A Quaint, Quirky Beach on the East Coast

Jeongdongjin Beach


Jeongdongjin Beach is arguably the most picturesque and interesting beach in Korea. Situated in the southern part of the city of Gangneung along the east coast in Gangwon-do, its sandy beach stretches for over 3 km, surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains. Many people flock to Jeongdongjin Beach early in the morning on New Year's Day to catch its incredible view of the sunrise. But the beach achieved even greater fame after being featured in one Korea's most popular dramas of all time, Sandglass (모래시계), in 1995, with one of its most memorable scenes shot at Jeongdongjin Station. 


Jeongdongjin Station, built just 60 meters from the shoreline in 1962, is the closest active train station to the sea according to the Guinness Book of World Records, which gives both the station and the beach an incredibly unique feel. You can literally take the train straight from Seoul, hop off at Jeongdongjin Station, and be right at the beach. Many young people take the last train leaving from Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul before midnight to make the five and a half hour journey just to see the sunrise from Jeongdongjin with their friends. 


There are also a number of quirky hotels surrounding the beach, including one built like a large sailboat and an even bigger hotel built on top of a cliff overlooking the beach that was actually built like a cruise ship. Fresh seafood, such as shellfish, mussels, sea urchins and sea mustard, is available from restaurants near the beach. The beach has a number of basic facilities, such as shower stalls and changing rooms, and there are plenty of hotels, motels, and guesthouses in the nearby area. 


Company NameJeongdongjin Beach (정동진해변)
Category Family & Living Outdoors & Adventure Shopping
Convenient FacilitiesRestroom, Changing Room, Shower Stalls, Parking Lot, Resting Room

17 Jeongdong 1-gil, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea 17

Take the Yeongdong Line from Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul to Jeongdongjin Station. The beach is directly behind the station.