TOP 19 Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul, Korea 2020-2021

Winter holiday in Korea! Where are the best places to go in Seoul or nearby during winter?

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Have fun at the snow sledding hills (yes, even for adults!), ice-skating right in Seoul city or skiing at one of the fabulous ski resorts near Seoul! For the non-skiers, look for a Korea's ski resort with gondola rides. Enjoy the thrill of riding through beautiful snowy landscape and ski slopes to the mountain top, covered with fresh puffy snow and taking in the awesome winter views right in front of you.

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For nature lovers, enjoy quiet moments at the base of Seoul's National Parks, taking in the beauty of the freezing rivers, snow covered tall trees and walking paths. For the more adventurous, a winter hike with the proper winter hiking gears to Seoul's mountain peaks will be a memorable experience.

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Other fabulous winter festivals held around the country include the popular ice fishing festivals, snow festivals, lighting festivals and strawberry picking (& jam making) festivals.

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Here are KoreaToDo's TOP Winter Places and Activities in Seoul and around:

Within Seoul

1. Seoul Plaza - Ice Skating Rink

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Highlights: City Center / Main Ice Rink, Children Ice Rink & Curling Rink

Period: Cancelled (ref: 21 Dec 2019 - 10 Feb 2020)

Hours: 10: 00-21: 30 (Sun-Thu) / 

10: 00-23: 00 (Fri, Sat, Public Holidays)

Fees: 1,000 won (1 hr, including skate rental).

Getting There: City Hall Station (Line 1/2), Exit 5, 1 min walk.

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Website: www.seoulskate.or.kr

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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink | KoreaToDo
Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (Seoul)
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink - Map | KoreaToDo
Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (Seoul)

Highlights: Large Skating Rink / Other attractions to explore at Olympic Park

Period: Cancelled (ref: 30 Dec 2019 to 2 Feb 2020)

Hours: 9:00-19:50.

Fees (incl. skates & helmet rental): 50 mins: 3,000 won / Day-pass: 10,000 won / Gloves: 1,000 won

Getting There: Mongchontoseong Station (line 8, exit 1)

Website: www.olympicpark.kspo.or.kr

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πŸ‘‰ Other attractions at Olympic Park & how to get there.

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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul -Olympic Park - Ice Skating Rink | KoreaToDo
Olympic Park - Ice Skating Rink (Seoul)

Highlights: Winter snow / Frozen rivers / Snow covered trees, paths or peaks.

Period: Dec 2020 to Mar 2021 / Hiking at night is prohibited (from sunset to 2 hrs before sunrise).

Fees: Free.

Getting There: Winter walking experience at the base: Bus from Gireum Station (17 mins) / For Baegundae Peak: Dobongsan Station & a short walk to the park.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Bukhansan National Park and how to get there.

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Bukhansan National Park (Seoul)
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Bukhansan National Park | KoreaToDo
Bukhansan National Park (Seoul)

Highlights: Over 25,550 LED roses light up on nightfall, transforming the space into a beautiful night garden with impressive skyscrapers in the backdrop.

Period: All year round.

Hours: 17:00-24:00

Fees: Free

Getting There: Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station (line 2/4/5, exit 1 to arrive right next to DDP) OR Dongdaemun Station (line 1/4, exit 7)

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) and how to get there.

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LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza | KoreaToDo
LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza

5. Seoul Land - Winter Festival 2020-2021

(Accessible on Seoul Metro)

Highlights: Impressive illumination, snow park (120m long snow shedding slope, snow playground, ice & smelt fishing), music performances & more.

Period: 27 Nov 2020 to 21 Mar 2021.

Getting There: Seoul Grand Park Station (Line 4), Exit 2. 15 mins walk or take the Elephant Train (1,000 won/Adult, 700 won/Child) to Seoul Land.

Address: 181, Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do | 경기도 κ³Όμ²œμ‹œ κ΄‘λͺ…λ‘œ 181 (막계동)

Website: www.seoulland.co.kr

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Seoul Land 
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Seoul Land - Winter Festival 2020-2021- Snow Sledding | KoreaToDo
Seoul Land
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Outside Seoul

Highlights: Strawberry picking at one of the many Yangpyeong's strawberry farms. Enjoy nature beauty of Dumulmeori and Semiwon Garden. Cycle to Bukhangang Railroad Bridge.

Period: Nov - May

Hours: vary according to strawberry farms.

Fees: from 10,000 won.

