Sometimes you just need to get away. A lot of people here automatically think of taking a short plane ride to the Philippines or Thailand to get their beach paradise fix but Korea actually has quite a few amazing beaches to lounge on. I have a lot of stress at work, so on a whim I decided to treat myself by heading down to Jeongdongjin Beach in Gangwondo with a friend.
I love the ocean! Jeongdongjin Beach is a bit of a trip from Seoul, but it is absolutely worth it. We ended up taking a bus from Express Bus Terminal early in the morning to Gangneung, then grabbed a bus from there that took us to the beach. There is a direct bus from outside of the Gangneung Express Bus Terminal that takes you there, but it only departs every two hours. Of course we missed that bus by a few minutes. Luckily there was a tourist information center and they gave us a really helpful bus route that would get us there using the normal routes.
The whole trip took about four hours. When the bus hit the coast and we could see the water I really thought we were in heaven. The water is beautiful and so blue! Of course, nothing beats the fresh air. We were a little irritable from traveling for so long but it was so worth it once we saw that.
We quickly walked around town and grabbed a ocean view motel room for 30,000₩. They had a huge boat hotel up the mountain but each night was 80,000₩. The town was really dead, which was weird because the weather was beautiful. It turned out better for us because the motel was very cheap and we felt like we had the beach to ourselves. The town seemed to be mostly motels so we were a little confused how a place with that many motels could be that dead. I guess the peak season comes later!
Since it was a treat yourself weekend, we decided to eat grilled clams by the sea. We walked around for awhile but all of the places seemed to have the same prices so we settled for one close to the water. It was 50,000₩ for two people and there were so many clams! It tasted really good. Later we ended up wishing we had stocked up on snacks and drinks at a HomePlus in Gangneung because there were only little convenience stores near the beach and they were Mom and Pop stores with high prices.
It wasn’t quite as hot so we didn’t swim. We just took a walk down the coastline and dipped our feet in the water. There are a lot of boulders close to the sand so we climbed up a few to watch the sun go down. It was a really chill day. The sunrise is famous here on the beach, so we headed to bed a little early so we could get up before dawn to catch the sunrise. We just ate some Häagen-Dazs and watched a little Running Man in our motel room. The weather was breezy so we left our balcony door open and listened to the waves crashing. It was a great day.