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.
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.
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.
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.
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!