There are many unique festivals around the world that may seem quite bizarre but is celebrated by people with full fanfare. And South Korea’s popular Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is one among them. The crazy festival includes bare hand ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsled, and other things to see and participate in.
The exciting chilly extravaganza takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. The main attraction of the festival is people carve out holes in the ice and begin fishing for sancheoneo, a “native fresh water salmoniformes salmonidae fish, living in 1st grade clean cold water under 20°C degrees, which has more than 9ppm of dissolved oxygen.”
There are zillions of other activities and programmes outlined for everyone – from infants to foreigners. From cultural events, to local street light festivals and of course exotic food and games, this is often termed as one of the seven winter wonders of the world.