Top 10 Places to Visit in Jeju Island during Winter

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Yes, the winter in Korea can be freezing cold but our charming southern Jeju Island never looks more beautiful than in winter.

Take a look at our picks for the ten incredible places you should visit in Jeju Island right now before the winter is gone.

1. Hallasan Mountain

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Take a hike up to the top of Hallasan Mountain, or Mt. Halla, the tallest mountain in Korea. It is arguably at its most picturesque in winter. Standing atop the peak, hikers are rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the mountain’s massive crater lake.

For details and directions, click here.

2. Camellia Hill

jeju-winter-destinations-5jeju-camellia-hillThis scenic winter flower garden in Jeju is an extremely popular Instagrammable spot as visitors can stroll through the gardens of spectacular winter camellia explosions.

These camellias, also known as the Queen of Winter Flowers, bloom until late spring and when they burst with vibrant colors in winter, every single photo taken in Camellia Hill will absolutely get you some extra likes for your Instagram.

For details and directions, click here.

3. Hallim Park

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With so many botanical gardens to choose from, travelers will find themselves wondering which one to visit. Simply visit the best that Jeju has to offer.

The Hallim Park features 9 different themed gardens and offers various attractions including two lava caves and Jeju folk village.

If you visit the park in winter, you can enjoy incredible winter arrangement of daffodils.

For details and directions, click here.

4. Maze Land

jeju-winter-destinations-9jeju-mazelandFor those who want to add some fun to their winter trip to Jeju (but not too active), the Maze Land is the perfect place to be.

There are 3 mazes at this eco-friendly park, each featuring its own theme: stone, wind and haenyeo (Jeju’s female diver).

Not only it is exciting to find the way out, the experience is actually good for the health as these mazes emit substances called phytoncides which stimulate the body’s immune system. So go ahead, take a walk through the maze walls while soaking in the health benefits.

For details and directions, click here.

5. Yongnuni Oreum

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Heading out on the trails in Jeju during winter offers a peaceful solitude. In fact, winter hiking is better than warm-weather walks as the paths are less crowded.

In Jeju, there are famous hiking trails called “Olle” and travelers and tourists can take part in one-day trekking programs which offer 3 different routes ― the East, West and South Routes. Each course gives the opportunity to explore the off-beaten paths and discover the ‘real’ Jeju.

The East Course includes one of the most popular spots to hike, Yongnuni Oreum, or the Dragon Eye Mountain, which is an inactive volcano at 250 meters above sea level. The hike up to its peak offers one of the best mountaintop experiences as you can admire the breathtaking views of wind farms and the iconic Hallasan Mountain from afar.

For more info, click here.

6. Iho Tewoo

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With fewer crowds in winter, you will have a greater chance of enjoying the pristine views of Jeju’s beaches. Offering a photogenic scenery, Iho Tewoo Beach, a popular spot for tourists during the summer, make for a peaceful walk. Here you can also find two iconic horse-shaped lighthouses, which make for a dazzling and photogenic spectacle.

For details and directions, click here.

7. Shooting Range

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For those who prefer to stay warm inside rather than heading out, Jeju offers plenty of fun indoor activities that will get your adrenaline pumped, just like this one.

Go ahead, gather your friends and family and enjoy some target shooting at this cool indoor shooting range when you visit Jeju Island!

For details and directions, click here.

8. Foot Bath Cafe

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Treat yourself by pampering your exhausted feet after a long day of walking at this charming indoor foot bath cafe in Jeju.

While soaking your feet in the warm water, enjoy chatting with your friends or your other half.

It sure is the best place to enjoy pure relaxation!

For directions, click here.

9. Aqua Planet Jeju

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While snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the best ways to enjoy the marine life of Jeju in summer, you can enjoy just about the same in winter.

But instead, you will have to head over to Jeju Aqua Planet, a beautiful aquarium that showcases about 48,000 aquatic animals in 500 different species.

Not only you can meet the marine life from the five oceans of the world, but also have the opportunity to see the marine life of Jeju Island’s waters. If you arrive right on time, you and your kids will be able to enjoy a performance by the women divers of Jeju called ‘haenyeo’ in Korean.

To purchase discount tickets, click here.

10. Ecoland Theme Park

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Inside the stunning natural beauty of Jeju, there’s Ecoland Theme Park, which is one of the most family-friendly hot spots on the island.

Here, you and your kids can make unforgettable memories by exploring around the park on a special train that takes after the 1800’s Baldwin steam train.

It’s a great destination to visit all year round, but it is winter when the entire theme park turns into a winter wonderland, offering breathtaking views of pristine snowy fields and snow-covered trees. To purchase discount tickets for Ecoland, click here.

Now, hurry up and visit Jeju Island right now or else you will wait another year for all these lifetime experiences that only winter can offer!

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Koreans’ Favorite Winter Street Foods & Treats You Must Try

Korean street food is a major thing that you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re in Korea! You’ll find them lining the streets of Seoul in places like Hongdae, Ewha Womans University, Itaewon, Daehakro and many more!

Best of all, they’re both cheap and delicious! Here are some of our favorites for the winter.

1. Egg Bread (“Gyeran Bbang”)

As the name suggests, this sweet, hot and fluffy little loaf of bread has a whole egg inside that will arise with warm steam when you bite into it. It’s the perfect snack to warm you up during the freezing winter!

2. Goldfish Bread (“Boong-uh-ppang”)

Shaped like a fish and full of sweet red bean filling, this delicious treat has been around for decades and is a nostalgic snack to Koreans. A “boong-uh” is a crucian carp, which looks like a big goldfish.

There’s also a more recent version with ice cream and strawberries in its mouth!

3. Herb Cup Chicken

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A variation of Korean style fried chicken consisting of fried potato nuggets, rice cakes and fried chicken all topped with a sweet and spicy sauce and mustard! Yum!

4. Sweet Korean Pancake (“Hotteok”)

Another food that’s perfect for the cold is “Hotteok”, a warm, gooey and sweet dessert pancake filled with sugar, honey, nuts and cinnamon. Isn’t your mouth watering just thinking about it?

5. Sweet and Sour Pork with Cheese

Also known as “Tang Soo Yook”, this sweet and sour pork is filled to the brim in a cup or container and drizzled with lots of cheese!

6. Chicken Skewers (“Dakkochi”)

This skewer is filled with chewy chicken, green onions and glazed with various marinades and sauces such as spicy chili, soy sauce and barbecue!

7. Croquettes

A croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing ingredients like shrimp, mozzarella, sweet potato, vegetable, curry, potato and more!

8. Water Drop Pudding

Sounds odd, but it’s actually quite delicious! Originally from Japan, it resembles a large drop of water, but is actually a cake. There are flavors like strawberry, mango, plain and more as well as glazes and a helping of sliced almonds on the side. Consume within 30 minutes or it will turn into a sweet puddle of water!

9. Deep-fried Squid (“Ozzang”)

Known as “Ozzang,” this is a skewered squid that is deep fried whole. The oil is changed once or twice a day to guarantee top taste and crispiness. You can get it in plain, spicy and sweet onion flavors!

10. Tornado Big Hotdog

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A staggering 32 centimeters long, this sausage is wrapped in pastry and comes in 3 flavors: original, cheese and spicy! It’s sure to be a hearty and delicious meal!

Which foods have you already tried and which are you dying to try? Let us know and make sure you check out our post on Myeongdong street foods as well here!

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Winter Bucket List 2016-17 | Must-Dos In South Korea For This Winter

Bundle up, winter’s here! Though the cool and crisp autumn lasted only a few weeks, don’t despair! There are tons of fun things to do from ice skating to sledding to walking along snow-covered paths.

