TOP 18 Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul, Korea 2022

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

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.

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.

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

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

Within Seoul

1. Seoul Plaza - Ice Skating Rink
서울광장 스케이트장

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

Period: cancelled (ref: 2020-21 - Cancelled / 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

Address: 110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul | 서울특별시 중구 세종대로 110 (태평로1가)

▶ Official Website

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Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (Seoul)
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Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink (Seoul)

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

Period: no event (ref: 2020-21 - Cancelled / 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)

▶ Official Website

 

👉 Other attractions at Olympic Park & how to get there.

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Olympic Park - Ice Skating Rink (Seoul)

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

Period: Dec 2021 to Mar 2022 / 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

👉 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)

4. Seoul Land - Winter Festival 2021-2022
(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 2021 - 1 Mar 2022

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 과천시 광명로 181 (막계동)

▶ Official Website

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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
 

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 2021 - May 2022

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

👉 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: 3 Dec 2021 - 1 Mar 2022

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

▶ Official Website

👉 For details on Everland Theme Park and how to get there.

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Everland Theme Park
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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: 4 Dec 2021 to Mar 2022

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)

👉 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: 26 Nov 2021 to Mar 2022

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)

👉 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: 3 Dec 2021 to 13 Mar 2022

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

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

▶ Official Website

👉 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: 3 Dec 2021 - 13 Mar 2022

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

▶ Official Website

👉 Details on Petite France and how to get there.

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

Highlights: Snow covered island in nature

Period: Dec 2021 to Feb 2022

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

👉 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
 

Highlights: Sheep farm transforms into a winter wonderland, often referred as the Alps of Korea

Period: Dec 2021 to Feb 2022

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

👉 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 2021 to 1 Mar 2022

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

👉 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. 😉

❄ 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

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩32,900

transfers, gondola, clothes rental & lessons

Vivaldi Park Room Reservation

Vivaldi Park Room Reservation

2 Jan - 28 Feb 2022

₩155,200

room only

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

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

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩92,900

lift pass, equipment & clothes rentals

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

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

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩174,700

incl. photos & videos

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: Vivaldi Park Ski Resort

Dec - 26 Feb 2022

₩265,800

transfers, lift pass, equipment & clothes rental

Vivaldi Park Ski Resort Transfer (Seoul/Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Vivaldi Park Ski Resort Transfer (Seoul/Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩223,500

private transfer, 24x7, 4/10 pax

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 Resort Day Tour

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Day Tour

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩62,500

sightseeing✦sled✦ski✦snow board

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Room Reservation - Elsuite Condominium

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Room Reservation - Elsuite Condominium

Dec - 27 Feb 2022

₩141,100

room & breakfast

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩118,200

private transfer, 24x7, 4/10 pax

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival

Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival

Dec - 26 Feb 2022

₩44,700

2 winter must-visit places

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment/Clothes Rental Package: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Ski/Snowboard Lift Pass + Equipment/Clothes Rental Package: Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩47,000

hassel-free ski package

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

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

Dec - 26 Feb 2022

₩72,900

best winter spots!

Nami Island + Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival 1 Day Tour

Nami Island + Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort + Garden of Morning Calm Light Festival 1 Day Tour

Dec - 26 Feb 2022

₩56,400

free & easy, snow sled, snowboard or ski

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)

8 Jan - 27 Feb 2022

₩137,500

discounts to lift pass & equipment rentals

High1 Resort Private Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

High1 Resort Private Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Dec - 6 Mar 2022

₩317,600

private transfer, 24x7, 4/10 pax

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: High1 Ski Resort

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: High1 Ski Resort

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩261,200

1 night stay, lift pass & equipment rental

Seoul ↔ High1 Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul ↔ High1 Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩23,500

pick up from popular Seoul subway stations

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

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩19,000

hassle-free transfer

Seoul ↔ Phoenix Park Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul ↔ Phoenix Park Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩19,000

easy transfer between Seoul & resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort Room Reservation

Yongpyong Ski Resort Room Reservation

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩147,000

spend a night at the world-class ski resort

Yongpyong Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Yongpyong Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Dec - 6 Mar 2022

