In the Seoul Beach Dilemma, I discussed three beaches worthy of a Seoulite’s time to visit during the weekend. All three beaches I recommended are on the northeastern coast of Korea and can be reached in approximately 3 hours or less. These are the most pristine and beautiful beaches I have encountered on the main Korean peninsula. I wrote extensively on Gangneung and Gyeongpo Beach here. Now, I want to focus on the beautiful and tranquil Naksan Beach.
I traveled here again with Wink Travel, and we stayed briefly on the beach after completing a dreadful yet beautiful 13 hour hike up Seoraksan the day before. I only had a few hours in the morning to snap some shots, but it’s my job to share with you why I think this region is under appreciated and to show the world that Korea has much better beachfront property than Busan.
I have three recommendations for visiting Naksan Beach.
1) Soak up your beach time! – Wonderful blue skies and sunny days are a rarity in Korea. When you get them, lay on the beach like a fat white whale and occasionally jump in the water.
2) Visit in July, August, and September – The later months of summer are when the water is the warmest, even when it starts to get cooler outside.
3) Visit Naksan Temple – While many temples in Korea start to look the same after a while, this splendid temple on a mountain overlooking the ocean never ceases to bring a smile to my face. It’s one of the few places in Korea that are worthy of flying my mother over on a visit to come see. This doesn’t mean I don’t think people should visit Korea, it just means I’m really blown away by this temple. While you are on Naksan Beach, look for the statue of Haesugwaneumsang (Bodhisattva of Mercy), known as the goddess Gwanseeum-Bosal. It’s kind of like the Cristo Redentor, just infinitely smaller.
Enjoy the Pics!
To Get to Naksan Beach
1. Go to Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon Station, subway line 2). Take a bus to Yangyang (Takes approx. 3hrs, 20mins / First bus: 6:30am, Last bus: 6:19pm / Buses depart every: 20- 50 mins / Fare: 17,400 won)
2. Or go to Gangnam Express Bus Terminal (subway lines 3 and 7) →Take a bus to Yangyang (Takes approx. 3hrs, 40mins / First bus: 6:30am, Last bus: 11:30pm / Buses depart every: 40-50mins / Fare: 15,200-24,600 won )
From Yangyang Bus Terminal to the beach
In front of Yangyang Bus terminal → Take city bus no. 9 or 9-1 towards Naksan → Get off at Naksansa temple and walk for 5mins. (200m – 300m)
These are not the only beaches worth checking out. I believe the northeastern Coast of Korea is full of good beaches. For instance, check out all of the great beaches in Yangyang. My goal is to simply point you in the right direction. Good luck, and if you have any questions feel free to contact me and let me know if you need an extra person to go catch some surf, I’m always about the Salt Life.