Sunday, June 30, 2013

Seongjong, Who Knew?

We've lived here for over a year and a half, including one entire summer, and have never gone to Seongjong beach. I've always knew it existed and many times last summer (and a few this) we received many invites and had opportunities to head that way but never did. The reason being it's so far from us here in Minam. It's eight subway stops, transfer to a different line, another seven or eight stops then a 10 minute
 taxi ride as opposed to the eight stops, transfer, two stops and a five minute walk to Gwangalli beach, where we usually go. All in all it was about a 20 minute longer endeavor to get ourselves to the sand...but completely and totally worth it.

There were a few going away parties and a birthday party all happening at the same time this weekend and all at Seongjong so we decided to finally make our way out there to see what all the fuss is about. Turns out all the fuss is completely justified in every way. You may remember some previous posts mentioning Korea's severe litter problem? Well, the beach is no exception. I don't know how they go about swimming in their own garbage and not blink an eye, but that's the case so we just live with it. 

Arriving at Seongjong I immediately notice how clean everything is. The water, the sand, all of it. The beach is slightly smaller but there are way less people and it's just Heaven so far. There are no tall buildings blocking sunlight, only small little surf huts, some coffee shops and a few restaurants. It has a feeling of Folly Beach, South Carolina in a way, just Koreanized and without the palms. 

Upon closer inspection, I see that the ocean is dead clear. It doesn't have the same turquoise hues as say, Thailand or something, but it's crystal clear and while swimming out past the point of touching the bottom, I could still see my feet over five feet below paddling me along. The water is still a bit chilly but every weekend it has been getting warmer and warmer. 

It was a perfect, hot beach day and I can't wait to get back there. No longer will I complain how far Seongjong is because the 45 minutes it took will be worth it the rest of the summer. 

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