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Happy New Year everyone! The new year has begun and the weather here is rather cold…but even as the nation faces Winter’s icy embrace, locals and tourists alike are braving the weather, and possible frozen extremities, to take part in the many exciting events that Korea hosts in January. If you’re one of those intrepid explorers holidaying here this month, be prepared for stunning and pristine beauty that only Winter can bring. Just make sure to dress appropriately and stay warm~
Busan Sunrise Festival
Dates: 31st of December – 1st of January.
Location: Yongdusan Park & Haeundae Beach.
Although the lunar new year in Korea is celebrated more widely, new year’s celebrations are still quite popular. At the end of the year, people from all over the nation gather in Busan to celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year, the circle of life beginning another cycle. This festival begins with a bell ringing ceremony in Yongdusan Park, and then over the course of the evening of fireworks, music, dancing, and general merriment, everyone migrates to Haeundae Beach where the celebrations continue all night. The festival ends with the spectacular sunrise over Haeundae Beach, signifying the beginning of the new year.
For anyone who cannot make it to Busan for this festival, there are other Sunrise festivals held at scenic locations all around Korea!
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Dates: 5th – 27th of January.
Location: Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do.
Admission: Prices vary from 12,000 Won – 8,000 Won, full price list can be found here
One of the most popular and famous Korean Winter festivals, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is predominately an ice-fishing event, but also encompasses many exciting winter activities! Across the town of Hwacheon, you can experience the ice plaza, the lanterns of Seondeung street, photo zones, folk games, sledging, snowball fights, and of course, traditional food! The bravest festival goers can even chance the frigid waters to try their hand at bare-handed fishing – a popular activity amongst the younger generations~
Salon Du Chocolat
Dates: 1oth – 13th of January.
Location: COEX Mall, Seoul, South Korea.
Admission: Free if you book ahead online, on-site ticket prices can be found on the Salon Du Chocolat website.
One of the world’s biggest celebrations of chocolate & cocoa; the Salon Du Chocolat expo brings the best of the world’s chocolate products and innovations direct to Seoul. The exhibition includes programs such as the chocolate fashion show (yes, we are talking dresses made from chocolate), traditional music performances from cocoa producing countries, the pastry show where the worlds greatest pastry chefs will give live demonstrations of their work and recipes, chocoland which brings a space where children can get creative and messy with all things chocolate, and the choco seminars which will give you an opportunity to learn more about chocolate as well as working in the chocolate industry. And of course, there is plenty to eat as well!
For more information about these events and more happening this month, please go and check out the VisitKorea website.
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