Summer is round the corner and it calls for a beach vacation. Korea is surrounded by water on three sides and has an array of beaches for the beach-bums. Some of these beaches are commercialised, offering watersport activities and great dining options, and others are quiet and secluded. If you wish a beach vacation in Korea, take your pick from this list of top 10 beaches in South Korea.
- Jungmun beach
Jungmun Beach is the southernmost beach of Korea, located at Jeju Island. This 560 meters long beach is a very popular destination for travellers and locals alike.
Water sports like windsurfing or jet skiing can be done here, and water of the beach is warm enough for a dip from the start of summer till around August. The sand of this beach is of varying colours, such as black, red, brown and white. Jungmun Beach is surrounded by picturesque scenery all around, with cliffs and caves and rare plants of many kinds. A Beach Film Festival and a Summer festival held here during the summer season.
- Jeondongjin beach
Jeondongjin Beach is a beautiful white sand beach which offers spectacular sunrise views. Picture the sun rising over the ocean, with golden beams flooding the beautiful pine-covered landscape that surrounds the beach.
The sunrise festival in Jeondongjin Sunrise Park is popular and draws many tourists, especially during the New Year. During other time of the year, Jeondongjin Beach is a great place for people in search of calm and peace. There is also a small alley to the right of the railway station at the beach which leads to a trail up the mountain. Follow that trail for an unforgettable view from the top.
- Hyeopjae beach
Hyeopjae Beach is gorgeous six hundred metre white sand beach along the southern coast of Korea. It offers an amazing sunset view with the Biyangdo Island at a distance. Hyeopjae Beach is very good for swimming as the waters are shallow and coast has a very gentle slope. Sea shells are aplenty on the silver-colored sand and the cobalt-colored waters are crystal clear. The black basalt on one side of the sandy plain makes picturesque scenery. The nearby Hallim Park, which has many shady trees, is a good place for a stroll to seek respite from the heat.
- Naksan beach
Naksan Beach stretches four kilometres along the south coast of mainland Korea. In summer, the beach sees a large number of tourists who are drawn to its beauty. The waters of the beach are shallow and clear, and a peak called Nak-San, accessible with a short hike, offers great views. Other attractions nearby include Naksansa Temple and Uisangdae.
- Sangju beach
Sangju Beach, also along the southern coast of Korea, covers a length of two kilometres and is wider than many other beaches of Korea. It is a beautiful silver sand beach with clear waters and dense groves. The landscape is beautiful with fascinating rocks and a backdrop of Mt. Geumsan. The sunrise from Geumsan Boriam is an awe-inspiring sight. Sangju Beach is exceptionally good for taking long barefoot strolls as the sand is soft. The nearby islands of Namuseom or Dolseum is also a great place to visit for ocean fishing.
- Haeundae beach
Haeundae Beach is a premier tourist destination, and it is a safe for children and novice swimmers. The beach tends to be crowded and lively during the summer owing to its popularity. Haeundae Beach is also famous for the sunrise over the horizon and moonrise from Haewoljeong Pavilion. The hot springs nearby are said to have healing properties. There are various cultural festivals and events taking place throughout the year. The Haemaji (sunrise) Festival, Polar Bear Swimming Contest, Haeundae Sand Festival, Haeundae Beach Festival are a few to mention. Traditional games such as seesaw jumping, Korean wrestling, tuho, tug-of-war and yutnori can also be enjoyed at Folk Square, located nearby.