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Everything to Know About New Year's Eve in Seoul

New Year's Eve in Seoul is a thrilling experience, buzzing with excitement and offering a variety of ways to ring in the new year. Here are some of the most popular options for an unforgettable NYE in Seoul and a couple options outside the city worth considering.

Celebrate in the City

Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony

The Bosingak Bell-Ringing Ceremony is a centuries-old tradition in Seoul, marking the transition to the new year with 33 resonant clangs of the Bosingak Bell. More than just a timepiece, the ceremony is a cultural treasure steeped in history and symbolizing hope, renewal, and good fortune.

This year, traditional Korean music and performances kick off at 11pm, followed by the bell tolls at midnight and a vibrant K-pop concert to welcome the new year. A symbolic 12-meter wide "Midnight Sun" installation is set to rise just after the countdown.

Dress warm and arrive early to secure a good spot as it can get crowded. The ceremony is televised and live-streamed on Youtube, allowing people across the country and globe to participate in this cultural highlight.

Address: 54 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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Lotte World Tower Fireworks

Lotte World Tower is the tallest building in South Korea, located in the Songpa district of Seoul. The fireworks on New Years is a mesmerizing spectacle that adds a touch of magic to Seoul's skyline. Arrive early for a prime spot and join thousands as the countdown electrifies the air.

Address: 300 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul

‍Photo Source: Lotte

Countdown at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)

Immerse yourself in the futuristic media facade projected onto the iconic DDP building, accompanied by their first ever Sound Interaction concert and music and fireworks ceremony. There will also be a wish wall at 1AM for you to write your wish for the New Year.

More information here on the official website.

Address: 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul

Photo Source: DDP

Celebrate at a Party

If you don't like the cold, you can always go to your favorite bar or club to ring in the New Year. There are several language exchange groups hosting parties where you'll be able to meet new friends like the Global Seoul Mates 2024 NYE Countdown Party.

Escape the City

Gangneung Sunrise Festival

Gangneung is a coastal city nestled on the east coast of South Korea, only a couple hours away from Seoul. Witnessing the sun rise symbolizes the dawn of a new year, representing fresh beginnings, new hopes, and a clean slate. Thousands gather in the early hours before sunrise for quiet reflection on the past year and set intentions for the new year. The sun is expected to rise at 7:39AM.

Photo Source: News1

Sunrise on Hanlasan Peak

Mount Hallasan is the jewel of Jeju Island. Hiking Hanlasan for the first sunrise of the new year is a breathtaking experience, combining physical challenge with stunning scenery and a profound sense of renewal. Climbers are permitted to begin hiking at 1AM on January 1, 2024. Reserve your spot before hiking, as the trail has a limited capacity.

Photo Source: News Jeju

No matter how you choose to celebrate, Korea promises an unforgettable New Year's Eve experience with its vibrant energy, exciting events, and delicious food. Remember to book your accommodations, tickets, and reservations well in advance, as NYE is a popular time to visit Seoul.

We hope this information helps you plan a fantastic New Year's Eve in Seoul. Happy New Year!

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