Winter Fishing is coming
is a very popular activity during the winter months in the
Korea is known to be a fishing nation and it is no surprise that ice
fishing is a favorite past time.
Every winter an Ice Fishing Festival
is organized in the Hwacheon
Province, South Korea.
This is just at the border to North Korea in an area known as the
Korean Demilitarized Zone.
The festival attracts tourists from all over the world. Thousands of
competitors try to catch as many sancheoneo (wild trout
) as possible.
There are roughly 1,000,000 visitors annually.
To participate in the fishing competition, you will need to register
online before the festival starts.
If you are used to Ice Fishing in a tranquil environment the pictures
might be shocking.
People are crowded together on a section of the river that almost looks
like a stadium.
There are virtually millions of holes drilled into the ice and one
wonders if the ice will hold all these masses.
Considering all these people I would think that there are hardly any
fish left, but its seems the chances of catching a trout are fairly
It is always interesting to see what fishing is like in other parts of
Being spoiled by the pristine wilderness in New Zealand and having to
share my fishing spots only with some seaguls, this event kind of blows
Here are a few images and videos to see for yourself.