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Jeju Island’s Aewol Beach: Gwakji Beach

Heading west from Jeju International Airport, you’ll come across “Aewol.” Aewol, known for its stunning scenery, is a notable attraction on Jeju Island. It’s a place where the famous South Korean celebrities Lee Hyori and Lee Sangsoon once lived. Aewol offers various tourist spots, including the popular cafe “Bomnal,” situated right by the sea, and the coastal walking trail, Handam Coastal Walk, where Lee Hyori and Lee Sangsoon enjoyed their time together.

“Gwakji Beach in Jeju Island”

Upon arriving in Jeju Island and renting a car, my first destination was “Gwakji Beach.” Since I was in Jeju, I thought it best to start by experiencing the sea. Inland, you won’t find a sea quite like this, so I wanted to make the most of my time on the island by immersing myself in such a unique coastal experience.

While there’s also the beautiful Ihoteu Beach close to the airport, considering the sunset view, I thought it would be great to watch the sunset from Gwakji Beach before moving on.

“The Scenery of Gwakji Beach”

To be honest, I had visited Gwakji Beach before. I had been here in 2019 during my previous trip to Jeju Island. Returning to Gwakji Beach after a long time, I found that nothing had changed. It brought both a sense of familiarity and a touch of nostalgia.

Even though I visited after a considerable time gap, the unchanging scenery of Gwakji Beach made me wonder if it’s something to be thankful for, or if it’s a bit regrettable that there hasn’t been much change. Perhaps it’s a little of both.

After grabbing a quick bite from a nearby convenience store, I enjoyed the view near the beach. It was the starting point of a trip to savor nature in Jeju, far from the hustle and bustle of Seoul’s city center.

“Mid-March Trip to Jeju Island”

This time, I visited Jeju Island in mid-March. Even though I’ve been to Jeju several times, it seemed I had never actually dipped my toes in the seawater. It’s probably because I usually visited during the cold winter season.

However, this time, since it was March, I had the chance to at least dip my feet in the seawater. Surprisingly, the water wasn’t too cold, allowing me to spend quite some time in it without feeling uncomfortable.

After spending a brief moment by the sea at Gwakji Beach, I prepared to move on to the next destination.

“Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, Jeju City, Gwakji Coastal Beach”

  • Address: Gwakji-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
  • Phone Number: 064-710-3222
  • Features: Jeju Island Beach