Last weekend, I had the opportunity to tag along with a good friend for a much-needed chance to explore areas outside of Gyeonggi-do province. We headed to Gangeung, a city of around 200 000 along Korea’s East Coast. Gyeongpo beach was a lovely place to relax. The sand was a little rough on the feet and the water was as chilly as a Canadian lake in late May (brr!), but the scenery was beautiful. Unlike many spots in Korea, it was just a beach, uncluttered by snack stands, souvenir shops and the like. Also, because we visited in off-season, we had the beach almost to ourselves.
Gangneung is a popular destination during cherry blossom season and peak summer months. We were certainly lucky to encounter as few fellow travelers as we did! If you’re interested in visiting this place, it takes around 2 1/2 hours to get there by direct bus from either Dong Seoul or Express Bus terminals. We kept wandering afterwards, and found a perfect spot for a Scrabble game, sheltered by pine trees and featuring a man-made waterfall.
After our Scrabble match (I won by a wide margin), we walked further down the beach and feasted at a local restaurant, enjoying several types of kimchi, kelp soup, and two dishes with fresh raw fish. It was the perfect meal, minus one detail: This (not-so-little) guy, who found it hard to leave me alone!!
When was your last getaway to the coast? Have you had the opportunity to experience any of Korea’s beaches?