Busan’s New Year’s Sunrise Festival

In Korea New Years Eve isn’t a big deal. Instead, it is New Years day that people celebrate- and bright and early. While in South Korea  I decided to celebrate New Years day with them. However I did still celebrated New Year’s Eve…which made getting up at 5 a.m. the next morning just that much more difficult.

As tempting as  sleeping in was, I knew that I didn’t want to miss this experience of a lifetime. Thankfully after a couple of hours of sleep I managed to roll myself out of bed- still covered in sparkles. Crawling out of a warm comfy bed has never before offered such a great reward.

On Haeundae beach in Busan, thousands of people gather to welcome the first sunrise of the New Year. On the beach people release beautiful paper lanterns with wishes written on them into the air. As the sun rises, thousands of lanterns are lit up and released into the sky and it looks like a scene from a fairy tale. I lived in South Korea for over a year and being bundled up on the beach watching the beautiful lanterns float over the ocean was one of the highlights of my time there.

As with all beautiful moments, a photograph cannot do it justice- but the following photo reel is my attempt to try.

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The evening before people were also sending lanterns into the night sky. It is not as beautiful as doing it at sunrise but still pretty darn cool!

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Busan's New Year's Sunrise Festival

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