When the international students went to Ganjeolgeot for a field trip last year, I was surprised to see a nice spot in Ulsan that could easily become a crowded tourist destination if only it wasn’t remotely located. I promised myself to come back to this place when I find the time.
So one day, when my friend from Daegu (a land-locked city in Korea) messaged me that he had been itching to see the beach, I readily volunteered to accompany him. He was originally thinking about Haeundae, though, another beach that I wanted to visit, which I have never been to before.
As we were exchanging some “You decide. No, you decide.”s, he thought: “Why don’t we visit both?”
So we first met in Dongdaegu Bus Terminal where we took a bus together to Busan.
Haeundae is arguably the most popular beach in South Korea. It is located in the opulent Haeundae District in Busan and it has a stretch of white sand beach with some nice buildings lined by the shore. When I first saw its photos online, I told myself, I am so visiting this beach before I graduate!
It actually reminded me of Acapulco, a beach I normally see in Mexican telenovelas that I used to watch as a young boy. I like the contrast of nature (the beach and the mountains) and urban elements (tall buildings lining the shore).
It was a nice time enjoying the sea breeze but we had to cut it short because we had to go to another city and visit a second beach. So we rushed back to the bus terminal.
However, on our way back, we passed by this quaint sushi restaurant with irresistible food sprawled in its display window. So yeah, we both were not hungry, but sushi time it is!
Ganjeolgeot is a beach in Ulsan best known as the spot where you can experience the first sunrise in the entire Korean Peninsula. Hence, Ganjeolgeot is a famous destination during New Year’s eve, as people wanted to greet the first ray of sun for the incoming year.
Compared to Haeundae, Ganjeolgeot is much much different. It has a more bucolic feel, with minimal touch of urbanization. There is a windmill that adds to the pastoral effect. I also liked this nice restaurant with beautiful architecture (I will post a close-up photo next time, something I took during my first visit to Ganjeolgeot with the international students).
That’s my friend, William, right there in red.
We grabbed a cup of coffee in a Starbucks by the beach. Then we went back to Ulsan’s downtown, Samsandong.
I know there are much more beautiful beaches in the Philippines, but these two are also memorable. And I recommend anyone in South Korea, if you have time, visit either or both Haeundae and Ganjeolgeot. 🙂