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.
Here’s 10 exciting bar events happening around the city to help you ring in 2015.
Happy New Year from Haps!
J-Pub (Haeundae) – The new super-pub in Haeundae rings in the new year with “Bye 2014, Hi 2015” themed party with plenty of games and great times to be had.
Thursday Party (Multiple Locations) – Thursday Party’s around the country bring a Korean-expat feel to the party with a great atmosphere at every one of their locations.
Sharky’s (Haeundae) – Celebrate the New Year’s with some amazing specials at Sharky’s Pale de Cz location with a night of music, dinner, drinks and most of all good friends.
HQ Bar (Gwangalli) – Karaoke and dancing until dawn with great deals on food and drink throughout the wee hours of the morning to watch the sunrise.
Roof (Gwangalli) – The newest bar at the beach has a chill atmosphere with specials on drinks and dinners to tempt your palate.
Eva’s Ticket (Kyungsung) – KSU’s biggest party sees a night of live music planned with champagne specials and other shenanigans.
Eva’s (Kyungsung) – Hourly drink specials, champagne and fun are part of their fabulous New Year’s event.
Basement (PNU) – Head on out to the Basement which has cheap drink specials, champagne at midnight and DJs all night long.
Fuzzy Navel (Citywide) – Fuzzy Navel bars around the city deck out for a night of fun with the Gwangan location holding a countdown to morning with dduckk-kuk to ring in the sunrise.
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