Pyeongchang Trout Festival
Pyeongchang Trout Festival
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Winter activities take the spotlight for the Pyeongchang Trout Festival held each year in the small South Korean town of Jinbu-myeon. Running from mid-December to mid-February each year, visitors are invited to try their hand at the festival's main event, ice fishing. Fresh catches can then be taken to nearby restaurants where they are prepared and enjoyed. While the fishing is dependent on daily ice conditions, sledding, ice skating and a multitude of other wintery activities round out the experience.
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Lee S
43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This year's trout fishing started on 30 Dec 2022. You can go there via day tour (Klook) which includes open-air ice fishing or via public transport. The ticket for the day tour includes open air fishing (according to their website, foreigners who wish to book the tent fishing have to call them via phone).

We didn't manage to catch any fish, but like other reviews, a kind hearted local who managed to catch many fish gave them to the children who didn't manage to catch anything. There is no foreigner fishing area as far as I know.

There is a pool whereby participants can take part in the competition where they jumped into the area and tried to catch trout. There is also an indoor area for children to fish.

There are no English instructions on how to get your fish grilled, so you have to ask around or figure out where to go (2nd floor of blue building), and what to do.

(For those who wants to grill your fish, you will have to go to the 2nd floor of the blue building where there is an open area. Enter the room behind the open area.
First join the long queue with the 2 small square windows to pay 4000 KRW to grill your fish, then join the 2nd long queue for the big window to pass your grill ticket and fish to the ladies inside to prepare and wrap into an alumni foil, before passing it to the grilling station (the longish "oven" outside which uses chopped wood) to grill for 15 min (you have to track the time yourself)).

Definitely an eye opener and pretty fun! But do note that the return trip by coach will take 3-4 hours due to peak hour traffic.
Written January 9, 2023
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Yi Qin
Singapore, Singapore205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The event was delayed for a week due to the warm winter and we were lucky to be able to get the ice fishing admission ticket as they limit visitor entries. Ice fishing was fun but it's almost impossible to get any fish if you get the cheap equipments. 1 of the really nice local gave us some fish so we didn't go back empty handed. There were also some winter activities such as snow tubing but some of them are unavailable. You will have to walk on snow and ice and it can get quite slippery so get a good footwear if you are planning a visit there. There are long queues at the food area where they prepare your catch. Overall its a good experience if you haven't been to such activity before.
Written March 14, 2020
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kelvin
Singapore, Singapore64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Was an eye opener. Although we did not try the ice fishing, we did the indoor fishing for kids. It was good fun and many kids managed to catch. Those who do not can turn in their rods for a live fish. You can then have them to sack the fish (for 3000 won) and bbq on the spot.

There is also a food court selling trout related delicacies if you don’t wish to get your hands dirty. There is also live singing at certain time and at the same area there are pop up stores selling some local delicacies, such as bean curd skin, fried trout nuggets etc. one store selling fried prawns surprised us by charging us 20000 won for a small bowl of fried prawns (ard 10 prawns). Maybe prawns are expensive in Korea, but it definitely felt like a rip off!

There were a lot of rides at the festival other than the ice fishing which was fun for the kids, but need to get tickets and the queue can be quite long at times.

Free shuttles from alpensia, Yong pyong and Olympic Station.

It was good fun and you can spend the whole day there.
Written January 7, 2020
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Daniel G
Seoul, South Korea44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Business
I was working with some Olympics clients and we took them to the trout festival as an activity and they thought it was unique but not a ton of fishing was there so it was a little underwhelming. The atmosphere was very open and spacious but it needed some more spectacle. Especially since it was so cold out. The raw trout you can get there is really good though and we we to a nearby restaurant to enjoy more. The trout bibimbap and soup is a great combination. Take plenty of hand warmers though or it can get uncomfortable.
Written January 26, 2019
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oLiVIa
Singapore378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Most day trip to this place were only available for booking from Jan 2019 but we were lucky to find one (Trazy) that was opened for booking in Dec. For people who are adamant to join this activity, visiting in Jan would be a better bet.

