors from nearby ski resorts coming to the festival to enjoy the festivities. The festival offers a wide selection of programs and activitiesincluding gigantic snow sculptures, a seminude marathon, outdoor barbeques, snow sledding, and traditional Korean sledding.

The crème de la crème of the festival are the gigantic snow and ice sculptures. While looking at the sculptures, which tower over the snowy land, visitors will feel as if they walked into the land of the Snow Queen. The pure-white sculptures have been crafted with so much care that they look as if they have been touched by the breath and fingertips of the Snow Queen. Children and adults alike take out their phones and cameras to take pictures at this popular photo spot. The main theme of this year’s sculpture exhibition is “Children’s World Classics.” The sculptures are based on motifs from children’s classics such as Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Little Mermaid, and The Ugly Duckling. They guide visitors into the fairytale land of pure white. After sunset, a dazzling media facade show is held around the image of Nundongi, the county mascot of Pyeongchang.

A corner of the festival site is occupied by people who couldn’t care less about the cold. They are there for the seminude marathon. The marathoners start their race at the festival site and follow the Old Daegwallyeong Trail. The marathon consists of two courses: the 5km course and the 10km course. Looking at the scantilyclad bunch, you may even feel almost out of place for wearing an outerwear. Their lack of outfits speaks loud and clear about how little they care about the cold. There are tons of other activities to enjoy including snow sledding, ice sledding with square-shaped, traditional wooden sleds, and festival parades.

  • Date : February 7 (Wednesday) –22 (Thursday), 2018; 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Location : Soncheon Stream, Daegwallyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
  • Telephone number : 033-335-3995
  • Website : www.winterfestival.co.kr
Photo Source : Daegwallyeong Snow Festival