Inje Ice Fishing Festival to open next month

INJE, South Korea, Dec. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- An annual ice fishing festival will open on the frozen surface of Soyang Lake in Inje late next month to reinvigorate the economy of this remote mountainous town near the border with North Korea, organizers said Thursday.              

This 2017 file photo shows a visitor watching Inje Ice Festival in Inje
This 2017 file photo shows a visitor watching Inje Ice Festival in Inje

The Inje Ice Fishing Festival will get under way in the town in Gangwon Province on Jan. 27 for a nine-day run under the slogan "Natural Theme Park." It will feature smelt catching, ice sledding, ice soccer, snow sculpture display, food tasting, hoop rolling and other winter activities.

They said they will soon build a smelt fishing zone on 52,800 square meters of the frozen lake surface. Work has already begun for the construction of a snow sculpture display zone.

Organizers said they have prepared as many as 27 programs for the festival, including the opening ceremony, smelt catching, ice bobsledding, an ice maze and even an ice percussion performance, as well as other cultural and winter sporting activities.

"All the preparations are being done on schedule, as we've seen continuous cold weather this winter," a spokesman for the Inje County Office said. "Our focus will be on safety," he added.

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Source: Ice Fishing Festival Organizing Committee