“Everything starts with a sunrise, and it’s what we do before it sets that matters.”
With the year coming to an end, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best places in South Korea to catch amazing sunrises and sunsets that every traveler should know.
Here’s our pick of 15 best spots to seize sunrise and sunset across South Korea!
Wonder where Koreans celebrate the Year End and see their first sunrise of the year? We would say it’s Jeongdongjin, where you can spot one of the earliest sunrises in Korea! Located in the east coast of Korea, it is also well known for its beautiful coastal scenery and a cafe and a hotel that resemble a ship. Take a look at the photos below. :)
2. Chuam Beach
Chuam Beach, located in Gangwon-do Province, is another beautiful attraction for travelers and tourists. This place is highly recognized for ‘Chotdaebawi Rock (Candlestick Rock)’, which resembles a candlestick. Take a photo when the sun slowly rises above the Candlestick Rock! It’ll be one of the best photos in your life time. ;)
Here, at Suncheonman Bay, you can witness a jaw-dropping scenic panorama of wetlands thickly covered by reeds. And the sunset over these open fields of golden reeds along the bay is absolutely stunning! If you’re interested, refer to K-Shuttle Bus Tour, which provides travelers a convenient way to travel and experience the best attractions around South Korea. For more details, click here.
When the sun falls down, this building in Jamsil is strikingly beautiful. Tall and well polished, Lotte World Mall, is a department store with duty free shop, aquarium and cinema all in one building. Other attractions nearby are Seokchon Lake and Lotte World, a popular amusement park in Seoul that offers great entertainment and thrills to all. FYI, you can get 25% discount on One Day Pass at Lotte World here. ;)
Daebudo Island, located near Ansan, is a beautiful charming island that offers a fantastic view of sunrise and sunset in South Korea. A drive around Daebudo Island and other islands nearby is strongly recommended! ;)
6. Okjeongho Lake
This picturesque scene of Okjeongho Lake, in Imsil, Jeollabuk-do Province, is totally worth waking up in the early morning. So, get your camera out, and do some hiking! Then, you’ll be rewarded with this awesome photo. :)
Along with Okjeongho Lake, Guksabong is another favorite photography locations for professional photographers in Korea. And no words can describe how marvelous the natural landscape is from Guksabong!
8. Soraepogu Ecological Park
Once the biggest production region of natural sea salt, the place has turned into an ecological park today, and the reflection of a sunset over this wide salt pan is just unforgettable.
Paragliding adds a thrill to a travel as well as a magnificent view of natural landscape from above. Okmasan, in Boryeong, is a perfect place to enjoy this extreme sport and a wonderful surrounding!
See more Paragliding near Seoul.
Hit the road to Baeksu Coastal Road, in Jeollanamdo Province! It’s a 16.5 km long highway where you can enjoy a great drive and a beautiful scene of Chilsan Sea. All year round, people visit this west coast of South Korea to see the captivating sunset!
Daewangam is another spot that boasts fantastic sunrise and sunset in South Korea. It is a rock island connected to the mainland with an iron bridge. Try a visit to Daewangam and capture the moment when the sun rises or when it falls!
Wait for the right moment to click the shutter! The sunrise and sunset over Gameunsaji (Gameunsa Temple Site), in Gyeongju, is just incredible. The photo of a sunrise, silhouettes of the temples, and a natural surrounding…seems like a perfect shot!
FYI, Gyeongju is referred to as “the museum without walls”, boasting a vast number of archaeological sites! For travelers who want to visit Gyeongju and other cities throughout Korea other than Seoul without too much hassle, see more K-Shuttle Bus Tour- All around Korea (4N5D).
Lazy to get out of the city? Don’t worry. In Seoul, there are 12 Han River Parks where you can catch awesome sunrise and sunset over Han River.
Another great way to enjoy this dynamic change of scenery is by getting on board of the Han River Ferry Cruise. Running day and night, the cruise offers a convenient ride all the way through the river and a great view of the 63 Building, Namsan Tower, Jamsil’s Multi Sports Complex, and other famous tourist spots from the deck. For details and schedule of the cruise, click here.
Travelers often get confused with Incheon Metropolitan City and Icheon. But, Icheon is a place registered as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art. Well known for its quality ceramics, not many people know about beautiful fishing site of Icheon where you can enjoy the view of sunset.
Followed by Jeongdongjin, Homigot, located in Pohang, is also a popular spot to spend the Year End and catch the first sunrise of the year. For this year, Homigot National Sunrise Festival is going to be held at the Sunrise Square from 31st Dec 2015 until 1st Jan 2016.
Another famous attractions of Pohang are the hand-shaped bronze sculptures, and you can find them at the waterfront and the beachfront. For details and directions, click here.
In case you missed the first sunrise in 2015, don’t miss it again! Now that you know where to catch the best sunrises and sunsets in Korea, just choose your favorite one from this ultimate selection. Join the countdown and welcome in the first sunrise of 2016 in South Korea! :)