It took about 3 hours from Seoul.

There were 2 sections for ice fishing. One area was for open-fishing while another area came with the ready tents and chairs. We opted for the latter. There were rows and rows of tents in various colours lined up on the frozen river. You could choose your desired tent which would already have 2 holes and chairs. You could change tent as and when you want to. The frozen river was lined with some net to avoid falling but it could still be rather slippery. We brought along crampons and hence it came into handy, and we could walked around the frozen river with ease.

There were shops thatwere selling various things required for activities such as fishing, sledding, etc. You could get almost everything you need from there.

There were rules such as regardless of how fishes you might catch, you could only bring out max of 2 fishes only. We saw people who managed to catch the fishes but I could only tell you it was not an easy task. We came out empty handed!! But the experience was still fun and worth it!

You could choose to pay for the fish to be cleaned and grilled for consumption if you catch one in one restuarant. We caught none but we could still visit another restuarant to taste one. We ordered a grilled trout and it was absolutely tasty!! Many patrons were enjoying sashimi in the restuarant too.

We didn't have time to try other activities such as sledding (I think you need to bring your own sled or buy one from the shop), ice cycling, etc.

Everyone definitely should try this experience once in your lifetime. :))))
Written January 9, 2019
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luvholiday9
Singapore, Singapore444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
i had been wanting to try this for sometime and this time round, we got lucky that the weather was cold enough for the festival to carry on.
we took a bus from dong seoul bus terminal for about 2.5h to jinbu. the stream is just across the bus terminal.

there are other activities such as sledding, snow rafting etc. the highlight was the ice fishing. equipment like baits, chairs etc were priced separately.

the place was very cold and be careful while you're on the frozen stream! it was slippery! experienced locals caught fish quickly. you could then choose to have your fish grilled or have it like a sashimi. it was a great experience and i would do it again next time, perhaps trying out the other winter activities as well.
Written January 8, 2018
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Jaclyn Rosa
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
After 3 hours of bus ride from Seoul, we reach PyeongChang and were ushered into the frozen lake for ice fishing! It is indeed very interesting activity, fishing on a frozen lake.. there’s fishing hole everywhere and should be enough for everyone. Pick one and have patience.

My sister caught one almost immediately after we sat down and that’s our lunch. We had it grilled by paying 3000won after ahjumma cleaned it. You can have it raw too.

Once lunch is done, we headed to some winter activities - unlimited rounds! We snow tubed, snow rafted, ice kart, cycled on ice, sat on a traditional sled.. you kinda forgot it’s freezing for a moment while playing.

Definitely a highly recommended activity if you are in Seoul during winter. But be mindful that it’s only available towards the end of December onwards as the lake needs time to be frozen and safe to be stepped on.
Written January 1, 2018
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Ureen F
Quezon City, Philippines7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
We are family of 4.. since no tour is being offered yet last January1-7,2017, we took the train, alight at the Dong Seoul Bus terminal, paid krw34000 for the 4 of us. Our destination is Jinbu, Pyeongchang Trout Festival.
We were excited to do the ice fishing coz we do not have snow or ice in our country.
When we arrived on Jan. 3, there were snow all over but the waterlake is not hard enough to step on it and dig a hole, tho festival have started. Instead, there was trout fishing in the water (without ice). We did not join that, instead we rode the Bobsleigh ride for krw24000. and the sledding. It was really fun and an unforgettable experience!! Experience the screaming to the max because of those bobsleigh bumps ! After the picture taking with the ice scuptures, we ate at Pyeongchang trout Restaurant... Hmmmm.. so yummy and affordable. A must try ...Trout sashimi!
At 3Pm we have to leave because climate went down to negative degrees and it was windy. so time to leave. It's an experience not easy to forget!!!
Written January 23, 2017
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Piscesmommy
Singapore67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
Lake aren't frozen and can't do ice-fishing as planned on the 1st day of the festival. Snow tubing was a fun experience. Tried trout sashimi and soup for an experience. Do check weather condition prior going to avoid disappointment.
Written November 30, 2016
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AmyPenang
Penang26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
We have visited Pyeongchang Trout Festival on 29 December 2015 in a family of 3 adults and 2 children (age: 7 and 5)
There is too little information about this place in English.
So, I decided to share my experience here.

