Welcoming in the new year and surviving the end of the world is more than enough reason to pop open the bubbly and replace your somak with socham. Begin 2013 with a flask of your own homemade makegeolli or skittles soju and countdown your way into one (or two, or three) of the events below. But keep in mind it’s not a real New Years Eve in Seoul unless you end up in a norebang. Chincha NYE tip: be careful not to exert yourself if Gangnam Style comes on, or you could end up like this guy.


As an end-of-the-year nightlife project we’re collecting Twitter and Instagram pics from YOU for NYE 2013 in Seoul. Hashtag your pictures with #chinchanye with your New Year’s Eve shenanigans so that we can get a good overview of what went down the night ’12 turns to ’13. We’ll publish the pics on the site. 

Glen Check Live at Olympic Park

Fans love Glen Check because of their fun beats. Their European-influenced electro pop has led them to headlining the large Olympic Park stadium this New Year’s Eve at what should be a hedonistic, visually-pleasing concert if their festival performances are anything to go by.

Tickets: 44,000 won upwards.

Countdown Fantasy at Mapo Arts Center

Countdown Fantasy is a three-day festival comprising of Korea’s top alternative bands, including The KOXX, Peterpan Complex, Fantastic Drugstore and Annyeongbada. Choose whether to splash out 132,000 for an advance 3-day ticket or 55,000w for a one-day pass.

Tickets: one day advance/ door – 55,000w/60,000w. 3 day advance/ door – 132,000w/ 140,000w.

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown is a concert headlined by Belgian d’n'b star Netsky and supported by Korean electro rock group Idiotape, one of the best bands on the peninsula. Hip hop artists like Korean rapper Verbal Jint have also been added into the mix, with a reported 31 performers appearing at the event altogether. The only problem is the Walkerhill location, which can be a nightmare to get to and from.

Tickets: 66,000 won.

Countdown Seoul 2013

Fed up of reading NYE party titles with Countdown in them yet? This is the final one in our list, a party at Times Square, Seoul, run by the guys partly behind Jisan Rock Festival. The line-up was better for the 2012 event, but it should still be a decent party if last year’s is anything to go by.

Tickets: 55,000 won but they will go up.

Manare at Cakeshop

French DJ Manare will star at Cakeshop’s end of the year party in Seoul. The ghetto and UK music he spins is very much in the Itaewon club’s style so if you generally like the DJs chosen by the forward-thinking venue you’re sure to love this. More info coming soon.

Tickets: TBC

Oh! Records Snowsports Party at Welli Hilli Park

Snowsports getaways are always awesome, but if you want a NYE that doesn’t involve all-night drinking on a hostel floor then Oh! Records, the Seoul-based DJ label, are taking over Welli Hilli Ski Park and you’re invited. Rock group Galaxy Express are headlining, supported by DJs from Oh! Records and 360 Sounds. Plus there’s going to be plenty of snowboarding related prizes up for grabs.

Tickets: various packages. Check  for prices.

New Year’s Eve Celebration Party

If you’re a regular Chincha reader you’ll know that we love Platoon Kunsthalle, the Gangnam arts space that throw some of the most alternative events in Seoul. Their NY celebration is all about looking back at the previous year of art exhibitions, gigs and crazy parties, all while listening to groovy 80s tunes in your best legwarmers.

Tickets: Free

Sweaty basement club FF is well known as the go-to spot in Hongdae for dancing to pop rock till 6am. On Monday night they’re keeping to their usual Saturday night formula with indie bands starting the evening at 7pm and DJ Eddie’s ‘superfun’ dance party going from 12:30am till dawn. Happy hour is from midnight to 1am and drink prices are always reasonable anyway. Maybe a good choice for a stripped down NYE?

Tickets: 15,000 won entry at the door

We’ll be adding to these NYE events as they come in. Keep checking back. If you want to add an event either email or comment below.

Featured image by Claire Harris

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