Getting There: On Seoul subway (70 mins from Seoul Station), followed by 28 mins walk (7mins by taxi) from Yangsu Station. Normally visited as part of the walking/cycling course to other famous attractions at Yangpyeong.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Yangpyeong Strawberry Farms and how to get there.

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Yangpyeong Strawberry Picking
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Yangpyeong Strawberry Picking | KoreaToDo
Yangpyeong Strawberry Picking

Highlights: 

  • Magic Garden: Light show, fireworks & parades.

  • X-mas Fantasy: Christmas Parade, Santa Village, Christmas Market

  • Snow Buster: Family, Racing & Express Courses

Fees: per Everland admission.

Period: 20 Nov 2020 - 1 Mar 2021 (Magic Garden) | 1-27 Dec 2020 (X-mas Fantasy)  from Dec (Snow Buster)

Getting There: 40-50 mins by bus from Gangnam Station.

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πŸ‘‰ For details on Everland Theme Park and how to get there.

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Everland Theme Park
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Everland Winter Wishes - Snow Buster | KoreaToDo
Everland Theme Park

Highlights: Abundance of fresh puffy snow / 18 Ski slopes / 3 Gondolas (for non-skiers too) - Operates the most number of gondolas in Korea / On-site accommodations.

Period: 11 Dec 2020 to Mar 2021.

Getting There: around 3 hrs by bus. Direct shuttle bus available from Incheon Airport and various bus lines with pick up locations in Seoul City (e.g. Seoul Station, Myeongdong Station, Dongdaemun Gate, Sinchon Station).

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πŸ‘‰ Details on High 1 Ski Resort and how to get there.

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High 1 Ski Resort
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - High1 Ski Resort | KoreaToDo
High 1 Ski Resort

Highlights: Venue for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games / 28 Ski slopes / Longest Gondola Course (7.8km) in Asia - for skiers & non-skiers / Water park / On-site accommodations.

Period: 1 Dec 2020 to Mar 2021.

Getting There: 

  • 2 hrs by KTX train followed by free shuttle bus to resort OR

  • 3 hrs on direct shuttle bus from Incheon/Gimpo Airport OR

  • 3 hrs on various bus lines with pick up locations in Seoul City (e.g. Myeongdong Station, Seoul Station, Dongdaemun Gate, Sinchon Station).

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Yongpyong Ski Resort and how to get there.

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Yongpyong Ski Resort
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Yongpyong Ski Resort | KoreaToDo
Yongpyong Ski Resort

Highlights: One of the biggest festivals of lights in Korea, covering nearly 330,000 m2 with lights.

Period: 4 Dec 2020 to 14 Mar 2021.

Hours: sunset to 21:00 (till 23:00 on Saturday).

Fees: per The Garden of Morning Calm entrance fee at 9,500 won (Adult) / 6,000 won (Child).

Getting There: 1-1.5 hrs from Seoul on Seoul Subway or ITX Train followed by Taxi/City bus/Gapyeong City Tour Bus to The Garden of Morning Calm.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on The Garden of Morning Calm and how to get there.

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The Garden of Morning Calm
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - The Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival | KoreaToDo
The Garden of Morning Calm

Highlights: The festival lights up the entire France village beautifully, creating a fairy-tale atmosphere.

Period: 5-27 Dec 2020.

Hours: sunset to 20:00 (Ticketing ends at 19:00).

Fees: per Petite France entrance fee at 10,000 won (Adult) / 6,000 won (Child).

Getting There: 1-1.5 hrs from Seoul on Seoul Subway/ITX Train followed by Taxi/Gapyeong City Tour Bus to Petite France.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Petite France and how to get there.

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Petite France
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Petite FranceΒ Little Prince Starlight Festival | KoreaToDo
Petite France

Highlights: Snow covered island in nature.

Period: Dec 2020 to Feb 2021.

Hours: 7:30-21:40.

Fees: per Nami Island Entrance fee at 13,000 won (Adult) / 7,000 won (Child).

Getting There: 1.5-2hrs from Seoul on Seoul Subway/ITX Train followed by Taxi/Gapyeong City Tour Bus to the wharf and ferry/zipline to Nami Island.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Nami Island and how to get there.

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Nami Island
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Winter Wonder Nami Island | KoreaToDo
Nami Island
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Gangwon Winter Festivals
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Highlights: Sheep farm transforms into a winter wonderland, often referred as the Alps of Korea.

Period: Dec 2020 to Feb 2021.

