Tourists and locals brave cold to snatch fish at South Korea’s Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

One of those people was South Korean woman O chul-Kyu, who attended the festival with friends and family.

“I caught a trout with my bare hands. It’s so much fun but a little bit cold though,” she said.

The festival, which will continue until January 28, takes place in Hwacheon, 120 kilometres north of the capital Seoul in the northern province of Gangwon.

About 60 different events take place including sledding, ice soccer and the most popular activity, ice fishing on the river.

The Mayor of Hwancheon County said the event was popular with tourists, who he’s anticipating an influx of ahead of the Winter Olympic Games being held in Pyeongchang of Gangwon province in early February.

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