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Jeju beaches open for the summerFrom late June to August Jeju’s golden, black and white sands will be open for business
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▲ Hamdeok Seowoobong is among the Jeju beaches about to open for the summer. Photo courtesy Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

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For both residents and visitors, nothing quite makes the “Jeju difference” like the island’s beaches at the height of summer. While the crowds might not always be welcome, with this year expected to be another record breaker, there is something special about that summer buzz along Jeju’s coasts as people enjoy the holiday mood.

Jeju province announced that the official season will open from June 21 to Aug. 31, with the first beaches to open being Iho Taewoo, Hyeopjae and Geumneung Eutteumwon beaches on June 21 – with the latter two also “night beaches,” remaining open until 10 p.m. Most other beaches will follow from June 28, with the Sinyang Seopjikoji and Hahyo Soesokkak beaches opening on July 1.

The numbers of visitors to Jeju’s beaches have been increasing every year for well over a decade. Last year almost 3.4 million beach-goers graced the island, which was up 10 percent on the 3 million who did so in 2012. As an indication of the growth, Jeju beaches welcomed just 254,000 tourists in 2002, indicating a 13-fold increase in beach footfall.

This has in part led to calls for the province to push the opening times back to early June, to both ease congestion and accommodate early-summer beach-goers. Influenced by higher June temperatures, Jeju Tourism Association reports that domestic tourists in June increased 33.3 percent last year, with increases in July and August of 20.1 percent and 14.1 percent respectively.

Members of the public should be aware that showers and other facilities may not be in use if they visit beaches before official opening. The consequences can also be far more serious such as on June 6 when a 40-year-old male drowned at Hamdeok Beach whlie no life guards were present to attempt rescue. To ensure safety, visitors should stick to designated swimming areas and listen to official safety guidance.

Iho Taewoo Beach

Location: Iho-dong, Jeju-si
Transport:Jeju City Hall -> #7 bus -> Iho Taewoo 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)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21 to Aug 31; night opening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 12 to Aug 17
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. ★★★☆☆


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Gwakji Gwamul Beach

Location: Gwakji-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Gwakji beach (1hr 10min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Gwakji beach (2hr 30min)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from 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.. ★★★★★

Hyeopjae Beach

Location: Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
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: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21 to Aug 31; night opening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. from July 12 to Aug 17
Notes: There is a beautiful vista of Biyangdo 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 sea. ★★★★★


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Geumneung Eutteumwon Beach

Location: Geumneung-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, -> Seoilju bus -> Geumneungri (1hr 40 min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Geumneungri (2hr 20 min)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 21 to Aug 31
Notes: Hallim’s second beach is in close proximity to Hyeopjae Beach. During high tide the sea almost covers this unique and romantic beach backed by a campsite. ★★★★☆


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Hwasun Gold Sand Beach

Location: Hwasun-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, -> Pyeonghwaro bus -> Hwasunri (1hr 40 min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Seoilju bus -> Hwasunri (1hr)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from July 1 to Aug 31
Notes: In the shadow of Sanbangsan, there has been significant development recently. Once deserted, it has become a busy beach for kids, complete with a pool. ★★★★☆


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Jungmun Saekdal Beach

Location: Yerae-dong, Seogwipo-si
Transport: Jeju International Airport -> #600 bus -> Hyatt hotel (1hr min)
Seogwipo Jungang R. -> #5 bus -> Hyatt Hotel (46min)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from June 29 to August 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. ★★★★☆


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Hahyo Soesokkak Beach

Location: Hahyo-dong, Seogwipo-si
Transport: Jeju City Hall -> 5.16 bus -> Biseok road -> transfer to Namjoro bus -> Hyodon Middle school (2hr 14min) Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Hyodon Middle School (1hr)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from July 1 to Aug 31
Notes: This provides a different experience, especially if you walk the wooden walkways that run alongside the valley. Small paddle boats and kayaks can also be rented ★★★★☆


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Pyoseon Haevichi Beach

Location: Pyoseon-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Bunyeongro bus -> Pyoseon-ri (1hr 53min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Pyoseon-ri office (1hr 49min)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from June 28 to Aug. 31; night opening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., from July 30 to Aug 10
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. ★★★★★


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Sanhosa Beach

Location: Udo Island, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Seongsan Port entrance (2hr 18min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Seongsan Port entrance (2hr 38min)
Seongsan Port -> Ferry to Udo (15 min, 1000 won)
Notes: Located on Udo Island, this beach is a quick 5-minute walk from the ferry. Although the beach is small, the popcorn sand is unlike any other. ★★★★☆


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Hado Beach

Location: Hado-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Hadori (2hr 16min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Hadoridongdong (2hr 38min)
Notes: Fewer tourists visit this beach, which is known for its cleanliness. ★★★☆☆


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Gimnyeong Seongsegi Beach

Location: Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Gimnyeong beach (1hr 17min)
Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal -> Dongilju bus -> Gujwa Sports Center (3hr 21min) Festivals:
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from June 28 to Aug 31
Notes: This white sand beach is famed for having the clearest water around Jeju Island. Many visitors also enjoy yachting in the blue and green sea. ★★★★☆


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Hamdeok Seowoobong Beach

Location: Hamdeok-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju City -> #10 #11 or #20, Dongilju bus -> Hamdeok Seowoobong Beach (1 hr)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from, June 28 to Aug 31; night opening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 12 to Aug 17
Notes: Three seperate beaches, a large open park and Seowoobong Peak. 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. ★★★★★


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Samyang Black Sand Beach

Location: Samyang-dong, Jeju-si
Transport: Jeju City -> #11, 20, 26, 100 buses, Dongilju bus - -> Samyang Black Sand Beach (30 min)
Open: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 28 to Aug 31; night opening 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 12 to Aug 17
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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