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 in Yangyang is the nation’s first surfing-only beach, stretching around 1 kilometer along Hajodae 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).”
At the surfing school, you can easily rent equipment and take surfing lessons, guided by a qualified instructor.
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!
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 Alehouse was designed with a resort concept. Their signature menus are Chicago-style pizza and roasted corn kernels.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.