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Events organized across Korea for Lunar New Year

 
It's day one of the four-day long Lunar New Year holiday in Korea.
 
If you don't have any family gatherings to go to,... how about enjoying some of the special events laid on around the country.
There are too many to tell you about in one report,... but for an introduction to two of the best,... here's our Oh Jung-hee.
 
It's a four-day-long weekend... not at all short,... too long to waste.
 
During the holiday,... Everland, the largest amusement park in Korea, holds its Seollal Folk Hanmadang Festival everyday at Carnival Square.
 
A range of Korea's traditional games are set up... for families, especially kids, to try out new activities and for foreigners to experience Korean culture.
 
Staff dressed up as figures from Korean fairytales greet visitors and enjoy folk games, including Tuho and Jegichagi.
 
Visitors are also free to try out Korean drums and twirl a sangmo hat. "We came here because of the Lunar New Year holiday, and it's nice to experience little bit of Korean culture here. I'm enjoying here very much, and I like to wear these kinds of Korean things... we never experience these things, so I'm really happy to be here."
 
If you want to completely immerse yourself into the frosty winter season,... the Hongcheon-gang River Kkong Kkong Festival in Gangwon-do Province is the place to be. "Ice fishing is not much different from regular fishing. After baiting the hook, you drop your line into the ice and give it a tug every now and then to make it seem alive."
 
korea celebrates lunar new year
 
Visitors can't take their eyes off the hole.
They see trout coming and going below the 30-centimeter-thick ice,... but bringing them their way is not easy.
 
After a long wait,... a chubby trout is finally plucked out of the water,... sparking cheers of excitement. "My goal today is to catch ten. It's really fun out here People shouldn't stay home, but come out and enjoy activities like this "
 
On the other side of the festival,... people bravely wade into an icy-cold pool to catch a fish or two.
This time, with their bare hands. "The water is freezing cold and the trout move really fast. But it was really exciting As I tried it once today, I believe I can catch more when I visit again."
 
These are just two of the many events being held across the country over the holiday period... so make sure not to miss out on the fun.
 

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