Jeongdongjin my favorite place to watch the sunrise

by - January 02, 2021

This new year my hubby and I have been wanting to get out of Seoul for a while and watch the sunrise in Jeongdongjin. I know, I'm late to post about this, but it's better to be late than never, right?

Jeongdongjin (정동진) is a popular place for viewing sunrise and this place will always be my favorite place to watch the sunrise or sunset. We woke up at 2 am and made our way to Jeongdongjin. Getting up to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day is a tradition that we started 3 years ago and since it went so well then we were excited to repeat it again this year.

This was my second time visiting Jeongdongjin, this time I make sure that I take a lot of photos to show you and probably this is my last visit in a long time. Cause you know, my list of places to go keeps getting longer.

Here comes the sun! This is one of the most amazing sunrises we witnessed last New Year. Watching the first sunrise brings of the new brings you good luck, or so it's believed for Korean. To be honest, witnessing the first sunrise of the New Year is no easy feat for me. I have to endure the cold for hours just to see and experience a few seconds of sunrise.

Can you see many people also waiting for sunrise? lol

You need a car to get there. One of the most prominent features of the landscape is the Sun Cruise, and what you are going to experience will definitely last a lifetime. You could be on your porch drinking coffee or tea, holding hands together with your partner or family, and friends.

I know it may sound funny but this is Korean tradition to celebrate the new year together and watch the first sunrise of the new year on the beach. Some people go to the beach like us, but while a more enthusiastic person will actually climb the mountain to witness the first sunrise.

I know that a lot of people love to party and drink with friends or family in the New Year but for us, we like to watch the first sunrise of the year on the beach. You don’t need to be a romantic to be able to watch the sunrise or sunsets because this is one of the most amazing things in our world that we can see and enjoy every day, and the best things are it is FREE!

If you like photography as much as I do, be sure to take a lot of photos here. We took hundreds of pictures of the sunrise, but they all look the same to me. LOL! Sunrise signifies that start of a brand new day! 

Although this was not my first time seeing the sunrise in Korea, however, I always love to watch the sunrise or sunset. The experience of seeing the sunrise in New Year is worth a lot more compared to anything. I live in a city with a lot of houses and buildings that obstruct the view and I sleep late so I don’t often see the sunrise but it’s always a treat when I do.

I don't know about you, but whenever after I watching the sunrise I feel empowered to face the day and all of its struggles. Many times that I felt like my life are filled with worries about many things, I try to watch a sunrise and suddenly my mood changes. It’s a proven my mood booster. I am reminded that I have to letting go and moving forward.

Today is a new day. Yesterday has come and gone. It's time to take a breath, forget about the past, and appreciate the new day God has given. Then I make it a habit to appreciate the sunrise every new year and gaze with a grateful heart. I promise to myself that whenever New Year I will try to go to the beach and watch the sunrise.

Do you have any traditions to celebrate the New Year? Do you like to watch the sunrise on New Year’s Day? I’d love to know! I hope you enjoy this blog post and see you in the next blog post - soon!


259 Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea.

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  1. Sunrises and sunset are so pretty. Hopefully in near future I can get some pictures
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  2. Watching sunrise is a great activity! Good luck, Roseline!

  3. Thanks for the beautiful post!Have a nice day)  


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