Winter has arrived and with it – the cold! Even so, life goes on. In Korea, the promise of snow is in the air and before too long, the country will be covered in a veil of fresh white snow; a spectacular and beautiful sight to behold. For the adventurous tourist or local who is willing to brave the bitter temperatures, South Korea has a wealth of seasonal things to see and do, just make sure to dress warmly~
Bucheon Aiins World – World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival
Dates: January 1st – December 31st.
Location: Aiins World, 1, Doyak-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do.
Admission: Children – 13,000 Won/Adults – 16,000 Won.
This special light show has been running every night all year, but it can’t last forever. This is the last month you can see it this year! And what a perfect time of year to see it – when the nights are cool and clear before the cold chill has fully set in. The show is cancelled on rainy days, so if you head to Aiins World and it’s been raining, the chances of seeing the show are very slim. However, the show is spectacular and well worth the effort of getting to see it!
Cheonggyecheon Christmas Festival
Dates: 9th of December.- 2nd of January.
Location: Cheonggyecheon, Seoul.
Cheonggyecheon is a hidden oasis in the middle of Seoul whose history goes back as far as the Joseon Dynasty. This 8.2-kilometre stream runs through the streets of Seoul – a beautiful and pleasant walk at any time where you can often find couples strolling along or sitting together on the banks. Come early December when the area is transformed with an array of beautiful hanging lanterns to help bring the atmosphere of Christmas to the heart of Seoul. Musical performances also take place at night, especially Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. If you are in the area, this is something you definitely won’t want to miss.
Yeongdong Dried Persimmon Festival
Dates: 14th – 16th of December.
Location: Areas of Hasang Parking Lot, Yeongdong, Chungcheongbuk-do.
Yeongsong is known for being the largest fruit-producing region in Korea; Locals call it the “Holy-Land of Fruit.” Of all the fruits grown in the region, the most famous is the Persimmon. To help celebrate this wonderful and incredibly delicious fruit, a festival is held every year! People gather from all around to celebrate and enjoy the sweet taste of this local treasure. Visitors will get to enjoy many different persimmon-based dishes and take in the special persimmon concert. For those who can’t make it to the main event, the festival also includes special sales in Busan and Seoul.
Christmas may not be a native holiday to Korea, and yet every year its popularity grows! In the west, Christmas is a holiday traditionally celebrated by families, but in Korea, at least currently, it is a holiday that couples often spend together. Many shops are decorated with tinsel and bells, and they play Christmas carols over loudspeakers. It all adds to that wonderful and exciting atmosphere that comes but once a year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s still a truly magical time to see and visit Korea. If you happen to find yourself in Korea during the festive season, you can wish the locals a Merry Christmas by saying “성탄절을 축하드려요” (Seongtanjeol-Eul Chughadeulyeoyo) or, if you care for something a little more simple – “메리 크리스마스” (Meli Keuliseumaseu.)
However you spend the season, whether it be in Korea or anywhere else, and whether or not you celebrate the holiday, all of us here at Inspire Me Korea wish you happiness and health!
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