TOP 18 Winter Places to Visit in & out Seoul, Korea 2022-2023

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: TBA (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

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: TBA (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)

▶ 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 2022 to Mar 2023 / 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 2022-2023
(Accessible on Seoul Metro)

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

Period: TBA (ref: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 
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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 2022 - May 2023

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: TBA (ref: 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: TBA (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: TBA (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: TBA (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: TBA (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 2022 to Feb 2023

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 2022 to Feb 2023

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 2022 to 1 Mar 2023

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)

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land One Day Self Guided Tour

Vivaldi Park Snowy Land One Day Self Guided Tour

20 Dec - 28 Feb 2023

₩45,000

Snowy Land✦gondola✦ski

Vivaldi Park Ski World Day Tour

Vivaldi Park Ski World Day Tour

1 Dec - 28 Feb 2023

₩46,200

shuttle bus✦ski✦snowbard✦lesson

Nami Island & Vivaldi Park Ski World Tour

Nami Island & Vivaldi Park Ski World Tour

1 Dec - 28 Feb 2023

₩73,000

gondola✦Snowy Land✦ski

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

1 Dec - 28 Feb 2023

₩62,500

sightseeing✦sled✦ski✦snow board

Nami Island & Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Day Tour

Nami Island & Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort Day Tour

1 Dec - 28 Feb 2023

₩73,000

sightseeing✦sled✦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

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

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

19 Dec - 16 Feb 2023

₩95,000

ski✦snowboard✦lift ticket✦lesson

Welli Hilli Ski Resort Day Tour

Welli Hilli Ski Resort Day Tour

1 Dec - 24 Jan 2023

₩75,600

transfers✦ski equipment✦lesson

Jisan Ski Resort Day Tour

Jisan Ski Resort Day Tour

10 Dec - 24 Jan 2023

₩81,400

transfers✦ski equipment✦lift✦lesson

Jisan Forest Resort Ski Tour

Jisan Forest Resort Ski Tour

2 Dec - 27 Feb 2023

₩77,000

sled✦ski✦lift✦lesson

6. Ice / Snow Festivals

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (Admission + Round Trip Shuttle Bus)

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival (Admission + Round Trip Shuttle Bus)

14-24 Jan 2023

₩45,000

ice fishing✚sledding✚lunch coupon

Ice Fishing & Snow Flake Festivals Day Tour

Ice Fishing & Snow Flake Festivals Day Tour

31 Dec - 5 Feb 2023

₩45,000

multiple winter festivals for your picking

Cheongyang Ice Fountain Festival Day Tour

Cheongyang Ice Fountain Festival Day Tour

26 Dec - 10 Feb 2023

₩60,000

enjoy the Alps Village in Winter

7. Other Winter Activities from Seoul

Mt. Seorak & Naksansa Temple Tour

Mt. Seorak & Naksansa Temple Tour

₩80,500

explore Korea’s natural beauty

Everland 1 Day Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry)

Everland 1 Day Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry)

₩30,600

tourist exclusive / open date tkt

​Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm & Strawberry Picking Day Tour

​Nami Island, The Garden of Morning Calm & Strawberry Picking Day Tour

6 Dec - 9 Mar 2023

₩97,600

incl. strawberry jam making

Nami Island & Petite France Day Tour

Nami Island & Petite France Day Tour

₩49,000

relaxing day in the countryside

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

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

₩86,300

pick the sweetest strawberries!

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Alpaca World, Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

₩102,500

enjoy the best of Gangwon!

Strawberry Picking, Eobi Ice Valley, Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

Strawberry Picking, Eobi Ice Valley, Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

21 Dec - 30 Jan 2023

₩117,500

Seoraksan National Park,  Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Seoraksan National Park, Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

₩89,500

spectacular landscapes of Korea

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

Shuttle Bus Transfers between Seoul & Everland

₩10,800

Myeongdong/Sinchon Station

​Nami Island, Strawberry Picking, Jam Making & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

​Nami Island, Strawberry Picking, Jam Making & Gangchon Rail Bike Day Tour

16 Nov - 24 Mar 2023

₩97,600

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

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

₩75,000

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

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

₩122,500

take home 500g of strawberries

Strawberry Picking, Eobi Ice Valley & Nami Island Day Tour

Strawberry Picking, Eobi Ice Valley & Nami Island Day Tour

21 Dec - 30 Jan 2023

₩85,000

Ice wall formed by frozen waterfall

Eobi Ice Valley, Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival Day Tour

Eobi Ice Valley, Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival Day Tour

27 Dec - 16 Feb 2023

₩75,000

fantastic annual light festival

Pocheon Art Valley, Herb Island Lighting Festival & Strawberry Picking & Day Tour

Pocheon Art Valley, Herb Island Lighting Festival & Strawberry Picking & Day Tour

3 Nov - 29 Dec 2022

₩81,500

monorail & strawberries (500g)

Everland Full Day Trip with Admission & Transfers

Everland Full Day Trip with Admission & Transfers

₩64,500

spectacular nightly fireworks

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, Petite France & The Morning Calm Day Tour

Nami Island, Petite France & The Morning Calm Day Tour

₩75,000

Alpaca World, Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Alpaca World, Nami Island & The Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

₩80,600

walk with adorable alpacas

Strawberry Picking, Eobi Ice Valley, Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

Strawberry Picking, Eobi Ice Valley, Nami Island & Garden of Morning Calm Day Tour

21 Dec - 30 Jan 2023

₩98,000

incl. Morning Calm Lighting Festival

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