Korea is undeniably beautiful all year round, but it’s during the winter that its stunning snowy landscapes and fun-filled festivals can be truly magical. Here are 3 fabulous winter adventures that combine skiing with sightseeing for your last getaway before Korea’s winter is gone!
- Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort & Nami Island
Located closest to Seoul among the ski resorts in Gangwon-do, the Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort is the perfect place to go for a short excursion.
Nami Island, a half moon-shaped isle near Seoul that is beautifully scenic year-round is also located nearby. If you’ve seen or heard of the famous Korean drama “Winter Sonata” that sparked the Hallyu craze, you’re probably familiar with this destination.
Here you can see and enjoy a variety of things under the theme of “Ice and Snowmen.” There’s a statue of The Little Mermaid in a Santa outfit, snowmen dressed in traditional outfits from all over the world warming their hands against the campfire, slides made of ice and huge ice sculptures! Talk about a winter wonderland! Check out this link to sightsee and ski at these two places in one day!
- Yongpyong Ski Resort & Pyeongchang Trout Festival
Consisting of over 20 slopes, a waterpark and more fun activities, Yongpyong Ski Resort is the perfect place for people of all ages since there’s something for everyone to enjoy. It’s also the official venue for the Alpine Skiing event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics!
You mustn’t miss out on the Pyeongchang Trout Festival either! Held until the end of January, it’s one of Korea’s top 3 winter festivals where you can ice fish for trout and participate in programs like ice and snow sledding, skating, snowflake watching and more. Try fishing for trout in freezing cold water with your bare hands for a mind-numbing experience, too! See how you can enjoy both skiing and the festival here.
- Jisan Ski Resort & Termeden Spa
Jisan Ski Resort is a great place to enjoy skiing and snowboarding until the early hours as you can get in slope time until 4am! And get this… the lifts have heated seats to get you warm in the freezing cold. How innovative and awesome!
Ski at the Jisan Ski Resort, then make your way to the Termeden Spa to wind down and soothe your aching and tired muscles! This German style spa is located next to a thick forest and has a hot spring spa, water stream pool, sports facilities, arcades and more!
Unlike Japanese style spas that mainly consist of hot baths, Termeden Spa is more focused on water massages so there are lots of water jets in the pool which massage the body and revitalize the skin. Find out more about visiting both destinations in one day here!
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Yongpyong Ski Resort
Pyeongchang Trout Festival
Jisan Ski Resort