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Beautiful Nature & Tasty Foods on the West Coast

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  • Date09/23/2021
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Mudflat on the western coast of Korea

Korea’s western coast is home to Garorimman Bay, located between Seosan and Taean. When the tide ebbs, the bay becomes a vast mudflat, one of the top five largest tidal mudflats in the world! It appeared as the main filming location for the “Mudmax” video in the Feel the Rhythm of Korea – Season 2 promotional video series. The area around Garorimman Bay features many beautiful natural attractions, ecological experiences, and tasty foods, all waiting for you to dig in!

Public Transportation to Seosan and Taean

Seoul Central City Terminal -> Seosan Bus Terminal

  • Fare: Deluxe 12,600 won / Standard 8,600 won / Overnight deluxe 13,900 won
  • Travel time: Approx. 2 hr
  • Ticket sales: Ticket sales: Express Bus T-Money app (Korean only), online (www.hticket.co.kr; Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) or at bus terminal

Seoul Central City Terminal -> Taean Bus Terminal

  • Fare: Deluxe 14,300 won / Standard 9,800 won
  • Travel time: Approx. 2 hr 10 min
  • Ticket sales: Ticket sales: Express Bus T-Money app (Korean only), online (www.hticket.co.kr; Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) or at bus terminal

Enjoying the mudflat - Ungdo Mudflat & cafés with a view

Ungdo Mudflat
  • Submerged bridge
  • Mudflat experience

Ungdo Island in Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do is located within the bay, and is connected to the mainland via a bridge that becomes submerged at high tide. Recently, the bridge has become a popular photo spot on social media, with many people walking barefoot into the water when it just barely covers the bridge. When the tide goes out, the mudflat around the island is open to enjoy mudflat experiences like digging up clams through the Ungdo Fishing Village.

Sandhill Café

On the other side of the bay in Taean, you can relax at one of the many cafés looking out over the bay. If you spend enough time here, you can enjoy the unique experience of seeing the landscape change before your eyes; in a way, it’s as mesmerizing as watching a sunrise or sunset. The whole mudflat appears alive, as the sun glistens off the creatures that live here.

Ungdo Island Mudflat

  • Address: Ungdo-ri, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 서산시 대산읍 웅도리)
  • Tidal timing website: www.badatime.com (Korean only)

Ungdo Fishing Village

  • Address: 13-8, Ungdo-ri, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 서산시 대산읍 웅도리 13-8)
  • Directions: Take Bus No. 920 from Seosan Bus Terminal Bus Stop to Daesan Bus Terminal Bus Stop, transfer to Bus No. 246, get off at Ungdo-ri Bus Stop and walk for approx. 20 min
    * Alternatively, take a taxi for approx. 40 min from Seosan Bus Terminal
  • Clam digging experience
    - Fee: 10,000 won per person
    - Availability: April-November
    - What to prepare: extra clothing, towel, hat (boots, hoe & basket rental available)
    * Advance reservation required
  • Kkangtong train village tour
    - Fare: 5,000 per person
    * Kkangtong train currently unavailable due to repair work; inquire about availability before visiting
  • Inquiries: +82-41-666-0997 (Korean only) / +82-10-7185-5799 (Korean only)
    * Ungdo Mudflat is a private property; admission limited to persons signed up for an experience program

Cafés with a view

  • Sandhill Café: 87, Sinduhaebyeon-gil, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 태안군 원북면 신두해변길 87)
  • Badaboda Café: 44-77, Pungeoje-gil, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 태안군 안면읍 풍어제길 44-77)

Unique coastal views – Padori Beach & Sindu-ri Coastal Sand Dune

Padori Beach
Coastal cliff
  • Coastal cave
  • Beach pebbles

The western coast has many attractions aside from the bay, such as Padori Beach. Compared to beaches on the eastern coast, this beach has rougher sand, but is dotted with many pretty beach pebbles, perfect for a tiny souvenir. You’ll have plenty of time to look for the perfect pebble while waiting your turn to take a photo inside one of the coastal caves that formed along the cliff. These caves, carved out over years by the pounding waves, are very popular photo spots on social media.

Sindu-ri Coastal Sand Dune

Also located nearby is Sindu-ri Coastal Sand Dune, the largest coastal sand dune in Korea. The unique desert landscape is well-preserved thanks to the area being a designated Natural Monument. The view at the point where the pasture turns into a sandy desert before meeting the ocean is unforgettable. The sand dunes appear even more golden in the light of fall, the perfect season to spend time walking along the sand dune paths.

