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5 Best Surf Spots in Korea

Surf culture is still in its infancy in South Korea. However, there are a few beaches where you can catch some waves. Here are five of the best surf spots in South Korea.

Introduction to Surf Spots in Korea

South Korea is a peninsula with the ocean surrounding the country on three sides. So, there are plenty of beaches to choose from. However, due to Korea’s geographical location, beaches generally get smaller waves with a more gentle push. Which, is perfect for beginner surfers.

In general, you will find that Korea’s east coast has quicker drop-offs. Meaning that the water gets deep more quickly. You won’t have to go out as far to catch waves, but your rides will be shorter. Meanwhile, on the west coast, beaches tend to be shallower and wave breaks are longer.

If you are an intermediate to advanced surfer looking for larger and more powerful breaks, islands off the Southern coast are your best bet.

Yangyang: Instagramable Surf Spot

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Recently, Yangyang County in Gangwon Province has been hailed as a paradise for Korean surfers due to its excellent waves and welcoming atmosphere.

For those who live in Seoul, Yangyang is the perfect place for a leisurely weekend or surfing day trip. Yangyang’s Surfyy Beach is the only surf-only beach in Korea. Beyond surf lessons in Korea, it is known for its tropical-themed facilities that draw all in Korean influencers and celebrities. Even if you are not a big surfer, you can enjoy your time there by feeling the ocean breeze while relaxing on one of their sun lounges.

Songjeong Beach: Beginner Surf Spot

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Foreign tourists may be unfamiliar with Busan’s Songjeong Beach, but it is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway with friends and family. It is also a great place to learn how to surf because of the soft sandy sea bottom. This is one of the safest beaches for beginners!

Mallipo Beach: Family Surf Spot

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The shallow waters and large sandy surface make this beach ideal for those who like long breaks. This beach is ideal for longboarders and surfers traveling with children.

Accommodations and other family-friendly amenities can be found in the immediate vicinity. There are all sorts of fun things to do in the area including camping, hiking, and fishing. Mallipo Beach also offers a wide variety of fresh seafood, including hongomuchi (seasoned baby stingray), grilled eel, and grilled king prawns.

Wave Park: High-Tech, Year-Round Waves

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Wave Park is one of the world’s most advanced artificial wave pools. If you are a surfer who is traveling to Korea, this is one surf spot you won’t want to miss. You can catch the perfect wave every time, no matter the season.

Wave park is open year-round. In winter, the pool is heated, and in summer it is cooled. So, get ready for the ideal surfing experience.

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Jungmun Beach: Advanced Surfing

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Lastly, Jungmun Beach is known as one of the best surf spots on Jeju Island. It has an offshore reef break and is recognized as one of the few beaches in Korea that is ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers. Beginning in 2003, an international surfing competition has been held annually on the third weekend of June.

Conclusion

Are you an avid surfer living in Korea? If you have any secret spots you’d like to share, let us know in the comments below!

Also, if you’re headed to the beach, don’t forget to wear some sunscreen! Click Here for our top three favorite Korean sunscreens.