Planning to have a summer vacation in South Korea? Before packing your luggage and get a visa, first please read various basic informations regarding summer in South Korea. Also don’t forget to check out the calendar of summer festival in South Korea, who knows there are festivals with perfect timing for your vacation schedule. Next, I would like to share various informations regarding interesting places to visit during summertime in South Korea.
South Korea has plenty cool places to visit on summer. But, since summer rhymes with beach, it feels great to recommend the tourism objects starting from the beach category first.
But which beach should I visit? Doesn’t South Korea have plenty of attractive beaches? Well, that is exactly what I would share on this article, it is about tips on how to choose beaches during summer vacation in South Korea and the recommendation of best beaches that you must visit.
First, and the most important one is, get to know with various kinds of beaches in South Korea. Generally, beaches in South Korea are classified into 3 zone category: east coast beaches, west coast beaches, and south coast beaches. All the three types have their own characteristic and uniqueness that you should know as a citizen.
If you love all the casual activities on white sands, try going to east coast beaches. But that doesn’t neccessarily mean that only east coast beaches have the white sand, okay? Eastern beaches also have the coastal line that tends to be flat, vast, and the water is deep and clear.
The sand type is white soft sand so it is comfortable to walk through barefootedly, or even just to lay back and sunbath on the beach side. Some beaches on the east coast are located on Gangwon-do Province, such as Gyeongpo Beach at Gangneung City, Naksan Beach at Yangyang city, and Sokcho Beach at Sokcho.
Gyeongpo Beach is one favorite beach to enjoy sunrise and moonrise. This beach is also attractive as it features various supporting facilities, starting from the general ones (changing room, showers, lockers) up to the water sport facilities such as banana boat, jet ski, etc.
Meanwhile, Naksan beach is interesting as it has wonderful views around the beach, and is also popular as the place to see the first sunrise on new year. On the other hand, Sokcho beach doesn’t only have such a nice white sand. This beach also has a strategic position as it is surrounded by other tourism spots such as Mount Seoraksan and Jodo Island, and it is also featured with various supporting facilities such as locker room, camping ground, and many more.
Unlike the beaches on west coast that are rougher than the east coast. The beach on the western side has the coastal lines that have more rocks and shallow waters. With the tidal area being wide, this beach becomes popular to visit by those who love watching various sea animals on the beach side and those who love sunset more than sunrise.
Some western beaches that must be visited are Eurwangni Beach in Incheon, the province of Gyeonggi-do. This beach is located not too far from Seoul and Incheon, so you don’t need to stay overnight when visiting it.
Daecheon Beach on Boryeong City, Chungcheongnam-do Province, is one of the largest beach on the west coast. This beach has shallow water, so even kids can swim around here.
Muchangpo Beach on Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do Province, is also interesting for its own attractiveness. Besides having the ocean that seems to be “broken apart” due to the tidal influence, this beach is also considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Boryeong City. Other beach on west coast that needs to be visited is Byeonsan Beach on Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, which is a part of Byeonsanbando National Park.
Meanwhile, the southern side of South Korea consists of many islands with beautiful beaches. Each beach has different character, depends on its island. One southern beach that is popular is Jungmun Beach which is located on Jeju Island, a tropical island that becomes one of the main tourism attraction of South Korea (sometimes I would like to review more detailedly about this island).
Jungmun Beach is one of the most visited beaches because its shape is similar to a bowl, and the sand consists of various colors (black, white, grey, and white). No wonder if the beach becomes popular as one of the most romantic shooting location and vacation destination.
Other beach on Jeju Island that is dubbed as a popular beach is Hyeopjae Beach on Hallim-eup. Besides having amazing panorama, Hyeopjae Beach has a slight slope and shallow water, so it is pretty attractive for newbie swimmers.
Haeundae Beach in Busan is also one of the most popular southern beach amongst tourists, and is dubbed as one of the best beaches in South Korea. The water is calm and shallow. It has nice white sand, and is popular as the place to enjoy the beauty of moon. But when summer time comes, this beach could be very crowded by visitors.
Other beach on southern side which is popular on summer is Sangju Beach in Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do. Sangju Beach is the largest beach in south coast of South Korea with pretty landscape. The popular activities to do here are swimming in the ocean, or hiking up the Mount Geumsan which is located nearby the beach.
That was just the list of interesting beaches to visit on summer. Beside beaches, water parks and mountain/valleh could also be other favorite places to get away from the hot air temperature of summer. I will continue about it on other article, okay?
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