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As the end of 2019 draws to a close, the first sunrise of the year of 2020 quickly approaches us. During this time, many set out to popular spots to catch the first sunrise of the year on January 1st.
Seeing the first rays of sunrise break through the dark dawn, many say goodbye to the year past and welcome in the beginning of the new year. There’s no need to travel far to view the beautiful first sunrise of the year.
Visit Seoul presents the best spots to view the sunrise and celebrate the new year with your friends, family, and lovers.
#1 Gaehwasan Mountain
Located in Gangseo-gu, Gaehwasan Mountain is nestled between Haengjusanseong (Haengju Fortress) and Hangang River.
A famous spot to take in the marvelous view of Hangang River and Bukhansan Mountain at a glance, Gaehwasan Mountain is a great place to catch the first sunrise and features a walkable trail leading toward the peak.
There’s also a New Year’s festival taking place every year on the peak of the mountain, allowing visitors to enjoy not only the first sunrise but a variety of other new year’s festivities.
Address Gaehwa-dong Gangseo-gu, Seoul
#2 Ansan Bongsudae
The name can be misleading, making people believe this spot is located in Gyeonggi-do Ansan. However, Ansan Bongsudae is located in an easily accessible area of Seodaemun-gu with a barrier-free trail leading up to the peak.
The view of the sunrise from the top of the mountain is breaktaking against the backdrop of the city. There’s also a meeting plaza located near the back of Seodaemun-gu District Office featuring booths selling local tteokguk and Korean snacks and photo zones.
It’s also worthy to note that this very spot was the same filming location for the first scene of Korean drama “Misaeng” for drama fans.
Address San-1 Bongwon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Inquiries Seodaemun-gu District Office (+82-2-330-1550)
#3 Mongchontoseong (Mangwol-bong)
Mongchontoseong (Manwol-bong) is recommended for those who are weak at hiking up mountains. Located at Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, a non-mountainous spot easily accessible by getting off at Hanseong Baekje Station (Line 9) and Mongchontoseong Station (Line 8), Mongchontoseong (Manwol-bong) a wide open space where visitors can easily view the sunrise. Also a famous moon-viewing spot, Mangwol-bong is lit up by lanterns at night and can be reached by going up a small hill. It’s also recommended to visit the famous One Tree Hill when in this area.
Meaning “Moon-viewing Peak”, Mangwol-bong was a popular spot commonly frequented by Joseon scholars to view and write poetries about the moon.
Address 424 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul (Olympic Park)
- Mongchontoseong Fortress 05:00-22:00 (cars permitted 06:00-22:00)
- Mongchontoseong Museum of History 09:00–18:00
#4 Haneul Park
Get out of Exit 1 of World Cup Stadium Station (Line 6) and walk a few minutes to reach Haneul Park. The gentle geographical slopes and the easy accessibility of this attraction makes it a popular place to visit with children and a popular sunrise viewing spot for the new year.
It also features silver grass fields, a popular attraction to enjoy after viewing the sunrise.
The sun will rise in the direction of Bukhansan Mountain, so it’s not a bad idea to get there a little earlier to find the best viewing spots. At this location, visitors can easily see and enjoy the sunrise over the backdrop of Sangam Stadium (Seoul World Cup Stadium), Seongsan Bridge, and Yeouido.
Address 95 Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
#5 Achasan Mountain
Achasan Mountain is a mountain located on the very east side of the city, making it the spot where visitors can see the very first sunrise inside Seoul. This spot is also located only 20 minutes away from Achasan Station, making it easily accessible by public transportation.
The trails leading up to the peak are easy to walk up even for those new to hiking. The best spots to see the sunrise on Achasan Mountain are the 4 peaks of the mountain and a sunrise viewing plaza located in the center of the area.
Address 290 Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul