New Year 2018: Best Places for New Year’s Celebration in Korea

Join the swing of events to celebrate the New Year’s Eve and have a wonderful beginning of the year!

Getting excited about the New Year 2018? In case you are wondering about where and how to celebrate New Year’s Eve, we’ve selected the best spots only. Join the waves of Koreans who come out to celebrate the New Year and have fun on December 31 and January 1 in the way Koreans do!

Take a look at what you can do in different places to welcome 2018 with your loved ones.

1. Seoul


Hear the ring of Bosingak Bell, a traditional way to greet the New Year.

Bosingak Bell Pavilion

In Korea, the tradition of ringing the landmark bell marks the end of a year and simultaneously the beginning of a new one.

The Bosingak Bell, located near Jonggak Station (Line 1), is the landmark bell of Seoul. Every year, 16 people including the mayor of Seoul ring the bell 33 times at midnight between December 31 and January 1.

This has become one of the most popular traditions in Korea since Joseon Dynasty where the bell was rung every day to inform the start and end of the day. Nowadays, hundreds of thousands of Koreans head down to Bosingak Bell Pavilion on December 31 to bid farewell to the end of the year and welcome the start of a new one.

Join the Final Countdown Party, a hipster Seoulite’s way to celebrate the New Year.

Final Count Down Party

Something that looks incompatible with another always coexists in this traditional but also modern metropolitan city of Seoul. On the one hand, people spend their year-end in a very traditional way at the Bosingak Pavillion, but on the other hand, there are people spending the same night full of hip-hop and EDM at the Final Countdown Party.

The overnight indoor music festival this year boasts a glamorous lineup including Martin Jensen, VINI VICI, Crankdat, and many more. Themed as “Walking On Paradise”, the Final Countdown 2017 Party will surely make your year-end paradisaical.

Date Dec 31, 2017 (Sun)
Time Dec 31 (Sun) 4:00 pm ~ Jan 1 (Mon) 2:00 pm
Venue Big Top Arena in Seoul Sports Complex near Sports Complex Station (Line 2, 9)
Line-up Martin Jensen / VINI VICI / Crankdat / Krakota / Dok2 & The quiett / Sik-K / WOODIE GOCHILD / PH-1 / INSIDECORE / TOYO / Aster

To get more details about this year-end hip-hop & EDM party, click below.
The Final Countdown Party Ticket

2. Busan


Another very popular way to greet the New Year in Korea is to watch the first sunrise of the year and make a wish.

Located in the far eastern corner of the Korean peninsula, Busan is one of the most popular locations for this because you can catch the sunrise earlier than the rest of the country.

There are many locations that you can choose from to watch the sunrise and here are our recommendations.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a famous temple built on the rocks with a scenic ocean view.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan

Built in 1376, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is a Korean Buddhist temple nationally renowned for its breathtaking ocean view.

Located in the north-east of Busan by the rocky seashore, the temple presents a picturesque scenery whether you look out to the sea from the temple or to the temple from the other side.

Taejongdae Park, a recreational area on the cliffs of Busan’s coastline.

 

On the New Year’s Day morning, Taejongdae Park bustles with people who make wishes to the rising sun.  With refreshingly chilly ocean breezes,  you can catch beautiful views of the sea and cliffs. Also, on clear days,  you will be able to spot Tsushima Island, Japan.

Walking along the road blanketed by pine trees, you’ll reach the rocky cliffs and encounter a panoramic view of the ocean.  There, you can find an observatory, a lighthouse, a snack bar and a cafe to enjoy with the scenic ocean view.

To explore the beauty of Busan in an easy and convenient way, see below.
Seoul to Busan 2D1N Free & Easy Tour Package
Busan Private City Tour – 1 Day Private Van Tour

3. Jeju Island


Jeju Island is recognized globally for its strikingly beautiful scenery. Coupled with the majestic sunrise of the New Year, it would be a shame if you never get the chance to witness it.

Seongsan Ilchulbong, a tuff cone pushing the sun back up in the sky.

Sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong

Thousands of visitors flock to Seongsan Ilchulbong also known as Seongsan Sunrise Peak on the New Year’s Day to catch the first sunrise of the year. As the name suggests, the peak offers a fantastic view of both the sunrise and the surrounding area of Jeju. The peak is 182 meters high with a huge crater in the middle. The tip of the peak is surrounded by 99 sharp rocks, making the peak resemble the shape of a crown.

