10 Instagrammable Places to Visit in Korea That Are Truly Transformed in Winter

10 Instagrammable Places to Visit in Korea That Are Truly Transformed in Winter

Be sure to visit these postcard-worthy places and snap some pictures while you're there!

Winter’s the best season to visit South Korea, and it’s little wonder why.

From white magical forests to brilliantly illuminated festivals, we bring you a whole new side of Korea’s stunning beauty that comes and goes with winter. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this list of Korea’s most resplendent spots will make you think again.

1. Deogyusan Mountains

Image credit: Deogyusan mountains is covered by snow and morning fog in winter, South Korea

Set in the sprawling Deogyusan National Park, the Deogyusan Mountains are the veritable highlights amongst acres of gorgeous scenery. Take a hike up to the summit of major peaks like Hyangjeokbong, Jungbong and Nam Deogyusan to be greeted with panoramic views of powder white snow.

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You can also choose to stay in any of the ski resorts flanking the park, including the luxurious Deogyusan Resort. Whizz down the ivory slopes and wander around snow-capped streets as you explore the area around the resort.

Deogyusan National Park

Address: Anseong-myeon, Muju-gun, South Korea

Opening hours: Daylight hours, daily

Deogyusan Resort

Address: 185, Manseon-ro, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeonbuk, South Korea

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2. Nami Island

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Nami Island may be a favourite tourist destination all year round for its verdant, leafy summers and stunningly golden autumns. However, its winter landscape is the main reason that brought fame to the area, thanks to the famous K-drama Winter Sonata.

K-dramas aside, Nami Island transitions into an idyllic winter wonderland at the end of the year. You’ll find yourself surrounded by tall, straight-trunked trees that bear white frosting on their branches. Don’t forget to check out the incredible ice sculptures if you happen to visit during the Snowman Festival!

Nami Island

Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Opening hours: The island is open 24 hours though the ferry only runs from 07:30 to 21:40.

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3. Boseong Green Tea Plantation

Ditch the regular winter scenery for something a little more unique: a snow-covered tea plantation! The Boseong Green Tea Plantation is usually made up of rows upon rows of lush greenery throughout the year. But during winter, it turns into a splendid view of snow-stacked terraces – a pretty novel sight to behold!

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Catch the Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival for a truly magical experience as the white-topped hills are illuminated with colourful lights. Relish in the winter evening as you stroll through a dazzling light tunnel, sip on some piping hot green tea and explore this brightly lit winter wonderland.

Boseong Green Tea Plantation

Address:  763-65 Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong, Jeollanam-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 09:00 – 19:00 (check for festival hours on the website)

Festival runs from mid-December to mid-January

4. Camellia Hill

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Winter isn’t all white in Korea! At least not at Jeju Island’s Camellia Hill. A sanctuary to 500 different species of camellias that only bloom in winter, you’ll be greeted with an explosion of colour when you visit this arboretum.

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Explore all the charming sections of the garden, and admire the winter florals at the various glasshouses and camellia-themed craft gallery. Charge your camera batteries, because you wouldn’t want to miss capturing the striking contrast of pink and red blossoms against the white backdrop!

Camellia Hill

Address: 166 Byeongang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 08:30 – 17:00 in winter

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5. Yongpyong Resort

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A multi-facility resort all year round, winter is when Yongpyong Resort morphs into a winter sports resort extraordinaire, with a thick blanket of snow and its signature Rainbow Slopes.

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Built 700m above sea level, Yongpyong Resort offers a skiing and snowboarding paradise in the clouds, where you can gaze upon a seemingly endless expanse of snowy slopes. A family resort that’s popular with both locals and tourists alike, there’s something for everyone in this gorgeous resort, from mountain coasters and zip lines to even a water park!

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Yongpyong Resort

Address: 232-950, 715, Olympic-ro, Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, Korea

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6. Inje Wondaeri Birch Forest

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Stepping into Inje Wondaeri Birch Forest is probably the closest you will get to climbing out of a wardrobe and into Narnia. With about 690,000 birch trees decked in pristine snow, you’ll feel as though you’re in a fairytale wonderland!

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Foray further into the forest through trails of varying difficulty, and revel in the tranquility and serenity of the forest. Find a sense of peace and calm amongst the towering birch trees, which are known for their healing properties.

Inje Wondaeri Birch Forest

Address: 75 Wondae-ri, Inje-eup, Inje, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00 daily (hiking trails close at 14:00)

7. Gangchon Rail Bike Park

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A popular attraction in the warmer months, the Gangchon Rail Bike Park is an entirely different and mesmerising experience in winter. Instead of the typical green scenery you get throughout the year as you pedal along the tracks, you’ll be confronted with the bare beauty of winter.

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Located not too far away from Seoul, this park offers a peaceful respite from the city as you admire the countryside vistas painted with streaks of white as you cruise by. Don’t forget to dress warm and pedal hard to generate extra heat!

Ganghon Rail Bike Park

Address: 1383 Gimyujeong-ro, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (lunch break 12:00-13:00)

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8. Seonjaryeong Ridge

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The Seonjaryeong Ridge saddles the border between Pyongchang and Gangneung, and is the centrepiece of the Baekdudaegun Mountain Range. Trekking to the peak will give you unparalleled views of the snowy landscapes, and offers you an otherworldly experience with snow-dusted branches lining your ascent.

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The ease of the hike makes the trail a popular one, but be prepared to have your breath taken away at the sublime spectacle that awaits you at the peak.

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Seonjaryeong Ridge

Address: #458-23, Kkotbatgyangji-gil, (Hoenggye-ri), Daegwallyeong-myeon, PyeongChang-gun, Gangwon Province, South Korea

9. Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm

In warmer parts of the year, the Daewallyeong Sheep Farm appears as grassy pastures with grazing sheep and a little wooden cottage, making for an utterly picturesque scene. Come winter, the sheep are gone and instead, you will be greeted by acres of thick, fluffy snow – a real postcard-worthy scene!

Daewallyeong Sheep Farm

Address: 483-32 Daegwallyeongmaru-gil, 대관령 Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00

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10. Gwanghallu Garden

Namwon is a historic town shrouded in stories of peace and romance, and dubbed as the ‘City of Love’. Made popular due to a legendary romance tale, learn more about its origins at Gwanghallu Garden, where the tale is set.

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Admire the elaborate pavilion in the garden steeped in rich cultural history, as it gains even more elegance in the winter, cloaked in a blanket of snow.

Gwanghallu Garden

Address: Cheongeo-dong, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do 590-080, South Korea

Opening hours: 08:00 – 20:00 (free entry from 18:00 – 20:00!)

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Korea displays an entirely different side during winter and it’s a strikingly beautiful one. The end of the year is coming right up, so if you want to be transported to a surreal snow-filled utopia, now’s the time to be making plans!

For more information on Korea in winter, visit Korea Tourism Organization’s official website and Facebook page.


Brought to you by Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore Office).

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Chloe Ang
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Chloe spends her life trying to find the divine balance between eating, reading and travelling. When she’s not bounding off to explore new places, she’s likely slothing it out and stuffing her face. Her dream is to eat and read her way around the world, but her ultimate dream though is to be a cat.

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