Annyeonghaseyo to the New Year
South Korea may not be the first destination you think of when planning for year-end festivities but we’ve done some digging and found some really spectacular events and venues to bring you that perfect ending to a great year.
Theme parks are the biggest purveyors of joy and often put in 110% when it comes to seasonal events like Christmas — Everland is no different. Located in Gyeonggi-do, this theme park goes all out to decorate their grounds with lights, matching costumes, and decorations. The park also promises a fantastic fireworks display and a Christmas parade with music and characters to immerse you in that Christmas cheer.
Myeongdong Lights Festival
Arguably one of the most famous shopping streets in Seoul, Myeongdong is lit up during the festive season to give locals and tourists alike a taste of magic as they browse the shops and taste the local delicacies. This festival is designed to mimic a Christmas wonderland and no store is left undecorated!
Busan Christmas Tree Festival
Every year, the city of Nampodong in Busan pulls out all the stops and to make their Christmas Tree Festival one of the biggest festivals of its kind in South Korea. This annual event features a variety of festive activities perfect for the whole family, including the tree of wishes, daily cultural and Christmas concerts as well as a carol-singing contest open to all visitors.
Bosingak Bell Pavilion
Perhaps the most traditional way to literally ring in the new year, spending it with thousands at Bosingak Bell Pavilion may not be so terrible. Sixteen people, including the mayor, will ring the bell 33 times to bid farewell to the end of the year and welcome the start of the new. Sure, it’ll be cold and crowded but experiencing a tradition that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty is a memory that you’ll be sharing with your loved ones throughout the new year.
This picturesque island is known the world over for gorgeous landscapes and is a mecca for K-drama fans, having been the backdrop for many iconic scenes in various series. As the name suggests, Seongsan Sunrise Peak is a popular spot to view the first sunrise of the new year as it also offers a fantastic view of the surrounding areas.
GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to South Korea. Book your tickets now at airasia.com.