If you’re not an outdoor person and prefer to stay warm inside, not to worry as you can enjoy exploring aquariums, watch exciting performances and more.

There are endless possibilities for frosty wintertime enjoyment in Korea, so get ready!

Bask in the Winter Cold Outside! 

Whether it’s whizzing down the slopes on a ski or snowboard, having a sledding race with friends or making figure eights as you glide around the ice in skates, get out and enjoy the cold weather by partaking in some sports! There’s also festivals and exclusive winter events that you must not miss out on!

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Make sure you check out these awesome deals on Korea’s best winter destinations at Trazy.com! Pick delicious winter fruits like tangerines and strawberries to devour at home, fish for trout at the ice fishing festival and explore beautiful nature and snow-filled spots!

1. Tangerine Picking in Jejutangerine-jeju 2. Pyeongchang Trout Festival 
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3. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival 
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4. Taebaek Snow Festival 
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5. Seoul Vicinity Tour 3 in 1nami-petite-strawberry 6. Seoul Vicinity Tour 3 in 1nami-garden-gangchon
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Escape the Cold in Korea – Part 1. Seoul

While spending time out in the cold can be fun for awhile, eventually it’s time to get back the feeling in your toes and head into the warmth. There are times in the winter when it really is just way too cold to even fathom going outside. Don’t let this ruin your day, though! There are plenty of activities to enjoy indoors in Seoul away from the cold.

1. Indoor Fishing Cafe indoor-fish-cafe 2. Dragon Hill Spa dragon-hill
3. Teddy Bear Museum teseum-teddy-bear 4. Hanbok Studio goguan-studio
5. Room Escape Game room-escape-hongdae 6. COEX Aquariumcoex-aquarium
7. Traditional Stamp Making insadong-stamp 8. Custom Design Ring ring-making
9. Cooking NANTA Show nanta-show 10. Korean Food Cooking Class kimchi-tteokbokki-cooking-class

Read more: What to Do on Your Winter Holiday When You are Freezing in Seoul

Escape the Cold in Korea – Part 2. Jeju Island

Who says you can’t go to Jeju Island in the winter? Skip the packed summer months and check out these awesome attractions in Jeju Island! These indoor experiences are ones that you shouldn’t miss out on!

1. Foot Bath Cafe foot-bath-jeju 2. Hello Kitty Island hello-kitty-jeju
3. Jeju Shooting Range jeju-shooting-range 4. PLAY KPOP Museum play-kpop-jeju
5. Aqua Planet aqua-planet-jeju 6. Cookin’ NANTA Show nanta-jeju

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How to Enjoy a Family Ski Trip Without Skiing in South Korea

Can’t ski? Won’t ski? Winter’s here and snowy getaways don’t mean that your family has to be bored at home with nothing to do while everyone’s out hitting the slopes.

Many resorts offer multiple family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed during ski season. Get ready for endless hours of fun even without skiing!

1. Ride a gondola

Some of the best views can be seen from atop the mountains, and there’s more than a simple up-and-back ride to enjoy. Yongpyong Ski Resort, Phoenix Park, High1 Resort and Vivaldi Park all have gondolas.

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At 7.4 km, Yongpyong Ski Resort operates Asia’s longest gondola course and offers breathtaking views of Balwangsan Mountain. High1 Resort also features a gondola course to a mountain top at 1,345 m.

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Phoenix Park’s gondola course even features a restaurant called Mont Blanc at the top of its peak where your family can dine while enjoying the surroundings. And you’ll definitely need your camera for this!

2. Go snow sledding & tubing for deep snow

Hurtle down the slopes at top speeds in a snow sled! It doesn’t require any skill (perfect for your kids) and it’s always fun to race your family members too!  Also, try making snow angels and have snowball fights!

