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  • Eighteen Seoul Mountain and Park Locations to View the New Year Sunrise

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    Seoul Metropolitan City announced that city boroughs would independently hold a “Welcoming of the Sunrise for 2019, the Year of the Pig” upon various mountains and at parks throughout the city. Sunrise gatherings will be taking place in 18 locations, having been divided into three groups: Five mountains in downtown Seoul (Eungbongsan Mountain, Baebongsan Mountain, Gaeunsan Mountain, Ansan Mountain, and Yongwangsan Mountain); ten mountains on the outskirts of Seoul (Achasan Mountain, Bonghwasan Mountain, Bukhansan Mountain, Dobongsan Mountain, Suraksan Mountain, Bongsan Mountain, Gaehwasan Mountain, Maebongsan Mountain, Umyeonsan Mountain, and Iljasan Mountain); and three parks in downtown Seoul (Cheongun Park, Haneul Park, and Olympic Park).
    Each place will offer a variety of programming, including fortune-telling using yut sticks, handwriting of family precepts, sunrise cheers, and the sharing of rice cake soup, to allow people to visit with their families to enjoy the sunrise for a memorable experience.
    The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute estimate Seoul’s sunrise to occur on the morning of January 1, 2019, at 07:47 am.

    Five Mountains in Downtown Seoul:
    Seoul at a Glance from Eungbongsan Mountain, Baebongsan Mountain, Gaeunsan Mountain,
    Ansan Mountain, and Yongwangsan Mountain

    Located in downtown Seoul, the five mountain locations, consisting of the Palgakjeong Pavilion of Eungbongsan Mountain in Seongdong-gu, the observatory of Baebongsan Mountain in Dongdaemun-gu, the playground of Gaeunsan Park at Gaeunsan Mountain in Seongbuk-gu, the beacon mound of Ansan Mountain in Seodaemun-gu, and the summit of Yongwangsan Mountain in Yangcheon-gu, will offer colorful events, such as a drum performance, the releasing of “hope” balloons, and the writing of New Year’s wishes and words of blessing.

    Eungbongsan Mountain (Seongdong-gu) is also called the “Mountain of Forsythia” because you can find beautiful forsythias there blooming in Spring. When you reach the Palgakjeong Pavilion, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Hangang River and Seoul Forest. Numerous events are being prepared for the upcoming New Year’s Day, including the celebratory performances with vocal performances, and a pungmulpae (Korean traditional percussion troupe) and electric string concert, , a character photo zone, writing New Year’s wishes, and a drum performance

    It is quite easy to reach the beacon mound of Ansan (Seodaemun-gu) has a Jarak-gil, or hiking trail, available for all those who find going up the stairs exhausting. Some of events included are the reading-aloud of New Year’s wishes, three sunrise cheers, and the sharing of hot drinks.

    Ten Mountains in the Outskirts of Seoul:
    Drone Performance on Achasan Mountain, alongside the Sunrise over Gaehwasan Mountain,
    Dobongsan Mountain, and Maebongsan Mountain

    Achasan Mountain (Gwangjin-gu), featuring a gentle slope for anyone to climb, is a well-known spot for viewing the sunrise. Every year, 40-50 thousand people gather here to welcome the sunrise of the New Year. As soon as you enter, the brightly lit lanterns will line the approximately 1.1 km trail from the entrance to the Sunrise Plaza. Varied events are also in store in the plaza vicinity that include the sending of New Year’s cards, fortune-telling for the New Year, and the handwriting of family precepts. Visitors can also look forward to the New Year’s celebration performance, featuring two large drones flying around in the air.

    Bongsan Mountain (Eunpyeong-gu) is a rather low mountain with an altitude of about 200 meters. You will easily reach the top to enjoy the sunrise and enjoy several events that are in store, including the hanging of a wish list, kite-flying, and the sharing of bokjoris (lucky pouches) and rice cake.