₩270,500

private transfer, 24x7, 4/10 pax

Alpensia Ski Resort Room Reservation (Winter)

Alpensia Ski Resort Room Reservation (Winter)

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩129,400

room only

Phoenix Park Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Phoenix Park Ski Resort Transfer (from/to Seoul & Incheon/Gimpo Airport)

Dec - 6 Mar 2022

₩247,000

private transfer, 24x7, 4/10 pax

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: Yongpyong Ski Resort

2D1N Ski/Snowboard Tour: Yongpyong Ski Resort

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩225,000

lift pass & equipment rental

2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort

2D1N Ski Tour: Alpensia Ski Resort

Dec - 26 Feb 2022

₩197,500

transfers, lift pass & equipment rentals

Seoul/Airport ↔ Yongpyong Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Seoul/Airport ↔ Yongpyong Ski Resort Shuttle Bus

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩19,000

making your journey easy & simple

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Yongpyong Ski Resort

Private Ski/Snowboard Lesson: Yongpyong Ski Resort

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩290,000

lesson only, snowboard or ski

5. Other Ski Resorts from Seoul

Ski Resorts: Eden Valley / Oak Valley / Jisan /Bears Town / Welli Hilli

Oak Valley Resort Ski Day Trip

Oak Valley Resort Ski Day Trip

Dec - 17 Feb 2022

₩85,000

ski✦snowboard✦lift tickets✦transfers

Bears Town Ski/Sled + Strawberry Picking Day Tour

Bears Town Ski/Sled + Strawberry Picking Day Tour

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩96,000

transfers✦delicious strawberries (400~500g)

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

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

Dec - 25 Feb 2022

₩294,100

english speaking instructor, ski or snowboard

Jisan Ski Resort 1 Day Tour

Jisan Ski Resort 1 Day Tour

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩80,000

transfers✦ski equipments

Welli Hilli Ski Resort 1 Day Tour

Welli Hilli Ski Resort 1 Day Tour

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩89,000

transfers✦ski equipment

Bears Town Ski Resort 1 Day Tour

Bears Town Ski Resort 1 Day Tour

Dec - 28 Feb 2022

₩75,000

transfers✦ski equipments

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

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

Dec - 27 Feb 2022

₩69,400

excludes transfers

6. Other Winter Activities from Seoul

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

₩10,800

Nami Island, Petite France & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

₩75,000

Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

₩62,000

Alpaca World & Nami Island Day Tour

Alpaca World & Nami Island Day Tour

₩105,000

don’t miss the cute alpacas!

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France & Strawberry Picking Tour

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm, Petite France & Strawberry Picking Tour

till 25 May 2022

₩122,500

take home 500g of strawberries

Yongin Korean Folk Village & Everland Day Trip

Yongin Korean Folk Village & Everland Day Trip

₩73,500

Snow Buster @ Everland (winter only)

Nami Island, Petite France, Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France, Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

₩108,000

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

₩75,000

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Rail Bike Day Tour

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Rail Bike Day Tour

₩115,000

enjoy the best of Gangwon!

Seoraksan National Park & Nami Island Day Tour

Seoraksan National Park & Nami Island Day Tour

Dec - 30 Apr 2022

₩75,200

spectacular winter scenes

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

Nami Island (Admission, Activities, Restaurant & Cafe)

₩5,000

bicycle, story bus, charity train...

Nami Island & Petite France Day Tour

Nami Island & Petite France Day Tour

₩49,000

relaxing day in the countryside

Nami Island, Rail Bike & Garden of Morning Calm Private Tour

Nami Island, Rail Bike & Garden of Morning Calm Private Tour

₩108,000

Hotel Pickup / ENG or CH speaking driver

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Strawberry Picking Day Trip

Nami Island, Garden of Morning Calm & Strawberry Picking Day Trip

till 28 May 2022

₩86,300

pick the sweetest strawberries!

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

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

Dec - 1 Mar 2022

₩19,000

winter festival: snow sled & ice fishing

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