Beaches in South Korea

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Three of South Korea's borders are edged by the sea, making it a decent spot to visit some beaches. If you're looking for a bit of the sand and sea, here are some South Korea beaches that should do the trick.

Northeast

In the northeast of the country you can head to Samcheok and Soeraksan National Park for a bit of beach action. Samcheok has some beautiful silver sand beaches that are surrounded by pretty pine trees. Also popular is Sokcho beach, which is within easy distance of Seoraksan National Park and the mountains. Sokcho is great for clear waters and pretty views.

Northwest

In the northwest you can visit Taean or Boryeong for the sand and sun. Taean includes about 15 beaches, the most famous of which is Malipo, known for its soft sands and blue waters. Unfortunately an oil spill in December 2007 left most of Taean's beaches devastated, but the cleaning effort was immense and visitors are enjoying the area once again. Beoyeong on the other hand is known mostly for Daecheon beach, where the Boryeong Mud Festival is held every year. The sands are white and the mud is said to be very skin-friendly.

Southeast

Busan by night's Haeundae and Seogwipo beaches are the most popular in Korea, and Gwangalli is famous for the restaurants and bars that run the length of the beach. Ulsan has Jinha beach which is great for seclusion and has decently clean waters in which to swim. Finally, in Pohang you can visit the more commercialized beach of Bukbu or the more natural beaches of Chilpo and Wolpo.

Southwest

Haenam is popular for Songho beach, with its warm waters and seashells. The water is also pretty shallow which makes it a popular destination for families with younger children. Byeonsan boasts the prestigious honor of having what was dubbed Korea's first beach. The sands are beautiful and white, and the trees shelter the beach from any adverse weather. Finally, head to Jeju Island for what is known throughout Korea as the ultimate in beach excursions. The island's waters are warm and crystal clear, making the area popular with scuba divers. Jungmun beach is particularly known as the prime location for surfers, and the entire island gets its fair share of honeymooners.


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