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Last Updated on October 3, 2023 by SPN Editor

Ice Fishing Festival of South Korea is the 8th Wonder of the Word. Strictly for fish lovers, the ice fishing festival is all for you!

The Gangwon-do, renowned as one of the best spots for winter festivals, captivated over three million visitors who rallied to enjoy nature’s beauty with winter activities despite the sub-zero temperatures. Plan your adventure in South Korea next time. Enjoy the ice fishing festival, you don’t need any experience to catch the fish!

South Korea’s popular Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is one among them. The crazy festival includes bare-hand ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsled, and other things to see and participate in.

Visit the ice fish festival of Korea and enjoy bare hand fishing competitions.
People enjoy bare-hand ice fishing competitions.

The exciting chilly extravaganza takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. The main attraction of the ice fishing festival is people carve out holes in the ice and begin fishing for sancheoneo, a “native freshwater salmoniformes salmonidae fish, living in 1st-grade clean cold water under 20°C degrees, which has more than 9ppm of dissolved oxygen.

There are zillions of other activities and programmes outlined for everyone – from infants to foreigners. From cultural events to local street light festivals and of course exotic food and games, this is often termed as one of the seven winter wonders of the world.

Bingeo Ice Fishing festival

The Bingeo Ice Fishing Festival which took place in Inje County gathered around 170,000 visitors in its first week and continued to draw in more, breaking the 700,000 mark every year.

The setting for ice fishing made the festival more entertaining. Rather than fishing for trout trapped inside a contained pool, the festival invited festival-goers to try fishing on top of a frozen stream.

The bone-chilling temperatures in late January did not disturb the feeding frenzy of visitors who lay face-down on the ice to take a closer look at the fish. The catches were enjoyed right on-site since they live in the clean water of Soyang Lake, where two waterways from mountains converge.

The Sancheoneo Ice Fishing Festival made 11,000 ice holes for visitors to huddle around, unable to take their eyes off the fish inside

Visit the Ice fishing festival of South Korea
Tourists and participants trying to catch fish from ice holes during the festival.

Sancheneo Ice Fishing Festival

Ice-fishing seemed to have had a powerful magnetizing effect on foreign tourists. Following the Inje Festival, the Sancheneo Festival also gained fame after it was selected as one of the Seven Winter Wonders by Lonely Planet.

Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place in Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. The main event of the Sancheneo Ice Fishing Festival takes place on the frozen Hwacheoncheon Stream. The festival has been visited by more than a million people, attracted to the festival’s charm. Besides, various festival programs such as ice fishing, ice sledding, and bobsled, visitors can get a taste of the freshly caught trout grilled on the spot of the festival.

Festival-goers to the Sancheoneo Festival jumped into the chilly water to catch fish with their bare hands.

The main event of the festival is ice-fishing with bare hands. A few participants who were willing to brave the freezing water jumped into the pool to try the fishing pit. “It was so cold at first that I could hardly move, but when I cooked the catch on site, it became a good memory and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said one of the participants in an interview.

The Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival is famous for ice fishing for trout, and your catch can be eaten right away, raw or grilled! Other activities include ice sledding, riding bumper cars on snow, traditional experiences, and more. It is easy to reach Gapyeong simply by taking the ITX Cheongchun train from Yongsan Station.

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