|Korea, being surrounded by ocean waters on three sides, has a great variety of beaches ranging in different sizes. So if you want to spend your summer vacation in Korea, it’s an absolute must that you visit one of its beaches. The months of July and August in Korea are extremely hot with temperatures rising to 30 degrees Celsius or more. This is why most of the beaches around the nation open in early July and close toward the end of August. If you’re looking forward to splashing around in the sea, why don’t you visit Korea in mid-summer, when the heat reaches its peak? Yet despite this being the ideal season to visit, you can still enjoy a wide array of tourist activities at the beaches all year round such as festivals, water sports and watching the sunrise, in addition to swimming.
|The East Sea
|The East Sea has a simple coastline, clear waters and expansive beaches with white sands, making it the perfect spot to enjoy your leisure time. The sunrise over the East Sea is well known for its spectacular beauty, and most beaches in the area hold a Haemaji (sunrise greeting) festival every year. The sunrise festival takes place on New Year’s Day, but the sun slowly emerging over the ocean horizon is a sight to see throughout the year, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy this breathtaking view of the sunrise if you are visiting the East Sea.
Beach in Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
Sokcho Beach, which is famous for its expansive white sands and clear
waters, is also well known for its spectacular views against the backdrop
of pine groves. There are many tourist sites nearby including Mt. Seoraksan,
which give tourists the chance to easily visit other places as well. This
is a great vacation site as it has various visitor facilities (parking
lots, campsites, etc.) as well as lodging. In addition to swimming in
the ocean, you can enjoy ocean fishing in Jodo Island. Next to a breakwater
is a fisheries market where you can indulge yourself in fresh raw fish,
but the biggest benefit Sokcho Beach has to offer is its convenient transportation.
It is close to the Express Bus Terminal (about 500 meters) and it is so
easy to find that even foreigners unfamiliar with the area will have no
problem sighting it.
There is a Haemaji (sunrise greeting) festival on January 1 of
every year and a Sokcho Beach Festival (mid-July to early-August every
year) in the summertime.
Size of beach:700m in length, 50m in width
and 29,000㎡ of white sand beach.
Visitor facilities: Shower room (two,
each with a maximum occupancy of 240), locker room, campsite (about 12000㎡),
auto campsite, volleyball court, small soccer field, jokgu (hybrid of
soccer and volleyball) field, outdoor stage, parking lot (500 cars), and
information center (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese; open only when
the beach is (early July – end of August), walk along white sand beach
*Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (subway line no. 2; Gangbyeon Station) → Sokcho (Duration: 2 hours, 50 minutes – 3 hours, 30 minutes; First bus is at 06:25 and last bus is at 23:00).
* Seoul Express Bus Terminal (subway line no. 3; Express Bus Terminal Station) → Sokcho (Duration: 4 hours; The first bus is at 06:30 and the last bus is at 23:30).
=> After exiting Sokcho Express Bus Terminal, turn left and continue walking straight 500 meters, and you will find Sokcho Beach.
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|Gyeongpodae Beach in Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Gyeongpodae Beach is the largest beach on the east coast and is about a kilometer away from Gyeongpodae, which is a famous site for viewing the sunrise and moonrise. The greatest pride of Gyeongpodae Beach is the coast, which is covered with fine, clean sand. The sand quality is quite nice, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a hot sand bath or a walk, barefooted. Another of Gyeongpodae Beach’s assets is that there are a wide variety of things to enjoy in addition to swimming.
You can tour Gyeongpodae Beach in the Gyeongpo tourism carriage and enjoy recreational sports including banana boating, jet skiing and water skiing (When the beach is open from early July to the end of August from sunrise to sunset.). Every year, at the end of July, a Summer Beach Art Festival is held. Many cultural events such as folk performances and the Ocean Art Festival lure the people’s attention.
Size of beach: 6km in length, 80m in width and 144,000㎡ of white sand beach.
