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Start the New Year with Energy at Korea’s Sunrise Spots

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  • Date12/24/2020
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* All sunrise & sunset attractions are closed December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sunrise at Gyeongpo Beach

The end of the year is approaching, with people throughout the world looking towards a better and brighter new year. Many people celebrate by getting up early to catch the first sunrise of the year; the light rising up above the horizon to fill the sky symbolizes hope rising anew. For the best experience, you’ll want to be somewhere with an unobstructed view. If you happen to be in Korea on this day, be sure to make plans to visit one of the locations we’ve picked out!


Haneul Park at World Cup Park

Sunrise from Haneul Park

With its refreshing, spacious view of Seoul, Haneul Park, meaning “sky park” in Korean, is a famous spot to seek the sunset and sunrise. Walking up the stairs to Haneul Park at dawn right before sunrise gives off a tranquil atmosphere with its surrounding shades of deep blue and crimson light.

  • Haneul Park
  • Address: 95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 하늘공원로 95)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 30 min from World Cup Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 1
    * Electric tram unavailable in winter; Haneul Staircase off-limits at night for safety

Urban sunrise from Maebongsan Mountain

Seoul morning as seen from atop Maebongsan Mountain

The octagonal pavilion atop Maebongsan Park in Jung-gu, Seoul is well-known for its beautiful view of the sunrise. In the weeks before and after New Year’s Day, the park is filled with photographers looking for that perfect shot. From here, you can take in the urban forest of skyscrapers cut by the wide Hangang River, and even Lotte World Tower & Mall in the distance.

  • Maebongsan Mountain
  • Address: San51, Sindang-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 신당동 산51)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Beotigogae Station (Seoul Subway Line 6), Exit 3


Gwangju – Morning calm at Namhansanseong Fortress

 Sunrise from Namhansanseong Fortress (Credit: Gyeonggi Tourism Organization)

Namhansanseong Fortress, located in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site from the Joseon dynasty. Easily accessible via both private vehicles and public transportation, the fortress is a popular winter trekking destination. Head to Seomun Gate, the fortress’ western gate, for a panoramic view of Seoul.

  • Namhansanseong Fortress
  • Address: 731, Namhansanseong-ro, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 광주시 남한산성면 남한산성로 731)
  • Directions: Take Bus No. 9 or 9-1 from Korea Polytech Bus Stop near Sanseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 8), Exit 2 to Namhansanseong Fortress Bus Stop and walk for approx. 5 min

Incheon – Sunrise behind windmills of Sorae Marsh Ecological Park

Sunrise at Sorae Marsh Ecological Park

If you’re looking for more of an exotic sunrise view, head to Incheon’s Sorae Marsh Ecological Park. The sun rising behind the windmills in the field will have you feeling as if you traveled to the Netherlands. On winter mornings, the whole park is filled with soft mist rising off the marsh, providing even more light diffraction for a fantastic sunrise.

  • Sorae Marsh Ecological Park
  • Address: 77, Sorae-ro 154beon-gil, Namdong-gu, Incheon (인천광역시 남동구 소래로 154번길 77)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 25 min from Soraepogu Station (Suin Line), Exit 2


Donghae – Snow-covered fishing village, Mukhohang Port

Snowy morning landscape of Mukhohang Port

Of the many ports and harbors along Gangwon-do’s coast, Mukhohang Port is perhaps the prettiest, with its small, charming fishing village. Visitors can’t help but fall in love with the cheerful murals along Nongoldam-gil Street, and the coastal sunrise views afforded from Mukho Portside Park and Mukho Lighthouse. If you’re looking to relieve your stress from everyday life in the city, take a trip to Donghae!

  • Mukhohang Port
  • Address (Mukho Lighthouse): 68, Ilchul-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 동해시 일출로 68)
  • Directions: Take Bus No. 13-1, 21-1, 21-4 or 32-1 from Mukho Station to Nongol Entrance Bus Stop and walk for approx. 3 min

Gangneung – Korea’s No. 1 sunrise spot, Gyeongpo Beach

Sunrise at Gyeongpo Beach

Gyeongpo Beach in Gangneung is one of the top sunrise viewing spots among Koreans. Every year on January 1, the area around the beach is filled with people enjoying the sunrise. The sun rising over the ocean fills the sky, helping to clear one’s mind and focus on positive thoughts for the year ahead.

  • Gyeongpo Beach
  • Address: 514, Changhae-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 창해로 514)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Gangneung Express Bus Terminal or 10 min from Gangneung Station


Special sunrise over Akkeundarangswioreum Volcanic Cone

Sunrise at Akkeundarangswioreum Volcanic Cone

Akkeundarangswioreum is a volcanic cone located in Sehwa-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju. The name comes from attaching the Jeju dialect for small, “akkeun,” to the name of the larger Darangswioreum Volcanic Cone to the southeast. This previously rather hidden gem has become quite popular in recent years. The small volcanic cone is easy to hike up, making it a great sunrise viewing location for people looking to surround themselves with nature.

  • Akkeundarangswioreum Volcanic Cone
  • Address: 2593, Sehwa-ri, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 세화리 2593)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 1 hr 10 min from Jeju International Airport

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* This column was last updated in December 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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