Registration has begun for the Haeundae Polar Bear Swim, which is scheduled to take place along the beautiful coastal waters of Haeundae Beach on January 7-8, 2017.
In 2010 the Polar Bear Swim ranked on BBC’s Top 10 Unusual Winter Sports.
To take part in this year’s event, you should sign up at the official site before December 23rd. Registration for the event costs 20,000 won and that gets you an official t-shirt, swimming cap, bath towel, wrist tag and an entry to the hot springs.
Space is limited to the first 5,000 people who register.
The yearly event, which is hosted by the Busan Ilbo and sponsored by the Busan City Government and Haeundae-gu District, is one of the city’s most anticipated winter events.
This year, on January 7th, a host of pre-festival musical activities including busking from foreigners and Koreans from 2 pm to 4 pm before the main dip on Sunday morning at 10 am, lasting until 2 pm.
Sunday’s activities start with a morning of beachfront activities including an ice bucket challenge, DJ’s, before participants take the plunge into the ice-cold waters off Haeundae Beach.
The Polar Bear Swimming Festival was held for the first time in 1988 to celebrate the Seoul Olympics. After starting with only 100 participants taking the polar bear dip, the swim has since grown into one of Korea’s most popular outdoor winter events.
How to Register
Event: 30th Polar Bear Swimming Festival
Date: January 7-8 , 2017
Where: Haeundae Beach, Busan
Directions: From Busan Station, take bus No. 1003 (express) to Haeundae Beach, and get off near the Novotel Ambassador Hotel beside the beach. By subway, get off at Haeundae Station (Line 2, Exit 3) and walk straight for 10 minutes towards the beach.
Registration Fee: 20,000 won (includes event t-shirt and other goodies)
Registration Date: November 28 – December 23, 2016
How to register: Sign up at the homepage (bear.busan.com) and transfer the fee online or from an ATM.
Phone: (051) 781-3972 (Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)