Posted : 2014-01-14 19:09
Updated : 2014-01-14 19:09

SIWA extends invitation on Hwacheon

American soldiers and their family members enjoy ice fishing during the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mount Trout) Ice Festival in Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon Province, Tuesday./ Yonhap

By John Redmond

The Seoul International Women's Association (SIWA) invites guests to enjoy a trip to the Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mount Trout) Ice Festival that will take place in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, Saturday.

This virtually untouched region is known as the first area in Korea that freezes over in winter, and the river is covered with a thick layer of ice.

Visitors can try out ice fishing, and those who are feeling brave can try to catch mountain trout with their bare hands. Besides fun activities and performances, there is also an exhibition of ice sculptures that takes 20 weeks to prepare. Visitors can sample raw and grilled mountain trout, both of which are delicious.

The tour will be coordinated by Michelle Morrison who is an active SIWA member.She is Korean-American and lived in the U.S. for several decades. She returned to Seoul a few years ago and enjoys exploring modern Korea. Morrison's ability to culturally and linguistically navigate tour groups in a variety of settings is a great asset to SIWA.

The shows a man kissing a fish he caught with his bare hands at an event. The annual festival, which opened on Jan. 4, will run through Jan. 26.
/ Yonhap

The cost is 10,000 won for SIWA members and 20,000 won for non-members. It includes the round trip bus fee only). Participation fees in optional programs and lunch is paid individually.

The tour will last from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

The group will meet at Gwangwhamun Station inside exit 6 and will board a bus at 8 a.m. for a three hour ride to the festival site.

Optional experiences include ice fishing, bare hands trout catching, grilling fish, eating raw fish, ice sledding, tubing, seeing ice sculptures.For more information, please see

There is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 43 participants. Children are welcome.

Please pay tour fee in cash to tour coordinator at the beginning of the tour, or you may pre-pay by transferring the fee into the SIWA account before the tour, unless otherwise indicated. People who owe cancellation fees are asked to pay them before participating in another tour.

SIWA is Seoul's premier international women's organization, consisting of women from more than 40 countries, including about 25 percent from Korea. For more than 50 years, SIWA has been a network where women from around the world can meet, find friends, learn about each other's cultures, and improve the lives of those less fortunate in Korea.

One of the most important things the organization does is to contribute to Korean society through its biggest fundraiser, the Diplomatic and Cultural Bazaar, and it has contributed more than 2 billion won ($1.7 million) to Korean charities over the years. SIWA also offers an extensive number of tours to cultural, artistic and recreational experiences. Contact Michelle Morrison on

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