You can explore around Seongsan Ilchulbong peak in many different ways, by car, bike, boat and even by horse riding. See below to find various ways to tour around Seongsan Ilchulbong.

| The best tours in Jeju Island:
1 Day Bus Tour Package (+Lunch)
1 Day Small Group Van Tour (+Lunch)
Taxi Tour
Private Driver & Van Tour
Coastal Road Bike Tour in Jeju

| Jeju activities near Seongsan Ilchulbong
Horse Riding on Jeju Island’s Beach
Scuba Diving near Seongsan Ilchulbong in Jeju
Deep Sea Boat Fishing 

4. Jeongdongjin & East Sea


Jeongdongjin Beach, a romantic beach in front of a vintage train station.

Sunrise at Jeongdongjin Beach

If Koreans want to catch the first sunrise of the year after hearing the ringing of Bosingak Bell in Seoul, many of them head right away to Jeongdongjin Beach in the east coast of Korea for an overnight trip.

Watching the sun rising above the sea line, they pray for things they hope in the coming year such as good health, prosperous business, and great academic results.

After the sun lightens up the eastern sky, you can visit the historical Naksansa Temple and the beautiful coastal cities of Gangneung and Sokcho.

If you’d like to join this annual Korean ritual of Jeongdongjin overnight trip, see below.
Overnight Sunrise Trip to Jeongdongjin Beach

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The New Year is drawing close and it’s time to start making plans! Join one of these New Year celebrations and greet the New Year in the Korean way during your stay in Korea. It will be a memorable beginning of the year 2018!

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7 comments

  1. Hi. I am Wendy from Singapore.
    I am planning to visit Jeju for New Year Eve 2017 fireworks.
    Planning to come from 26th December 2017 to 02nd January 2018.
    Beside fireworks any other celebration during my choosen date the above?
    Is there any fireworks 2017 celebration on New Year Eve 2017?
    Fireworks nice and celebration is big?
    I understand that i can view Sunrise at Jeongdongjin on when?
    How far from Jeju Island to Jeongdongjin?
    Can i go by train or bus and distance how long?
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Wendy! Yes, there will be Seongsan Sunrise Festival, which will take place around the area of Seongsan Ilchulbong (www.trazy.com/spot/643) from Dec 30, 2017 until Jan 1, 2018. Other year-end festivals and events in Jeju Island have not been announced yet. The Seongsan Sunrise Festival is by far the biggest major festival in Jeju where visitors can take part in the countdown and enjoy firework show at midnight. After watching the fireworks, you can can climb up Seongsan Ilchulbong around 5:30am to watch the sunrise. If you want to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, Jeongdongjin is another great destination to visit and watch the sunrise. Our tour to the Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival will soon be available at Trazy.com so if you want to visit the festival, please check in our website regularly via this link: http://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/477. Since there is no direct train or bus system that connects Jeju Island and Jeongdongjin, you will have to take a flight from Jeju Int’l Airport to Yangyang Int’l Airport or Wonju Int’l Aiport and then take an express or local bus to the venue of the sunrise festival. Hope this information helps!

  2. Hi. I am Rebecca from Singapore.
    I am planning to visit Jeju for New Year Eve 2017 fireworks.
    Planning to come from 26th December 2017 to 02nd January 2018.
    Beside fireworks any other celebration during my choosen date the above?
    Is there any fireworks 2017 celebration on New Year Eve 2017?
    Fireworks nice and celebration is big?
    I understand that i can view Sunrise at Jeongdongjin on when?
    How far from Jeju Island to Jeongdongjin?
    Can i go by train or bus and distance how long?
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Rebecca! Yes, there will be Seongsan Sunrise Festival, which will take place around the area of Seongsan Ilchulbong (www.trazy.com/spot/643) from Dec 30, 2017 until Jan 1, 2018. Other year-end festivals and events in Jeju Island have not been announced yet. The Seongsan Sunrise Festival is by far the biggest major festival in Jeju where visitors can take part in the countdown and enjoy firework show at midnight. After watching the fireworks, you can can climb up Seongsan Ilchulbong around 5:30am to watch the sunrise. If you want to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, Jeongdongjin is another great destination to visit and watch the sunrise. Our tour to the Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival will soon be available at Trazy.com so if you want to visit the festival, please check in our website regularly via this link: http://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/477. Since there is no direct train or bus system that connects Jeju Island and Jeongdongjin, you will have to take a flight from Jeju Int’l Airport to Yangyang Int’l Airport or Wonju Int’l Aiport and then take an express or local bus to the venue of the sunrise festival. Hope this information helps!

  3. hello i’m marwen from tunisia
    i’m planning to celebrate of the new year in south korea
    i hear a lot of the amazing ways of celebrations of new year
    and i want to live the experience
    and i think the Seongsan Sunrise Festival is very interesting

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