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Head to Yangyang, Korea’s Surfing Paradise

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Surfyy Beach

Yangyang in Gangwon-do is a popular summer retreat among Koreans for its beautiful coastal scenery. In particular, it became known as a hot spot among surfing enthusiasts after the opening of a beach exclusively for surfing! Head off for a hot summer full of fun at Yangyang’s Surfyy Beach!

Surfyy Beach

  • Surfyy Beach (bottom credits: Writer Min Hyekyung, Surfyy Beach)

Surfyy Beach in Yangyang is the nation’s first surfing-only beach, stretching around 1 kilometer along Hajodae Beach.

Surfyy Beach (credits: Writer Min Hyekyung, Surfyy Beach)

The beach area is complete with rest spaces, cafés, and bars for an exotic attraction full of youthful energy. It has also appeared in plenty of popular dramas, such as KakaoTV & Netflix's “Lovestruck in the City (2020).”

Surfing lesson at Surfyy Beach (bottom right credit: Writer Min Hyekyung, Surfyy Beach)

At the surfing school, you can easily rent equipment and take surfing lessons, guided by a qualified instructor.

Surfyy Beach

  • Address: 119, Hajodaehaean-gil, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양양군 현북면 하조대해안길 119)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Yangyang International Airport or Yangyang Intercity Bus Complex
  • Operating hours
    - Beach: 09:00-20:00, open all year round
    - Surfyy Pass: 09:00-18:00 (Hours subject to change according to sunset time)
  • Fees
    - Surfyy Pass (ages 2 and older) 10,000 won
    * Allows access to paid amenities such as sunbeds; includes one 5,000 won beer (soft drink for minors)
    - Lessons: Surf 60,000 won (Approx. 40 people per session) / Paddleboard 40,000 won (Approx. 28 people per session)
    * Early-bird surf lesson (09:30) 40,000 won
    * Wetsuit rental not included (10,000 won per suit onsite)
    * Lesson and board rentals include Surfyy Pass benefits
    * Separate fees may apply to additional amenities
  • Reservations: Advance registration & payment required online at www.surfyy.com (Korean only)
  • Notices
    - Foreign language support during lessons not available
    - Surfyy Beach is a non-smoking beach and closed to aquatic activities outside of surfing (e.g. – water play, swimming, snorkeling, etc.)
    - Use of personal beach items (e.g. - camping chairs, parasols, play toys, mats, etc.) prohibited

Nearby cafés & pubs

Please Wait

There are lots of unique cafés and pubs along Ingu Beach, near Surfyy Beach. Many of them offer DJ shows on the weekends, or operate with nearby guesthouses to host parties both large and small. For a taste of the uniqueness, the signature menu at Please Wait, located at Ingu Beach, is the ice cream bar latte!

Salty Cabin

If you enjoy socializing in an upbeat atmosphere, be sure to check out the cafés and bars in the area. Many of them offer ocean-view seating. Salty Cabin became especially popular on social media for their fun mixed drinks, such as the Sangria Sunrise. With both indoor and outdoor seating, you can enjoy a drink in the shade and one in the sun!

Singlefin Aleworks

Singlefin Alehouse was designed with a resort concept. Their signature menus are Chicago-style pizza and roasted corn kernels.

Recommended shops

  • Ingu Beach area: Please Wait, Surf World Island Lounge
  • Jukdo Beach area: Salty Cabin
  • Hajodae Beach area: Singlefin Aleworks, Yeppeda Hajodae
    * Refer to shop Instagram accounts for operating schedule and hours
    * Please note, many shops are currently not in operation to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Nearby tourist attractions

Hajodae Rock Beach

Hajodae Pavilion

Hajodae Rock Beach Is a famous attraction in Yangyang, complete with a pavilion atop the cliffs, and plenty of rocky islands and outcroppings. The pavilion itself is surrounded by pine trees, standing in harmony with the rocks and sea.

Pine Tree of Hajodae Rock Beach

One pine tree in particular is very famous among Koreans. Looking out to the East Sea from Hajodae Pavilion, you can see a 200-year-old pine tree growing from the top of the rocky cliff. The tree is used as the background image for national broadcasts during the first verse of the national anthem; many people even call the tree “National Anthem Pine Tree”.

Hajodae Skywalk

You can get an even better view of the coastline by walking to Hajodae Skywalk. The observatory is located within a military-controlled zone, but is open to tourists within set hours.

Hajodae Skywalk

The skywalk offers all kinds of scenes, from the emerald colored East Sea below your feet on the transparent deck, to the stretch of Hajodae Beach, and even fishermen on the rocks. A stroll along Hajodae Dulle-gil, stretching from the observatory to Hajodae Military Rest Area, is a great way to get in some exercise while enjoying the cool sea breeze.

Hajodae Skywalk

  • Address: 54, Haryun-gil, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양양군 현북면 하륜길 54)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Yangyang International Airport or Yangyang Intercity Bus Complex
  • Operating hours
    - April-September 06:00-20:00
    - October-March 07:00-18:00
    * Operating hours strictly enforced
  • Admission: Free

Hajodae Pavilion

  • Address: 29, Hajodaehaean-gil, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양양군 현북면 하조대해안길 29)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 15 min from Yangyang International Airport or Yangyang Intercity Bus Complex
  • Operating hours
    - Summer: 30 min before sunrise - 20:00
    - Winter: 30 min before sunrise - 17:00
    * Operating hours strictly enforced
  • Admission: Free

Naksansa Temple

Naksansa Temple

Naksansa Temple is located atop Obongsan Mountain with an unobstructed view of the East Sea. As one of the three main temples in Korea dedicated to the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, it is famous for its grand 16-meter-tall Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue. They say if you rub the back of the stone frog below the statue, you will be granted a wish.

  • Naksansa Temple’s Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
  • Hongnyeonam Hermitage

Naksansa Temple

  • Address: 100, Naksansa-ro, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양양군 강현면 낙산사로 100)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Yangyang International Airport or Yangyang Intercity Bus Complex
  • Operating hours: 06:00-19:00 (Last admission 18:00), open all year round
  • Admission: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won
    * Teenagers (middle-high school students) / Children (elementary school students)
  • Website: www.naksansa.or.kr (Korean, English)

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* This column was last updated in June 2021, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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