Swimming in Korea

Annyong! Lindsay here again.

We had a reader asking about swimming opportunities in Gwangju. Unfortunately, I don’t know about any outdoor swimming pools or swimming areas in Gwangju city proper. (Are there any outdoor swimming pools? Someone let me know if there are!)

But my favorite places to swim in Korea are definitely the beaches. While they do have official opening dates, it’s also nice to get there before opening day and enjoy the pristine empty beaches all for yourself for a month.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization, beaches nationwide are pushing up their opening dates this year in response to the increased number of visitors last summer.

The first beaches opening to the public this season are Myeongsasimni Beach (명사십리 해수욕장) on Wan-do Island and Ujeon Beach on Jeung-do Island, both of which will be open starting May 20th.

Haeundae Beach in Busan, one of the nation’s most popular beaches, will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday until its official season kicks off on July 1st, after which it will be open daily.

Beaches across the country are currently undergoing maintenance in preparation for the peak season. Lodging facilities and restaurants located nearby beaches are also preparing to reopen.

City officials also plan to set up temporary police offices and administrative service offices in the surrounding areas for the added comfort and safety of beach-goers.

Beach opening dates (Summer of 2010)

East Sea

July 1
Sokcho Beach
(속초 해수욕장),
Gangwon-do Sokcho-si

July 1
Gyeongpodae Beach
(경포대 해수욕장),
Gangwon-do Gangneung-si

July 1
Samcheok Beach
(삼척 해수욕장),
Gangwon-do Samcheok-si

July 1
Guryongpo Beach
(구룡포 해수욕장),
Gyeongsangbuk-do Pohang-si

West Sea (Yellow Sea)

June 26
Daecheon Beach
(대천 해수욕장),
Chungcheongnam-do Boryeong-si

July 3
Muchangpo Beach
(무창포 해수욕장),

July 1
Eurwangni Beach
(을왕리 해수욕장),
Incheon-si Jung-gu

South Sea

Late June
Jungmun Beach
(중문 해수욕장),
Jeju Seogwipo-si

June 26
Hyeopjae Beach
(협재 해수욕장),
Jeju-si Hallim-eup

July 1
Haeundae Beach
(해운대 해수욕장),
Busan-si Haeundae-gu

May 20
Myeongsasimni Beach
(명사십리 해수욕장),
Jeollanam-do Wando-gun Sinji-myeon


  1. Jewel says:

    What does it mean to “open” the beach? Can we visit after it is closed? We are planning a beach trip for September. I appreciate your insight.


  2. “Open” means that swimming is officially allowed in the water. And that the facilities are usually open and running (like public bathrooms and showers).
    But, in my opinion, the best time to go is after the main summer season, like in September. The beaches are deserted, especially if you are at a lesser-known locale.
    Enjoy your trip!


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