    Although Maebongsan Mountain (Guro-gu) is quite low, at around 108 meters in altitude, it is the most notable mountain in the district, while also going by the name, Cheongnyongsan Mountain. On the summit, you can enjoy the events, including the reading-aloud of a celebratory poem, a drum performance, a character photo zone, and the handwriting of wishful prayers.

    Bukhansan Mountain (Gangbuk-gu) will become the venue for the local residents and visitors to shout out three rounds of cheers while greeting each other upon the turn of the New Year. Cheonchuksa Temple of Dobongsan Mountain (Dobong-gu), which was established in 673 during the Silla Period, will hold events, such as the pre-ceremonial performance of pungmuldan (Korean traditional percussion troupe), the reading-aloud of New Year’s wishes, and the shouting of three rounds of cheers.

    Up until last year when sunrise events were held at Buramsam Mountain, this year’s events are to take place in Suraksan Mountain (Nowon-gu) Featured programs include the ringing of the bell, the sharing of blessings, and the Lighting of the Fire of Peace to wish for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

    Three Parks in Downtown Seoul:
    Drum performance on the Summit of Haneul Park and
    the Writing of Wishes at Olympic Park

    You can appreciate the sunrise on New Year’s Day not only on the mountains but at parks. At Haneul Park (Mapo-gu), events like a drum performance and the writing of New Year’s wishes. Thanks to the well-built hiking trail, it is not particularly difficult to reach the park summit.

    At Mongchontoseong Earthen Fortification of Olympic Park (Songpa-gu), starting from the sunrise celebratory performance and various events, including the writing of New Year’s wishes, fortune-telling, and the ringing of the bell of hope, is certain to inspire everyone with hope and admiration.

    Those planning to visit one of the said venues are recommended to come dressed warm with heat packs to protect themselves against the cold so as to avoid hypothermia or perniosis due to overexposure to the cold weather amid anticipation for the sunrise. Everyone is also advised to pack a flashlight and hot drinks.

    For more information in brief regarding New Year’s sunrise venues and programming, please visit the SMG official website (http://www.seoul.go.kr/story/sunrise/).

