Winter activities in South Korea
Living in the tropics like Singapore is all fun and games until it’s wintertime somewhere in the world and your FOMO hits real hard because you can’t do fun winter activities like other people.
Lucky for us, we’re only a short flight away from South Korea – one of the top destinations in Asia for the winter holidays. You’ll get to frolic in the snow, do all sorts of winter sports, and eat your way through the popular street food markets. So the next time you plan a trip to Korea, here’s what you can look forward to:
1. Sled down snowy slopes at Welli Hilli and Jisan Ski Resort
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A quick 40-minute drive from the capital of K-dramas and the only drama you’ll face is the majestic views of the snowy mountains that are perfect for skiing.
For the ultimate family day out, head to Jisan Ski Resort to explore 10 beginner-friendly ski trails. Different transportation options will ferry you to the summits, where you can snap a quick selfie with the impressive mountain tops before skiing or sledding down the slopes.
Weili Hilli Ski Resort
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But if you’re a pro, consider Welli Hilli Ski Resort as an alternative. The ski resort is blessed with long-lasting snow and 20 trails ranging from easy to difficult that will please even the pickiest skier.
Both ski resorts have equipment, suits and even ski lessons available so everyone – even the kids – can join in on all the fun. Opt for a fuss-free tour that includes transport from Seoul so you don’t have to worry about the logistics.
Jisan Ski Resort
Price: From $90.65
Location: 267 Jisan-ro, Majang-myeon, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Phone number: +82 31-644-1200
Welli Hilli Ski Resort
Price: From $100.80
Location: 204 Duwon-ri, Dunnae-myeon, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Phone number: +82 1544-8833
2. Cosy up with alpacas
Get up close and personal with the fuzziest alpacas at Alpaca World – Korea’s largest animal ranch.
One of the most popular activities is to take the alpacas for a walk around the snowy farm. But if walking isn’t your cup of tea, hop onto the Alpaca Safari Train and go for a ride. You’ll get to feed the alpacas on the way.
Besides alpacas, the farm is also home to eagles, donkeys, and many other animals. The Alpaca World tour comes with two-way transfers from Seoul so it’s easily accessible for those staying in the city.
Price: From $110.99
Location: 310 Pungcheon-ri, Hwachon-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 1899-2250
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3. Have a relaxing day out on Nami Island
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Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by visiting the tranquil Nami Island for a day. Here, you can explore the colourful French town of Petite France, take a walk down the iconic Winter Sonata pine tree lane, and frolic in flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm.
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Switch things up by catching the Gangchon Rail Bike and going on a scenic 8.5KM bike ride through the peaceful rice fields, mountains and rivers of Gangwon-do.
To get there, you can either sign up for a tour from Seoul or hop on the Korea High-Speed Train and grab tickets on Klook.
Price: From $50.99
Location: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Phone number: +82 31-580-8114
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4. Take a dip in the Onyang Hot Springs
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Just an hour away from Seoul is Onyang Hot Springs – Korea’s hottest natural springs – a destination for anyone who needs a break from all that skiing and exploring.
Get ready to soak, scrub and relax in 57°C mineral-rich spring water that’s been around for millennia and is known to have healing abilities. Move between the indoor hot tub, mugwort tub, cold tub, and the outdoor lagoon to feel absolutely rejuvenated.
In the past, Onyang Hot Springs was frequented by royalties. These days, the famous springs welcomes flocks of tourists and locals alike.
Onyang Hot Springs
Price: From $6.80
Location: Chungcheongnam-do, Oncheon-daero, Asan-si, South Korea
Phone number: +82 41-540-1000
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5. Hit the ice rinks at Grand Hyatt Seoul
If you’re heading to Seoul in winter, don’t miss your chance to skate at the ice rinks at Grand Hyatt Seoul.
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Roll, jump and twirl to your heart’s content on an outdoor ice rink surrounded by shimmering fairy lights. The romantic vibes here are perfect for couples who are looking for a date night spot or even a proposal location.
Take note that Grand Hyatt Seoul ice rinks are only open for a limited time from November to February.
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Price: From $12.45
Location: 322 Sowol-ro, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Phone number: +82 2 797 1234
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Book your winter holiday in Korea
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Travelling is back and we’re here to help you plan your next white winter getaway to one of Asia’s finest – South Korea. Add these activities to your must-do list and find even more fun things to do in Seoul, Busan and any destinations in Korea by checking out Klook.
Browse a slew of discounts and deals, whether it’s for theme park tickets or a historical sight tour.
Hit the “book now” button on Klook website and score $20 off on all South Korea activities with code <WINTERINKOREA>. Then, pack your cutest winter clothes and relax because Klook will help you take care of the rest.