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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hakdong-Mongdol Beach, Geoje, Southern Gyeongsang: Peeble Beach in Yeongnam MIR


Surrounded by Mount Noja/노자산 (565m) and Mount Gara/가라산 (580m), Hakdong-Mongdol Beach or Hakdong Peeble Beach (Hanja: 鶴洞몽돌海水浴場) in 18-1 Hakdong 6-gil, Hakdong-ri 295-1 beonji, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje City, Southern Gyeongsang Province provides a cozy atmosphere. 

Hakdong was named so because its shape was said to be like a crane (in Korean "Hak") flying up to the sky. Compared to other beaches, it has small pebbles, "Mongdol" in Korean, spans a distance of about 1.2 km, is 50m wide and covers a 30,000 sq km area starting from Yongbawi Rock. The feeling one gets when walking on these pebbles is soothing and the sound of the waves are refreshing. You can also soothe your feet when you walk on the rocks and activate acupressure points on the soles of your feet. 

This beach is also famous for camellia habitat, which was designated as Natural Monument No. 233, along the 3km long beach. About 20cm long, colorful fairy pitts come in June, breed here and then leave in September. Wild camellia flowers start to bloom in February and they are in full bloom in mid March, creates a beautiful landscape. In the spring and fall, tourists come to see Haegeumgang and Hallyeo-Haesang National Marine Park. In summer, vacationers come from all over the country to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, water sports and the scenery. You can also see the Palsaek birds (eight-colored birds) that come here. These colorful birds can be seen from June to September. 

Hakdong Mongdol Beach has a lot of summer visitors and is the perfect place for vacationing families. The water is clear and clean, and setting up tents on the beach is possible. Near the beach, there are not only great restaurants specializing in sliced raw fish, but also restrooms and homestays which are well-equipped. There is also a beach festival every summer. An excursion ship starts at Hakdong and cruises towards Haegeumgang and Oedo Paridise Island. It would be romantic to take this ship through the crimson Haegeumgang at sunset.