Executive summary by Darmansjah
Why Go Now?
Flock with eager mobs to Hwacheoncheon of Ganwon Province during the annual Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival from 4 to 26 January to fish for mountain trout amidst snow-capped mountains. Holes are dug into the frozen stream before baits are lowered into the glacial waters, and shouts and squeals of elation erupt from both companions and bystanders when announcements of catches are made. The adventures some go the extra mile by plunging into the icy pool built next to the steam and snagging a trout or three with their bare hands.
The festival also comprises Snow fun Park, which allows for ice sledding, bobsleighing, and visits to a majestic ice playground, an World Winter city Square, where teas from nine winter countries, some of which are Japan, China, and Norway, can be savoured. A long trail of food stands hawking local specialities line the stream to ensure that the 10,000 visitors received on a weekend are kept sustained and sated.
How Do I Make It Happen?
Singapore Airlines operates direct flights from Singapore and from Kuala Lumpur to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport. From there, take a bus to Chuncheon, and then another to Hwacheon. For more directional options, visit narfestival.com
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