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Haeundae Beach

Sailing of Haundeae Beach, South Korea's most famous beach
photo, coutesy KNTO
Probably the most famous beach in South Korea, Haeundae Beach shares the name of the city area, after the ancient scholar Choi Chi-Won who, when walking past Dongbaekdo Island, was so fascinated by it that he inscribed carved words Hae Un Dae on a stone wall there. Hae Un was one of his pen names, and what he carved is akin to "Hae Un was here"!
The beach is about a mile long (1.5km), and between 30-50m in width - with a total area of 58,400 sq metres - estimated to be enough room for 120,000 bathers! The rough white sand comes from both the Chuncheon Stream and the effect of wind and tide on seashells. Swimming is permitted between 1 July and 31 August each year (shower rooms available).

Throughout the year the beach also hosts various cultural events and festivals. Folk Square is a centre for traditional games, such as Neoldduigi (seesaw jumping), Korean wrestling, Tuho (arrow throwing), tug-of-War and Yutnori (four-stick game, unique to Korea). There is also the Beach Culture Centre and Library to keep visitors amused.
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