20 Top Swimming Beaches in South Korea

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About Beaches in South Korea

20 Top Swimming Beaches in South Korea
Mallipo Beach

Since Korea exists on a peninsula, we are surrounded by stunning beaches on three sides. On the west coast, Korea is known for long, shallow beaches which may have low or no waves. On the east coast, Korean beaches may have bigger waves, quick drop-off, and stunning turquoise waters. Whereas, in the south, Korean beaches may be rockier and offer pleasant swimming late into the year. Perfect for fall travel.

Korean beaches don’t pretend to be tropical and anyone who compares Korean beaches to Hawaii or California set Korea up to fail expectations. However, Korean beaches have their own look and vibe. The vibe involves beach combing, camping, Korean seafood dishes, fishing, surfing, and more.

What to Wear on South Korean Beaches

Over the years, Korean beach wear has become more diverse. However, as a rule of thumb, the local population (international residents and Koreans) often prefer to stay covered and protected from the sun. Skin damage and skin cancer aren’t as sexy as they once were. Of course, if you choose to wear a swimsuit that’s completely your choice and certainly does not offend most people.

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In short, don’t stress too much about what you wear at the beach. Therefore, go forth and enjoy the sand and beaches!

Korean Swimming Season

Although many Koreans swim throughout the year at different beaches (except those in Busan and other highly controlled urban areas), Korea has an official swimming season.

The official ‘Swimming Season’ in South Korea is from about mid-July to sometime in August. Swimming Season is when beaches are at their height of popularity. Therefore, popular and rural Korean beaches are filled with visitors, lifeguards, public showers, activities, and all the businesses are open and supporting visitors. It’s beach party time.

During ‘Swimming Season’ your activities will be restricted to certain marked swimming areas that are strictly patrolled by lifeguards on jet skies. You may find this strange if you come from parts of the world where swimming in the sea and ocean is an unrestricted activity. However, you can quickly adjust and find tons of joy within the limited area.

During the off-season, you can still visit the beaches and be allowed to swim at most of them, except in areas like Busan and other extremely popular beaches that have begun enforcing beach closures during different times of the year. Basically, during the off-season, you can pretty much do what you want in the sea but most support services like lifeguards and public showers will be closed. However, public restrooms are often -but not always – still open.

Common Korean Swimming Beach Amenities

Korean swimming beaches, especially during “swimming season” offer many amenities which may include such things as:

  • Shower facilities (seasonal)
  • Fireworks sold on location
  • Public restrooms (usually year-round)
  • Tube or floaty rentals
  • Surfboard / SUP rentals (limited to certain beaches)
  • Convenience stores
  • Car camping (very busy June, July, and August)
  • Seafood restaurants
  • Carnival games or rides (most popular beaches)
  • Umbrella or platform rentals
  • Speed boat rides
  • Lifeguards

Swimming Beaches Adventure Map

20 Top Swimming Beaches in South Korea
Yeonpo Beach

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20 Beaches Across South Korea

You can find each of these beaches at the following addresses! Also, we have organized them in the same order as found on the Swimming Beaches Adventure Map!

Eulwangni Beach

Eulwangni Beach0

Located near the Incheon International Airport, this shallow beach is a common day trip for folks from Seoul. Perfect for families with small children since there are often no waves.

Hangul Address

인천 중구 용유서로302번길 16-15

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Mallipo Beach

Mallipo Beach5

041-672-9662

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Popular west coast beach with lots of activities like paddle boarding, surfing, ATV, etc. The water is shallow with generally small surf. Dogs are allowed on leash. Dogs must be picked up after.

Hangul Address

충청남도 태안군 소원면 모항리 1394

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Yeonpo Swimming Beach

Yeonpo Swimming Beach3.5

041-670-2114

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Deeper water than other west coast beaches, this beach sits in a small fishing and pension village. This is a more rural and relaxed beach with a strong, older Korean vibe. Wonderful for those who want off the beaten path. There are Korean restaurants, stores, pensions, diving, and camping. Dogs are allowed at the beach. Dogs must be leashed. Pick up after the dogs.

