It is not every day you get to feel like Queen Elsa, strolling through an ice village, but today I did just that. I visited the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice festival and the Indoor Ice Illumination Plaza.

Every year Hwacheon hosts the Ice Fishing Festival, which attracts tourists from all over Korea. What I didn’t  know was that near the ice festival there is also an Ice Sculpture festival. After I participated in the fishing festivities I visited the sculptures with Jonghwan Goh, from Goh Travel. By the way, if you are in Seoul and want to do some tours you should definitely check out Goh Tours. Jonghwan is awesome. He is super friendly, helpful, accommodating and his trips are always unique and fun!

The Ice Illumination Plaza is about a ten-minute drive from the fishing location and beside the street lantern festival. The fee for the Plaza is 5,000 Won. When you enter you see large sculptures of ice that represent famous buildings of countries participating in the Olympics.  There are fluorescent lights illuminate the sculptures, and they are huge!

As many of you know, winter is my favourite season, and a big part of that is because of the artwork inspired by winter. I love the cool tones and illumination of lights you see in the winter time. The ice plaza was a lot of fun and the sculptures reminded me of the Northern Lights. For this reason, I wished I had some portable lighting equipment because it was a perfect location for a shoot.

The ice buildings were also complete with slides and a ball pit for the kids. I imagine the kids who visit go wild with excitement. I did, and I’m nearly thirty.

In addition to the sculptures, the street in front of the Ice Plaza hosts a lantern festival. The street is full of fish lanterns and balloons illuminating the streets. There are all kinds of vendors, musicians, and entertainment celebrating the ice fishing festival.

All in all, it was a great way to spend the day. I had fun ice fishing and exploring the lanterns and sculptures. Jongwhan did an excellent job organizing the excursion, and I recommend you check out some of his trips.

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More Information about the Indoor Ice Illumination Plaza and Jong Hwan Goh
JongHwan Goh Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/gohtravelkorea/
Goh Travel Company: https://www.facebook.com/gohtravelkorea1/

 

Website: http://www.narafestival.com/ice_eng/?lang=eng&f_code=09_01
Hours of operation
Dec, 23, 2017 ~ Feb, 11, 2018
09:00 ~ 21:00
Classification
Per person
Gift certificate
General(over middle school)
5,000 won
3,000 won of Love Hwacheon gift certificate will be provided
* Preferential appliance
3,000 won of Love Hwacheon gift certificate will be provided