Celebrating New Year Countdown in the Korean way

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The last day of a year and the first day of the next are always some of the most exciting days of the year. Many people ruminate over what they have done well or what they could have done better, and think about what they are going to do for the coming year. This has probably been the way for billions around the world for the past millennium, and will most likely remain unchanged for the next. If you’re staying in Korea on the New Year’s week, here are the best spots and ways to celebrate New Year Countdown in Korea!

  1. Bosingak Bell Pavilion

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In Korea, the tradition of ringing the landmark bell marks the end of a year and simultaneously the start of a new one. The Bosingak Bell Pavilion is the landmark bell of Seoul, and is rung by the mayor of Seoul 33 times every year. This has become one of the most popular rituals amongst Koreans, and hundreds of thousands of Koreans, Seoullites and people from other cities alike, head down to Bosingak on the 31st of December to mark the end of their year, and the start of a new one.

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  1. Haedong Yonggunsa Temple

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple in Busan is nationally renowned for its scenic view and fantastic location, and was built in 1376 by the great Buddhist scholar known as Naong during the Goryeo Dynasty.

For directions and details, click here.

  1. Seongsan Surise Peak

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Thousands of visitors flock to Jeju Island’s Seongsan Sunrise Peak (or Seongsan Ilchulbong) at New Year to catch the first sunrise of the year. As the name suggests, the peak offers a fantastic view of both the sunrise and the surrounding area of Jeju. The peak is 182 meters high with a huge crater in the middle. The tip of the peak is surrounded by 99 sharp rocks, making the peak resemble the shape of a crown.

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  1. Jeongdongjin

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Last, but not least, one of the most popular locations that Koreans visit on the New Year Day is the area of Jeongdongjin in the city of Gangneung. Facing the East Sea, it is traditionally perceived as the best spot to view the sunrise, and one of the earliest locations in Korea to experience it. It gained popularity after it was aired on a Korean drama called “Hourglass (1995).”

For directions and details, click here.

Hope you have the most memorable countdown ever!

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Article by: Kristine @ Trazy

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