Sunday afternoon we left Yongpyong a little early to catch the snow festival in Hoenggye, the town at the base of Yongpyong Resort. It's an annual festival held every February and hosts all kinds of snow and winter related events. This year it runs from 2/12-2/20, so if you happen to be in the area, you still have one more weekend to check it out. This year's theme was clearly the bid for the 2018 winter Olympics. As the IOC (International Olympics Committee) was set to roll in for inspections of the area the following day, the streets were lined with signs welcoming the committee. Throughout the festival we could see the Olympic theme.
Sledding and an interesting form of skating which involved sitting on a board with blades and pushing oneself with wooden sticks were popular events at the festival.
The biggest attraction seemed to be the snow sculptures which were incredibly well designed. From cartoon characters to angels, snowmen and chess pieces this was interesting enough for me to make the festival worthwhile going.
When you start to get cold, head indoors to check out some of the warmer activities...
There was everything from ddeok making, to arrow making, to chocolate making, and more!
A walk around the back will bring you to an expo of children's depictions of the 2018 Olympics in Pyongchang.
For more information, you can visit the festival homepage at http://www.snowfestival.net/ . If you arrive in the town of Hoenggye, it won't be hard to find. The town is small and it's right in the center of town. This festival would be a blast for kids and maybe a nice stop if you happen to be in the area for adults.