The best place to see the sunrise in Korea: Jeongdongjin

Hello, my lovely bunnies! Last new year my hubby and I have been wanting to get out of Seoul for a while and watch the sunrise in Jeongdongjin. I know I know, I'm late to post about this, but it's better to be late than never, right?

Jeongdongjin (정동진) is and will always be my favorite place to watch the sunrise. We woke up at 2 am and made our way to Jeongdongjin. Getting up to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day is a tradition that we started 3 years ago and since it went so well then we were excited to repeat it again this year. This was my second time visiting Jeongdongjin and this time, I made sure that I took a lot of photo and video to show you guys and probably this is my last visit in a long time. Cause you know, my list of places to go keeps getting longer.

Jeongdongjin is a famous town near Gangneung, South Korea and one of the most popular sites in Korea for watching the sunrise on New Year's Day. It is eighteen kilometers south-east of Gangneung on the east coast of Korea. The name Jeongdongjin comes from the fact that it's directly East of Seoul as the crow flies. 

You need a car to get there, but what you are going to experience will definitely last a lifetime. One of the most prominent features of the landscape is the Sun Cruise. I will post about the Sun Cruise in the next post, so stay tuned!

I know it may sound funny but this is our tradition to celebrate the new year together and watch the first sunrise of the new year on the beach. 


Some people go to the beach like us, but while a more enthusiastic person will actually climb the mountain to witness the first sunrise.

Many people also waiting for sunrise.

Watching the first sunrise brings of the new brings you good luck, or so it's believed for Korean.

To be honest, witnessing the first sunrise of the New Year is no easy feat for me. I have to endure the cold for hours just to see and experience a few seconds of sunrise. 

I know that a lot of people love to party and drink with friends or family in the New Year but for us, we like to watch the first sunrise of the year on the beach. 

You don’t need to be a romantic to be able to watch the sunrise or sunsets because this is one of the most amazing things in our world that we can see and enjoy every day, and the best things are it is FREE! 

Here comes the sun! This is one of the most amazing sunrises we witnessed last New Year.

If you like photography as much as I do, be sure to take a lot of photos here. We took hundreds of pictures of the sunrise, but they all look the same to me. LOL! 

Sunrise signifies that start of a brand new day! Although this was not my first time seeing the sunrise in Korea, however, I always love to watch the sunrise or sunset. The experience of seeing the sunrise in New Year is worth a lot more compared to anything. I live in a city with a lot of houses and buildings that obstruct the view and I sleep late so I don’t often see the sunrise but it’s always a treat when I do.


I don't know about you, but whenever after I watching the sunrise I feel empowered to face the day and all of its struggles.

Many times that I felt like my life are filled with worries about many things, I try to watch a sunrise and suddenly my mood changes. It’s a proven my mood booster. I am reminded that I have to letting go and moving forward. 

Today is a new day. Yesterday has come and gone. It's time to take a breath, forget about the past, and appreciate the new day God has given. Then I make it a habit to appreciate the sunrise every new year and gaze with a grateful heart. I promise to myself that whenever New Year I will try to go to the beach and watch the sunrise.

I love recording beautiful moments to share with others at a later time.

It’s cold and freezing. Our hands feel like ice cubes.

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259 Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Do you have any traditions to celebrate the New Year? Do you like to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day? I’d love to know!

I hope you enjoy this blog post and see you in the next blog post - soon!

70 Responses to "The best place to see the sunrise in Korea: Jeongdongjin"

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  4. I love watching sunrises (from my kitchen window) and sunsets, too. I've been to the beach to watch the sunrise in Florida and it does give you a sense of being able to accomplish anything that day. I've also been to Key West, Florida to watch the sunset, which is a huge gathering EVERY NIGHT. I prefer to do it when it's a bit warmer than where you are, though, so I may not make that my tradition. I think it's wonderful to establish that as a tradition!

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  5. So beautiful, I love it.

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  6. What a beautiful tradition this is! I really like this idea of watching the sunrise on the first day of the year. It may have to become a tradition for us when our kids are older.

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  7. Oh this sounds like a lovely tradition and how to spend a holiday. And great photos too. Following on YouTube

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  8. Gosh, that's an amazing view you've shown. What is even more amazing is all of the people there taking photos!!
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  9. wow!! what a nice view.. luv it

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  10. Love your blog! And this post is so fun, too! I love sunrises and sunsets. Though on New Years, I'm not much of a partyer but would rather sleep ;D

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  11. Gorgeous! I didn't know that watching the first sunrise for the year was considered good luck. I've always watched sunsets more often because I grew up on the west coast of Florida so we get the sunset over our beach.

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  12. Great post my dear, I love to watch sunrise!

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  13. Thanks a lot :D

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  14. Oh my goodness, that sunset! Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!

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  15. Almost every morning I will be looking out for sunrise depending on the weather. You have witness a beautiful new year sunrise. Worth enduring the cold waiting for the sun to rise.

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  16. pictures are so beautiful..an also you and yr ice cubes hands:))) best regards...

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  17. Beautiful sunrise, now I know where to visit to see the sunrise when in Korea. You both look so cute together..
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  19. awesome series of photos.
    have a great day

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  20. Very beautiful pictures of sunrise.

