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Jeongdongjin,Gangwon-do: A Perfect Summer Destination

It’s now mid-summer and if you are still undecided on where to spend your summer holiday…maybe you can consider visiting Jeongdongjin beach at Gangneung, Gangwon-do. Apparently, it is a 5hour ride from Seoul, but definitely worth of your time.

Jeongdongjin Station, is the only train station that is close to the beach in this whole wide world. It is even included in the Guinness Book of World Record as the closest track to a beach.DSC_8934.jpg

There’s much things that this place has to offer. I’d been in this part of Korea for two visits and it consistently blows me away.

So, what can you do on your visit? Of course, swimming! The calmness of the sea in summer is just too appealing to ignore. It has a fine sand and a cool breeze brought by the pine trees around the area.

photo copyright: Malonis San Pedro

Rail biking is absolutely one of a kind, which is a special attraction for all. DSC_8915.jpg

Walk to the Hour Glass Park, it has a huge hourglass filled with 8 tons of sand. This park is the location of the famous Sunrise festival during New Year’s Eve, wherein they have a ceremonial turning of the hourglass that signifies the changing of the year.DSC_8943.jpg

The Time Story Museum. Next to the hourglass is this seven-freight show train, more like a museum, which showcases a themed exhibition of time related to science, art and passion.DSC_8940.jpg

Then, the Sun Cruise Resort and Yacht, which is located in a coastal cliff that has the best view of sunrise and also, the world’s first on-land themed resort.

photo copyright: Malonis San Pedro

Even though you might not have a chance to get a reservation in this hotel, you can still take a look and tour yourself around with a minimal entrance fee. Taking pictures is of course the best part of your holiday.

Isn’t it delightful that you’ll have a perfect summer getaway? A picturesque beach with other attractions that will surely keep you coming back.

There are several easy ways to reach this place. You may head via train or bus.

If you’re to take the train…. Cheongnyangni Station → Jeongdongjin Station
First train 07:05, last train 23:25 / Train runs 6~7 times daily / Total travel time: approx. 4.5 to 5 hours / Fare: 21,100-24,300 won

By bus…
Dong Seoul Jonghap Bus Terminal → Donghae Express Bus Terminal
First bus 06:45, last bus 20:30 bus runs 12 times daily the total travel time: approx. 3 hours / Fare 17,000 won

Seoul (Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Line) Express Bus Terminal → Donghae Express Bus Terminal
First bus 06:30, last bus 23:30 / Bus runs 24 times daily / Total travel time: approx. 3 hours / Fare 16,800-24,800 won

Take a taxi from Donghae Bus Terminal to Sun Cruise Resort takes approximately 10 minutes.

Enjoy the sun, feel the fun and make memories!


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