Time flies. It seems hard to believe that we are going to say goodbye to this year and say ‘Hello’ to a new one.
Speaking of saying ‘Hello’ to a new year, how do you welcome a new year? In Korea, it became customary for people to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day. Many are taking a long journey just to see the sunrise in certain places.
In Gyeongsangbuk-do, there are many places known for the beautiful sunrise view. To help those who are planning to watch the first sunrise of 2019, we made a list of best sunrise viewing spots in Gyeongsangbuk-do.
Located in the easternmost part of Korea, Ulleungdo is one of the places in the country that gets to see the sunrise first. The best places to see the sunrise on Ulleungdo are the Naesujeon Sunrise Observatory (내수전일출전망대), Dokdo Observatory (독도전망대)
, Dodong Port (도동항)
and Jeodong Chotdae Bawi (저동 촛대바위).
Spot 1: Dokdo Observatory
Address: San 12-9, Dodong-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Spot 2: Jeodong Chotdae Bawi
Address: Dodong-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
One of Korea’s most famous sunrise destinations is Pohang’s Homigot Sunrise Square (호미곶 해맞이 광장)
. Thousands are traveling from various parts of Korea the day before the new year just to be able to see the sun as it slowly rises over the horizon.
Aside from Homigot, there are other great sunrise viewing spots in Pohang. Two of those places are Yeongildae Beach (영일대)
and Odori Beach (오도리해변)
. The latter two are less crowded compared to Homigot.
Spot 3: Pohang Homigot Sunrise Square
Address: 20 Haemaji-ro 150beon-gil, Homigot-myeon, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Spot 4: Pohang Yeongildae Beach
Address: 1015 Duho-dong, Buk-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Spot 5: Pohang Odori
Address: Odori Beach, Heunghae-eup, Pohang
Gyeongju, a city known for amazing historical attractions, also offers great places to see the sunrise. The most popular spots are near the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu (문무대왕릉)
and Yangnam Jusangjeolli
or Columnar Joints (양남주상절리)
Spot 6: Royal Tomb of King Munmu
Address: Bonggil-ri, Yangbuk-myeon, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Spot 7: Yangnam Jusangjeolli
Address: 405-3 Eupcheon-ri, Yangnam-myeon, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Many of you might still have not heard of Uljin. Uljin is one of the counties located on the eastern coast of Korea. It is known for daege or Korean snow crabs, a well-loved winter delicacy. Aside from daege, Uljin has beautiful silvery beaches, such as Mangyangjeong Beach (망양정해수욕장)
and Yeomjeon Beach (염전해변)
. These beaches are next to each other. Both beaches are popular summer destinations. Aside from the beautiful sandy beach and turquoise water, these two beaches also attract visitors due to their stunning sunrise view.
Spot 8: Uljin Mangyangjeong Beach
Address: Mangyangjeong-ro, Geunnam-myeon, Uljin, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Spot 9: Uljin Yeomjeon Beach and Uljin Euneo Bridge (울진 은어다리)
Address: 178-2 Susan-ri, Geunnam-myeon, Uljin, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Yeongdeok, a county located in between Uljin and Pohang, also lies on the eastern coast of Korea. Just like Uljin, it is also known for daege; and of course the sunrise! The best sunrise spot in this part of Korea is the Yeongdeok Sunrise Park (영덕해맞이공원).
Spot 10: Yeongdeok Sunrise Park
Address: Obo-ri, Yeongdeok-eup, Yeongdeok, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Yeongju may not be located along the eastern coast of Korea but it lies right on the backbone of the Korean peninsula, Baekdudaegan (백도대간)
. Yeongju’s Sobaeksan (소백산)
is known for its beautiful winter morning scenery. The snow-capped mountaintop and the sun rising above the sea of clouds is one of Sobaeksan’s “winter gifts“ to its visitors. But this gift is not for everyone. Only those who are brave enough to climb during the freezing cold winter dawn are the ones who get to see this stunning nature’s gift.
Spot 11: Yeongju Sobaeksan Birobong Peak (영주 소백산 비로봉)
Address: Punggi-eup, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Just like Yeongju, Yecheon is also far from the coast. Despite that, there is also great sunrise viewing in Yecheon. The most popular one is the Hoeryongpo Observatory (회룡포전망대)
. It features the beautiful village surrounded by water, as well as the towering mountains beyond. The mist rising from the stream and the clouds covering the mountaintop makes the view even more mesmerizing.
Spot 12: Yecheon Hoeryongpo
Address: Hyangseok-ri, Yonggung-myeon, Yecheon-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Next is Mt. Geumo or Geumosan which is located in Gumi City. Geumosan (금오산)
is one of the most scenic mountains in Gyeongsangbuk-do. It is known for the Buddhist hermitage located on its summit, called Yaksaam. On New Year’s Day, many people find their way to the summit of Geumosan to see the stunning sunrise. The view of the sun slowly appearing above the cotton-like sea of clouds is worth the trouble of hiking the mountain in a cold winter dawn.
Spot 13: Gumi Geumosan Summit
Address: 33 Seonjuwonnam-dong, Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Andong, a city in Gyeongsangbuk-do known for the Maskdance Festival and Andong jjimdak, is one of Korea’s most popular tourist destinations.
Unknown to many, aside from its vibrant culture and rich history, Andong also has its own sunrise spot called Ilchulam (일출암)
or Sunrise Temple
. Ilchulam offers not only a beautiful sunrise view but also picturesque scenery anytime of the day.
Spot 14: Andong Ilchulam
Address: 741 Nognae-ri, Nokjeon-myeon, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Cheongsong is a county in Gyeongsangbuk-do. It is known for the beautiful autumn scenery of Mt. Juwang and Jusanji Lake. Unknown to many, there’s also a beautiful spot for sunrise viewing. This spot is located at Cheongsong Hydroelectric Plant Observatory (청송양수발전소전망대)
Spot 15: Cheongsong Hydroelectric Plant Observatory
Address: 568-13 Norae-ri, Andeok-myeon, Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Have you been to any of these sunrise spots? Or do you know any other sunrise spots in Gyeongsangbuk-do? Let us know by leaving a comment below.