If you’re travelling to Korea this December, prepare for it to be extremely cold. The weather in December is consistently in minus figures and there will most likely be snow. Most Koreans spend the winter wrapped up in padded coats known as ‘long padding’ (롱패딩). These coats stretch all the way to the ankle and are thermally insulated. You might consider buying one, or take your warmest coat to Korea with you along with some thermal base layers. Nevertheless, the FESTIVE season is no less exciting and there are still many fun things to do in Korea in December as Korea gets ready for Christmas. We’ve listed just a few of our favourites here.
Lotte World Christmas Miracle (롯데월드 크리스마스 미라클)
Dates: November 2019 ~ December 2019
Location: (Eng) 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 240
Admission: Varies (Check adventure.lotteworld.com for details)
Lotte World (롯데월드) is one of the biggest theme parks in Korea. Lotte World is divided up into two main sections; Lotte World Adventure and Magic Island. Lotte World Adventure (롯데월드 어드벤처) is the indoor part of Lotte World, and is actually the largest indoor theme park in the world. Magic Island makes up the rest of Lotte World’s huge 128,246 m2 of land and is the outdoor part of the park. There are rides, an ice rink, a folk museum, parades, shops and many other things inside Lotte World where you can easily spend a whole day.
Useful tip: Tickets normally cost 54,000 won for the whole day or 43,000 won if you enter after 4pm.
The park is open until 10pm so in order to beat the crowds and save money, we would recommend taking the after 4pm option if you can. At Christmas, every corner of Lotte world is decked out for the festive season. There is a Santa’s Village and Happy Christmas Parade, as well as festive lights and winter food. If you want to fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, it’s the number one place to visit. Lotte world is connected to Jamsil Station (잠실역) on Seoul Subway Line 2 & 8, so it’s very easily accessible.
Animal & Heart Village Light Festival at Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land (안산 별빛마을 애니멀 & 하트빌리지 빛축제)
Dates: 31st December 2019 ~ 1st January 2020
Location: (Eng) 1723, Suin-ro, Sangrok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 안산시 상록구 수인로 1723 (부곡동)
Admission: Varies (check www.ansanstar.net for details)
The Animal & Heart Village Light Festival at Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land is a winter light festival dedicated to animals. The displays take you on a safari of sorts consisting of many different light displays ranging from owls and cranes to giraffes and elephants. The second theme of the festival, is hearts and love. There are hundreds of light up hearts creating a magical and romantic atmosphere, making it the perfect place for couples. The festival can be reached by first taking Seoul Subway Line 4 to Jungang Station (중앙역), then take Bus No. 5601 and get off at Ansan Cheongmundang Entrance Bus Stop.
Bucheon Aiins World – World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival (부천 아인스월드 빛축제 – 세계야경 판타지 빛축제)
Dates: 31st December 2019 ~ 1st January 2020
Location: (Eng) 1, Doyak-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 부천시 원미구 도약로 1 (상동)
Admission: Varies (Check www.aiinsworld.com for details)
Aiins World is a miniature theme park in Gyeonggi-do which hosts an annual light festival showing displays of famous architecture from around the world. You can see a beautifully lit Eiffel tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The festival is a great place to visit on a cold winters evening, where you can wander around the various displays. The festival can be reached by Seoul Subway Line 7 to Samsan Gymnasium Station (삼산체육관역). Aiins World is about a 300m walk from the station.
Goyang Light Blooming Festival (고양호수꽃빛축제)
Dates: December ~ January 2019
Location: (Eng) 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595 (장항동)
Goyang, located in Gyeonggi province just north of Seoul, is a must-see throughout the winter months. Each year, Goyang hosts its ‘Light Blooming Festival’ which attracts a large number of people to its incredible display. The festival consists of large LED lantern displays, creating a kind of magical Winter wonderland. Aside from the lantern displays, there is an indoor arena to escape the cold where a number of equally captivating performances are held. This is complemented by a number of firework displays that can be seen on certain nights. It only takes about 30 minutes from Seoul to Goyang by metro, so it’s worth the short trip out of Seoul to visit on a winter night.
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