So with summer just around the corner, English teachers start looking at some ways to beat the heat. One of the best ways to stay cool in as an English teacher in Korea during the summer is to head to the beach. Fortunately, Korea has miles and miles of coastline and many idyllic beaches to choose from. While some people who live on the mainland might argue, I am a firm believer that if you want to see the best beaches, you have to come to the island of Jeju, just off the southern coast. (I do admit that I am slightly biased as that is where I call home.) Anway, without further ado, I would like share my list of top beaches in Jeju. For anyone spending their summer teaching in Korea, these beaches are a must!
1. Jungmun Beach
Located on the southern coast, this beach is located about an hour from Jeju City and 15 minutes from Seogwipo. Nearby sit some ritzy resorts and the town of Jungmun can be pretty touristy, but nothing can compete with this beach in terms of clear blue water, white sand, and lush jungle surroudings. The waves can get quite high during certain times of the year making this the best place to surf on the island.
Located on the northeast coast, this beach is easily reached from Jeju City by a 45-minute bus ride that runs frequently. Tranquil clear waters along with pure white sand make this beach a great place to swim or catch a tan. On one side of the beach sits a beautiful hill with hiking trails to the top. Offers stunning views of the town of Hamdeok.
3. Hyeopjae Beach
This beach is reached by a 45-minutes bus ride west of Jeju City. This beach also has very quiet, calm waters that make for great swimming. The sand on the beach is remarkably soft and easy to lie out on for a few hours. You could easily make a day out of visiting this beach because of its close proximity (just across the street) to Hallim Park, a park that offers an entertaining mix of animals, plants, local culture, and even a lava tube to explore.
Adam Montgomery is a 25-year old teacher at the Chungdahm Branch on Jeju. He has been teaching in Korea for under a year. When he is not teaching, he enjoys exploring the wonders of Jeju and Korea.