Top 7 Best Winter Activities To Do In Korea

Top 7 Activities To Do In Korea During The Winter

Although winters in Korea can be harsh, the festivals, performances, and events occurring across the country despite plunging temperatures do not disappoint. If you're wondering about Korean winter activities, then you have come to the right place!

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From markets to ice sculptures, sunrise festivals to sledding, there's plenty of things to do during the Korean winter. Those not afraid of embracing the cold can get outside with snow sports and ice fishing festivals. If you prefer to stay indoors you can also enjoy the pleasant sights in and around Seoul and go skating at indoor skating rinks.

1. Pyeongchang Trout Festival

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The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon starting in late December. Trout farming first started in Pyeongchang due to its cold, clear waters and has turned into an annual tradition that thousands of people flock to. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a wide variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, sledding, top spinning, and sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, and sleigh trains. In one program you can even emerge yourself into ice cold water and attempt fishing for trout with your bare hands. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant and make for a delicious hard earned meal.

2. Grand Hyatt Ice Skating Rink

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One of Seoul's most beautiful ice skating rinks is none other than the Grand Hyatt. The Grand Hyatt hotel transforms their outdoor swimming pool area into a beautiful and romantic winter wonderland. This beautiful rink features twinkling fairy lights and decorated trees and is a go-to photo spot and date destination for couples. The lovely winter ambiance provided by the atmosphere makes it a popular winter date destination. If you'd rather enjoy skating indoors, another ice rink you may want to check out is the Lotte World Indoor Skating Rink.

3. Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival

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The small settlement of Taebaek has six months of winter on account of its elevation, and the town has converted it into the most fabulous winter fun. Snow sculpture exhibitions, snow rafting, dog sleds, and a very charming igloo cafe are some of the highlights of this lovely festival. The wonderful ice sculptures make Taebaeksan mountain all the more breathtaking and should influence you to add Mt. Taebaek to your Korean itinerary.

4. Lighting Festival At The Garden Of Morning Calm

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Held at the Garden of Morning Calm, the Lighting Festival is the biggest festival of lights in Korea and is illuminated by over 30,000 lights. The gleaming lights add a "festive glow to the garden during the winter season." The main gardens are Hakyung Garden, Hometown House Garden, Bonsai Garden, Moonlight Garden, Sky Path and Garden of Eden, with colorful lights adorning the trees. This garden of lights is a must see and will not disappoint visitors expecting to be wowed.

5. Vivaldi Park Ski World

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If you're a ski or snowboard enthusiast, this one's for you. One of the most interesting places to visit in Korea during winter is Vivaldi Park. It turns into a ski-park in winters and attracts tourists to enjoy snowboarding and skiing. It has all the state-of-the-art facilities making it one of the most popular ski resorts in the country to spend a winter vacation. You get direct access to the snowy slopes and there are other leisure facilities in the resort for tourists to enjoy like a bowling alley, forest bathing site, and a bumper car. This attraction has been noted for being the most visited Ski resort in Korea for seven consecutive years. The resort is only 45 minutes from Seoul and is the closest and largest Ski area in the Seoul metropolitan region.


6. Sledding at Everland

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The 'Snow Buster' sledding hill in Everland during winter is a fun-filled attraction for families who don't ski and prefer a more laidback winter sport. The park provides the slope, the sleds, and the snow, as well as several other helpful facilities such as heated lounges and you also have access to the entire amusement park when you purchase an all-day ticket. Everland also installed a 'tube lift' for the 'Snow Buster', meaning you can sled to the bottom, climb back up to the top and do it all over again without getting tired.

7. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

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Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, making it the perfect place for a winter getaway. Since 2003, the festival has been visited by more than a million people, making this festival one of the most popular in Korea. There are various festival programs including ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsledding and more. Fishing traditions are important to the Korean people, and each region has its own style of catching the local fish. This important and beautiful part of the culture is on display at this trout festival and is a perfect way to spend your winter vacation.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.

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Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.

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If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.

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Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.

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Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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