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  • 20 Great Places for Watching the Sunrise in Seoul City

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    How does it sound to wish for health and hopes in the mountains and parks, while watching the sunrise with your whole family in the new year of 2018? According to the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, the expected time for sunrise on New Year’s Day in 2018 is 7:47am in Seoul. Seoul City introduces 20 landmark sites where sunrise events will be held, classifying them into: ▴ 6 mountains within the city, ▴11 mountains on the outskirts of Seoul, and ▴3 parks in the city.

    In Seoul’s autonomous districts, folk performances and other performances such as hand writing of family precepts, shouting at the sunrise, the sharing of tteokguk (rice cake soup), and various other programs will signal the start of the new year’s sunrise events, giving citizens a chance to make wishes for the new year and create precious memories with their families, loved ones, and friends that they will cherish for a long time.

    Various events, such as drum performances, the releasing of “hope balloons,” and the writing of good tidings for the new year will be held at 6 mountain locations, including Namsan (Palgakjeong Pavilion) in Jung-gu, Ansan (Beacon Mound) in Seodaemun-gu, Eungbongsan (Palgakjeong Pavilion) in Seongdong-gu, and Baebongsan (Observatory) in Dongdaemun-gu. Sunrise events will be held in 11 venues near Seoul, including Achasan Mountain in Gwangjin-gu, Bonghwasan Mountain in Jungnang-gu, Bukhansan Mountain in Gangbuk-gu, Dobongsan Mountain in Dobong-gu, Bongsan Mountain in Eunpyeong-gu, and Gaehwasan Mountain in Gangseo-gu, among others.

    For those not wanting to go up a mountain, events will also be held in several large parks, along with a New Year’s Sunrise Watch. A lion mask dance, large drum performance and other events are scheduled to be held in the presence of 20,000 attendees at the summit of Haneul Park, located at World Cup Park in Mapo-gu.

    Seoul City requested that citizens check with the district office for the venue they would like to visit via website or telephone before making plans to attend an event on Jan. 1st, since the starting time for the events, which are being held simultaneously at 20 different locations in Seoul, may vary slightly.

    Moreover, precautions should be taken to prevent hypothermia and frostbite while hiking up a mountain at night in the winter. Guests should wear appropriate clothing and prepare supplies that will help them stay warm, including hand torches, climbing gear, and warm drinks. Also, Seoul City would like to remind people to follow instructions from those in charge and safety agents while on site, in order to prevent any accidents that might occur.

    2018 Sunrise Events

    20 Great Places for Watching the Sunrise in Seoul City
    NoNameLocation (Address)Content
    1Inwangsan Cheongun Park Sunrise FestivalCheongun Park
    (21, Jahamun-ro 35-gil, Jongno-gu)
    Classical opera, giving three cheers (manse), making new year’s wishes, writing family precepts, etc.
    2Namsan Sunrise EventNamsan Park (in front of Palgakjeong Pavilion)
    231, Samil-daero, Jung-gu
    Men’s chorus singing, giving three cheers (manse), writing down hopes and wishes, etc.
    32018 Eungbongsan Sunrise FestivalPalgakjeong Pavilion of Eungbongsan Mountain
    (271, Eungbong-dong, Seongdong-gu)
    New year’s greetings and well wishes, large drum performance, releasing hope balloons, etc.
    4Achasan Sunrise EventAchasan Sunrise Plaza
    (127, Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu)
    Releasing hope balloons, writing down wishes, character photo zone, etc.
    5Baebongsan Sunrise EventBaebongsan Observatory and Outdoor Stage
    (San 32-20, Jeonnong-dong, Dongdaemun-gu)
    Releasing hope balloons, photo zone, writing new year’s hopes and well wishes, etc.
    6Jungnang Sunrise EventSummit of Bonghwasan (Muk-dong, Jungnang-gu)‘Wishing for Jackpot’ new year’s performance, releasing hope balloons, etc.
    7Seongbuk Sunrise EventGaeunsan Playground
    (935-25, Bugaksan-ro, Seongbuk-gu)
    Celebration performance, releasing hope balloons, phone zone, etc.
    8Bukhansan Sunrise EventSidanbong Peak of Bukhansan Mountain
    (mountain between Daedongmun and Dongjangdae)
    Sunrise shouting and new year’s greetings, sharing well wishes, etc.
    9Dobongsan Sunrise EventCheonchuksa Temple of Dobongsan Mountain
    (92-2, Dobongsan-gil, Dobong-gu)
    Countdown to sunrise welcoming, giving three cheers (manse), reading notes of hopes and wishes, etc.
    10Buramsan Sunrise EventBuramsan Hillside (Heliport)
    (Buramsan Mountain, Nowon-gu)
    Sharing new year’s well wishes, popping the gourd of hope
    11Eunpyeong-gu Citizens’ Bongsan Sunrise FestivalBongsan Sunrise Park
    (51, Galhyeon-ro, 15-gil, Eunpyeong-gu)
    Celebration performance, traditional folk performance (pungmul nori), burning of hopes written on paper, photo zone, attaching notes of hopes, large drum performance, sharing tteokguk (rice cake soup)
    12Ansan Sunrise EventAnsan Beacon Mound
    (San 33-44, Hongje-dong, Seodaemun-gu)
    Reading of new year’s hopes and wishes, writing wishes, etc.
    13Haneul Park Sunrise EventSummit of Haneul Park, World Cup Park
    (481-72, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu)
    Watching the sunrise, large drum performance, making new year’s well wishes, writing new year’s wishes, culture performances
    14Yongwangsan Sunrise FestivalSummit of Yongwangsan
    (Mok 2-dong, Yangcheon-gu)
    Writing messages of hope, large drum performance, traditional folk performance (pungmul nori)
    15Gaehwasan Sunrise EventSummit of Gaehwasan (Gaehwasan Mountain, Gangseo-gu)Traditional percussion quartet (samul nori), reading of new year’s messages, sending new year’s wish postcards, etc.
    16Maebongsan Sunrise EventSummit of Maebongsan Mountain (Maebongsan Mountain, Guro-gu)Attaching notes of hope to hope balloons, sending new year’s wish postcards, etc.
    17New Year’s Sunrise EventUmyeonsan Wishing Tower
    (San 46, Umyeon-dong, Seocho-gu)
    Sunrise welcoming, new year’s greetings, photo zone, etc.
    18Daemosan Sunrise EventDaemosan Nature Exploration Area (guests assemble here)
    Summit of Daemosan (sunrise welcoming)
    Large drum performance, making wishes, making new year’s well wishes, chorus, etc.
    19New Year FestivalMangwolbong, Mongchontoseong Fortress, Olympic Park
    (424 Olympic-ro)
    Ringing of Wishing Bell, writing down hopes
    20Iljasan Sunrise EventIljasan Sunrise Plaza
    (Iljasan Mountain, Gangdong-gu)
    New Year’s sharing and greeting, folk instrument playing (pungmul nori performance), etc.

    Sunrise Festival Photos

    Sunrise Festival Photos
    Cheongun Park, Inwangsan Mountain, Jongno-guNamsan Mountain, Jung-gu
    Cheongun Park, Inwangsan Mountain, Jongno-guNamsan Mountain, Jung-gu
    Eungbongsan Mountain, Seongdong-guAchasan Mountain, Gwangjin-gu
    Eungbongsan Mountain, Seongdong-guAchasan Mountain, Gwangjin-gu
    Buramsan Mountain, Nowon-guBongsan Sunrise Park, Eunpyeong-gu
    Buramsan Mountain, Nowon-guBongsan Sunrise Park, Eunpyeong-gu