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Title Winter wonderland on an open ice field
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"The 8th Inje Smelt Festival"

When winter comes, Soyang-ho becomes an open ice field after meeting the cold wind from Nae-Seorak Mountains. Inje Smelt Festival will take place on a 9 square- kilometer ice field at Soyang-ho as of next year from Jan. 27-30. The festival will consist of some 50 winter sport events. Inje Smelt Festival is Korea’s biggest winter event designated as MOCT’s “Cultural Tourist Festival” to which approximately 600,000 persons participate every year.

Fishermen from across the nation visit Soyang-ho for ice fishing because there’s no other place like it. Smelt inhabits only in clear water of low temperature between 6 degrees and 10 degrees Celsius. The fish turn smaller and clearer in winter because it eats less. As a result, winter smelt is one of gourmet dishes. Smelt sashimi dipped in Cho-gochujang (vinegar and chilly paste mix) lets you fully enjoy the succulent flesh of smelt. Smoked smelt and deep-fried smelt are also popular.

The festival will start with a parade of fun characters and street performances. Various winter sports and games such as ice fishing, ice soccer, sled race, ice bowling, ice sculpting, and snow sculpting will take place at the site. Visitors will also be able to experience traditional Inje culture through items like Seolpy (snow boots) and traditional skis that people of Inje used to survive the snowy winter of the area.

Winter Fun Site for Foreign Tourists

Many tourists from Southeast Asia visit the Inje Smelt Festival, and the province plans to run separate programs designed specifically for them. Special programs include ice fishing, ice sled and snow mobile rides, and village experience. Inje-gun plans to work hand in hand with the province in attracting foreign tourists by developing a tourism package that connects the Smelt Festival and ski resorts in the vicinity for one month between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, 2005.

Silver fairies inside a lake! Winter scavenger hunt for smelt is sure to heat up the romance between lovers and bring together family members who grew apart in busy schedule and lack of conversation.

One fun day in the winter wonderland will become great memories to talk about with friends, lovers, and the family. Get out of the city for once and live the real life that you only dreamt about.