BUSAN, South Korea — To welcome in the New Year, Busan is hosting its annual New Year’s Festival, a popular winter event, celebrated by both the citizens of Busan as well as tourists visiting the city.
The 2014 Busan Haemaji (Sunrise) Festival – also known as the New Year’s Festival – consists of a bell-tolling ceremony and New Year’s sunrise event. The festival will start at 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and continue through midnight to the morning of New Year’s Day at Yongdusan Park and Haeundae Beach, respectively.
Period: December 31, 2013 – January 1, 2014
Venue: Yongdusan Park, Nampo Dong
December 31, 2013: 11:00 p.m. – (Yongdusan Park)
Celebratory performance, bell-tolling ceremony, Busan Mayor’s New Year’s address and fireworks display
The bell-tolling ceremony will begin with a ten-second countdown to midnight followed by 33 tolls of the bell to officially mark the beginning of the New Year.
New Year’s Sunrise Event
January 1, 2014: 6:30 a.m. ~ 8:00 a.m. (Haeundae Beach) sunrise at 7:32 a.m.
Celebratory performance, helicopter flypast, release of balloons and early morning swim in the sea.
Complimentary hot coffee and green tea will be provided at service booths. At the beginning of every year, a sculpture symbolizing the New Year (horse for 2014) is installed at Haeundae Beach, providing the perfect photo opportunity for visitors wishing to mark the beginning of the New Year.
For more information, please contact the organizing committee for the Busan Culture & Tourism Festival at 051-501-6051.
Source: Busan City News