Welcome the new year by celebrating Seongsan Ilchulbong, commonly referred to as ‘Seongsan Peak’, in Jeju! Seongsan Ilchubong is a beautiful tuff cone created by volcanic activity on a shallow sea bed some 5,000 years ago. The 182 meter high bowl-like crater is said to resemble an enormous ancient castle. The view from it is breathtaking. Prized for its scientific value and beauty, Seongsan Peak has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Every year, over a period of three days, the Seongsan Ilchubong Sunrise Festival offers an opportunity to celebrate the year gone by and welcome the new. From December 30, visitors engage in a variety of festivities including singing contests, performances, speeches, and parades culminating in a New Year’s Eve countdown with fireworks. On the final day of the festival, tteokguk (rice cake soup) is eaten so that everyone may experience good luck in 2016.
The festival, with its themes of wish fulfillment and prosperity in the new year, hopes to promote Jeju Island’s Seongsan Peak and thereby nurture the local economy and produce production. Show your support, experience cultural festivities, and welcome the new year in a meaningful way with a beautiful, uplifting sunrise at the Seongsan Sunrise Festival!