Korea's first sunrise of the new year is expected at 7:26 a.m. over the easternmost islets of Dokdo, the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute said Wednesday.

People on the mainland will see it about five minutes later, starting in the southeastern port city of Ulsan.

The sun will rise over Seoul at 7:46 a.m. and over the southern port city of Busan at 7:31 a.m.

Jeongdongjin Beach in the northeastern port city of Gangneung will see the first sunrise of 2013 at 7:39 a.m., and Jeju Island's Seongsan Sunrise Peak at 7:36 a.m. Jeju is further west than Gangneung, but the dawn comes earlier since sun rises from the southeast rather than directly from the east in winter.

Each time of the sunrise was calculated on the assumption that the places are 0 m above sea level. On higher ground, it can be spotted a little earlier.

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