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

Getting excited about the New Year? 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, the way Koreans do! Take a look at what you can do in different places to welcome 2024 with your loved ones.

1. Seoul


End the year with fireworks and start it with a sunrise this New Year!

New Year Countdown at COEX

COEX has always held magnificent fireworks shows annually, and many people are expecting another spectacular New Year’s Celebration fireworks show leading on from last year’s when fireworks ignited into many different colors.


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

Ringing of the Bosingak Bell

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 the Joseon Dynasty when the bell was rung every day to inform the start and end of the day. Nowadays, hundreds and thousands of Koreans head down to Bosingak Bell Pavilion on December 31 to bid farewell to the year and welcome the start of a new one.


Join the Ice Palace New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, a hipster Seoulite’s way to celebrate the New Year

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 some spending the same night full of partying with style at the 2024 Ice Palace New Year’s Countdown Party.

The theme for this year’s overnight countdown party is, as you’ve probably guessed by now, “Ice Palace”. So, don’t forget to dress up as Ice Queens and Kings in white and blue for the ultimate night of celebrations! This party will be held at Some Sevit Floating Island on the Han River in the middle of Seoul. You’ll get to enjoy happy-hour unlimited drinks, live performances, finger food, DJ parties, and mingle with people from all around the world!

DateDec 31, 2023 (Sun)
Time9.00 pm ~ 2.00 am
VenueSome Sevit Floating Island
EventsLive performances, DJ clubbing, Huge prize giveaways, Game & Activity zones
Dress CodeIce Palace themed

Get off to an “illuminating” start in 2024 at the Seoul Christmas Light Festival

 

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Don’t bid farewell to the Christmas festivities just yet. Already into its 5th year, Seoul is back with its annual Seoul Christmas Light Festival – a truly amazing spectacle of dazzling lights to behold. Taking place along Cheonggyecheon Stream, the oasis within the bustling city of Seoul, these spectacular installations of LED lights will provide the perfect atmosphere for a night of romantic New Year’s celebrations. The festival will take place from December 12th to 31st, 2023 so make sure to head on over to Cheonggyecheon Stream this New Year’s eve for the most magical night of your lives!

Things to do around Cheonggyecheon Stream:


Head over to Dongdaemun Design Plaza for a unique New Year Countdown experience

SEOUL LIGHT at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Another great place to celebrate the end of 2023 is Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). DDP presents SEOUL LIGHT a special event that through the use of innovative AI technology, highlights the role of display screens of public buildings – just like the unique exterior of DDP. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the one-of-a-kind silver wall of the building transforms into a gigantic display screen of spectacular lights which, together with the music, creates a truly magnificent sight to behold. Lay witness to the impressive convergence of art and technology right before your eyes and countdown to the start of a new year with your friends and family at the New Year Countdown!


Start the year with a bang at Everland’s Countdown Show! (2023-2024 version is TBD)

Countdown Show at Everland

Everland, the land of wonders and amusement, is bringing just that this New Year’s Eve. Join in the countdown to the new year at “Everland’s 2023 New Year’s Celebrations”. What’s more, to celebrate the year 2023, a flurry of extravagant fireworks is set to be prepared to go off when the clock strikes 12! This will be three times larger in scale than the normal fireworks shows at Everland. Can you imagine that? Fan favorite Moonlight Parade as well as many other shows and attractions will be joining in the festivities on this special night. There’s even an end-of-year club party prepared to get everyone into the New Year’s groove. What a way to welcome the new year!

2. Seoul Vicinity


Korean Folk Village, Seohaerang Cable Car, & Tando Port

Embark on an unforgettable journey this New Year’s Eve with a special sunset tour from Seoul. Explore the enchanting Korean Folk Village, soar above the sea on the Seohaerang Cable Car, and witness the picturesque landscapes of Tando Port. Bid farewell to the year with the magic of the last sunset!

3. 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.

Join the countdown at Busan Tower and watch the sunrise at Homigot Sunrise Square

Busan Tower is a countdown spot for many locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the countdown festival with dazzling lights and fireworks at the heart of Busan. Then head over to the iconic Homigot Sunrise Square in Pohang to watch the first sunrise of 2024.

Ring in the New Year at Ulsan Ganjeolgot and Gyeongju

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year at Ulsan Ganjeolgot and Gyeongju, where nature orchestrates a spectacular show with the first sunrise of the year. Witnessing the sun’s golden embrace over these enchanting coastal landscapes marks a serene and awe-inspiring start to a promising year ahead.

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Gamcheon Culture Village & Dadaepo Beach

Revel in Busan’s beauty and ring in the New Year by watching the last sunset of the year! Explore the city’s gems, including Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Haeundae Blueline Park Sky Capsule, and Gamcheon Culture Village. Then immerse in Dadaepo Beach‘s natural wonders for the last sunset of the year.


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

Taejongdae Park in Busan

On 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 the scenic ocean view.

To explore the beauty of Busan easily and conveniently, see below:

4. 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 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 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:

| Activities near Seongsan Ilchulbong

4. New Year Sunrise Tours


Sokcho Beach, a popular beach that holds an annual sunrise festival

As the sun bids farewell to 2023 and welcomes the dawn of 2024, Sokcho Beach emerges as an idyllic haven for those seeking the perfect vantage point for the first sunset of the year. The tranquil shores offer a breathtaking backdrop, painting the sky with hues of warmth and ushering in the promise of a new beginning.

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

If Koreans want to catch the first sunrise of the year after hearing the ringing of the Bosingak Bell in Seoul, many of them head right away to Jeongdongjin Beach on the east coast of Korea for an overnight trip. Watching the sun rising above the sea line, they pray for things they hope for in the coming year such as good health, prosperous business, and great academic results. After the sun lights up the eastern sky, you can visit the historical Naksansa Temple and the beautiful coastal cities of Gangneung and Sokcho.

Naksan Beach, one of the most beautiful sunrise spots in Korea

Naksan Beach is one of the most beautiful sunrise spots in Korea. See the first sunrise of the year at Naksan Beach and explore the snow-capped mountain ranges at Seoraksan National Park. Also, visit 3 iconic destinations near Seoul: Petite France, Nami Island, and Garden of Morning Calm. Spend a jam-packed New Year’s Day and return home with renewed hopes for the year ahead!



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 to the year 2024!

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9 thoughts on “Best Places for 2024 New Year’s Celebration in Korea

  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

  4. Hi I’m Gold from the Philippines. My friends and I are going to Seoul on Dec 31 and will arrive Incheon Airport at 10:30pm. Are there any spots where we can celebrate New Year count down in the area? We’re looking for a place to celebrate NYE before heading to our airbnb in Seoul.

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