Image of Hamdeok Beach
Photo of Hamdeok Beach taken from the hill

As Hamdeok and Iho Beaches are located pretty close to the Jeju City, these beaches attract lots of locals as well as tourists. Since both of the beaches are pretty much crowded in the summer, I recommend visiting these beaches during weekdays. I decided to visit more local beach first, so I headed to Gimnyeong Beach not far away from Hamdeok. To my disappointment, Gimnyeong was being renovated with excavators before the beach opened in July(Beaches in Jeju have ‘opening seasons’).

Gimnyeong beach and seawall
Gimnyeong Beach and seawall
Gimnyeong beach
Gimnyeong Beach
Gimnyeong beach under some sort of construction
Gimnyeong Beach was under some sort of construction. Excavators could be seen

So I moved to Hamdeok Beach right away after taking some photos. Even though I visited Hamdeok Beach many times when young, seeing the Hamdeok Beach again gave me a refreshed feeling. After all, I totally forgot how the Hamdeok Beach seemed after more than 10 years. Hamdeok area had been developed a lot for the last 10 years, with more guesthouses and coffee shops.

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Entrance to the Hamdeok Seoubong Beach
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Hamdeok Seaside Village
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Hamdeok Beach seen from the hill
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Lawn & Park right next to the Hamdeok Beach
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Hamdeok Beach had more sands than other nearby beaches
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Oreum(hill) seen from the beach
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Tourists and locals on the beach
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Hamdeok Beach and the horizon
Daemyung Resort near Hamdeok Beach
Daemyung Resort near Hamdeok Beach

Hamdeok Beach reminded me of the Hyupjae Beach, since both places were famous for tourists and had many nearby restaurants, coffee shops and hostels.I think Hamdeok was more favorable as the beach area was more widespread. I moved to Iho soon, which was pretty close to the Shinjeju area. Iho Beach was smaller and quieter, and had a area reserved for camping. I could see many families and couples near the camping area.

Route to Hamdeok from Iho
Route to Iho from Hamdeok
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Horse-shaped lighthouses near Iho beach
Sunset seen from the Iho Beach
Sunset seen from the Iho Beach
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People could set up the tents on the hill behind the beach
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View of the Iho Village

Iho is a beach liked by many locals residing in Jeju City for its proximity. Many foreign English teachers in Jeju City visit here for the very same reason. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I recommend you to visit this place with other nearby attractions such as Dodu-Bong and Seawater Spa. Put Iho Beach or Hamdeok Beach in your bucket list if you were to stay in Jeju City for quite a while, and you won’t regret it.

Written by Allaboutjeju

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