[Korea] Swimming Season on Korean Beaches Begins June 1

Photo: Busan’s Haeundae Beach (Credit: Haeundae-gu Office)

Korea’s 257 beaches located along the eastern, western, and southern coasts will begin opening up for this year’s swimming season. The first beaches to open on June 1 are Haeundae Beach, Songdo Beach, and Songjeong Beach, all located in Busan.

Haeundae Beach in particular is planning to provide many new amenities to tourists, including a book café, seaside radio program, night swimming and more. In addition, this year will see the operation of a 200m-long waterslide into the ocean, as well as various water leisure sports such as jet skis and banana boats. During the peak season from late July until early August, the beach will remain open for swimming until 21:00.

The first beach to open on the western coast is Daecheon Beach on June 17. This beach also opened quite early last year in comparison to other beaches such as Muchangpo Beach. Most beaches along the western coast can be expected to open for swimming in early to mid-July.

During the operating period, various beaches will also host fun events. Some of these fun happenings to look forward to are the National Singing Contest at Songdo Beach, National Marine Sports Games at Daecheon Beach, and National Air Force Air Show at Gyeongpo Beach.

As the dates vary by each beach, please refer to the below table for the opening dates of the most popular beaches.

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Operating Period for Major Korean Beaches
Beach Opening Date
East Sea Sokcho Beach, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do July 7 – August 20, 2017
Gyeongpo Beach, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do July 7 – August 20, 2017
Samcheok Beach, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do July 7 – August 20, 2017
West Sea Daecheon Beach, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do June 17 – August 31, 2017
Muchangpo Beach, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do July 15 – August 31, 2017
Eurwangni Beach, Jung-gu, Incheon July 1 – August 31, 2017
Mallipo Beach, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do July 8 – August 20, 2017
South Sea Haeundae Beach, Haeundae-gu, Busan June 1 – August 31, 2017
Songjeong Beach, Haeundae-gu, Busan June 1 – August 31, 2017
Songdo Beach, Seo-gu, Busan June 1 – September 10, 2017
Hyeopjae Beach, Jeju-si, Jeju-do July 1 – August 31, 2017
Jungmun Saekdal Beach, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do July 1 – August 31, 2017
Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do July 1 – August 27, 2017

More Info

☞ Korea Marine Tourism website: www.seantour.com (Korean, English, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Tourism Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Information courtesy of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries