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/).
|No||Name||Date & Time||Location (Address)||Description|
|1||The 20th Inwangsan Cheongun Park Sunrise Festival||January 1, 2019 (Tues.)
07:00 – 08:00
(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.|
|2||2019 Eungbongsan Sunrise Festival||January 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.|
|3||2019 Achasan Sunrise Festival||January 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.|
|4||2019 Baebongsan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|5||2019 Jungnang Sunrise Event||January 1, 2019 (Tues.)
|Summit of Bonghwasan (Muk-dong, Jungnang-gu)||Traditional percussion quartet, folk song concert, traditional game zone, doll mask photo zone, anti-smoking campaign, etc.|
|6||2019 Seongbuk Sunrise Event Welcoming the Year of the Pig||January 1, 2019 (Tues.)
(Vicinity of San 6-22, Donam-dong, Seongbuk-gu)
|Drum performance, drumming with hope, sharing blessings for the New Year, choir concert, etc.|
|7||2019 Bukhansan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|8||2019 Dobongsan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|9||2019 Suraksan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|10||The 9th Bongsan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|11||2019 Ansan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|12||2019 Haneul Park Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|13||2019 Yongwangsan Sunrise Festival||January 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.|
|14||2019 Gaehwasan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|15||2019 Sunrise Event Welcoming the Year of the Pig||January 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.|
|16||2019 Umyeonsan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|17||2019 New Year’s Festival||January 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.|
|18||2019 Iljasan Sunrise Event||January 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.|
|Achasan Mountain, Gwangjin-gu|
|Umyeonsan Mountain, Seocho-gu||Haneul Park, Mapo-gu|
|Bukhansan Mountain, Gangbuk-gu||Iljasan Mountain, Gangdong-gu|