Visitors to Hwacheon in South Korea have arrived for the annual Ice Festival, which saw 200,000 people visit over the weekend, and which organisers anticipate will see more than a million taking part by the end of the three-week event.
During the festival, anglers drill holes in the ice, which is around 16inches (40cm) thick, and attempt to catch mountain trout with their rods.
An odd sight: People fish for trout through holes in a frozen river in Hwacheon in South Korea
Popular sport: Hundreds of thousands of people went to the annual Hwacheon Ice Festival in South Korea at the weekend to catch trout with their bare hands
Not just for boys: A small girl tries her hand at the chilly art of ice fishing
Success! A man flips his trout onto the iceKeen anglers change holes regularly, as the fish tend to change their swimming patterns frequently.The frozen river, which is around 12 miles south the demilitarized zone separating the country from North Korea in the Gangwon-do province, is the first part of South Korea that freezes over in winter because of its fresh water and cold winds in the valley.The festival, which closes on January 27, also features activities such as ice and snow sledding, snow sculpture and ice football.
Frozen river: Thousands of anglers lie next to the holes and attempt to catch the mountain troutEnlarge
Busy: It might be hard, finger-numbing work, but it is also popular with tourists and locals alike