    2019 Sunrise Events (18 venues)

    2019 Sunrise Events (18 venues)
    NoNameDate & TimeLocation (Address)Description
    1The 20th              Inwangsan Cheongun Park Sunrise FestivalJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 08:00
    Cheongun Park
    (21, Jahamun-ro 35-gil, Jongno-gu)
    Korean traditional percussion performance, vocal concert, folk song concert, drum performance, writing New Year’s wishes and family precepts, hanging wish lists, taking commemorative photos, etc.
    22019 Eungbongsan Sunrise FestivalJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 08:00
    Palgakjeong Pavilion of Eungbongsan Mountain
    (13-1, Dokseodang-ro 60-gil, Seongdong-gu)
    Korean traditional percussion performance, electric instrument concert, vocal concert, character photo zone, drum performance, sending off of hope balloons, writing wishful prayers, etc.
    32019 Achasan Sunrise FestivalJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 09:30
    Achasan Sunrise Plaza
    (127, Walkerhill-ro, Gwangjin-gu)
    Shouting out of hopeful cheers, drum performance, drone performance, sending of New Year’s cards, writing family precepts, sharing rice cake soup, etc.
    42019 Baebongsan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:30 – 08:20
    Baebongsan Neighborhood Park and Outdoor Stage
    (Baebongsan, Hwigyeong 2-dong, Dongdaemun-gu)
    Ringing New Year’s bell, sending off of hope balloons, photo zone, writing New Year’s blessings and wishes, sharing rice cake soup, etc.
    52019 Jungnang Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    From 07:00
    Summit of Bonghwasan (Muk-dong, Jungnang-gu)Traditional percussion quartet, folk song concert, traditional game zone, doll mask photo zone, anti-smoking campaign, etc.
    62019 Seongbuk Sunrise Event Welcoming the Year of the PigJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    From 07:00
    Gaeunsan Playground
    (Vicinity of San 6-22, Donam-dong, Seongbuk-gu)
    Drum performance, drumming with hope, sharing blessings for the New Year, choir concert, etc.
    72019 Bukhansan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:20 – 08:10
    Sidanbong Peak of Bukhansan Mountain
    (Mountain area between Daedongmun and Dongjangdae)
    Shouting out of hopeful cheers, sharing New Year’s greetings and blessings, etc.
    82019 Dobongsan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    06:30 – 09:00
    Cheonchuksa Temple of Dobongsan Mountain
    (92-2, Dobongsan-gil, Dobong-gu)
    Pre-ceremonial traditional percussion performance, countdown to sunrise, shouting out of hopeful cheers,  reading-aloud wishes, etc.
    92019 Suraksan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 08:00
    Doansa Temple of Suraksan Mountain
    (99, 145-gil, Deongneun-ro, Nowon-gu)
    Sharing New Year’s blessings, ringing New Year’s bell, lighting the fire of peace, sharing rice cake soup, etc.
    10The 9th Bongsan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 08:00
    Bongsan Sunrise Park
    (San 136-13, Gusan-dong, Eunpyeong-gu)
    Hanging wish lists, welcoming the sunrise, kite-flying, sharing bokjori (lucky pouch), etc.
    112019 Ansan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    06:30 – 08:30
    Ansan Beacon Mound
    (Vicinity of San 1, Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu)
    Reading-aloud New Year’s wishes, shouting out of hopeful cheers, sharing hot drinks, photo zone, etc.
    122019 Haneul Park Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    06:30 – 08:20
    East summit of Haneul Park, World Cup Park
    (481-72, Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu)
    Writing New Year’s wishes, photo zone, percussion concert, sharing New Year’s blessings, drum performance, etc.
    132019 Yongwangsan Sunrise FestivalJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 08:30
    Summit of Yongwangsan
    (Mok 2-dong, Yangcheon-gu)
    Drum performance, Korea traditional percussion performance, male quartet, greeting the sunrise, reading-aloud the New Year’s message, fortune-telling with yut sticks, photo zone, writing New Year’s wishes, etc.
    142019 Gaehwasan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    06:50 – 08:00
    Summit of Gaehwasan (San 32-2, Gaehwa-dong, Gangseo-gu)Road play, drum performance, traditional percussion quartet, reading-aloud New Year’s messages, writing New Year’s wishes and family precepts, sending messages of hope through mobile phones, etc.
    152019 Sunrise Event Welcoming the Year of the PigJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    07:00 – 09:00
    Summit of Maebongsan Mountain
    (46-2, Gaebong-dong, Guro-gu)
    Reading-aloud the congratulatory poems, drum performance, celebratory performance, sharing blessings, sharing rice cake soup, photo zone, etc.
    162019 Umyeonsan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    06:00 – 10:00
    Umyeonsan Wishing Tower
    (Departure: In front of Umyeongwan Hall of Seoul Education Research & Information Institute)
    Sharing New Year’s blessings, hanging wish lists, celebratory New Year’s concert, taking commemorative photos, etc.
    172019 New Year’s FestivalJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues)
    06:00 – 09:00
    Mangwolpong Peak of Mongchontoseong Earthen Fortification in Olympic Park
    (424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu)
    Celebratory performance, ringing the bell of hope, writing wish lists, New Year’s wish calligraphy, fortune-telling, etc.
    182019 Iljasan Sunrise EventJanuary 1, 2019 (Tues.)
    06:40 – 08:00
    Iljasan Sunrise Plaza
    (Departure: In front of the management office of Iljasan Family Camping Ground)
    Sharing New Year’s greetings, watching the sunrise, Korean traditional percussion performance, etc.

    Sunrise Event Photos

    Sunrise Event Photos
    Achasan Mountain, Gwangjin-gu
    Achasan Mountain, Gwangjin-gu
    Umyeonsan Mountain, Seocho-guHaneul Park, Mapo-gu
    Umyeonsan Mountain, Seocho-guHaneul Park, Mapo-gu
    Bukhansan Mountain, Gangbuk-guIljasan Mountain, Gangdong-gu
    Bukhansan Mountain, Gangbuk-guIljasan Mountain, Gangdong-gu