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Hwacheon fest finally opens

Jan 28,2020
The 2020 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival officially kicked off Monday after being delayed twice due to unseasonably warm weather.

The ice fishing festival was initially scheduled to open on Jan. 4 on a frozen river in Hwacheon, Gangwon, 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 (8 inches) thick. 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, 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.