At the end of the Highway 50, reaching the East Sea (Donghae – 동해), lies beautiful Gyeongpo, a seaside village with a white-sand beach and a picturesque lake. Perfect beach destination for the weekend from May until October.
Located in the northern part of Gangneung, Gangwon-do Province, Gyeongpo is one of the many seaside villages boarding the East Sea coastline. Approximately 250 km from Seoul, it is easily reachable even for a one-day trip only – if you’re lucky with road traffic.
Gyeongpo Beach: pristine, blue water and a few attractions
When we reached our destination, we headed first to the beach! This is a very long strip of white sand, bordered with pine trees. The sea is very clean and water particularly transparent. You may expect a few waves if windy (as is usually the case along the East sea). There were fun attractions as well: pony and horse-riding, banana boats, jet skis, etc.
There are dozens of seafood restaurants and cafes along the beach street – we found them all very attractive, clean and picking up the one with the best shrimps, crabs and fishes was a great challenge!
Gyeongpo Lake: enjoy a beautiful family walk and stream boat-crossing
There’s more to Gyeongpo than just its fantastic beach… Check out the Lake side! We had a blast running around, watching the fun Korean-traditional sculptures on display, observing birdlife… But the highlight for us was the wetland area with its wooden bridges and the canal-crossing boat (by pulling a rope).
Enjoy this beautiful East-sea coastline option to make the best family memories and take many wonderful snapshots.
How to get there:
Direct buses from Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal (2h40′ approximately 15,000 KRW). From Gangneung Terminal, take bus 202 to Gyeongpodae.
For localisation, see our Seoul Map for Kids & Families.