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|Launched in 1994, the Seongsan Sunrise Festival is held on top of Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong or “Sunrise Peak.” The site is the most famous place for seeing the sunrise on Jeju Island and attracts a large crowd of tourists throughout the year. However, the place is especially busy on New Year’s Eve when the festival (on December 31, January 1, and 2) is held. A variety of festival programs awaits them for tourists who come to see the first sunrise to reflect on the past year and make wishes for the coming year.
Festival Overview: As the clock ticks its way towards midnight on December 31, people start the countdown around the performance stage, which is set up at Seongsan Sunrise Peak. In celebration of the New Year, there is a torchlight show, a campfire and fireworks. A traditional shamanic ritual called gut is performed along with other fascinating performances. Also, famous vocalists and entertainers perform during an outdoor concert.
The main event starts on January 1. In every port, fishermen turn on their boat lights and sound their whistles in unison to celebrate the New Year. Also, as the sun rises, a golden tape is cut, while visitors are entertained with a theatrical play, band and jazz performances. Against the backdrop of the sunrise, a New Year’s concert is held for the pleasure of the visitors. Other events include a mounted police parade, a pungmul performance, a mandarin orange eating contest, and a food market serving hot and tasty foods.
Festival Highlight: The site of Seongsan Sunrise Peak is particularly windy, so visitors are advised to wear warm clothes. The festival experience will be more enjoyable if you take a hot thermos of coffee or warm tea. The best way to enjoy the festival is to stay in a nearby hotel, visit the evening ceremony on New Year’s Eve, and take a short rest at the hotel before seeing the sunrise on January 1.
On New Year’s Eve, there will be a Korean traditional game of Ganggangsullae, in which participants hold hands and move in a large circle as they make a wish. A performance by a pungmul band will add to the friendly ambience.
International Airport, take Bus 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Jeju Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Ilju Road (East) (동회일주).
Get off at the entrance of Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉).
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