Welcome to Hwacheon: 2013 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

It is winter in Alberta, and the Rockies look sexy in white.

Do you think it is time to grab the rod, start reeling madly and sit in a hut on a frozen lake? What am I talking about? It is Ice fishing!


<Photo courtesy of Travel Alberta:travelalberta.com>

If you want to experience your heart pumping at subzero temperatures when the fish take the bait, why not give ice fishing a try in Korea! You will enjoy ice fishing while surrounded by the beautiful mountains and the equally stunning mountain trout. Today, I would like to introduce the 2013 Sancheoneo ( Mount Trout ) Festival in Korea. Since 2003, the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival has opened their frozen rivers every January under the slogan of “Unfrozen Hearts, Unforgettable Memories”. Hwacheon has an unpolluted environment so Sancheoneo, a trout native to Korea, is known to live in clean and cold fresh waters of the stream in Hwacheon. This virtually untouched region is famous for being the first area in Korea to freeze over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.


Marking its 10th year anniversary, the festival is one of Korea’s major winter festivals held annually. Visitors can enjoy many activities including not only ice fishing but also outdoor barbeques, sledding, ice sculpting and bare-hand fishing! If you are feeling brave (or stupid), give it a try to catch mountain trout with your bare hands.


You can see thousands people sitting in front of their holes looking into the river to catch trout! I don’t have to teach you how to say “I caught it!” in Korean, cause you would hear it with joy everywhere across the crowded ice. Afterwards, when you catch something, there are BBQ grills where you can cook up yourself caught tasty trout!


Don’t worry even you couldn’t catch any fish. It is really easy to grab raw, fried, grilled fish anywhere in the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival! So let’s taste some fresh mountain trout and enjoy ice activities and have fun winter days!


Ice fishing is family fun. Enjoy the great winter scenery while fishing for trout on the ice. Ever tried to cut a hole in a frozen lake? If you’ve tried it in Alberta, what about Korean style ice fishing this time?



<2013 Sancheoneo ( Mount Trout ) Festival>

– Period : 5th Jan 2013 – 27th Jan 2013

– Location : Hwacheon in Gangwon province

– Program: Ice Fishing, Lure Fishing, bare-hand fishing, Ice Sledding, Thrilling Bobsleigh, Ice Soccer & Mini Ice Hockey, Snow Sculptures, Snow Sledding, Asia Ice Lights Square, Hope light Street

– Transportation : From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Hwacheon (화천)

Takes 2-3 hours  from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal. (Bus Schedule: 07:05-19:35, 30-40min intervals)

Hwacheon Stream is a 10-min walk from the Hwacheon Bus Terminal.

– Age Limit : None (Visitors of all ages are welcome)

– For more info: http://www.narafestival.com/07_global/?f_code=02_01&lang=eng

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  2. Hi, guys there!!
    I am a staff of 2016 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival .
    I want you to try experience of it.
    We are very many various programs for you, wanderlust travelers.
    I am sure our festival will make you satisfied.
    If you have any further inquiries, please visit official homepage.
    You can read detailed informations.
    Thank you !!!

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