Friday, 30 January 2015

Hwacheon sancheoneo festival - ice fishing

 "The Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mount Trout) Ice Festival will be taking place in Hwacheon in Gangwon-do. This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice. "
bare-hand fishing urm how? brrrr cold
Sancheoneo Experience
Ice fishing (onsite registration/pre-booking), lure fishing, bare-hand fishing, etc.

- Snow/Ice Experience
Ice fun park (sledding, bobsledding, ice football, rides), snow fun park (snow man zone, rides, snow sledding), eolgomiseong (tunnels, slides), snow sculptures, etc.

For 2015 this festival start from 10 jan 2015 and  gonna end on 1 feb 2015 so hurry up and experience this festival.

Gangwon province prepare bus service to go to this festival from seoul. You can apply HERE. You just need to pay 5000 won one way and  10k won for return trip and earn yourself a seat in the bus. You need to board the bus on  8am and going back around 4pm. u will  reach Seoul 8pm.(inclusive break at rest area)

I reserve my ice fishing spot thru global interpark website. It is 8000won  + 2000 online processing fee.This is because we went on sunday , im worried we have no ice paranoid. But there are plenty , you can pay 8000won on the day itself (save 2000 won)  They already set up foreigner area for the ice fishing spot. The advantages: the ice hole is already prepare in advance.Local need to dig for themselves.

 Emi and i  just pick up the ice hole randomly. We add another 5000won to buy the fishing gear and  stool for another 5000won. Now u just need to catch the trout.

Sebenarnya tak makan ikan pun ...sebabnya dulu dulu duk asrama asyik makan ikan jaket so lepas tak duduk asrama mmg ikan ni kurang ni semata- mata pengalaman kan ..mana nak dapat duduk atas sungai beku...mancing lagi... please don't melt coz i cant swim
For the first 15min fish ....pastu tetiba ada mamat korea datang cakap nak bagi "sanmeol" sebab dia dapat ikan banyak ...mungkin dia tgk ni gaya muka macam tak dapat ikan je kut...hahaha
amikla supaya at least ada sekor dah lunch. thank you

then my omputeh neighbor keep on getting the fish.....
so i ask "any tips ? " he show me the correct way to bounce the rod..."u must make the bait lookslike it is a real fish swimming " buat macam tu barula ada ikan datang ...siap provoke ikan tu lagi..dia nak ngap kita tarik..lagila dia marah,,apa lagi terusla dapat seekor... yeay got 1

yeay after this pose, the fish odour stuck to my glove lol

next i dont even look at the hole...and i just bounce the rod and getting the hang on it and i got another trout yeay! so i just stop there...we cant eat more than there is a rule max 3 fish  at the foreigner section but i dont think they check on it. my fish bait is blue in color but emi's one is pink . We assume trout like blue color and after emi used mine, she also got 2 trouts. total trouts cought : 5 * inclusive 1 bonus gift

trout up close
Post ice fishing --> cooking

choose whether grill or cooked with souce
we met fellow Malaysian there so its a feast ! grilled, cooked with sauce and shasimi

 Altho i don't eat fish that much...but trout's taste is sweet, yummeh! masak pedas lagi sedap.

Lepas kenyang bole solat kat tempat ruang rehat n tempat kaum ibu n baby ( siap ada heater lagi dalam tu)

this is local area - so crowded
other activities

toilet , food stall is available
In the end we just leave the fishing rod there and i dont even bring back the stool to Malaysia lol .( cant fit in my luggage) travel light....

It is a great experience for me ! Barula mengerti perasaan kaki2 mancing ni...seronoknya dpt hasil.

Their rest area is  clean and beautiful.pengaruh 2d1n ngan rm selalu buat mission kat sini.

view from the bus is so beautiful in winter....


  1. oh ya...actually i was influeced by manager do who went ice fishing with cheon song hyi....hehe

  2. Hi, readers..
    Good girls go travel...I agree this motto.
    I live in Hwacheon, S.Korea.
    Thank you for your posting about our festival.
    Why don't you try to take a trip to this festival?
    We are preparing so many programs for tourists.
    Please come and enjoy them.
    Thank you again!!

    1. You are welcome, i will come again this year :)

  3. This year 2016 -festival is from 9 january - 31 january .In addition the Gangwon tourism bus service for foreigners is also available on weekdays not just on weekend. Come and have fun.

  4. Hye nak tanya, masa pergi festival ni lunch makan macam mana? just makan trout tu ke atau ada jual makanan kat sana?

    1. Makan trout yang ditangkap ( so boleh beli nasi siap). Nanti dorg masakkan ikut kita punya preference panggang, pedas ( cili) or tak pedas ( kicap). ada jual makanan seperti snek.

    2. oh sorry bukan kicap ahaha oyster sauce dan ada option sashimi gak.