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Polar Bear Swimming Contest (북극곰 수영대회)

Polar Bear Swimming Contest (북극곰 수영대회)

12221     2018-12-14

47, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-70-5154-9941~2

Polar Bear Swimming Contest is held in every winter that allows participants to swim in the sea, just like a polar bear. It offers an exciting experience to participants and sightseeing to tourists, along with various programs as a famous winter festival. More than 2,000 people from Korea and abroad are expected to be participating in this event as the festival was thought to be one of the best winter festivals in the nation.

Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival (보성차밭 빛축제)

Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival (보성차밭 빛축제)

47547     2018-12-12

775, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
• 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-61-850-5211~4

Boseong Tea Plantation Light Festival will light up the green tea fields at Korea Tea Culture Park and Yulpo Beach (Solbat Beach). The Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival continues its reputation as a enjoyable festival for all ages that represents the sounthern province.

Seoul Christmas Festival (서울 크리스마스 페스티벌)

Seoul Christmas Festival (서울 크리스마스 페스티벌)

8517     2018-12-12

41, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-904-1159

Seoul Christmas Festival is a Christmas event that takes place at Cheonggye Plaza, the center of Cheonggyecheon Stream. Visitors can enjoy fancy illuminations, a Christmas tree and photo zones. Various events and programs are also prepared for a heartwarming end-of-the-year experience for everybody.

Cheonan World Dance Festival (천안 흥타령춤축제)

Cheonan World Dance Festival (천안 흥타령춤축제)

51682     2018-12-12

306, Samryong-dong, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-41-900-7020~7021

The Cheonan World Dance Festival attracts some of the best dancers from around the world to celebrate the traditional dances, songs and costumes of their countries. Visitors can watch very polished traditional dance performances from all around the world, as well as an electrifying dancing competition.

Baegungyegok Valley Dongjangkun Festival (백운계곡 동장군축제)

Baegungyegok Valley Dongjangkun Festival (백운계곡 동장군축제)

4114     2018-12-12

2381, Hwadong-ro, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-31-535-7242

Baegungyegok Valley Dongjanggun Festival in Pocheon offers various hands-on programs for families. It is located along the highway between Sejong and Pocheon, making this festival easily accessible. In addition, Pocheon is famous for I-dong galbi and I-dong makgeolli, as well as Il-dong Oncheon District, Sanjeong Lake, and Pocheon Art Valley.

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival (대관령 눈꽃축제)

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival (대관령 눈꽃축제)

21087     2018-12-12

119, Daegwallyeong-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-335-3995

The Daegwallyeong Snow Festival is held in the Hoenggye-ri area, which is located in Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do. The festival will be full of events for visitors to enjoy. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival first began in 1993 and thanks to its increasing popularity each year, the festival was selected as one of the top twelve cultural festivals in Korea in the year 2000. The festival's venue, Daegwallyeong, is often referred to as the Alps of Korea due to its 700 m high valley that receives heavy snowfall every winter.

Seogwipo Penguin Swimming Festival (서귀포 겨울바다펭귄수영대회)

Seogwipo Penguin Swimming Festival (서귀포 겨울바다펭귄수영대회)

3097     2018-12-12

154-17, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-64-760-3320

Seogwipo-si is home to warm winter at the southernmost point of Jeju Island and holds the Seogwipo Penguin Swimming Festival to welcome each new year.

The festival aims to ring in the new year through boot camp activities making it an unusual festival that people really enjoy.

Jungmun Beach, one of the most popular beaches on Jeju Island, is the festival venue and there will be various programs and exciting activities.

Gyeongpo Sunrise Festival (경포해맞이축제)

Gyeongpo Sunrise Festival (경포해맞이축제)

14126     2018-12-12

514, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-640-5530

Gangneung hosts an annual Sunrise Festival from New Year's Eve to the first sunrise of the New Year. As well as visiting the area’s attractions such as Gyeongpodae Pavilion, visitors can welcome the New Year by watching a beautiful sunrise. The Sunrise Festival includes a countdown to the New Year, fireworks, and various enjoyable cultural events.

Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival (정동진 해맞이축제)

Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival (정동진 해맞이축제)

12585     2018-12-12

Jeongdongjin2-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33--640-5530

Jeongdongjin gets its name from the word jeongdong, which means due east in Korean, as it is exactly due east from Seoul's Gwanghwamun Gate. Its train station is known to be the world's nearest train station to the ocean. Watching the first sunrise of the year from Jeongdongjin will be a unique experience to begin the upcoming year.

Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France (쁘띠프랑스 어린왕자 별빛축제)

Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France (쁘띠프랑스 어린왕자 별빛축제)

12108     2018-12-06

1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-31-584-8200

Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France is held throughout the Petite France Park with beautiful lighting landscapes at nighttime. Pretty buildings and night streets as well as Christmas trees are decorated with sparkling lights like a fairy tale. Adding a more romantic mood to winter nights, various event like orgel performance & explanation, marionette performance, puppet performance, magic performance, plaster art experience, and wish tree event will be available for visitors to enjoy the festival throughout Petite France.

Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival (칠갑산얼음분수축제)

12389     2018-12-12

175-11, Cheonjangho-gil, Cheongyang-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-41-942-0797~8

Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival features a large-scale ice fountain creating an Alps Castle where fairy tale characters are living together. The ice fountain and sculptures create a splendid ambience during the nighttime opening. This festival serves to create valuable memories for children and a romantic winter dating spot for couples alike. Located 5 minutes away, a suspension bridge over Cheonchangho Lake is famous as a filming location of the popular variety program “Two Days and One Night.”

Busan Christmas Tree Festival (부산크리스마스트리문화축제)

28499     2018-12-12

58-2, Gwangbok-ro, Jung-gu, Busan
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-51-243-3927

The Busan Christmas Tree Festival, Busan's annual winter event, will be held in the Gwangbok-ro area of the Jung-gu District in Busan.

To add a more festive atmosphere, there will be concerts, a tree of wishes, street performances, collecting love coins, a photo and video contest, and many more.