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South Korea's ice fishing festival lures local and foreign tourists



South Korea's annual ice fishing festival drew massive crowds on Saturday (January 5) who braved below freezing temperatures to catch trout in a frozen lake.


About 141,500 people attended the first day of the festival, according to organisers, where they spent time on the frozen lake to catch fish through a small hole dug into thick ice. Some participants jumped into a pool of freezing water to catch the trouts with their bare hands.

In the end, participants have their catch cooked for them to eat.

The "Sancheoneo festival", scheduled to last until January 27, is named after a species of mountain trout native to Korea that lives in the surrounding lakes and creeks in Hwacheon, Gangwon province, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of the capital Seoul.

The governor of Hwacheon county Choi Moon-soon said about 1.7 million people visited the festival last year and 120,000 of them were foreign tourists. (Reuters)

A festival visitor celebrates after attending bare hand fishing in a frozen river during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival at Hwacheon-gun in Gangwon province, South Korea, 05 January 2019. EPA


Festival visitors fish on a frozen river to fish during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival at Hwacheon-gun in Gangwon province, South Korea, 05 January 2019. EPA


People cast lines through holes drilled in the surface of a frozen river during a trout catching contest in Hwacheon, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. AP


Anglers throw lines on a river during a trout catching contest in Hwacheon, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. AP


South Korea's annual ice fishing festival drew massive crowds on Saturday (January 5) who braved below freezing temperatures to catch trout in a frozen lake.


About 141,500 people attended the first day of the festival, according to organisers, where they spent time on the frozen lake to catch fish through a small hole dug into thick ice. Some participants jumped into a pool of freezing water to catch the trouts with their bare hands.

In the end, participants have their catch cooked for them to eat.

The "Sancheoneo festival", scheduled to last until January 27, is named after a species of mountain trout native to Korea that lives in the surrounding lakes and creeks in Hwacheon, Gangwon province, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of the capital Seoul.

The governor of Hwacheon county Choi Moon-soon said about 1.7 million people visited the festival last year and 120,000 of them were foreign tourists. (Reuters)

A festival visitor celebrates after attending bare hand fishing in a frozen river during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival at Hwacheon-gun in Gangwon province, South Korea, 05 January 2019. EPA


Festival visitors fish on a frozen river to fish during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival at Hwacheon-gun in Gangwon province, South Korea, 05 January 2019. EPA


People cast lines through holes drilled in the surface of a frozen river during a trout catching contest in Hwacheon, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. AP


Anglers throw lines on a river during a trout catching contest in Hwacheon, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. AP
Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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