Korea's Beaches

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Mar 24, 2015

Beaches Around Korea

Beach season is from May-September in South Korea, and with large stretches of coast on the South, East and West you’re good to go. Escaping to the beach for mini holidays is very popular during the Korean summer. High time is July and August, but if you want to escape the crowds aim for late May/early June or mid to late September. Here are some of your options:



South Coast


Haeundae Beach /해운대 해수욕장 – Busan

Busan, baby! There probably isn’t a more famous beach in Korea than Haeundae—Busan’s premier summer destination. In the height of summer, it is ridiculously busy here, with nearly half a million people hitting the beach on Saturdays and Sundays. Haeundae is synonymous with Busan’s reputation as a summer party resort area. As evening falls, party-goers make their way back to their accommodations to get ready for the night ahead. It is a family friendly beach too, with plenty to keep everyone entertained. If you fancy a quiet day in the sun, absolutely do not come here. There are quieter beaches in Busan that will be far more to your taste. Activities include tug-of-war, Korean wrestling and other traditional games.


  1. Directions: Go straight out of Busan station for about 150 meters. Get the 1003 bus, which takes you close to the beach. If not, hop in one of the many taxis waiting to take you there.
  2. Website: Busan’s tourist website has a map of the beach and other information.


Gwangalli Beach /광안리 해수욕장 – Busan

Gwangalli is Busan’s second most visited beach and stretches 1.4 kilometers. For those wishing to escape the crowds of Haeundae, this is a good alternative – it is still busy during the peak months, though. Gwangalli is a more family oriented beach than some others in Busan, offering a range of beach activities including windsurfing, jet skiing and water skiing.


  1. Directions: At Busan station, get on any of the following buses: 41, 42, 140, 239, 240, 139. They all go past Gwangalli beach.
  2. Website: Busan tourist website.


Hyeopjae Beach /협재 해수욕장 – Jeju Island

If you are visiting Jeju Island during the summer, Hyeopjae needs to be on your list of places to see. The sprawling shoreline stretches for 9km while the beach holds approximately 6000 people.

You can go kite surfing, snorkel to check out Jeju’s fish, or just take in the views of Mount Hallasan and the Jeju coast. 


  1. Directions: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take the bus to Hanrim Park.
  2. Website: Jeju Island tourist website.


Jungmun Beach /중문 해수욕장 –Jeju Island

Jungmun may be a relatively small beach, but the incredible scenery makes it one the most popular locations for shooting Korea dramas, movies and advertisements. It even plays host to a Beach Film Festival in the summer. To the right of Jungmun beach there is Haesikgul Cave, a natural sea cave. It’s a huge attraction here.


  1. Directions: Take bus number 600 from Jeju Airport and get off at the Jungmun Tourist Complex. Carry on down the hill for 200-300 meters.
  2. Website: Jeju Island tourist website


Sangju Beach /상주 해수욕장 – Sangju, Gyeongsangnam-do

Also known as Sangju Silver Sand beach, this plays host to visitors all year round. From sun seekers in the summer, to student campers in spring and autumn, to athletes who come to train during the harsh winter months. The beach’s soft, silver sand, nearby hikes, shallow waters and campsite make for an ideal family getaway. Sangju is the largest beach on Korea’s south coast and there is also plenty in terms of shopping and accommodation nearby.


  1. Directions: Take a bus to Namhae Gongyong Terminal. Then take the 30 minute bus toward Sangju, getting off at the beach.
  2. Website: Gyeongsangnam-do tour website


East Coast


Naksan Beach /낙산 해수욕장– Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do

Located close to Mount Seoraksan – a popular national park and beloved hiking destination – Naksan beach is a 4km strip of coastline with a capacity of about 100,000 people. Naksansa Temple, one of Korea’s most well-known temples, can be found just 4km north of the beach. Other facilities found here are volleyball, a wrestling ring, and a 10,000 capacity car park.


  1. Directions: Take a bus to Yangyang Bus Terminal. Get on the number 9 or 9-1 bus and go to the Naksan Station, which is the nearest stop to the beach. The beach is about 300 meters away.
  2. Website: Yangyang County website. More than 20 other Yangyang beaches are listed here, too.


Sokcho Beach /속초 해수욕장 – Sokcho, Gangwon-do

The beach in Sokcho, found high on the east coast, is just one of the many reasons people come here in their droves each year. The 500 meters of beach that is open to the public is set against a dramatic landscape. Visitors to the beach often combine it with hikes on some of the numerous trails offered at Mount Seoraksan.


  1. Directions: Buses to Sokcho run from both Dong Seoul Bus Terminal and Gangnam Express Bus Terminal.
  2. Website: Korean Tourist Organization


Gyeongpodae Beach /경포대 해수욕장 – Gangneung, Gangwon-do

Gyeongpodae beach is located about 50km south of Sokcho and just east of Odaesan National Park. It is the longest of the east beaches at about 6km. The beach and surrounding area (Gyeongpodae) attract visitors each year to the numerous festivals held (Beach Dance Festival, Traditional Literary Festival, Festival of Cherry Blossoms, Beach Festival). Gyeongpodae, the place itself, is famed for its sunrises and moonrises. During the summer, visitors can partake in fly fishing, bungee jumping, boating, water-skiing and other things.


  1. Directions: Go to Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal. From there, take the number 202 to Gyeongpodae.
  2. Website: More than 20 other beaches in Gangneung are listed here, too.


Guryongpo Beach /구룡포 해수욕장 – Pohang, Gyeongsanbuk-do

In Korean mythology, nine dragons, in the midst of a huge thunderstorm, emerged from the sea at Guryongpo beach and flew into the sky. That is where the beach got its name, literally ‘nine dragons’. For those who want to partake in some fishing, the rocks off the coast are an ideal vantage point to catch something. The beach is relatively small in comparison to some of the other beaches on the east side, but offers plenty for visitors. The comparatively mild winter temperatures make it a very popular destination for people looking to get some beach time in, during the chillier months.


  1. Directions: Get to Pohang bus terminal. From there take the bus to Guryeong-po.
  2. Website: Pohang City tourist website. Click here to see a list of all the other beaches in Pohang.



West Coast


Daecheon Beach /대천 해수욕장 – Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do

This beach is found in Boryeong-si, the site of the internationally famous and not to be missed Boryeong Mud Festival (mid-July). A lot of Daecheon’s appeal lies in visiting the mudpack house on the far left hand side of the beach. However, there are loads more things to experience here at the biggest west coast beach. The 3.5km beach has a huge capacity of half a million people and a camping site, 10,000 capacity car park and a tourist information center (only open from July-August).


  1. Directions: Get to Daecheon Station or the Boryeong Intercity bus terminal. From both there are buses to Daecheon Beach.
  2. Website: Boryeong tourist webpage. It also lists all the other beaches in Boryeong.


Eurwangni Beach /을왕리 해수욕장 – Jung-gu, Incheon

Eurwangni is a location ideal for those living in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do that just don’t have the time to get all the way to the south or east coasts. The beach here is convenient and can be done in a single day trip, whereas many of Korea’s beaches require at least an overnight stay. Tread carefully, though, as the shells buried in amongst the white sand can hurt your bare feet. The sea remains shallow until a far distance out, so it is great for younger kids. There are many activities to watch and get involved in. Jet skiing, banana boating, and beach wrestling are all on the agenda here.   


  1. Directions: From Incheon airport take either bus 302 or 306. Get off at Eurwangni Beach stop.
  2. Website: Visit Incheon


Mallipo Beach /말리포 해수욕장 – Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

If it’s great scenery you are searching for, then Mallipo beach is an excellent place to visit. Stretching along the furthermost mainland part of Taean, the beach is part of Taean Coastal Marine National Park. With a capacity of 100,000 people, plenty of people fill the beach during the summer months. Mallipo is one of the ‘Eight Scenic Views of Taean’ listed by the national park. The other seven are easily accessible if you have one full day or a weekend to tour around the park.


  1. Directions: Take an express bus to Taean (buses go from Nambu Terminal, Seoul). From Taean Express bus terminal you can get another bus to Mallipo Beach.
  2. Website: This tourist page also lists Taean’s other beaches.


Byeonsan Beach /변산 해수욕장 – Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do

More than a million people come to Byeongsan beach to enjoy the fir forest, white sands, and shallow, calm waters.


  1. Directions: Once you arrive at Buan bus terminal, get the bus to Gyeokpo. It goes past Byeongsan beach.
  2. Website: Korean Tourist Organization.
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