New Year's Events and More (concerts, parties, and festivals this winter)

2013 is just around the corner. Here are some ideas on what to do this New Year's and the rest of winter.

Parties and Concerts
Get ready to party the night away with various new year countdown events and concerts

Date Event Where Details
31-Dec Glen Check Live on New Year’s Eve Olympic Park, Seoul
Olympic Park Stn. (line 5, ex. 3)
Celebrate New Year with South Korean indie band Glen Check's indie-dance fusion countdown | W44,000 – W55,000
31-Dec Countdown Seoul Times Square, Seoul
Yeongdeungpo Stn. (line 1, ex. 3)
Global live bands and electro DJs on three huge outdoor stages
W66,000 – W99,000
31-Dec W NYE PARTY Walker Hill, Seoul WooBar’s extravagant W New Year’s Eve party, including special guest performances from DJ Gigirocco and DJ Belzebass
W55,000 – W66,000.
31-Dec NYE Countdown Party Hyatt Regency, Jeju Buffet from 6 pm – 10 pm. Adults W62,000++, children W37,000, drink packages W25,000
29-Dec to
Countdown Fantasy 2012 – 2013 Mapo Arts Center, Seoul
Daeheung Stn. (line 6, ex. 2)
This will be the biggest indie New Year’s concert in the country. W44,000 – W132,000. 02-3274-8600
31-Dec New Year’s Eve Concert Seoul Arts Center
Nambu Bus Terminal Stn. (line 3, ex. 5)
Gangnam Symphony Orchestra, a huge countdown, fireworks and a floating of hope balloons | 7:30 pm. W30,000 – W50,000. 
31-Dec New Year’s Eve Concert Sejong Grand Theater at Sejong Center Gwanghwamun Stn. (line 5, ex. 8) Orchestra, choir and more
W30,000 – W100,000
31-Dec NYE Countdown Concert Party The Ritz-Carlton Seou Featuring popular baritone singer Kim Dong-kyu
9 pm to 10:50 pm. W190,000 – W220,000
31-Dec Deli Spice End of Year Concert: “We are here, Busan” Busan Cinema Center
Centum City Station (Busan line 2, exit 6)
Korean modern rock band Deli Spice comes to Busan with their hottest songs from the 90’s as well as their newly-released album | 8pm, W66.000. 02-563-0595
31-Dec Year-end Concert "Hi! 2013" Daegu Opera House, Daegu 11:00pm tickets at 30,000 won; 20,000 won; 10,000 won
31-Dec Pansori -Song of Chunhyang National Theater of Korea
Jung-gu, Seoul
The Story of Chunhyang") is one of the best known love stories and folk tales of Korea| 20:00 | W20,000
31-Dec Goodbye 2012-Hello 2013 Suseong Artpia, Yongji Hall
Suseong-Gu, Daegu
11:00pm | W50,000 / W30,000 / W20,000
30-Dec Pianist Ji-Yong Recital Daejeon Culture and Arts Center
Government Complex Station, Daejeon Subway Line 1, Exit 3
5pm | R: 60,000won, S: 50,000won, A: 40,000won
30-Dec Soprano Sumi Jo Concert Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul 
7:00pm | RVIP-W170,000 / VIP-W130,000 / R-W100,000 / S-W80,000 / A-W50,000
30-Dec Ballet Gala Performance Suseong Artpia, Yongji Hall
Suseong-Gu, Daegu
5:00pm | 50,000 won; 30,000 won; 20,000 won
28-Dec to
Patti Kim Concert Goyang Aram Nuri Arts Center, Aram Concert Hall
Gyeonggi-do, Goyang-si
Friday 8pm / Saturday 7pm / Sunday 4pm
VIP: 121,000won / R: 110,000won / S: 99,000won / A: 77,000won / B: 55,000won
28-Dec Lim Hyung-joo Year-end Concert Daegu Opera House,
Buk-Gu, Daegu
8:00 |VIP-W121,000 / R-W110,000 / S-W99,000 / A-W88,000 / B-W77,000 / C-W55,000
27-Dec to
Ah Q - Contemporary Dance National Theater of Korea
Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Thu-Fri 8:00pm; Sat-Sun 3:00pm |  W15,000

Sunrise Festivals
Countdowns at midnight are standard in any country, but the traditional Korean way to celebrate the new year is to bask in the glow of the first sunrise.

