It is Day 2 of the A to Z blogging challenge and I am already having trouble keeping up my pace, health problems galore! But I have decided to ignore all the boring stuff and focus on what I love doing – Blogging. Keeping up with my intention to post every single day this month, I thought it would be easy to do something that I know well (plus I am not good at writing fiction) so I am going to take you with me to the best beaches in South Korea!
I have not travelled extensively in Korea but in the past 2 years, I have seen a few famous Tourist places and here are my favorite beaches:
1. Jeondongjin beach
2. Naksan beach
3. Samyang Black Sand Beach (Jeju)
4. Jungmun beach (Jeju)
5. Gyeongpo beach
One of the main things you should know about this list is that I prefer sandy beaches which are relaxing and beautiful. The best beaches in South Korea are on the east side and in Jeju. All the three beaches (1, 2 and 5) are on the mainland east coast and are close enough to each other to be covered in one trip. They are all accessible through Gangeung Express Bus Terminal. The nearest one is Gyeongpo, then Naksan and then Seokcho (not in the list because I have not visited it). Jeongdongjin falls on the other side but less than an hour away from the terminal!
I loved the Jeongdongjin beach the most. It’s a beautiful white sandy beach with loads of seashells and a view of the sunrise plus it was not crowded at all when we went there. We stayed at the Sun Cruise Resort and it was easily accessible from the place. We spent quite a lot of time on the beach and it was very relaxing!
Watch a small video to enjoy the beauty of the Jeongdongjin beach:[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I5lEed5o-s&w=500&h=400&rel=0]
Naksan beach is deemed the best in Mainland Korea (excluding Jeju) by many while some claim Seokcho beach to be the most beautiful beach on South korea. I have been to Naksan beach and it was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. I suggest this over Seokcho beach because there is a peak (called Nak-san) where you can hike (more like climb a few set of stairs) and take a better look at the sea and also visit the Naksansa (temple)! This one is actually the most beautiful beach I have ever seen but I consider this my second favorite because the waves hit the shore at an angle. All the east coast beaches are like that including Gyeongpo, Jeongdongjin, Seokcho and Naksan; the land is higher than the water level (at least in summer). The photo and video explains it better!
Experience the beauty of the Naksan beach:[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaPHbqL08Xo&w=500&h=400&rel=0]
SAMYANG BLACK SAND BEACH (JEJU)
* This photo belongs to Korea Tourism organization
The most relaxing beach I have ever been to, Samyang Black Sand beach in Jeju boasts of a sand with medicinal properties and the long shoreline is ideal for a walk! The sand was wonderful and the water was just beautiful. All the beaches in Jeju are spectacular but this one is my favorite (in Jeju)! I could not find any photo of this beach in my collection 🙁
JUNGMUN BEACH (JEJU)
Jungmun Beach is the most popular beach in Jeju and probably the most crowded one! The surroundings are beautiful too. The beach is smaller compared to Naksan and Gyeongpo beach. The tides there are high and ideal for some beach fun. We spent 3 hours playing in the water! The sand at this beach is a mix of black, red, brown and white and has a coarse texture. Not really ideal for a long walk or jog but I did take a walk anyway! It was the first sandy beach I ever visited in my life.
Of all the beaches I have ever visited, I have spent the most amount of time at the Gyeongpo! We stayed for 7 hours, had fun Parasailing and later playing in the water. It was very crowded but that might be because it was just two weeks before the official closing date of the beaches in Korea – 31st August. The sand is nice but like Naksan beach it is quite high and the tides hit at an angle so the walk along the beach is not very comfortable if you want to keep your feet wet! I took some really good Panorama shots here.
– The costs of beach umbrellas, mats etc. is really high so carry your own if you can!
– Visit the beaches when they are open, usually the dates are from July to August only.
– If you are a vegetarian or a fussy eater (or both like me), be prepared to stay hungry because it is impossible to find a good meal. I basically stayed alive on bagel, french fries and cookies! But if you are a seafood lover or a Korean food lover (or both like my husband and friends) you will be in paradise!
I had read good things about Busan but some of my friends who have been there say that the west coast beaches are not as good. So which are your favorite beaches?