Visitor facilities: Shower room (80 shower baths), locker room, campsite (2,800 areas available for building tents at once), auto campsite (23000㎡), fountain and parking lot (1,000 cars)
* Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (subway line no. 2; Gangbyeon Station) → Gangneung
(Duration: 3 hours; First bus is at 06:31 and the last bus is at 23:00).
* Seoul Express Bus Terminal (subway line no. 3) → Gangneung (Duration:
2 hours, 50 minutes; The first bus is at 06:00 and the last bus is at 23:30).
=> In front of Gangneung Express Bus Terminal, take bus no. 202 (passes
every 20 minutes; a 20-minute ride) → Get off at Gyeongpo Beach. It is ten
minutes away by taxi.
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|Naksan Beach in Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
Naksan Beach is a famous site on the east coast along with Gyeongpo Beach. The beach boasts clear waters, thick pine groves and various facilities including lodging complexes and convenience stores. The quality of the sand is also good, making it a great beach to visit. Naksan Beach is also popular since it’s located close to Mt. Seoraksan, a national park; Uisangdae Pavilion, where the view of the sunrise is breathtaking; and Naksansa Temple, where the huge white statue of Gwaneum is situated. There is a wide array of seaside events in the summertime, but the largest event of all is the sunrise celebration on January 1.
Size of beach: 4km of white sand
beach, 60,000 of maximum occupancy at once
Shower room (five, maximum occupancy of 180), locker room, wrestling ring, small volleyball court and parking lot (10,000 cars)
* Seoul Express Bus Terminal (subway line no. 3; exit no. 1) → Yangyang (Duration: 3 hours, 40 minutes; first bus is at 06:30 and the last bus is at 23:30).
* Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (subway line no. 2; Gangbyeon Station) → Yangyang (Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes; the first bus is at 06:30 and the last bus is at 18:19).
=>In front of Yangyang Cross-Country Bus Terminal → Board intra-city bus
no. 9 or 9-1 en route to Naksan → Get off at Naksansa Station and walk five
minutes (only 200-300 meters away).
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|Guryongpo Beach in Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Guryongpo Beach’s name comes from the myth of nine dragons that appeared from the ocean and flew up into the sky. The beach is characterized by its crescent-shaped coastline and charming pine groves behind the beach. Although the beach is not especially large, the view of the coast is beautiful and there are many facilities for visitors, which gets very crowded during the holiday season. This area is especially popular among those who want to enjoy swimming and fishing since the waters are clear, and people can enjoy fishing off the rocks along the seashore as well.
Size of beach: 400m in length,
50m in width, and 20,000㎡ of white sand beach, 10,000 of maximum occupancy.
Shower room (two, maximum occupancy of 24) locker room, fountain and parking lot (2,200㎡)
* Seoul Express Bus Terminal (subway line no. 3; exit no. 1) → Pohang (Duration: 4 hours, 40 minutes; The first bus is at 06:00 and the last bus is at 23:30).
* Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (subway line no. 2; Gangbyeon Station) → Pohang (Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes; the first bus is at 07:00 and the last bus is at 24:00)
=> In front of Pohang Cross-Country Bus Terminal → Take intra-city bus no. 200 (a 40-minute ride) → Get off at the last stop, which is the Guryongpo stop, and take a taxi (around 2,500 won)
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|Most of the beaches on the West Sea offer convenient transportation. If you leave from Seoul, you can enjoy a day trip, making the West Sea an extremely popular place among travelers who don’t have much time on their hands. In addition, most of the beaches on the West Sea have foreshores, allowing you to enjoy the ecological marine life, and appreciate the beautiful sunsets
|Eurwangni Beach in Incheon, Gyeonggi-do
Eurwangni Beach is lined with pine trees and has beautiful rocks and stones on either side of its white sands. It is a popular day trip destination because of its close proximity to Seoul and to Incheon International Airport. The water is quite shallow, so even children can enjoy swimming in the sea, and there are various unique lodging facilities available. You can also rent a boat and sail out on the water or fish from the rocks along the edge of the seashore. However, the beach has many shells in the white sand, which means it’s not an ideal place to walk around barefoot. At Eurwangni Beach, there is an annual sea festival every August that allows people to enjoy swimming in the sea and wrestling on the beach.
Size of beach: 400m of white
sand beach, 30,000 of maximum occupancy.
Visitor facilities: Shower room, locker room and parking lot (600 cars)
* From Seoul
Get off at Incheon Station (subway line no. 1) → Take a taxi (around 2,000 won) or from Incheon Station Square, take bus no. 2, 15, 23, 45, 51, 101 or 550 → Arrive at Wolmido (Duration: 10 minutes) → At the wharf, board a passenger ship en route to Yeongjongdo (Duration: 10 minutes; ships sail every 30 minutes) → Arrive at Yeongjongdo and take a bus to Yongyu from the stop by the wharf → Get off at Eurwangni Beach (Operates frequently; Duration: 50 minutes).
* From Incheon International Airport
From the third floor of Incheon International Airport, take bus no. 301 (every 15 minutes; bus stop 6B or 13A), 306 (every 15 minutes; bus stop 2A or 9A) or 202 (every 60 minutes; bus stop 5) → Get off at Eurwangni Beach (Duration: 10-15 minutes).
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Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Daecheon Beach, which is the biggest beach on the west coast, is known
for its shallow waters and calm waves, making it the perfect place for
a family getaway, since even children and seniors can enjoy a day at the
beach. The sand at Daecheon Beach is especially soft because it is composed
of shells that were eroded into sand over time, and the sand washes off
The upper portion of the beach has fine, soft sand while the lower portion
of the beach is composed of firmly packed sand, allowing you to enjoy
both a stroll along the beach or a sand bath. As the biggest beach on
the west coast, it offers various visitor facilities, as well as a park,
and holds various events such as the Daecheon Beach Festival and a yacht
race. There is a mudpack house located on the far west side of Daecheon
Beach where you can enjoy Boryeong mud, which is famous around the world.
Vi Size of beach:
3.5km in length and 100m in width of white sand beach, 500,000 of maximum
sitor facilities: Shower room (three, maximum occupancy of 90),
locker room, campsite (100 paid tents), fountain, cooking area, parking
lot (10,000 cars) and tourist information center (Korean, English, Japanese,
Chinese; open only when the beach is open (early July – end of August)
* Central City Express Bus Terminal (Express Bus Terminal Station on subway
line no. 3; Honam line) → Daecheon, Boryeong-si (Duration: 2 hours, 20
minutes; The first bus is at 06:00 and the last bus is at 21:50).
=> From the bus stop in front of the Daecheon Terminal, take a bus
that goes to Daecheon Beach → Get off at Daecheon Beach (passes every
10 minutes; a 20-minute ride).
* Every summer, there is a direct bus from Central City Express Terminal
to Daecheon Beach, so use this bus if it is available (duration and period
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|Muchangpo Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Muchangpo Beach, which was the first to be opened on the west coast, is where you can enjoy a special experience referred to as the “Miracle of Moses.” The sea parts twice a month (around the midpoint and last day of the lunar month) on Seokdaedo Island. You can catch seafood such as turban snails and octopus while walking along the dry path in the middle of the sea. You can also watch traditional fishing on the foreshore, where people use the rock piles for catching fish. (The time the ocean parts varies a little each month, so you’ll need to check before visiting. Call +82-41-1330; Information available in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.)
Muchangpo Beach, which offers many exciting and enjoyable activities, has shallow waters and the water temperature is just right, making the beach a great place to go swimming. The glow of the setting sun at Muchangpo is known as one of the eight spectacular sights of Boryeong-si. The sight from the breakwater is especially beautiful.
Size of beach: 1.5km of white
sand beach, 120,000 of maximum occupancy.
