Guide to Discovering your Favorite Winter Activities in Korea!

Last week Korea experienced its first snowfall. In the Pyeongtaek area it was pitiful, melting as it touched the ground. Yet the chill nipping in the air means we can no longer deny that winter is finally here. While we wait for the winter season to properly greet us, here is a couple of ideas on what you can do to help keep the adventure alive and well while you are in Korea! 

It’s Strawberry Season!

In Korea, December kicks off the start of the season for strawberries and tangerines. They peak in January and February, then finish up in June. Which means there are plenty of opportunities to attend a festival or visit a farm to pick the juiciest ones you can find.

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, then you don’t have to travel far to experience seasonal delights in Korea. Every dessert cafe will offer their own sweet strawberry concoction. Why not try a strawberry bingsu? There couldn’t be a better time for it!

Find a Light Festival!

There is something heartwarming about a place all lit up! Some of these places are lit up all year to encourage you to feel a little more love in your heart. 

Visit an Amusement Park!

  • In Daegu, from November 17th-December 31st, E-World hosts a Starlight Festival. Generally the hours are 17:00-2200
  • From what I hear, if you are feeling blue, Everland’s X-Mas parade isn’t one you should miss. Although I don’t know how I feel about riding a roller coaster in the middle of winter…
  • Yongin’s Korean Folk Village operates all year around. In December & January you can ride a traditional ice sled, roast sweet potatoes on clay stoves, and experience traditional New Year/Winter Solstice customs.

Embrace the Cold!

Celebrate Christmas in Korea

For many, the winter season includes celebrating Christmas. Being in a new country and seeing nothing familiar can make it hard to feel Christmassy.  It helps to know what the local Christmas traditions are, how to celebrate, where to get a Christmas dinner, sing a popular K pop Christmas song, and maybe get a few ideas on what kind of gifts are best to send home. Check out Be Marie’s comprehensive Guide to Christmas in Korea: Traditions, Songs & Things to Do.

Now that you have an idea of what to do, where will you be going? Where will you find your happiness this season?

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