Travel with Shuttle Bus:
There is a bus company that offer Shuttle Bus service (Seoul to Pyeongchang) for foreigner that wish to pay a visit to Pyeongchang Trout Festival.
But the bus company do not accept booking for foreigner children under 6 year old.
My trip involved a child at age 5, so they rejected my booking for travel safety reason.

Travel with Public Transportation:
If you are staying in Myeongdong, please take a subway (line 4 in light blue) and alight at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.
You need to transfer to line 2 (Green Line) and then alight at Gangbyeon Station (Exit 4).
From Gangbyeon Station (Exit 4), look for the signboard to show you to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.
The Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is nearby to the Gangbyeon Subway Station.
You need to cross the road and with a 3-5 minutes of walking distance, you will definately reach Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.

Go to the bus ticket counter for express bus ticket purchase to Pyeongchang-gun Jinbu Bus Terminal (진부공용버스터미널).
Tips: look for younger-looking ticket counter assistant, they may communicate in simple english
or you can show them the destination in Korean language and Pyeongchang Trout Festival pictures to have clearer and correct communication.
The Bus Schedule is 06:32-20:05 (30-40min intervals).
Travel time is about 2 hours 15 minutes.
Fare: 13,100 won (adult) and 6,600 won (children)
Go to the assigned platform earlier 5-10 minutes to check the bus departure.
Normally, the bus will depart punctually.
During my bus ride, the bus make a short stop to allow some passengers to alight at certain places.
Please make sure that you ask the bus driver to confirm the final destination.

After we arrvied at Pyeongchang-gun Jinbu Bus Terminal, we checked the return bus schedule.
The return bus schedule back to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal is displayed at the counter.

Pyeongchang Trout Festival is held at Odaecheon Stream, a 7 mininutes walk from the Jinbu Bus Terminal.
Luckily, there is an old Chinese translator and tourist coordinator at the ticketing counter who is able to explain and help us on our enquiries.
Unfortunately, the tourist coordinator informed us that the ice activities are still not able to open to public due to the stream have not frozen enough to the safe limit.
But they are still snow activities available that we don't get disappointed.
If possible, the organizer advised us to make a call to check first before we travel to Pyeongchang.

There is an old Chinese translator at the ticketing counter who is able to explain and help us on our enquiries.

Below are the pricing of the ice and snow acitivities per person for your budget estimation.

Tent Fishing, ice and snow activities (Integrated): 30,000 won
Ice Fishing, ice and snow activities (Integrated): 25,000 won
Snow and Ice experience (Integrated): 22,000 won (Tube sledding, Snow Rafting, Mini Train, Four Wheel Motor, ATV, Korea traditional sledding, ice-skating, ice four wheel bicycle, ice kart, ice slide)
Each snow or ice experience - 10 types (separately): 6,600 won each
Trout Catching (by bare hand): 15,000 won (dress code: short sleeve and short pants)
Tent Fishing only: 20,000 won (Including tent and chair)
General Fishing only: 13,000 won

Fishing equipment sold separately:
Fishing Tent (Intergrated)
Fishing Tent
Ice Fishing
General Ice Fishing
Fishing Rod
Bait (Real)
Bait (Plastic)
Bait (Metal)

It is winter time in Korea and the sky will turn dark around 6pm.
There are huge tents at the exit of the Festival where food stalls are available and local products also on-sale.
We bought fish cake soup and fried tiny fish for our dinner at the food stalls.
The food sellers are friendly although they can't communicate in English.
Written June 27, 2016
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