This week on Jeju: A to Z, Todd Thacker takes a brief look at Jungmun Saekdal Beach. As we’ll see now, this southern beach is the perfect place to cool off while appreciating the island’s natural beauty.
Of all the beautiful natural sights Jeju has to offer during the summer, the island’s beaches certainly stand out. And of those, Jungmun Saekdal Beach is considered by many to be head and shoulders above the rest.
500 m of pristine sand, sea
A 500-meter slice of sand running east and west along the southern coast, Jungmun is famous for its multicolored sand. Look closely and you’ll see black, white, gray and even red. The beach is framed between the ocean and a tall cliff blanketed by a pristine forest, giving the beach a remote, wild feel.
Cleanest water among 44 beaches nationwide
Jungmun Saekdal Beach has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Korea’s best beaches. Researchers have found it to have some of the cleanest water among a selection of 44 beaches nationwide.
Popular activities include surfing
Its location along the South Sea and the prevailing winds make it an optimal place for surfing and wind sailing. Back in 1995 Jeju’s first surfing school was set up there. Now it is the venue for annual events like the Jeju Open Surfing Contest which recently attracted an estimated 700 participants and observers.
Jungmun Beach is also near some of Jeju’s most interesting museums, attractions, restaurants and luxury accommodations. These include
Yeomiji Botanical Garden, Sun-im Bridge, and Cheonjeyeon Falls.
Located on the opposite side of the island from Jeju City, Jungmun Saekdal Beach ? at 50 minutes or so ? may be a bit of a drive. But you could also think of the trip as an adventure ending with a very memorable reward.
Todd Thacker KCTV