▲ Hamdeok Beach. Photo courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
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The increase in “heo” number plates signals the start of the beach season as millions find respite on Jeju’s many famed beaches. The Jeju Weekly here provides a short guide to the main tourist beaches to help you choose that weekend getaway.
In addition to many festivals, Jeju’s beaches will host many other attractions selling, entertaining and holidaying, so why not plan a visit?
*Local officials say that showers are available at all of the beaches listed and most provide designated camping areas
**Travel times are the maximum as provided by naver.com
▲ Iho Tewoo Beach. Photo courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
1 Iho Tewoo Beach
Location: Iho-dong, Jeju City
Jeju City Hall -> #7 bus -> Iho Tewoo Beach (40 min)
Jeju City Hall -> #31 #37 bus -> Ogwangro entrance (40 min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Jeju City Hall -> # 7, 31, 37 bus -> Iho Tewoo Beach (total 2hr)
Festivals: Jeju Iho Tewoo Festival, Including traditional kayaking, fishing, wind surfing, traditional music (Aug 2 to Aug 4).
Open: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 22 to Aug 31; night opening July 14 to Aug 15
Notes: While not the most beautiful, this is the closest beach to Jeju City and has good facilities. Many local urbanites often stay until the early hours on weekends. Authorities have developed the beach recently, including the construction of a swimming pool. ★★★☆☆
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Gwakji beach (1hr 10min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Gwakji beach (2hr 30min)
Festivals: Brocolli meets the beach Festival [early August]
Open: 9 am to sunset, June 28 to Aug 31
Notes: Gwakji is up there with the best on the island, if only for the contrast of white sand against turquoise sea. There are camping and bbq areas next to the shore, plus smaller beaches along a coastal walk to the northeast.. ★★★★★
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, -> Seoilju bus -> Hyeopjae beach (1hr 30 min)
From Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Hyeopjae beach (2hr 20 min)
Open: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 28 to Aug 31; night opening July 20 to Aug 20
Notes: There is a beautiful vista of Biyang-do (island) on this 200-meter-long beach with fine, crushed shell sand. The beach is a favorite for families as the waters stay shallow far out to ssea. ★★★★☆
Transport: Jeju International Airport -> #600 bus -> Hyatt hotel (1hr min)
Seogwipo Jungang R. -> #5 bus -> Hyatt Hotel (46min)
Open: opens from 9am to sunset, from June 30 to Aug 31
Notes: Jeju’s most well-known beach backs onto the grand Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex. The Shilla and Hyatt hotels have their own private beach huts here and there are many other facilities, including surfing and banana boat riding. ★★★★☆
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Bunyeongro bus -> Pyoseon-ri (1hr 53min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Pyoseon-ri office (1hr 49min)
Festivals: Pyoseon White Sand Festival [Aug 3 ~ Aug 4], Night Beach Festival [Aug 9 ~ Aug 18]
Open: 9am to sunset June 25 to Aug. 31
Notes: Many visitors are in awe at the expanse of sand at Pyoseon; at low tide it seems to extend for miles. No matter how many people there are, space is always available, despite its proximity to the Haevichi resort. ★★★★★
Transport: Jeju City -> #10 #11 or #20, Dongilju bus -> Hamdeok Seowoobong Beach (1 hr)
Festivals: Jeju Beach Salsa Festival [Aug 30 ~ Sep1], Hamdeok Cool Summer Festival [mid August]
Full Moon Festival [Aug 20 ~ 21]
Open: 9am to 22pm June 28 to Aug 31; night opening July 13 to Aug 18
Notes: Three seperate beaches, a large open park and Seowoobong (hill). This is the north’s answer to Seogwipo’s Jungmun. There are banana boats and other leisure equipment for rent on this large and dynamic beach. The facilities have expanded and auto camping is also available. ★★★★★
Transport: Jeju City -> #11, 20, 26, 100 buses, Dongilju bus - -> Samyang Black Sand Beach (30 min)
Festivals: Samyang Black Sand Beach [July 26~27]
Open: 9am to sunset June 28 to Aug 31; night opening from July 13 to Aug 18
Notes: The black sand here is pulverized volcanic rock and some seek it out for its supposed medicinal properties. This beach is popular also due to its proximity to Jeju City, being the Iho of the east. ★★★☆☆
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