Our Top 10 Favorite Korean Beaches!

If you know Tom and I…you probably know we absolutely LOVE hiking and we LOVE beaches. I wrote about my love for beaches here and we always try to scope out the best places to set up camp after a long day spent in the mountains. We find ourselves drawn to both mountains and the ocean quite frequently & our time spent in Korea has amplified our love for both. Here’s a complied list of our favorite beaches in Korea SO far.

10. Jangdueng Beach, Yeosu, Jeollanamdo Province. 

This beach is one of our favorites for the main reason that it’s secluded. It’s out in the middle of this teeny TINY Korean village. We love packing food/drinks & camping beneath the trees. To get to this beach you have to go down a large hill and the view from the walk down  is quite stunning. There are quite a few nice beaches in our city of Yeosu, but this one remains quiet and secluded. I also love view of the islands out in the distance from this beach.

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9.Jeongdongjin Beach, Gangnueng, Gangwondo Province.

This one is pretty unique in that the beach holds the world record for ” the closest train station to the sea.” It also has a cruise ship resort high up on the hill that you can see pretty clearly from this beach. Even though we visited it on a dreary day it still makes the list since I know it would be stunning on a sunny day.

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 8.The many beaches of Goheung, Jeollanamdo Province. 

We loved the beaches of Goheung because when we visited they were deserted! I’ve heard in the dog days of summer these places do attract people…but for good reason. Goheung is the next penninsula to the west of us in Yeosu. Tom and I enjoyed exploring this area one very warm winter day in December. Not quite warm enough to swim at 50 degrees, but was fun to explore the area! For sure make a stop at Narodo beach!

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7. Gosapo Beach, Byeonsanbando National Park, Buan, Jeollabukdo Province.

Stunning weather, long white sandy beach, and AMAZING camping made this beach easily place on our list of favorite Korean beaches. The shaded area in the woods made for amazing camping and provided lots of heat from the sun. It’s location was perfect for a long hike the next day in gorgeous Byeonsanbando National Park.

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6. Hwasun Beach, Jeju Island.

What I love most about this beach is the feel of it’s surroundings. We stayed at the cutest hostel on the beach that had such a laid back feel to it. No rush or hustle and bustle. A stop along the biking route brought lots of bikers to this area on Jeju’s southern coast. I love the view of Sangbangsan Mountain in the background.

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5. Gyeongpo Beach, Gangnueng, Gwangwando Province.

This beach is on Korea’s East Coast & was a fun place to relax for a bit. It’s a popular beach so expect LOTS of people. This beach is the longest beach on Korea’s East Coast. We loved the soft white sand and the nice shaded area of pine trees behind it. It’s got a nice location with places to eat and right across from Gyeongpo Lake!

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4. Sangju beach, Namhae, Gyeonsangnamdo Province.

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3. Sinyang Beach- Jeju island’s east coast (just south of Sunrise Peak!)

Sometimes the best discoveries are hidden treasures. This beach was empty…and we weren’t sure if it was even on the map! Beautiful horses just hangin’ at this beach made it extra picturesque!

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2. Biguemdo Island’s Heart Shaped Beach (Hanuneom Beach), Shinan islands, Jeollanamdo Province.

This island can be reached via Mokpo ferry terminal. A car is most definitely needed as no buses run on this island. A heart shaped island in a beautiful hidden cove. Need I say more?

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Bijindo Island Beach, Gyeonsangnamdo Province.

A real slice of paradise. If I had to choose ONE favorite in the whole of Korea from what we’ve seen. This would be it. Bijindo island can be reached by ferry from the coastal city of Tongyeong. The view from the hike on the island is spectacular. It’s remoteness and it’s beautiful, soft, white sand give it the #1 spot for beautiful beaches to relax on in Korea!

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Biguem-do Island

On June 21st we visited an island with small villages, salt and rice fields, filled with not a lot of people, but so much beauty. The most magical little “heart shaped” beach. Biguem-do Island was about an hour and a half from the Mokpo ferry terminal by boat. Rumor has it that Bigeum-do ranks in at #7 out of 827 for largest size in the Shinan Islands. There are buses, but few and far between…especially compared to the bus system in Yeosu.

After arriving we hopped on a bus AND then a taxi. Winding through fields and cliffs we finally drove up to what looked like a deserted beach. As we walked out to the beach- the fog/mist was incredible. It was moving through the valley that was carved out into a beach. I felt like we were in a dream. Tom went for a swim, but it wasn’t quite warm enough for me to dive in 🙂

Alyssa, Pat, and Jessie have two great Korean friends Minsul and Chang Suk who came a bit later to the island, and picked us up at the beach! Minsul’s family has a home in Biguemo-do, and invited us to stay the night there. Hanging with them made me realize how important it is to develop friendships with Koreans- you really get to see Korea in the most amazing way. We stayed in “popeye village” known for spinach grown there. Great food, amazing company, and time to unwind on the island was the perfect weekend get away. Secluded, quaint, and quiet best describe Biguemo-do. It would be tough to visit without a vehicle as we saw very few people the entire time we were there. The nature is gorgeous, and I loved that the beach wasn’t packed with tourists.

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Walking out into the mist.

Walking out into the mist.

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View from the beach looking back towards land

View from the beach looking back towards land

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More beach beauty...

More beach beauty…

Time to head up, up, up to the scenic look out point. (Photo credit- Minsul)

Time to head up, up, up to the scenic look out point. (Photo credit- Minsul)

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Can you see the heart?

Can you see the heart?

Drivin through the fields...

Drivin through the fields…

Famous for the salt fields

Famous for the salt fields

Almost to Minsul's home

Minsul’s family home is straight ahead in the picture

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Made it.

Made it.

Rice fields. So peaceful.

Rice fields. So peaceful.

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BBQ

BBQ

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Tom finally getting to FISH!

Tom finally getting to FISH!

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Ferry home. Beautiful views.

Ferry back to Mokpo. Beautiful views.