TOP 19 Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul, Korea 2019-2020

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: 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: 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 2019 to Mar 2020 / 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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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Bukhansan National Park | KoreaToDo
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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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza | KoreaToDo
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 Light Festival 2020

(Accessible on Seoul Metro)

Highlights: Impressive illumination, Beautiful music & 3D laser show.

Period: 15 Nov 2019 to 1 Mar 2020.

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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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Seoul Land Winter Light Festival 2020 | KoreaToDo
Seoul Land 
TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Seoul Land Winter Light Festival 2020 | 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: 9 Nov 2019 - May 2020

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

Highlights: 

  • Golden Illumination: Light show, fireworks & parades.

  • Winter Wonderland: 3 fun & different sledge slopes / Sledge lift / Dynamic slope / The Snow Village.

Fees: per Everland admission.

Period: 15 Nov 2019 - 1 Mar 2020 (Golden Illumination) | 14 Dec 2019 - TBA (Winter Wonderland)

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 Theme Park - Golden Illumination | 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: 30 Nov 2019 to Mar 2020.

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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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - High1 Ski Resort | KoreaToDo
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: 15 Nov 2019-Mar 2020.

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: 6 Dec 2019 to 22 Mar 2020.

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/ITX Train followed by Taxi/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: 1 Dec 2019 to 29 Feb 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: 21 Dec 2019 to 9 Feb 2020.

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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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Winter Wonder Nami Island | KoreaToDo
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 2019 to Feb 2020.

Hours: 9:00-17:00.

Fees: 5,000 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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TOP Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul - Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm | KoreaToDo
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: 15 Dec 2019 to 31 Jan 2020.

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˜‰

KoreaToDo TOP PICKS - Tours, Activities & Discount Tickets

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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)

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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

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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

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

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5. Other Winter Activities from Seoul

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