One of the big advantages of being in Korea, with its four distinct seasons, is that there are a variety of things to enjoy depending on the climate. This year, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province), renowned as one of the best spots for winter festivals, captivated over three million visitors who rallied to enjoy nature’s beauty with winter activities despite the sub-zero temperatures.
|This year, Gangwon-do drew in more than three million visitors for winter festivals (photo courtesy of Inje Ice-Fishing Festival Committee).|
|This year, the Sancheoneo Festival made 11,000 ice holes for visitors to huddle around, unable to take their eyes off the fish inside (photo courtesy of Sancheoneo Festival Committee).|
|Festival-goers to the Sancheoneo Festival jumped into the chilly water to catch fish with their bare hands (photo courtesy of Sancheoneo Festival Committee).|
|Various side events were organized during winter festivals (photo courtesy of Inje Ice-Fishing Festival Committee).|
|Towering snow sculptures at the Taebaek Snow Festival site mesmerized visitors (photo courtesy of Taebaek Snow Festival Committee).|
|With "no smoking" written on their bodies, two participants in the Topless Marathon show their determination to quit smoking this year (photo: Yonhap News).|