Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival in Korea with a Toddler


Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival - Jan. 4 through Jan. 27, 2013

I've quickly discovered the trick to enjoying the freezing winter here in Seoul is to get out enjoy the snow. It is the only thing we can't get in the summer! Recently we headed out to Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival. We drove there and it took us roughly an hour. The GPS had no problems finding the festival.


San 7, Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
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Look for the giant red balloon signs over the festival. They can be seen from the road!
There was plenty of parking but getting there early (9:30am) was a really good idea! On our way out the place was overflowing with cars and people.


There were plenty of venders there selling everything you could need. We bought fishing poles, and hand warmers there. There were also food, drinks, seats, hats, gloves, and almost anything else you could possibly need to enjoy the activities. 



We were able to enjoy some wonderful ice fishing as a family. We didn't catch anything but there was something enjoyable about sitting around a frozen fishing hole with friends and sharing laughs at the kids trying to catch a fish. There were people around us catching fish but without a doubt more people left without a fish than with. If you are lucky enough to catch a fish there are grills and sashimi stands at the festival.


The festival was stroller accessible, just keep in mind you will be pushing over snow and ice. (A large wheeled stroller might be convenient.) There were also restrooms unfortunately no baby changing stations. I changed Sam inside one of the heated resting rooms. The "rooms" are really tents so the floor is semi-mud and ice but nice and warm!
Sam napping in her stroller nice and warm.
Expect trailer bathrooms. No baby changing areas.

The sledding hills are only intended for older children as they must go alone but on the way out we noticed a baby sledding area to the right of the fishing zones. There was a train for younger children as well as a duck ride.
Baby sledding area.

Sam's dad was excited to see ATVs and bumper cars. Sam loved being driven around in her snow car with dad. If your SCS is older the ATVs looked like a lot of fun. We brought our own helmet for Sam but there did not seem to be any helmet rules being enforced.
 
Double snow bikes were also available for rent.

The whole family enjoyed a ice boat ride. I had never heard of such a thing so I'll explain in case you're in the same boat. ;) Imagine a large rafting boat attached to an ATV doing donuts over a frozen river. Although we were reassured by the driver that he would make it completely safe for the babies, it wasn't for the faint of heart. I have to admit, it was my favorite part of the festival though!
Overall a worthwhile trip that left us with memories we will cherish and share with Sam for years to come!

SCS Fast Facts:
- Stroller Accessible
- No baby changing area (Head to the heated resting rooms for a quick change.)



Festival Information:
Admission/Participation Fees

General fishing site
Onsite ticket purchase: 13,000 won (for Friday-Sunday & Holidays)
Online ticket reservation: 12,000 won (available only for Monday-Thursday)

Fishing site for families
Onsite ticket purchase: Not available
Online ticket reservation: 45,000 won

Fishing site for couples
Onsite ticket purchase: Not available
Online ticket reservation: 28,000 won

Snow Fantasia / Winter Game Experience
- Snow Bumper Car: 8,000 won for 10min
- Ice Sledding: 8,000 won for 1 hour
- Snow Sledding: 8,000 won for a day
- Bike Sledding: 7,000 won for 30min
- ATV (for 2 persons): 10,000 won per 20min

Helpful Websites:
Festival Website (Korean)
Visit Korea 





Thank you S.O. and Y. for allowing us to use your photos!

Comments

  1. Hi did you make any reservations for ice fishing and the ice boat ride? It looks really fun! I'm planning to go there with a bunch of my friends next january! Also what were the rates for the ice boat ride? Would be great if you could help me out. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Andrea! We didn't make any reservations before going. There was a tent where you could purchase tickets at the entrance. The lines were a bit long but manageable. My memory is failing me with the price of the ice boat ride but I don't remember taking much notice which tells me it must not have been very expensive. If you go in January, I would love it if you could come back and update my information with a comment! Have a great time!!

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  2. Hi could I check if anyone will be able to teach you to ice fish at the festival cause we will not have any idea to do it even if we go there

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    1. There weren't any instructors but the process was fairly straight forward. We had never gone fishing let alone ice fishing before we went. The fishing pole was simple to use and all the fishing holes were pre-drilled. We picked a hole set up our seats and sat around holding poles and chatting.

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  3. Hi, do you remember how long you spent at the festival? Considering trying to see this festival and Nami Island in the same day.

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