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
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.
Basement – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Basement with lots of music featuring the Strangers, DJ Sir Snaf and the Fly Girls.
Sharky’s – Celebrate the New Year’s with a Moet champagne and dinner set at Sharky’s with a night of music, dinner, drinks and most of all good friends.
The Back Room and Tap and Tapas – Dress to impress while you check out the Happy New Year Party to celebrate the end of 2013 in style.
Club Tao – Dance the night away at one of Haeundae’s hippest clubs around with Korea’s infamous DJ T GRIND spinning into the wee hours.
247 Pub Lounge – Hit one of the many floors for a night of fun at the multi-themed party building.
Fuzzy Navel – Enjoy some Mexican food and great cocktails at the Fuzzy Adieu party which always has a hip crowd on hand.
Thursday Party – Enjoy the night with the crew from Thursday Party who will ring in the New Year as only they can.
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.
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 music show of the night brings One Drop East, Jen and the All Stars, Free Range Coffee Weasels and the Positions 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.
HQ Bar – The usual HQ great food, weird movies and shenanigans are always on tap for a great New Year’s bash. Music by Jake and the Slut.
Eva’s Ticket – Dress to impress while enjoying champagne specials, and DJ music all night at the area’s biggest bar.
Eva’s – Drink specials and great tunes and dancing are set as Evas’ counts down the final moments of 2013.
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.
Almost Famous – Count down with a glass of champagne and DJs spinning until dawn.
L Zone – Meet up with an international crew at the L Zone’s New Year’s party.
Sharky’s – Specials galore are planned at the Great Gatsby-themed party to ring in 2014 at the beach.
Beached – Catch the sunrise after a night enjoying the only Kiwi beer in town 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.
Tap and Tapas – Newly opened on the beach, enjoy the festive atmosphere with some great Spanish tapas.
Galmegi Brewing Co. – Enjoy some of the best beer around before you hit the beach for a night of fun.
Thursday Party – Always a lively crowd, enjoy a night of revelry before catching the traditional events around Yongdusan Park.
Fuzzy Navel – Just opened on Saturday, expect a fun night at the districts newest hot nightspot.
Club Fix – The super-club is always a night of NYE excitement bringing the best DJs to town.
Fuzzy Navel – Two locations to choose from, both with rockin’ party’s for locals and expats.
Thursday Party – You can’t go wrong at either location, both bringing the fun TP atmosphere you come to expect.