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Tuesday, February 04 2020 - 21:28
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Hwacheon ice fishing festival kicks off
HWACHEON, South Korea, Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The 2020 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival officially kicked off Monday after 
being delayed twice due to unseasonably warm weather.

Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20200204/2704206-1

The ice fishing festival was initially scheduled to open on Jan. 4 on a frozen 
river in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, 120 kilometers northeast of Seoul, but was 
postponed after warm weather stoked safety concerns.

Sancheoneo is a species of trout that lives only in clean fresh water.

Officials said the frozen ice was 20 centimeters in thickness. The distance 
between fishing holes was also widened for safety, they added.

Visitors filled the festival venue from early morning to enjoy the annual 
winter fishing event.

Ice slides and sleds were also set up for children on the sidelines of the main 
fishing area.

"My children are having so much fun since there are many other activities to 
enjoy besides ice fishing. The weather is also perfect, not too cold," said 
Hong Young-gi from Incheon, west of Seoul, who was there with his two children.

Some visitors braved the winter chill to enjoy hand fishing in short sleeves 
and shorts.

A cooking area was also set up so people could cook and eat the fish they 
caught.

"We thank visitors for waiting despite the event being postponed twice. We will 
focus on managing a safe festival," Hwacheon Mayor Choi Moon-soon said.

"We will also strive for visitors to stay longer to contribute to the local 
economy," he added.

On the first day alone, around 85,000 people enjoyed the festival. If including 
foreigners who visited the zone reserved for international visitors that opened 
earlier this month, the figure stood at 157,427, according to the organizer.

Launched in 2003, the event was chosen as the nation's best festival by the 
culture ministry in 2010 and has developed into one of the world's four major 
winter festivals.

SOURCE:  Hwacheon County

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   Caption: Visitors enjoy ice fishing at the 2020 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice 
Festival in Hwacheon, Gangwon Province, on Jan. 27, 2020.

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