Gyeokpo Beach itself is beautiful. And it is surrounded by beautiful sites as it is located within Byeonsanbando’s most interesting area—the West Coast.
Thi beach, a serene gem nestled in Gyeokpo-ro, Buan-gun, within the Jeolla-bukdo (or Cheolla-bukdo) province of the Republic of Korea, is a picturesque destination that offers more than just sandy shores and gentle waves.
It forms an integral part of the esteemed Byeonsanbando National Park, a renowned national park distinguished by its unique combination of mountainous terrain and expansive coastal areas.
This remarkable blend of landscapes makes it the only national park in Korea where visitors can experience the majesty of rugged peaks and the tranquil beauty of the sea in one visit.
Adjacent to this tranquil beach lies the Chaeseokgang Cliffs, a geological marvel that has stood the test of time.
These cliffs are a stunning natural wonder and a significant geological site known locally as a geosite. Composed of ancient rock formations, these cliffs weave a narrative of the Earth's history, drawing tourists eager to witness and explore these formations.
The intricate layers of rock, shaped and sculpted over millennia, offer a tangible connection to the past, making the Chaeseokgang Cliffs a must-visit for geology enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
The proximity of Gyeokpo Beach to such a monumental natural feature enhances its allure, offering a serene beach experience coupled with the opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of ancient geological formations.
As I saw and strolled on it - the beach is wide, clean, and peaceful (because it was not the season and too cold for swimming—it was winter!).
As you can see, the beach has no summer holiday decorations. It means that it is what it is—the pretty and wide beach.
I do not doubt recommending this beach for all guests of various ages. The water looks so calm and so it will be safe for small children to play. The sand is soft and no rocks.
Small kids can plan safely inside the sandy area. But adults should watch and tell them not to go to the rocky area, beyond the sandy areas.
Of course, the beach is also recommendable for your older members in the family. Walking on the sand, or in the hiking course, will surely help grandpas and grandmas feel better.
There are no hills nearby, except for the Dakibong Peak Observatory (which is, by the way, an easy walk for all ages).
Now, as you are feeling excited to learn more about this beach, you found out more its facilities…
You will have anything you would need while at this beach. No worries...
Accommodation. There are motels, hotels, condos, and minbaks (family house rooms authorized by the local government for renting).
Parking Area. Yes, there is a parking area near the beach. It is not for free, but rates are not that expensive anyway.
Byeonsanbando National Park Service Center. You can get more information not only about this beach but also all about the national park itself. They have some digital and media information.
Displays about sea creatures (dead and alive) can also be seen inside the building. If you want to, you can go to the viewing floor to watch the panoramic vistas of the beach and the amazing surrounding.
Food & Restaurants
Gyeokpo-ri or Byeonsandbando is rich in both land and sea food products and resources. So, you won’t starve while here. Yes, there are various means of getting your calories and nutrients for your holidays…
If you love seafood, then you are in the right place. Gyeokpo beach is close to the popular Gyeokpo Port where all fresh seafood is delivered.
The port, which is a walking distance from the beach, has restaurants that serve special dishes: cooked and raw.
Also, some restaurants are located much closer to the beach, by the roadside. These restaurants serve seafood dishes and other non-seafood dishes for those who have allergies (of seafood—pity!).
Local Food Restaurants
As I hinted, there are other restaurants that serve other dishes aside from seafood dishes. Many of these restaurants are around Gyeokpo-ri Bus Terminal. It is just a few minute-walk from Gyeokpo Beach.
Let me tell you—I tried their ‘Yukgyejang’ (hot and spicy soup with veggies and some meat). It was superb! She served more side dishes—six of them. In Seoul, they serve less! That’s the difference that you will starkly notice when in the province.
Pizzas, Fusion Food, Beer & Drinks
Walking around Gyeokpo while looking for my dinner, I noticed places that serve pizzas, chicken, and fusion foods. Of course, they also serve drinks of your choice!
If you are with a group of friends or a family, you can easily find hofs (beer houses) or restaurants that serve both food and hard drinks and beverages.
Moving Food Shops
Near the beach area, you will also find moving stores (small vans or trucks) that sell assorted food. During this visit, I saw one selling bread, sausages, sweets, among others…
And I would not be surprised to see dozens of such stores lined up selling all sorts of food for quick bites during the summer season.
So, there’s no need to worry about food when at Gyeokpo Beach. By the way, you are allowed to bring your own supplies or buy them from the convenient stores or markets in the area.
Around Gyeokpo Beach, you can easily find accommodations. But it would not be easy to get a room if you come during summer without booking ahead. Just a reminder! ^^
Most of the hotels, motels, condos, pensions, and minbaks (family house’ room-for-rent) are near Gyeokpo Bus Terminal. This area is just a walking distance (more than a kilometer) from the beach area.
Close to the beach, you will see a few pension houses that accept guests. As you know, the closer the hotel to the beach the more expensive and in demand it will be.
Reason? Sea views!
Now, if you want to know how to get there, please allow me to guide you. By the way, this is how I got to the place. Just to assure you that you won’t get lost. And you’ll save time.
Here’s how I got there…
Get to Buan-gun (county) Bus Terminal area. If you are coming from Seoul, head to any of Seoul’s express bus terminal. In Incheon, there is Incheon Integrated Bus Terminal, which is also located at the Incheon Bus Terminal subway station (Incheon Subway Line).
From Buan Bus Terminal, look for a bus stop that travels to Gyeokpo-ri. The bus is colored ‘yellow.’ Inform the driver that you are getting off at Gyeokpo Bus Terminal. (Note: you can pay in cash (1000 Won) or use your transport card when taking this bus).
Get off at Gyeokpo-ri Bus Terminal (small terminal but you won’t see a bus there) then ask for Gyeokpo Beach’s direction. It is a walking distance.
If you want, you can use the Dakibong Peak (hexagonal structure on top of a hill) as your compass. Go towards its left direction, and you will surely find the beach.
Address: 29-14, Byeonsanhaebyeon-ro, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Still in Byeonsanbando National Park...
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