North Gyeongsang Province

New Year Sunrise Festivals in Korea

The curtain’s coming down on 2020, which means it’s time to compose your plans and programs for the fresh year. Thus, many wants to find out the way to greet the new year in a extraordinary way.

Watching the first sunrise of the year an integral part of new Year’s celebrations in Korea, as it supposedly brings good luck. People gather at observation decks and vantage points to wish for a successful year ahead. Here some suggestions of great spots in Korea for catching the first rays of New Year.

Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival

Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival set around the Jeongdongjin Beach carries an iconic expansive sandglass. Numerous people come to celebrate a fresh start at the Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival, held on the eve of one year and the first day of the New Year at Sandglass Park.

The sandglass at the Jeongdongjin park known as one of the biggest sandglasses in the world. It takes one full year for the sand in the sandglass in the top section to completely fall into the bottom cone. The sand glass turned over again for the New Year when the clock hits midnight.

When you are at the beach, in a grand ceremony, you can see the flipping of the sandglass along with the fireworks and performances.

  • Period: Limited event for 2020
  • Address  : Jeongdongjin2-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • Admission/Participation Fees: Free of charge
  • Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Seongsan Sunrise Festival

Seongsan Ilchulbong (AKA Sunrise Peak) popular as Jeju Island’s most loved sunrise attraction. Throughout the year to enjoy the sunrise from the castle-shaped peak located above the blue sea considered as a perfect place. In addition, the Seongsan Sunrise Festival feature performances, parades, fireworks and other events during December 30-January 1 every year.

  • Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12)
  • Period: December 30, 2020 – January 1, 2021 (All events to be contactless to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • Homepage:

Homigot Sunrise Festival

DEFINITELY Homigot Sunrise Plaza at Homigot Cape one of the most famous places to enjoy the New Year’s sunrise due to its marvelous yellow and golden hue sunrise scenery. The major programs at the Homigot Sunrise festival include various performances and fireworks.

  • Period: Canceled for 2020
  • Address: 136, Haemaji-ro, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 포항시 남구 호미곶면 해맞이로 136)
  • Admission Fee : Free

Gyeongpo Sunrise Festival

Gyeongpo Beach widely recognized for its outstanding charm, which shows itself in different aura throughout the year. On New Year’s Eve, people crowd at Gyeongpo Sunrise Festival as they eagerly expect for the first sunrise to enjoy.

  • Period: Limited event for 2020
  • Venue: Gyeongpo Beach
    514, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 창해로 514)
  • Admission Fee : Free

due to COVID-19, many of the sunrise festivals got cancelled. Wish people could enjoy sunrise festivals again as before from next years.

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🇧🇩 Nasrin Siraj Lopa

A travel addict who loves to explore new places and captures those precious forever moments through lens.