Category Date Event Where Details
Festivals 31-Dec to
Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) Festival Sunrise Peak, Jeju Featuring jazz concerts, plays, a mandarin orange-eating contest and more
Festivals 31-Dec to
Ulsan Ganjeolgot Sunrise Festival  Ganjeolgot Lighthouse
Ulju-gun, Ulsan-si
Ganjeolgot is known as the seaside location where one can witness the first sunrise in Korea.
Festivals 31-Dec to
Maryangpo Sunset & Sunrise Festival  Maryangpo Port,
Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do 
A great location and lots of celebratory events such as a local specialty market and seaside bonfires.
Festivals 31-Dec to
Homigot Sunrise Festival  Homigot Sunrise Plaza
Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 
A variety of performances and fireworks
Festivals 31-Dec to
Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival  Hourglass Park District
Gangneung, Gangwon-do
Get off of the train in Jeongdongjin and walk only a few meters to the beautiful beach and its large hourglass. 
Festivals 31-Dec to
Gyeongpo Sunrise Festival  Gyeongpo Beach
Gangneung, Gangwon-do
Fireworks and an array of programs and cultural events. 
Festivals 31-Dec to
Yeosu Hyangiram Sunrise Festival  Impo Village (Hyangiram) area
Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Gukak (Korean traditional music), sunrise singing contest, wish lighting, dance festival, family film festival, and a lot more
Festivals 31-Dec to
Ttangkkeut SunsetSunrise Festival Ttangkkeut Village
Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
Celebratory concert, followed by beacon tower lighting, traditional dance performance, lantern flying, and fireworks

Winter Festivals
Snow and ice festivals around the nation. Ice-fishing is a common theme.

Date Event Where Details
Luminarie Jeju Festival 2012 Jeju Stadium Park at World Cup Stadium Jeju is covered in luminaries during nighttime
29-Dec to
Pocheon Dongjangkun Festival National Tourist Complex
Baegun Valley, Pocheon City
Ice sculptures, various family winter activities such as trout ice fishing, sledding and kite flying
22-Dec to
Pyeongchang Trout Festival  Odaecheon Stream
Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do 
Ice fishing, winter folk games, sledding, kite flying, and more!
5-Jan to
Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival  Hwacheoncheon Stream and five villages of Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do  Cut a hole through the ice or catch fish barehanded
25-Jan to
Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival  Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do  Performances, exquisite snow sculptures, snowman festival, snow sledding, etc.
19-Jan to
Inje Icefish Festival Injedaegyo Bridge
Inje-gun, Gangwon-do 
Fishing and cooking icefish, bowling via innertube, playing ice soccer, sledding, and race-walking on ice. 
04-Jan to 27-Jan Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival Gapyeongcheon Stream
Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do 
Ice fishing for trout, snow sledding, a 50-people sledge ride on ice, ice sledding, ice skating, and bumper cars
8-Mar to
Jeju Field-Burning Festival Saebyeol Oreum area
Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si 
This tradition of field-burning is reenacted by setting an entire side of the mountain (“oreum”) on fire. 
28-Dec to
Naeseorak Riverside Festival Apgang River
Inje-gun, Gangwon-do
Ice fishing, sledding, skating, a snow sculpture exhibition, music concerts, dance performances, and a talent competition 
21-Dec to
Lantern Festival & Ice Sledding Children's Grand Park, Seoul Lantern Festival: December 21, 2012 – January 6, 2013 (17:30 – 21:30), streets from the main gate to the music fountain
Ice Sledding Field: December 29, 2012 – February 1, 2013 (10:00 – 17:00), Environment Pond (환경연못) next to the main gate 
22-Dec to
Ganghwa Bingeo Festival Hwangcheong Reservoir Fishing Grounds
Ganghwa-gun, Incheon-si
Smelt ice-fishing, bare-hand smelt fishing, ice biking, sledding, ice sliding, and more. 
14-Dec to
The Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival Botjaedaewon & Dahyanggak Observatory
Boseong-bun, Jeollanam-do Province
The green tea plantation transforms into a gigantic village of light! 
4-Jan to
Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival Jaraseom & Gapyeongcheon Stream area
Gapyeong, Gyeonggi-do 
Ice fishing, snow sledding, mini golf on ice, bobsleighing, and ice hockey
29-Dec to 27-Jan Dongjangkun Festival Baegun Valley
Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do 
Ice sculptures, sledding, trout ice fishing, wood-chopping, log-sawing, bonfire-making, and rabbit herding.
1-Dec to
Busan Christmas Tree Festival Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Streets , Jung-gu, Busan Concerts, events, a main tree, and each section will be decorated with different Christmas trees, ornaments, and lights.

Other stuff to do
Date Event Where Details
15-Dec to
Sledding Hill Ttukseom Hangang Park, Seoul Sledding and various winter activities
7-Dec to
Five Color Starlight Garden Exhibition The Garden of Morning Calm
Gapyeong-gu, Gyeonggi-do
A magnificent scene of the garden aglow with millions of lights.
31-Dec Bell-ringing at Bosingak Bonsingak, Jongno, Seoul Bell-ringing at midnight with fireworks.
Hilton Christmas Train Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel A stunning display of vintage trains and wagons set amidst a “Dickensian” winter landscape
Dec to Jan Outdoor ice skating rinks in Seoul Seoul For an updated roundup of outdoor skating rinks in Seoul click here 

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  1. So many parties. I like it. Maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin and/or GFC?

    Please leave me a comment on my blog and I will follow you!



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