Padori Beach

  • Address: 490-85, Mohangpado-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 태안군 소원면 모항파도로 490-85)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min from Taean Bus Terminal
  • Tidal timing website: www.badatime.com (Korean only)
  • Admission: Free

Sindu-ri Coastal Sand Dune

  • Address: Sindu-ri, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 태안군 원북면 신두리)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 30 min from Taean Bus Terminal
  • Admission: Free

Floral abundance – Cheongsan Arboretum

Pampas grass
  • Cheongsan Arboretum
  • “Crash Landing on You” fliming site

If you’ve had your fill of coastal views, turn your gaze inward and head to Cheongsan Arboretum! Overflowing with all kinds of plants, this arboretum is famous for being a filming site of the popular drama “Crash Landing on You (2019).” The arboretum will delight your eyes no matter the season, with various flowers blooming throughout the year in the sweetly decorated themed gardens. In fall, you can get great photos before the backdrop of golden pampas grass or soft pink muhly.

Cheongsan Arboretum

  • Address: 70, Yeonkkot-gil, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 태안군 남면 연꽃길 70)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Taean Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: June-October 08:00-19:00 / April-May 09:00-18:00 / November-March 09:00-17:00
    * Last admission 1 hr before sunset
  • Admission
    - December - March: Adults 6,000 won / Teenagers & senior citizens 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won
    - April – Mid-August: Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers & senior citizens 6,000 won / Children 5,000 won
    - Mid-August – November: Adults 9,000 won / Teenagers & senior citizens 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    * Children (ages 3-7)
  • Bloom seasons:
    - April – Mid-August: Chinese hawthorn, lotus, iris
    - Mid-August – November: Pampas grass, pink muhly

Travel back in time – Haemieupseong Walled Town & Haemi Hotteok

Haemieupseong Walled Town
  • Cheongheojeong Pavilion
  • Garlic bread

Another site that appeared in the “Mudmax” video was Haemieupseong Walled Town. This attraction features beautiful, well-preserved architecture from the Joseon dynasty and has been used as a filming site for many historical dramas. Fans of “Mr. Sunshine” may recognize Cheongheojeong Pavilion, standing between a bamboo grove and a forest of pine trees. The walled town also has a connection with the history of Catholicism in Korea, and was visited by Pope Francis in 2014. While here, the Pope enjoyed garlic bread, a local specialty.

Haemi Hotteok
  • Haemi Hotteok
  • Shopping district near Haemieupseong Walled Town

There are plenty of restaurants selling a wide range of foods in the shopping district near Haemieupsong Walled Town, but the most popular by far is Haemi Hotteok. The sweet griddle cakes here are unique in that they are grilled in margarine rather than the typical cooking oil. They are so popular that the shop has had to instate a limit of 3 hotteok per person. If you’re in the area, be sure to try this super popular dessert!

Haemieupseong Walled Town

  • Address: 143, Nammun2-ro, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 서산시 해미면 남문 2로 143)
  • Directions: Take Bus No. 530, 531, 532, or 543 from Seosan Bus Terminal to Haemi Station Bus Stop
    * Alternatively, take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Seosan Bus Terminal
  • Operating hours: November-February 06:00-19:00 / March-October 05:00-21:00
  • Admission: Free
  • Culture guide service: 10:00-17:00 (Korean only) / Free
    * Advance reservation required (+82-41-688-3069; Korean only)

Haemi Hotteok

  • Address: 15-1, Eupseongmaeul2-gil, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 서산시 해미면 읍성마을2길 15-1)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 3 min from Haemieupseong Walled Town
  • Operating hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays) / Break time 13:00-14:00
  • Price: 1,000 won (Limited to three hotteok per person)

Best local foods – Seosan so bulgogi & Taean ganjang gejang

So bulgogi
  • So bulgogi
  • Godeungeo gui

Seosan and Taean are known to be leading producers of beef and seafood in Korea, earning themselves a reputation as popular food tour destinations. Seosan’s representative menu is so bulgogi (beef bulgogi) made with top quality hanu (Korean beef) produced from the region’s famous cattle ranch. The sweet and savory so bulgogi tastes even better when paired with the flavorful godeungeo gui (grilled mackerel).

Ganjang gejang

Taean’s regional dish is none other than ganjang gejang (soy-marinated crab). Meaty crabs are marinated in soy sauce to boost the crab’s flavors. The marinated meat presents a burst of savory flavor when consumed together with steamed white rice. Once you’ve finished the meat, wrap up your meal by using the crab shell as a bowl to mix any leftover rice and sauce remaining in the shell. The rice, sauce, and crab guts come together to offer a surprise of rich flavors.

So bulgogi restaurant – Seosanbulgogi Baekbanuisin

  • Address: 47-16, Yulji19-gil, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 서산시 율지19길 47-16)
  • Operating hours: 11:30-21:00 / Break time 15:30-17:00
  • Prices: So bulgogi baekban ~15,000 won / Godeungeo gui baekban ~10,000 won

Ganjang gejang restaurant - Hwahaedang

  • Address: 901-8, Geunheung-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 태안군 근흥면 근흥로 901-8)
  • Operating hours: 10:00-20:00 (Closed Tuesdays) / Last order 19:00
  • Price: Ganjang gejang set menu ~40,000 won per person

More Info

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

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