Visitor facilities: Shower room (one), locker room (one), campsite, fountain and parking lot (800 cars)
* Central City Express Bus Terminal (Express Bus Terminal Station on subway line no. 3; Honam line) -> Daecheon, Boryeong-si (Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes; The first bus is at 06:00 and the last bus is at 21:50).
=> Go from Daecheon Cross-Country Bus Terminal to Daecheon Station (two minutes by foot).
→ In front of Daecheon Station, board an intra-city bus to Muchangpo Beach (40 minutes) → Get off at Muchangpo Beach.
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|Byeonsan Beach in Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Byeonsan Beach, which is one of the three main beaches on the west coast along with Daecheon and Mallipo Beach, is a beautiful gem that is part of Byeonsanbando National Park. Byeonsan Beach has a long stretch of fine sand, and the average depth of the water is only one meter. The beach is a perfect place to take a dip in the sea since the waters are calm and warm. One of the most notable characteristics of Byeonsan Beach is that it offers breathtaking scenery. The white sands and green pine groves are especially picturesque. It is lacking in only one regard: despite the fact that the beach was opened in the 1930s and has been around for a long time, there is not much lodging or tourist facilities nearby. However, there are mountains and other beaches nearby, so you can easily find a place to stay not too far away.
Size of beach: 2km of white sand
Visitor facilities: Shower room (two, which can also be used as a locker room, maximum occupancy of 30), campsite, a fountain and parking lot (150 cars)
* Central City Express Bus Terminal (Express Bus Terminal Station on subway line no. 3; Honam line); Board a bus to Buan (Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes; The first bus is at 06:50 and the last bus is at 19:30).
=> From the Buan Cross-Country Bus Terminal, board a direct bus to Gyeokpo (passes every 40-50 minutes; a 30-minute ride) → Get off at Byeonsan Beach.
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|There are a countless number of islands in the southern sea. Each beach has a different atmosphere according to the characteristics of the island on which it is found. It is where Jeju Island, a favorite tourist site in Korea, is located, enabling travelers to enjoy a beautiful sight of the ocean that differs from the landscape on the eastern or western coast.
|Jungmun Beach in Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Jungmun Beach, which is located right next to the Jungmun Tourist Complex, has a uniquely elongated sandy plain. Towering over the black, white, red and grey sand called jinmosal and the white sandy beach, which is curved like a bow, are the stunning black rocks of Jeju Island. Thanks to its breathtaking scenery, it is a popular place for filming movies, television dramas and commercials, and also as a romantic destination. To the right of the beach, one can see a natural cave and a cliff, which is covered with various rare plants, enabling you to observe the local ecosystem. The current is swift, making it a good place to enjoy water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing. During the summer season, a Beach Film Festival and a Summer Festival is held.
Size of beach: 560m in length
and 50m in width of white sand beach
Visitor facilities: Shower room (three), locker room (three), campsite and parking lot
Take exit no. 1 at Jeju International Airport → From the airport bus stop to the left, take airport bus no. 600 → Get off at the Hyatt Hotel in the Jungmun Tourist Complex (passes every 15 minutes; a 50-minute ride) → Walk down the hill for about 5 minutes (around 200 meters).
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|Hyeopjae Beach in Hallim-eup, Jeju-do
Hyeopjae Beach is a great place for novice swimmers because the waters are shallow and the coast is very gently sloped. The silver-colored sands are filled with shells and the emerald ocean waters are so clear that the ground can be seen from above water like a watercolor painting. The sight is all the more beautiful because of the black basalt on one side of the sandy plain, and the view of Biyangdo Island from the ocean. The sand is relatively firm, making it just right for a stroll. You can also set up a tent and enjoy camping in the forest grove behind the beach.
When you’ve had enough swimming for the day, you can visit Hallim Park, which is just a five-minute walk away. Hallim Park is abundant with subtropical plants, which makes as a good place to rest in a shady spot to escape the heat.
