The first sunrise of the year 2011.

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The first sunrise of the year 2011.

Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

May your year is full of joy.

My good friend Sunmi andΒ  mad a promise for this special day. To go see the first sunrise of 2011.

We live in same neighborhood where very close to a small mountain with a spring and a temple.Β  The name of the mountain is Mt.An (An San), elevation of 295.5 m.Β  We used to go there when we were in school. I went to all three schools in just 5 minutes away from my home and so did she. We just said ‘Let’s do it!’

Start the brand new year as hiking, how appropriate of me! πŸ™‚



And there we were, 6 o’clock in the morning, with multiple layer of shirts and trousers, hat, gloves and every accessories we could get for make us warm. It was -14 degC by the way.

Walking to the top of the mountain, vaguely remember the path though. It was so dart, so cold, and all of the foot paths were filled with snow and ice. However the good thing is that we could not see those because it was too dark! We could be brave without any knowledge of condition of paths.

at Bong Won Sa. One of the tower.

An San is quite famous for people because there is a big temple called Bong Won Sa. It was quite and peaceful. We can go to the top through the temple. Seriously there was no other people, I was expected few more companions because we didn’t know there very well but noooo.

Well, so we just walk and walk.

Because An San is quite small, people developed many routes to hike. They are coming from various direction. For a while it was just Sunmi and myself but when we reached 450m to the top, suddenly we bumped into so many hikers for sunrise.

It takes about half an hour to hike up to the top. Not bad! Well, only less than 300 m high, but still very good. Yeah, this is very good place for getting a fresh nose.


There was already many people on the top of the mountain. The place called Bong Su Dae because there is Bong su at the top which is one of the signal system in the old days. People spread the news by fire up the Bong su.


All of us are standing to East and wait. It was quite nice sky actually but little cloudy around the horizon. It was still pretty dark, but the view of Seoul, wow. just amazing. I didn’t know but this spot is one of the most popular spot for night view of the city of Seoul. Hm, I was taking it for granted for years. πŸ™‚ And there was moon and Jupiter to make this day prettier.


Night view of Seoul. Nice!

Moon and Jupiter.

Sunrise was supposed to around 7:30 am but we had to wait a little longer because of the light cloud. More and more people came in…

Just before sun comes up.

Finally the cloud turned into slightly red-ish and there she was! Beautiful sun. Wow.By the time my body was freezing up again, there she was, warms me up.

Yes it is just the same sun like yesterday but everything could be meaningful when you give them one. πŸ™‚

The first sun of the year 2011.

So there it is, the first sunrise of the year 2011. We were very tired to get up so early and hike but it was really rewarding feeling.

I feel pretty good. Good vibe, don’t you think?

Cheers to all of us πŸ™‚

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Simon says:

    What a lovely and original way to start a New Year! Braving the freezing cold and hiking to get a superb view and catch the first sunrise…

    I wish you a super fabulous 2011 πŸ™‚

    • Juno says:

      Wish you a great 2011 as well! πŸ™‚ How was your New Year’s celebration? Any adventure involved? πŸ™‚ Hiking in the cold weather was great, meaningful and all.. but I miss being in warm weather. Brr! I may have to travel to somewhere warm again! hehe πŸ™‚
      Happy New Year !

  2. Meaghan says:

    GIRL, you crazy…. it’s too cold to go hiking at 5am! Didn’t you say it was like -10 in seoul!

  3. LeslieTravel says:

    You have the right idea– this looks like the perfect way to usher in the New Year πŸ™‚

  4. Erica says:

    This is so incredibly beautiful.

  5. Ted Nelson says:

    Beautiful pics and a great adventure to start of the 2011 year.

  6. Juno, I did a midnight run on New Year’s Eve– so you and I did something energetic…great feeling!

    I love your spirit of adventure and you braving the cold. -14 Celsius, my goodness! I wouldn’t have ever stepped out in that weather. Hope you have a great 2011!


    • Juno says:

      Midnight run??! Oh my.. That’s inpiring! I am not sure I can handle that.. haha !
      -14degC was not bad because at least it wasn’t windy. Phew!
      Cheers to one great year, 2011!! πŸ™‚

  7. What a beautiful moment to document! Now I wish I had thought of it, dang it!

    I can’t believe you did this when it was so freezing cold, but I’m glad you did! Thanks for sharing!

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Emily! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!
      The hardest part was…. got up. πŸ™‚ Man that was hard.. but yes I’m also glad we did that. Happy to share!

  8. Scott Lackey says:

    Great idea; beautifully written. Love the progressive series of images. What a way to start things out in ’11. Happy New Year!

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