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Visiting Anmok Beach on a hot summer day in Korea is a no brainer. After all, it has gorgeous, turquoise water, creamy, white sand, and all the beachy vibes you could possibly want.

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White sand and turquoise water. What more can you ask for?

Don’t limit yourself to just the dog days of summer though. Because Anmok Beach is also where you’ll find the popular Gangneung Coffee Street.

This is an entire row of over 30 unique beachfront cafes, complete with perfectly brewed beverages, and incredible sea views. It’s equally pleasant to visit in spring, autumn, and, even the depths of winter, so don’t hesitate.

Anmok Beach | 안목해변

Anmok Beach is located on the East Coast of Korea, which is known for sunrise views and some of the best water in the country.

I would’ve gone there to visit Gangneung Coffee Street alone, but was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous the beach was. It’s a wide, 500 metre long beach covered in super fine, white sand. The sea was such a vivid shade of blue, I could’ve gazed at it all day long.

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Gorgeous colours at Anmok Beach.

Anmok Port is directly in front of the beach, and you can watch fishing boats dock to unload seaweed in spring, octopus in summer, and pollack in autumn and winter.

I loved spending the day at Anmok Beach. With its line of seaside cafes, it felt like a more modernized version of the usual Korean beach experience. One I’d definitely like to visit again.

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Gangneung Coffee Street

You’re probably wondering what the big deal is with the Gangeung region and coffee, right?

Looking around Seoul, it’s hard to imagine a time when there wasn’t a cafe on every street corner. But modern coffee culture in Korea is actually pretty new.

There are over 30 cafes lining Gangeung Coffee Street, most with panoramic views of the East Sea through floor to ceiling windows. And while you’ll find big chains like Starbucks, and Pascucci, the stars of this street are independent and staffed by skilled baristas.

bossa nova cafe, Gangneung Coffee Street
Views out of the Bossa Nova cafe at Gangneung Coffee Street are extraordinary

Seoul to Anmok Beach | Gangeung Coffee Street

The best way to get from Seoul to Anmok Beach is by express bus. You’ll have to get to Gangneung Bus Terminal first, and then transfer to local transport to get to Anmok Beach.

You can catch a bus at either the Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, but DongSeoul probably has the most direct routes to Gangeung.

A long distance bus between DongSeoul Bus Terminal and Gangneung Bus Terminal costs 15,600won. Once you reach Gangneung, you can take local bus #225-1 (40 minutes), or a taxi (18 minutes) for 9000 won to Anmok Beach.

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Where to Stay in Gangneung

Since there are not that many hotels directly on Anmok Beach, the nearby city of Gangneung is your best bet for accommodation. Fortunately, it’s just a short bus or taxi ride away, so it’s easy to get back to the sand and sea as quickly as possible.

Budget Stay | Aark House

We stayed at Aark House in Gangneung City. Our group of 5 people took up most of a 6 bed dorm. The hostel was super cute, the beds were clean and comfortable, and a decent breakfast of eggs and fruit was included.

There were a few minor issues – the room was pretty hot, with little ventilation, and not much sleep was had, because of the sheer number of mosquitos – but I’d still recommend staying there for a few days. Warning though – there’s only 1 bathroom for several dorm rooms to share.

aark house, gangneung
Aark House is a super cute and affordable place to stay in Gangneung

Anmok Beachfront | Gangneung Herren Haus

If you’d like to stay directly on Anmok Beach, check out Gangneung Herren Haus. It’s one of the few options right on the beach. It has super comfortable rooms, outdoor terraces and incredible views of the gorgeous water.

Anmok Beach | Gangneung Coffee Street: Essential Info

How far is Anmok Beach from Seoul? The total road distance between Seoul (DongSeoul bus Terminal) and Anmok Beach is around 210 km.
How long does it take to drive from Seoul to Anmok Beach? It takes approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to drive there on your own depending on which route you take. Road tolls would cost between 10 - 11,000 won.
What's the best way to get there using public transport? A long distance bus between Seoul (DongSeoul Bus Terminal) and Gangneung Bus Terminal costs 15,600won. From Gangneung, you can take local bus #225-1 (40 minutes), or a taxi (18 minutes) for 9000 won.
What facilities are available at Anmok Beach? There's a restaurant, snack bar, inflatable tubes, water activities, and umbrellas available for rent. Parking, washrooms, and shower booth are also available.


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