BUSAN, South Korea – There’s plenty to do around the city this New Year’s, from the traditional to bars and clubs across the city or a quiet sunrise on the beach. Around one million visitors and locals hit the city’s festivals, which turn into the city’s largest winter gathering. The Dadaepo Sunrise Festival, the Haeundae Beach Sunrise Festival and the traditional Bell of Hope, Bell of Love and Bell of Peace ringing 11 times each at Yongdusan Park ring in the new year with a slew of concerts and activities for the family.
The citizens’ bell ringing ceremony will be held in Yongdusan Park at 11 p.m. on the 31st along with a music concert, a New Year’s greeting, the lighting of the hope flame, and the singing of the Busan anthem.
The New Year Sunrise Celebration will include a sunrise performance, a New Year’s greeting, a helicopter parade, and a polar bear swim, and will start at 6:30 a.m. at Haeundae Beach on January 1.
Check out the Busan Haps event page as the holidays approach for all your New Year’s party planning fun and check back as more events will be added as they come in.
Happy New Year from Haps!
New Year’s Eve Events
Cine Concerto – The Cine Concerto Open Theater for December will be showing the movie Up at 2 p.m. at the Busan Cinema Center.
Busan Christmas Tree Festival – Check out the beautiful lights before the festivities get underway in Nampo-dong with a walk around the district’s amazing Christmas illumination.
Busan Philharmonic Orchestra Year End Concert – The Busan Philharmonic presents their year-end concert at 10:30 p.m. at the Busan Cultural Center.
Sharky’s – Specials galore and music are planned at the 2013 NYE Ladies Half Price and VIP Bottle Service Special as they ring in the New Year in style.
The Back Room and Tap and Tapas – Dress to impress while you check out the Happy New Year Party at the new swanky bars to celebrate the end of 2012 in style.
The Wolfhound – Celebrate New Year’s the only way the Wolf knows how, which is to throw a huge party with a countdown and champagne specials all night.
Fuzzy Navel – Enjoy some Mexican food and great cocktails at Fuzzy which always has a hip crowd on hand.
HQ Bar Jangsan – Start the night off right with an all-you-can-drink beer special from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Thursday Party – Enjoy the night with the crew from Thursday Party who will ring in the New Year as only they can.
Elune – Dance in the New Year at the 2013 Monday Countdown Party at Haeundae’s liveliest nightclub.
Ventanas – Enjoy your last meal of the year at the Novotel’s Ventanas with a special New Year’s Eve dinner set.
Vinyl Underground – The biggest show of the night brings One Drop East and Kickitat together for a night of great music to rock in the new year, with many other special guests also performing.
Thursday Party – Expect a big crowd as usual as the New Year’s party at TP is always one to remember.
Fully Booked – Toast in the New Year with a book, a panini or some great drinks to countdown New Year’s at Fully Booked.
HQ Bar – HQ is holding a delicious three-course dinner set along with great tunes by the one and only Violet Lea.
Evas - Drink specials and great tunes and dancing are set as Evas’ counts down the final moments of 2012.
Ol’55 – No major events happening, but expect a big crowd of spillover from the parties and spontaneous music until the wee hours of the morning.
L Zone – Meet up with an international crew at the L Zone’s Maybe New Year’s party.
Sharky’s – Specials galore are planned at the 2013 NYE Ladies Half Price and VIP Bottle Service Special as they ring in the New Year in style on the beach.
Beached – Morrison Monday’s take on a different twist as it falls on New Year’s Eve, so prepare to go from dusk til dawn and catch the sunrise afterwards at the beach.
Thursday Party – Two locations to choose from, and both are prime for a stumble out to the beach to watch the sunrise.
Fuzzy Navel – There’s one on each end of the beach, and always a good time for celebrating with friends and locals.