#Take6Trips in Korea Challenge: Jeongdongjin Beach
Jeongdongjin Beach wasn’t one of the places I originally chose when I created my very own Take 6 Trips in Korea Challenge at the beginning of 2015, but it was a contender on our initial Korea Bucket List of destinations to visit…not for the beach, but for the way over-the-top Suncruise Resort.
Our intention was to spend a weekend relaxing by the sea, but this proved kind of impossible because Jeongdongjin was not really a serene kind of beach. At least not when we were there in early July. The waves were huge and dramatic, and even though it was technically summer, it was pretty cold. Definitely too cold for a dip in the sea.
Instead, we contented ourselves with just sitting on the sand for a few hours, listening to the roaring waves and inhaling the salty sea air.
When we couldn’t stand the cold any longer, we made our way over to that crazy cruise ship perched atop a cliff, and found ourselves at the entrance, paying a fee to enter the grounds. The entrance fee was kind of a surprise, but I guess the hotel sees itself as not just a hotel, but some kind of tourist attraction, and I suppose it is.
There’s a Sunrise Garden, sculpture park, scary walkway that takes you out above the powerful ocean, glass observatory and observation platform for you to explore. The Sunrise Garden and sculpture park were a bit kitschy for my taste, but the views from the observation platform were quite extraordinary.
We ended our day in the glass observatory, which was actually a rotating coffee shop, where you could relax and indulge in some rather expensive desserts and drinks, while drinking in the magnificent sight of mountains and ocean all around you.
Getting to Jeongdongjin Beach
Located on Korea’s East Coast, in normal traffic conditions, it takes approximately 3 hours to reach Jeongdongjin by bus. From Seoul, take a bus from either the Dong Seoul or Gangnam Bus Terminal, to Gangneung Intercity/Express Bus Terminal. From there, take bus 109, and get off at the Jeongdong stop. The beach is a 300 metre walk from the bus stop.
Alternatively, you can take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Jeongdongjin Station, but this option takes significantly longer.
About Suncruise Resort
We didn’t stay overnight at Suncruise Resort, but posted rates and more information can be found on their website (english version available). Check Agoda.com for better last minute rates.
Have you ever visited an kitschy or over-the-top hotel or tourist attraction? What do you think of the Suncruise Resort? Yay or nay?