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.
<Operating Period for Major Korean Beaches>
|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|
Information courtesy of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries