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)
Sokcho Beach (속초 해수욕장), Gangwon-do Sokcho-si
West Sea (Yellow Sea)
Jeollanam-do Wando-gun Sinji-myeon