Hours: 9:00-17:00.

Fees: 6,000 won (Adult) / 4,000 won (Child).

Getting There: 3 hrs from Seoul on intercity bus followed by local bus/taxi to Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm and how to get there.

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Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm | KoreaToDo
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm

Highlights: Over 700,000 tall white bark birch trees raising towards the blue sky in the snow-covered landscape.

Period: 1 Nov 2020 to 1 Mar 2021.

Hours: 9:00-17:00 (last entry time 14:00).

Fees: Free

Getting There: 1.5 hrs from Seoul on intercity bus followed by city bus or 15 mins taxi ride to Wondaeri Birch Forest.

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πŸ‘‰ Details on Wondaeri Birch Forest and how to get there.

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Wondaeri Birch Forest
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Wondaeri Birch Forest | KoreaToDo
Wondaeri Birch Forest

Tips: Mobile battery may drain fairly fast in cold weather. If you do not want to miss out any photo opportunity, do bring along a power bank and charge your mobile phone whenever the battery is running low. Transport and meal times are probably the best times to give your phone the 'extra' boost and be ready for your next destination/place of attraction. πŸ˜‰

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❄ WINTER COLLECTION ❄ Handpicked Experiences from Seoul

1. Vivaldi Park Ski World (@ Daemyung Resort)

From Seoul: 45 mins by bus

Highlights: Most visited ski resort in Korea / Up to 20,0000 visitors daily / 12 Slopes / Total slope length of 6,784m / 9 Lifts / 1 Gondola / Ocean World (with outdoor hot spring & jjimjilbang)

1 Day Ski/Snowboard/Snowy Land Snow Sled/Gondola Tour: Vivaldi Park

1 Day Ski/Snowboard/Snowy Land Snow Sled/Gondola Tour: Vivaldi Park

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©11,500

transfers, gondola, clothes rental & lessons

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

4 Jan - 4 Mar 2021

β‚©146,400

transfers, lift pass, equipment & clothes rental

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment/Clothes Rental: Vivaldi Park

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment/Clothes Rental: Vivaldi Park

4 Jan - 7 Mar 2021

β‚©72,900

lift pass, equipment & clothes rentals

Vivaldi Park Room Reservation

Vivaldi Park Room Reservation

4 Jan - 4 Mar 2021

β‚©147,000

room only

Sono Belle Vivaldi 2D1N (Room + Activities + Shuttle Bus)

Sono Belle Vivaldi 2D1N (Room + Activities + Shuttle Bus)

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©143,000

all inclusive package

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Vivaldi Park (Lesson Only)

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Vivaldi Park (Lesson Only)

4 Jan - 7 Mar 2021

β‚©176,400

incl. photos & videos

2. Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

From Seoul: 1 hr by train/bus

Highlights: The only ski resort in Korea reachable by subway or ITX train / Lower difficulty level of slopes than other ski resorts / 10 Slopes / 5 Lifts / Sledding Slope

Elysian Gangchon Ski Pass (Ski Lift + Equipment and Clothing Rental)

Elysian Gangchon Ski Pass (Ski Lift + Equipment and Clothing Rental)

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©38,500

enjoy the All-in-one Package

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Room Reservation - Elsuite Condominium

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Room Reservation - Elsuite Condominium

4 Jan - 25 Feb 2021

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room only

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival

6 Jan - 27 Feb 2021

β‚©44,700

2 winter must-visit places

Ski/snowboard Private Lesson: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort (Lesson Only)

Ski/snowboard Private Lesson: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort (Lesson Only)

4 Jan - 1 Mar 2021

β‚©129,400

english speaking instructor

Elysian Resort + Nami + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Fest.

Elysian Resort + Nami + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Fest.

7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©72,900

best winter spots!

2D1N+ All-inclusive Ski Tour: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort - Elsuite Condo

2D1N+ All-inclusive Ski Tour: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort - Elsuite Condo

4 Jan - 9 Feb 2021

β‚©329,400

breakfast, lift pass, equipment rental & lesson

3. High1 Ski Resort

From Seoul: 3 hrs by bus

Highlights: The highest attitude and world-class ski resort that operates the most number of gondolas in Korea / Known for its beautifully clean, natural and puffy snow / 18 Slopes / Total slope length of 21km / 7 Lifts / 3 Gondolas / Casino

High1 Ski Resort Room Reservation (Winter)

High1 Ski Resort Room Reservation (Winter)

10 Jan - 31 Mar 2021

β‚©125,000

discounts to lift pass & equipment rentals

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: High1 Ski Resort

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: High1 Ski Resort

4 Jan - 31 Mar 2021

β‚©261,200

transfers, lift pass & equipment rentals

3D2N Ski/Snowboard Tour: High1 Ski Resort

3D2N Ski/Snowboard Tour: High1 Ski Resort

4 Jan - 31 Mar 2021

β‚©348,700

transfers, lift pass & equipment rentals

4. Host Venues of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

From Seoul: 2.5 hrs by bus

Ski Resorts: Phoenix Park Ski Resort, Yongpyong Ski Resort & Alpensia Ski Resort

Seoul/Airport ↔ Alpensia Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul/Airport ↔ Alpensia Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©19,000

hassle-free transfer

2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort

2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©163,500

transfers, lift pass & equipment rentals

Phoenix Pyeongchang Ski Resort All-Day Lift, Rental & Snow Village

Phoenix Pyeongchang Ski Resort All-Day Lift, Rental & Snow Village

4 Jan - 1 Mar 2021

β‚©24,000

take your picks on your preferred activities

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment Rental Package: Alpensia Ski Resort

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment Rental Package: Alpensia Ski Resort

4 Jan - 7 Mar 2021

β‚©64,700

lift pass & equipment rental

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Alpensia Ski Resort (Lesson Only)

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Alpensia Ski Resort (Lesson Only)

4 Jan - 7 Mar 2021

β‚©176,400

lesson in english, photos & videos

Seoul/Airport ↔ Yongpyong Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul/Airport ↔ Yongpyong Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©19,000

making your journey easy & simple

Alpensia Ski Resort Room Reservation (Winter)

Alpensia Ski Resort Room Reservation (Winter)

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©110,000

room only

Seoul ↔ Phoenix Park Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul ↔ Phoenix Park Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

25 Dec - 10 Feb 2021

β‚©16,400

easy transfer between Seoul & resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort Room Reservation

Yongpyong Ski Resort Room Reservation

23 Dec - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©137,500

spend a night at the world-class ski resort

5. Other Ski Resorts from Seoul

Ski Resorts: Eden Valley / Oak Valley

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment/ Clothes Rental Package: Eden Valley

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment/ Clothes Rental Package: Eden Valley

7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©32,900

excludes transfers

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Eden Valley Ski Resort (Lesson Only)

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Eden Valley Ski Resort (Lesson Only)

7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©176,400

english speaking instructor

Eden Valley Ski Resort Room Reservation

Eden Valley Ski Resort Room Reservation

7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©72,500

room only

Oak Valley Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport) 24/7

Oak Valley Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport) 24/7

4 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©223,500

private transfer for 4/10 pax

Eden Valley Ski Resort Private Transfer (from/to Busan & Gimhae Airport) 24/7

Eden Valley Ski Resort Private Transfer (from/to Busan & Gimhae Airport) 24/7

7 Jan - 28 Feb 2021

β‚©117,600

up to 7/10 pax

6. Other Winter Activities from Seoul

Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm / Petite France 1 Day Tour

Nami Island + Garden of Morning Calm / Petite France 1 Day Tour

26 Dec - 13 Mar 2021

β‚©37,900

visit 2 winter favourites

Seoraksan National Park + Nami Island (+ Morning Calm Light Festival) Day Tour

Seoraksan National Park + Nami Island (+ Morning Calm Light Festival) Day Tour

26 Dec - 13 Mar 2021

β‚©75,200

spectacular winter scenes

Nami Island + Gangchon Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm / Petite France

Nami Island + Gangchon Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm / Petite France

29 Dec - 13 Mar 2021

β‚©62,500

visit 3 winter spots with rail bike experience

Nami Island + Petite France + Gapyeong Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm (+ Light Festival) Tour

Nami Island + Petite France + Gapyeong Rail Bike + Garden of Morning Calm (+ Light Festival) Tour

27 Dec - 14 Mar 2021

β‚©90,400

can't decide? visit them all!

Nami Island + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island + Petite France + Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

24 Dec - 13 Mar 2021

β‚©63,800

visit 3 most popular winter destinations

Seoul Land 1 Day Pass (+ Seoul Zoo / Sky Lift option)

Seoul Land 1 Day Pass (+ Seoul Zoo / Sky Lift option)

snow sled: 4 Jan 2021-

β‚©18,000

enjoy snow sled & ice fishing too!

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