Destination of choice for sunny holidays, South Korea welcomes beautiful beaches thanks to its wide coasts and its various islands which invite you to relax and which are conducive to nautical activities. But beware, it is only possible to swim there between July 1st and July 31st. Indeed, many beaches are officially open only at this time, due to the presence of lifeguards, who are not on site at another time. From Chagang to Busan via Pohang, we take you to discover the most beautiful beaches in South Korea.
South Korea Beaches: Jungmun, Jeju-do Island
It is one of the best beaches in South Korea. Jungmun, on the island of Jeju-do (in the south-west of the country) is famous for its three-colored sand: black, white and red, which harmonize completely with the black stones characteristic of the volcanic island of Jeju -do. The water, turquoise in color, is often agitated, especially at the level of the black cave, formed by the erosion of the stone by the tide. Above, rare plants grow there, which makes it a site of choice for green and ecological tourism.
South Korea Beaches: Haeundae Beach, Busan
Among the most beautiful beaches in South Korea is Haeundae Beach, located in the southeast of the country. For nearly 1.5 km, its fine white sand, which comes from the nearby Chuncheoncheon River, caressed by crystal clear and warm water. Haeundae Beach is also known for its various cultural events and festivals held throughout the year. It is also an opportunity to become familiar with traditional games such as Neolttwigi, Korean wrestling, Tuho (throwing sticks into a container), or even Yutnori.
South Korea Beaches: Muchangpo Beach, Boryeong-si
It is the most mysterious beach in South Korea, if not the world. Also called Moses, Muchangpo Beach in Boryeong-si Province is famous for its mysterious passage that opens into the ocean. This almost miraculous phenomenon occurs during the tides of the summer season, twice a year. From the Muchangpo observation tower, located on the top of a hill 50 m from Muchangpo, you can observe the impressive spectacle of the mysterious water separation.
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South Korea Beaches: Naksan Beach, Yangyang-gun
Naksan Beach is one of the most famous in the province of Gangwon-do in Yangyang in the northeast. 1.8 km long, Naksan beach is distinguished by the purity of its white sand and its water, with the mountain and its pine trees in the background. We appreciate its pine forest which surrounds the beach, perfect for those looking for a small shaded area to protect themselves from the sun. Right next to it is the Naksansa temple, which, located on the heights, offers a breathtaking view of the sea and the surrounding mountains. An unforgettable sight, especially at sunrise and sunset, for a successful trip to South Korea.
South Korea Beaches: Sokcho Beach, Gangwon-do
Pine groves, golden sand, and warm, clear water make Sokcho one of the best beaches in South Korea. Easily accessible from Seoul, Sokcho Beach is much less crowded than Haeundae and is an ideal destination for a getaway in the sun. Nearby, Mount Seoraksan National Park or Yeongnang Lake are perfect for a cultural visit.
Essential stop: the capital
The capital of South Korea, Seoul , surprises by its magnitude as it has 10 million inhabitants . However, despite its size, it has positioned itself as one of the safest countries and capitals to travel to in the world .
And it is within this immensity where tradition and modernity become the guiding threads of the city, making the old palaces of the 14th century, the old neighborhoods of traditional houses and their markets coexist with the skyscrapers and the most cutting-edge shopping centers in asian technology.
If the capital is attractive, imagine the rest of the country, because South Korea is not just Seoul. In fact, if you travel there, the ideal is to take a route through some of the country’s main cities, such as Busan or Gyeongju , but also through its towns and villages.
Busan is the second largest city in the country and is less than three hours by train from Seoul. It is one of the most important logistics and maritime centers in Asia , due to the strategic importance of its port. In addition to its white sand beaches and crystalline waters, which make it especially attractive for all those lovers of sun and beach tourism.
However, Gyeongju, which was the capital of Korea for more than 1,000 years , is anything but. It is one of the cities where more culture and history can be found in the country because during that time the Shilla dynasty was the one that reigned on the Korean peninsula. Due to the number of historical monuments, many of them declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, Gyeongju is considered a true open-air museum .
Also worth a visit is the small city of Andong , the spiritual capital of South Korea. In the 16th century, Andong became a Confucian center , and numerous Confucian scholars emerged from there. Very close to there is the Hahoe village, a town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to the fact that it has an aristocratic neighborhood that belonged to the Jonseon dynasty where today you can still see its houses of more than 600 years.
A ‘must’: the gastronomy of South Korea
One of the ways to enjoy South Korea from within is through its gastronomy. An old Korean saying says that “food is medicine”, which is why most of their dishes are healthy, rich in vegetables, fish and fermented.
In fact, in Korea they have a word to describe dishes that have health benefits: ‘boyangsik ‘. They are dishes that are consumed throughout the year and are supposed to recharge energy for the colder seasons, autumn and winter.
Among these dishes, those with noodles such as ‘ chogye-guksu’ stand out, made with broth, chicken, noodles and vinegar accompanied by vegetables. And the ‘kong-guksu ‘, made with a cold and flavorful broth with ground beans, noodles, vegetables and meat.
When to go to South Korea?
When to go to South Korea? Ideally during the periods of May, June, July (ideal for swimming) and September. We advise you to go there for about two weeks, to have time to discover everything. There are direct flights from Paris (about 11 hours flight).