Winter activities in Gwangju

I got an e-mail from someone who wanted to know what kind of fun activities there are to do in the winter in Gwangju. So I thought I’d write up a blog on it. If I left any of your favorite activities out, let me know.

  • Go ice skating at the World Cup Stadium. I went last year on my birthday in December with a big group of friends and we had a blast. It’s super cheap, as well. The ice skating rink, Yeomju-jang, is located just behind the World Cup Stadium. Cost is about W6,500.

  • Hike Mudeung Mountain. We did a lot of winter hiking in Gwangju. Just bundle up and head outdoors. Make sure to bring some soju or makeoli with you.
  • Grab some coffee or tea indoors with good friends. There is a great little tea shop that we used to love to go to near downtown. Once downtown, walk toward the Democracy Bell and turn left at the end of that street. Cross the street and walk down (toward Mudeung Mountain) just a few blocks and you’ll see it on the right. They also have some really beautiful rice cakes.

  • Explore the Yang Dong traditional market in Gwangju. Located along the river just down from downtown, you can spend hours ogling the strange things in this market.

  • And my favorite winter activity: Head to a bath house. There is one in every neighborhood in every city in Korea. You usually pay around W5,000 to go soak in some hot water.