Already well-known to locals and tourists, Hyupjae and Gwakji Beaches become so crowded in the mid-summer that people pay extra fees handsomely just to stay in cheap B&Bs. To see whether these beaches live up to their name, I headed to the Hyupjae on the bus 700. To be honest, Hyupjae was a bit smaller than I expected, while less-famous Gwakji beach was well-kept and more beautiful. Unlike Hyupjae, already partly filled with mainland tourists, Gwakji still conserved its calm.

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Guesthouse on the left, Cafe Comma in the front
Hyupjae beach seen from the terrace of the Cafe Comma
Hyupjae beach seen from the terrace of the Cafe Comma
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Hyupjae Beach already relatively crowded with mainland tourists
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Crowds under parasols

Although small in size, the color of the ocean in Hyupjae was emerald and the view of Biyang-do from the beach was truly a sight.

Ocean itself was sparking with emerald color
Ocean itself was sparking with emerald color
Biyang-Do on the other side of the beach could be seen. Ferry only operated twice a day.
Biyang-Do on the other side of the beach. Ferry only operated twice a day.
This photo reflects the true color of the Hyupjae Beach
This photo reflects the true color of the Hyupjae Beach

Although it was true that the color of the ocean itself was lovely, I had to move to Gwakji to compare the two. Before taking the bus, I had a cup of coffee at a Cafe Comma. One thing I can definitely say is, Cafe Comma was a best place see the Hyupjae with a good  cup of coffee. Gwakji was about 10 minutes’ drive from Hyupjae.

Entrance to the Gwakji
Entry signboard near Gwakji
Miles of sandy beach could be seen at Gwakji
Miles of sandy beach could be seen at Gwakji
Photo of Gwakji Open-Air Bath
Photo of Gwakji Open-Air Bath
Inside the men's open-air bath
Inside the open-air bath. The place opened in the mid-summer
Playground near Gwakji
Playground near Gwakji
Glowing sun above the Gwakji Beach
Glowing sun above the Gwakji Beach
Gwakji Sandy Beach
Gwakji Sandy Beach
Facilities near Gwakji seen from the ocean
Facilities near Gwakji seen from the ocean

Only a handful of tourists were sun-bathing under the glowing sun, and color of the ocean was even more like emerald! I took a stroll and fully enjoyed the beach itself. Without too much thoughts, I went to the trail heading to tiny Handam Beach. Along the trail, picturesque scenery continuously came into the sight.

Picturesque scenery along the coastline
Picturesque scenery along the coastline
Sunset near Handam
Sunset near Handam
Left, a woman sitting on the Handam Beach, watching the ocean endlessly
Left, a woman sitting on the Handam Beach, watching the ocean vacantly
Head westward to reach Hyupjae and Gwakji
Head westward to reach Hyupjae and Gwakji

By the time I packed up and headed to the Jeju City, beautiful scenery of Gwakji was vividly imprinted on my mind. It was Gwakji which impressed me. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t favor Hyupjae, but what I can say is that Gwakji was more picturesque and favorable in the eye of local like me. So for those who are wondering which beach to visit, I would definitely recommend Gwakji a little more. Other reviews of beaches will be posted soon!

Written by Allaboutjeju

AllaboutJeju.com aims to provide information for the people traveling to Jeju Island of Korea, especially backpackers. Traveling this beautiful island without a car or a tour guide can be challenging for any foreigners, but your trip filled with unique local experiences will be priceless. With the help of AllaboutJeju.com, make your very personal journey even more special.

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