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  21. I like photography, like watching the sunrise too. Thanks for making the video, so you can feel immediately seeing the sun..

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  22. really beautiful place to go..

    hopely one day i can go there too

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  23. Very nice pictures. I love watching sunrise and sunset as well. This s a favorite post. Thank you

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  24. The sunrise is so pretty! I always try to see the sunrise when I'm traveling, but sometimes it's too hard with my jet lag ;_;

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  25. I never thought about watching the sunrise to bring in the New Year. What a cool tradition!

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  26. Wow, your pictures of the sunrise look absolutely amazing! I'm planning to visit Korea this year and I'll definitely consider visiting this place. Thank you for the lovely recommendation

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  27. So many beautiful photos! All the places look wonderful. wish I could visit Korea any time soon, never been there before.

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  28. What an epic sunrise! It was well worth waking up early for

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  29. Sunrises are also a must-do on any trip for me! This looks like a nice. Can't believe how many others are also waiting to watch!

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  30. Loved reasing your photo story. You captured the different stages of sunrise incredibly well. Good job with waking up so early on new year!
    -Sinjana

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  31. Sunrise are always amazing and when it comes to witnessing the sunrise on the first day of the year, that adds the extra bit for spice for the scene. Great photos.

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  32. The sunrise is gorgeous! But waking up at 2AM is crazy. Kudos to you and your husband for being able to make it in time.

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  33. Korea looks like a lot of fun! And so close to China. Have to plan a trip there soon! Your photos are great :)

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  34. There is NOTHING better than a gorgeous sunrise and some coffee.

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  35. hi, watching a sunrise or set is all over the world a mesmerising, beautiful act of Mother Nature. And the best thing is it happens every single day. Sometimes we see it sometimes not, but for sure it will always be there.

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  36. That looks really pretty! I would love to be there with my camera and meet the sunrise. If you are into sunsets, I can recommend you the Arctic Circle countires. You have sunrise and sunset within an hour

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  37. These pictures are spellbinding! I'm glad you got to see this New Year's sunrise and that it helped you to look forward (which is, as you say, no easy feat). May it bring you and your husband good luck as promised. :)

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  38. Wow I was just in Korea and I wish that I had done this! It's beautiful.

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  39. wow. the sunrise there is indeed beautiful.

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  40. Wow, watching sunrise as a new year begins. It's amazing tradition and interesting too.

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  41. Brilliant pics! I'm sure it must have been quite a spectacular experience watching the sunrise here. :)
    I adore sunrises and sunsets. I'd love to be able to do this some time.

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  42. You are right. This is indeed such a magnificent sunrise! Wow you woke up so early to catch this beauty :D

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  43. Omg I need to visit Korea! Everything looks magical *.*

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  44. Looks so beautiful there! Have a great week.

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  45. These photos of all the sunsets you shared are beautiful. I love all of them equally.
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  46. It's funny but up until recently, Korea has never been somewhere that I've particularly wanted to visit. But I keep reading great things about Korea recently and your photos are so nice, I really want to go now :)

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  47. That's such a beautiful and unique way to see in a New Year. It makes perfect sense to see the dawning of a New Year. And wow, what a lot of people!

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  48. OMG THE PLACE SOO NICE! follow you dear

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  49. I love the photos. What a great idea to watch the first sunrise of the year. I am usually heading to bed around that time on 1 Jan but perhaps I will give it a try for 2020 :-)

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  50. Sunrise and sunset are my favourite times of day.

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  51. It's good to know so many people have turned up to watch the sunrise in Jeongdongjin. I can imagine how beautiful it must be. Your photographs do justice to the beauty. Would love to visit Jeongdongjin for the sunrise in Korea. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  52. Wow, I didn't know Korea was known for such wonderful sunrises! I would go for the food first and foremost, but I wouldn't turn down the opportunity to see one of these sunsets too.

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  53. In India too, it is believed to worship the rising sun and that too if it is on a New year. Thanks for sharing all tips from where we can watch those wonderful golden rays lighting up the sky in Korea. You have taken amazing sunrise shots and I love to watch sunrise.

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  54. All this sun makes me feel all warm inside. I'd love to visit Korea - not only for the sunrise ;-)

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  55. Such wonderful sunrisefotos! Thanks for visiting. I already follow you!

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  56. Beautiful photos

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  57. congratulations on such amazing photos! great job!

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  58. These pictures are truly stunning! I have been to Seoul but admittedly have not read much about the eastern coast of Korea, so this is really interesting and insightful. It looks like it was worth it to get up for the sunrise, although based on everyone's coats and my previous experience being in Korea in January, I can only imagine how cold it must've been! Hope you enjoyed your time there and had a wonderful New Year!

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  59. These pictures are truly stunning! I have been to Seoul but admittedly have not read much about the eastern coast of Korea, so this is really interesting and insightful. It looks like it was worth it to get up for the sunrise, although based on everyone's coats and my previous experience being in Korea in January, I can only imagine how cold it must've been! Hope you enjoyed your time there and had a wonderful New Year!

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  60. I love that there is this beautiful and popular place that has become traditional to watch sunrise on New Year's Day, so that there are lots of people enjoying the sight together! Even if it's freezing!

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