If you love watching sunsets by the seaside, I would like to recommend that you visit Hyeopjae Beach (협재해수욕장) in Jeju. This beach is located on the west side of Jeju Island which makes it a perfect destination to witness the sunset. This beach is also close to another public beach named Geumneung Beach (금능해수욕장). Here are some of the reasons that you must visit Hyeopjae Beach.
Reasons to love Hyeopjae Beach
Clear water and white sands
Hyeopjae Beach stretches roughly 200 meters and is 60 meters wide with a shallow depth of 1.2 meters, thus, making this beach a perfect getaway for families even with kids. Its white sands are mixed with crushed seashells. Although the crushed seashells won’t really hurt your barefoot, you still have to be careful when walking along the shore. The long and stunning shoreline of Hyeopjae Beach offers a mesmerizing view of low-tide with Biyangdo Island floating in the distance. The clear blue waters complete this white sandy beach.
In addition, you can also find some stone formations and statues on the seashore. Visitors usually pile up the stones to create a cairn. Rock stacking is commonly seen in Jeju Island.
Of course, another reason to love this beach is its mesmerizing sunset. A lot of people await for the sunset on the shore of Hyeopjae Beach. In fact, many couples also do their pre-nuptial photo shoot at the beach. When the sun starts to set, you will notice several couples approaching the shore to take lovely creative shots. You can witness about 5 or more couples who would do this.
Lush Pine Trees
Aside from the sunset, rocks and the sight of Biyangdo Island, this beach also has lush pine trees that add character to its surroundings. There are also camping spots in the lush pine forest.
Nearby Hallim Park
If you want to take a break from swimming at Hyeopjae Beach, you can also visit the nearby Hallim Park. This park was established in early 1971 and has an area of almost 100 thousand square meters. It has a variety of gardens and attractions such as Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden, a folk village, children’s amusement park and many more.
Close to Hyeopjaegul Lava Tube and Ssangyonggul Cave
The most famous tourist attractions in Hallim Park are Hyeopjaegul Lava Tube and Ssangyonggul Caves. They are known to be the only two-dimensional caves in the world. The Hyeopjaegul Lava Tube is known to have been formed by the lava that erupted from Hallasan Mountain around 25 million years ago. It contains the features of both lava and limestone caves. Similar to Hyeopjaegul Lava Tube, Ssangyonggul Cave is also believed to be formed from the eruption of Hallasan Mountain. It is also both a lava tube and a limestone cave. The lime covers the cave walls in a series of natural swirls and streaks.
Where to eat near Hyeopjae Beach
There are some restaurants and cafes close to the beach. Restaurants offer delicious dishes using freshly caught seafood like abalone(Jeonbok) and horned turban(Sora). You can also buy some snacks and ready-to-eat meals at various convenience stores nearby. But since this beach has an area for camping, other campers just bring their own cooked food while others just cook it at their camping spots. And if you would like to know more about other beaches, click here!
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