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Guide to Beaches in Busan / Geojedo Island


The sweaty summer season is upon us, bringing with it long, muggy days of unrelenting heat. If you’re longing for cool ocean waters, soaring seagulls and a jaunty line of beach parasols, it’s time to hit the road!

Out of all of Korea’s fine beaches, it is perhaps the beaches located along the southern coast that are the most famous: beach where clean, blue ocean waters run alongside stretches of pristine sandy beaches. Keep reading for a short briefing on the major beaches of Busan (부산), one of the major seaside cities in the South, and Geojedo Island (거제도), home of beautiful Mongdol Beach and the area’s shipbuilding industry.

 
 
Songjeong Beach (송정 해수욕장) is a soft, sandy beach that graces the coastline along with a number of gentle rolling hills and small clusters of trees. The shallow water is generally calm with very small waves, making this spot the perfect place for a family vacation. A quiet and peaceful atmosphere pervades here, attracting visitors who are looking for rest and relaxation away from the gaudy and overcrowded tourist beaches. The view of the deep blue sea and green pine forest as seen from Songiljeong in Jukdo Park is just like a scene from a postcard. The fresh seafood restaurants along the beach only add to the area’s picturesque charm.
Transportation: Go out Exit #9 of Jangsan Station, Busan Subway Line 2. Take a Bus #180 to ‘Songjeong Gas Station.’ Walk for about 300m towards the beach.
Korea Travel Phone : +82-51-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Go to Songjeong Beach
Busan Tourism Official Site: http://etour.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Busan Accommodation List
Haeundae Beach (해운대 해수욕장) is one of the major beaches in Busan, visited annually by 20million people. It is such a popular vacation spot for Koreans that the number of visitors to the beach each year is used as a measure of the number of people going on summer vacation that year. Although one end of the beach is lined with groves of trees, the main draw of the beach is its spirited, youthful atmosphere and modern conveniences; visitors can find a number of luxury hotels and restaurants all along the coast. Haeundae Beach is particularly popular among international visitors, with more internationals visiting this beach than any other beach in the country. Major natural attractions in the area are Dongbaek Island, Oryukdo Island, and Dalmaji Hill. Make sure to hit this particular beach early in the season in June or July since the beach becomes super crowded in July and August.
 
Transportation: Go out Exit #3 or 5 of Haeundae Station (Subway Line 2) and walk for about 550m
Korea Travel Phone : +82-51-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Go to Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Hompage: http://sunnfun.haeundae.go.kr (Korean)
Busan Tourism Official Site: http://etour.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Busan Accommodation List
Related Column: Busan City Tour
Gwangalli Beach (광안리 해수욕장), located to the west of Haeundae Beach, is known for its pristine water. The beach is a favorite hangout of the young and is usually more crowded than other beaches (with the exception of Haeundae Beach). Here, visitors can enjoy the unique, downtown-like atmosphere of numerous cafés, exotic restaurants (including over 300 sashimi restaurants), and shopping malls. Visitors can even check out the outdoor stage set up on the beach, where a range of festivals, programs, and events are held throughout the beach season. There’s plenty to see; visitors are especially advised not to miss the night view of Gwangandaegyo Bridge, a breathtaking display of light and color.
 
Transportation: Take Subway Line 2 to Gwangan Station. Go out Exit #3 or 5 and walk 700m
Korea Travel Phone : +82-51-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Go to Gwangalli Beach
Suyeong-gu Office Homepage: www.suyeong.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Busan Tourism Official Site: http://etour.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Busan Accommodation List
RRelated Column: Busan City Tour
Gujora Beach (구조라 해수욕장), famous for its natural beauty and clear ocean water, has a gently rising hill to the east, a mountain peak to the west, and a small island offshore. This beach is one of the crown jewels of the area, providing a place of comfort and relaxation with a fascinating and awe-inspiring natural backdrop. Stores nearby the beach sell local specialties like anchovies and seaweed, and the neighborhood restaurants serve only the freshest seafood. After you’ve had a chance to soak up the sun, take a boat from the nearby Gujora Harbor and take a tour of the tourist attractions like ‘Haegeumgang’ and ‘Oedo,’ an island full of exotic tropical plants. There are also a variety of pensions (inns) and lodging places located within a short walk of the beach.
 
Transportation:
* Address : Gyeongsnagnam-do Geoje-si Ilun-myeon Gujora-ri
* Seoul -> Gujora Beac: Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal (Subway line 3) -> Gohyeon Intercity Bus Terminal (5-hour trip) -> take a bus to Gujora (40-minute bus ride)
Korea Travel Phone: +82-55-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Geoje Tourism Official Site: http://english.geoje.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Geoje Accommodation List
Hakdong Mongdol Beach (학동 흑진주 몽돌 해변) is one of the most famous beaches on Geojedo Island. Instead of sand, the beach (1.2km long and 50m wide) is made up of large, black pearl-like pebbles. Unlike other beaches along the southern coast, the beach has deep waters and rough waves, making it perfect for water sports like banana boating. Swimmers, however, are urged to take extra caution. Not far from the beach is a small village where visitors can find restaurants and lodging. Visitors to Goejedo Island, even those who are not typically beach-goers, visit the beach because of its famous sightseeing places like ‘Haegeumgang’ and ‘Oedo,’ which can be reached by taking a short boat ride from the harbor.
 
Transportation:
* Address: Gyeongsnagnam-do Geoje-si Dongbu-myeon Hakdong-ri
* Seoul -> Hakdong Mongdol Beach: Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal (Subway line 3) -> Gohyeon Intercity Bus Terminal (5-hour trip) -> Take a bus to Hakdong (40-minute bus ride)
Korea Travel Phone: +82-55-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Go to Hakdong Mongdol Beach
Geoje Tourism Official Site: http://english.geoje.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Geoje Accommodation List
 
Date 07/20/2010



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