Hangul Address

충청남도 태안군 근흥면 연포2길 57

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Anmyeon Swimming Beach

Anmyeon Swimming Beach4

041-670-2691

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A long shallow beach in a more remote setting. Very relaxed and not a lot of services. It is in a national park so they may not allow dogs.

Hangul Address

충청남도 태안군 안면읍 정당리 산28-55

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Daecheon Beach

Daecheon Beach4

041-933-7051

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A spacious and highly developed beach of the west coast of Korea. This beach was popularized by the internationally famous Boryeang Mud Festival which was eventually sold to to a corporate festival company which moved the festival from a fun mad house to a massive corporate event. Do to the areas capacity to serve large numbers of people, other major events also happen here throughout the year.

Hangul Address

충청남도 보령시 신흑동 2286

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Byeonsan Beach

Byeonsan Beach5

A long, remote beach on the west coast of Korea inside one of the large national parks. Camping spots are available. Note: National Parks do not allow dogs or other pets.

Hangul Address

전북 부안군 변산면 대항리 567

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Muhanggaetbeol Beach

Muhanggaetbeol Beach0

063-580-4710

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A beautiful little beach inside a national a national park. No dogs allowed within National Parks.

Hangul Address

전북 부안군 변산면 도청리 203-45

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Hwajinpo Beach

Hwajinpo Beach5

A rural beach with a lot of sand close to the North Korean boarder.

Hangul Address

강원 고성군 현내면 초도리 99

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Sokcho Beach

Sokcho Beach5

A large popular tourist beach with nice waves, deeper water, and often packed during high season.

Hangul Address

강원도 속초시 조양동 1450-4

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Jukdo Beach

Jukdo Beach5

Surfing food and beach

Hangul Address

강원 양양군 현남면

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Gyeongpodo Beach Cafe Area

Gyeongpodo Beach Cafe Area0

A beautiful beach lined with lined with excellent cafes.

Hangul Address

강원 강릉시 사천면 순포안길 6

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Goraebul Swimming Beach

Goraebul Swimming Beach0

054-730-7802

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A more rural and relaxed swimming beach on the edge of a small town.

Hangul Address

경상북도 영덕군 병곡면 고래불로 394

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Pohang Songdo Beach

Pohang Songdo Beach4

054-281-0071

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A long popular beach in Pohang City. A popular place in summer and winter.

Hangul Address

경상북도 포항시 남구 송도동 378-438

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Imrang Beach

Imrang Beach0

A small beach in northern Busan.

Hangul Address

부산 기장군 장안읍 임랑리

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Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach3

Popular beach in Busan. Known for large crowds and strict regulations. A place to see and be seen.

Hangul Address

U-dong Haeundae-gu Busan

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Gujora Beach

Gujora Beach5

Nice beach perfect for families.

Hangul Address

경남 거제시 일운면 구조라리 500-1

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Namyeolli Beach

Namyeolli Beach 0

Great beach to surf and hike up to the space observatory.

Hangul Address

전남 고흥군 영남면 남열리 1384-1

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Yulpo Beach

Yulpo Beach0

A small beach on the edge of a small town, not far from German Village. The beach is sometimes still comfortably in September and early October.

Hangul Address

전남 보성군 회천면 동율리 544-13

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Hyeopjae Beach

Hyeopjae Beach5

Beach on the west coast of Jeju, it is located near some great restaurants, shops, and parks, so you could spend the whole day here, taking break from the sun to walk this small Main Street. Parking does fill up so you might need to get here early.

Hangul Address

제주 제주시 한림읍 협재리 2497-1

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Woljeong-ri Beach

Woljeong-ri Beach0

A beach dedicated to the mermaids of Korea. Female divers who collect seafood.

Hangul Address

제주 제주시 구좌읍 월정리 33-3

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