The major ski resorts, such as Vivaldi Park , Elysian Gangchon, and Phoenix Park, have sledding slopes. They usually open in December and operates until mid-February (Elysian Gangchon opens the latest). 1day_elysian1day_phoenix

3. Take part in Korea’s ice fishing festival

A major yearly winter festival that you definitely don’t want to miss is the Pyeongchang Trout Festival!

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There is a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, folk games such as top spinning and sports like riding 4-wheel ATVs and snow rafting – your kids will absolutely enjoy these!

You can even eat your catches! Trouts are very nutritious and their natural taste makes them taste delicious when eaten raw.

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Both Yongpyong Ski Resort and Alpensia Ski Resort are located nearby so you and your family can enjoy your time at the resort before heading to the festival!2d1n_yongpyong_ice-fishing2d1n_alpensia_ice_fishingCheck out our Yongpyong Ski Resort and Alpensia Ski Resort 2D1N options, which include a visit to the festival!

4. Relax in a spa or hit an indoor water park

After a long day of strenuous activity, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a luxury ski spa. They’re the perfect cure for sore muscles or après-ski fatigue. Get a massage, sweat it out in the sauna or have a soak in the water!

Located in Vivaldi Park, Ocean World is one of Korea’s largest water parks, which features various themed pools, slides, a sauna and an open-air bath.1day_vivaldi

Blue Canyon Water Park in Phoenix Park is ideal for enjoying the fresh mountain air, with a design based on the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea.1day_phoenix

5. Make your family entertained!

If you and your kids don’t want to stay outdoors, you’re in luck since there is so much to enjoy inside the resorts too!gamezone yongpyong.jpgMost of the major ski resorts have a variety of entertainment amenities and Yongpyong Ski Resort, as an example, has karaoke, arcades, bowling alleys, billiard halls and fitness centers and has so much to do at this resort that we recommend spending 3 days and 2 nights to enjoy everything it has to offer!3d2n_yongpyong

6. Explore nearby attractions

You don’t need to just stay in the resort. Venture out and explore the many exciting and fun attractions nearby!

Seoraksan National Park is one of them. Make sure you pay a visit here as it’s the most popular national park in Korea! The hills will be blanketed in white snow this time of year. You and your family can enjoy both ice fishing and the park near Alpensia Ski Resort and Yongpyong Ski Resort.halfday_yongpyonghalfday_alpensiaNami Island is another popular attraction near and Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort and Vivaldi Park . This stunningly scenic island is filled with tree-lined walking paths and is particularly famous for being the filming location of the hit drama, “Winter Sonata.”

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What to Do on Your Winter Holiday When You are Freezing in Seoul

bored-16811_1280When winter comes around in Korea, the weather’s bitter and cold that it makes you want to stay indoors during your trip. But you wouldn’t want to waste your time, right?

Especially, if you’re not going on a ski trip or going to any of the ice fishing festivals,the best option is to stay inside and do something fun. So, if you are not going anywhere far, here are three fun, unique indoor activities that you can do within the city of Seoul! 😉

1. Craft a Souvenir with Korean Traditional Paper, ‘Hanji’

_IGP2609If you are looking for a special, one of a kind souvenir in South Korea, why don’t you try making it instead of buying it on the street or from a store? Hand-made goods always feel more personal. 한지추억 (4).jpgTry making Korean traditional crafts with your own hands in the very heart of Insa-dong, the traditional district in Seoul! For details and directions, click here.다운로드Hanji is an incredibly strong, fibrous paper made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree and the root of hibiscus. You will be enamored with the true beauty of Hanji craft once you try this activity.

 

With the help of the master craftswoman, you will be able to make various kinds of souvenirs such as flower lamp, jewelry box and cubic lamp! If you want to sign up, click here.

2. Make Your Own Custom Ring

Making a DIY custom ring is a popular new trend among young stylish people in Seoul. It became a smash hit after Korean celebrities, Gain and Jo Kwon, made their own matching rings on a reality TV show called “We Got Married”.DIY Ring (1)You can choose the size and style of the ring, and engrave initials or words. Everything’s up to you! For details, click here.

Spare one day with your beloved ones and design your own ring at a workshop in Hongdae (Hongik University Area) called Banji Market!

SAMSUNG CSCYou’ll have the best time with friends, family and your significant other. For details and directions, click here.

2. Try on Traditional Korean Costume, ‘Hanbok’

Goguan Studio (1)Starting out as a Hanbok Shop in 1962, ‘Goguan Studio‘ now has become one of the most popular places to try Korean traditional clothes, ‘Hanbok’, and experience Korean culture.goguan1The studio offers a selection of 300 different Hanboks as well as hair ornaments that you can try on! Awesome, right?10733845_466046653534487_3380432070808116372_oIn winter, the studio is relatively less crowded than in summer, so it’s highly recommended for you and your friends and family to visit this studio right now. 😉6Go ahead and pick your favorite Hanbok and take your best shot! Enjoy the hanbok experience at a discounted price here!

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Where to Have Some Snowy Day Fun on the Sledding Slopes in Seoul

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Seoul turns into a winter wonderland providing family fun for all and on the very top of that list is sledding! So bundle up and get ready for lots of fun!

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There are several places to go sledding once the snow falls. One of the most popular places is Korean Children’s Center Snow Sledding Field right next to Children’s Grand Park.

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Dec 17th 2016 – February 19th 2017 Mon-Sun 9:30AM to 5PM

10,000 won

This lovely park is right next to the Han river. If you want directions and details, click here!

Besides the epic slope you saw above, there’s a wide range of fun activities that everyone can enjoy such as ice sledding, ice fishing, folk games, bumper cars and more!

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If you’re looking for fun in the South of Seoul, then definitely check out Seoul Land Snow Sledding Park.

Located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggido, Seoul Land is filled with slopes, games, and fun to last you from morning to sunset. Here you’ll find two slopes: The general course that’s 120m (393 ft) and a children’s course that’s 50m (165 ft).

If you have youngsters, it’s recommended to ride the children’s course with an accompanying adult. If you want directions and details, click here!

 snow landYour view on the way down the Seoul Land slope.

You’ll need to purchase your Seoul Land Sledding Park ticket separately from the Seoul Land ticket.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the other awesome things do at Seoul Land like bumper cars, insane roller coasters, 3D and 4D rides.

Season Hours

Cost

Dec 19th 2016 – March 1st 2017 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jr. High and older: 5,000 won
Elementary and younger: 4,000 won

Another park that you can visit for a similar experience but with a different view would be near the famous Han River. At the Ttukseom Park Snow Slope, you can enjoy snow sledding while taking in the breathtaking view of the Han River in its full glory right beside you.

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Season Hours

Cost

Dec 17th 2016 – Feb 19th 2017 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

General Entry: 6,000 won

Age 3 and below: Free

The tickets to the park are relatively cheaper, priced at 6,000 won for general entry, and free entry for children under the age of 3. There are also amusements to enjoy such as a mini train, motor car, swings and folk games. You can even try experiences like fishing for smelt (a small, silvery-greenfish).

If you’d like to check out the Ttukseom Park Snow Slope, more details can be found here.img_detail_skate12.jpgWant to experience something a little different? Then why not try ice sledding! Instead of on snow, you’ll be sliding around on ice in a sled with a pair of wooden skis that resemble giant chopsticks!

You can enjoy ice sledding at the Yangjaecheon Ice Sledding Rink for 1,000 won! Click here for details and directions.

Season Hours

Cost

Dec 23rd 2016 – Feb 12th 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

1,000 won

img_detail_skate13.jpgThere is also one at the Dorimcheon Children’s Ice Sledding Rink. Here you can enjoy ice sledding for free for an unlimited amount of time! Find out more here.

Season Hours

Cost

Dec 21st 2016 – Feb 19th 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Free

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