Size of beach: 200m in length and 60m in width of white
sand beach, 6,000 of maximum occupancy.
Visitor facilities: Shower room (occupancy of more than 10 at once), locker room, campsite (2000~3000 of occupancy), summer police stand, small clinic and parking lot (40 small and 10 large cars)
Jeju International Airport → Take bus no. 100 or 200 from the airport or a taxi (around 2,000 won) and go to Jeju Cross-Country Bus Terminal → Take a cross-country bus to Seohoeseon Ilju Road (passes every 20 minutes) → Get off at Hallim Park (45 minutes) and you will find Hyeopjae Beach directly adjacent. If you take a taxi from Jeju Cross-Country Bus Terminal, it will take 35-40 minutes.
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|Haeundae Beach in Haeundae-gu, Busan-si
Haeundae Beach, which is one of eight popular spots in Korea, also remains the country’s premier beach. Its waters are shallow and there is almost no change in the tide. In the summertime, this place gets so crowded with many vacationers that there is almost no room to stretch out, and it is very popular among foreigners. The white sands of Haeundae Beach are rough, which makes it easy to brush off of one’s body. The beach is also famous for the sunrise over the horizon and the sight of the moonrise from Haewoljeong Pavilion. Haeundae’s Dalmaji Road, which is located between Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach, is a great spot from which to enjoy an elegant view of the moon. There are many hot springs nearby, enabling visitors to ease away their fatigue after swimming in the ocean.
It is said that Queen Jinseong of Silla completely recovered from a disease after bathing in these hot springs. Haeundae Beach is also famous for its various cultural events and festivals throughout the year. The Haemaji (sunrise greeting) festival and Polar Bear Swimming Contest are held in the winter, the Haeundae Sand Festival and Haeundae Beach Festival are held in the summer, and the Busan International Film Festival is held in the autumn. The beach is always alive with the excitement and fun of festivals all year round.
Size of beach: 1.8km in length
and 50m in width of white sand beach, 120,000 of maximum occupancy.
Visitor facilities: room (three), locker room and parking lot (4,800 cars)
* Seoul Station (subway line no. 1 or 4) → Busan (Duration: KTX: 2 hours, 40 minutes; Saemaeul train: 4 hours, 40 minutes; Mugunghwa train: 5 hours, 20 minutes. The first train is at 05:25 and the last train is at 23:00)
=> * Exit Busan Train Station and take the subway from Busan Station (subway line no. 1) → Change to subway line no. 2 at Seomyeon Station → Get off at Haeundae Station (subway line no. 2) and take exit 3 or 5 (approximately 45 minutes by subway) → Go straight toward the beach (10 minutes on foot).
* Exit Busan Station and board bus no. 302 at the bus stop to the right (in front of the Samsung building) → Get off at Haeundae Beach Stop (Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes).
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|Sangju Beach in Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Sangju Beach, the biggest beach on the southern coast, has all the ideal features: good sand, clear waters and beautiful groves. Fascinating rocks and stones add to the beautiful landscape, and the beach is cozy since it is sheltered by Mt. Geumsan. Visitors can enjoy both mountain hiking and swimming in the ocean. The silver-colored sand on the beach is exceptionally soft, making it a pleasant place for a barefoot stroll. The thick pine groves that surround the white sand are also the pride of Sangju Beach. The beach has many tourist facilities including a shopping center and lodging, and on one side of the sandy beach is a campsite that is popular among youths.
Size of beach: 2km in length and
20,000㎡ of white sand beach, 120,000 of maximum occupancy.
Visitor facilities: Shower room (maximum occupancy of 400), locker
room (one), campsite, fountain and parking lot (200 small cars)
* Nambu Bus Terminal (subway line no. 3; Nambu Terminal Station) → Namhae
(Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes; The first bus is at 08:30 and the last bus
is at 19:00).
=> From Namhae Terminal, board the bus to Sangju → Get off at Sangju
Beach (Duration: 30 minutes).
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