Travel Guide

Korea's Summer Secrets: Explore Lesser-Known Spots

Jonathan
June 10, 2024

Tired of the usual tourist spots packed with crowds? This summer, venture off the beaten path and explore some of Korea's most underrated and charming destinations. These hidden gems promise breathtaking scenery, unique cultural experiences, and the tranquility you crave.

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1. Explore Ancient History at Gochang Dolmen Sites and Gochangeupseong

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Gochangeupseong [Image Source: Leeks3131]

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Gochang dolmen site in Korea
Gochang Dolmen Site [Image Source: @ktomanila]

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The Gochang Dolmen Sites are ancient stone burial markers set in lush green parks, often empty of crowds. Nearby, Gochangeupseong, a historic castle with a tranquil bamboo forest, offers a peaceful retreat and a fascinating glimpse into Korea's past. Enjoy hiking amidst massive stone boulders and the beauty of unspoiled nature.

๐Ÿ“Gochangeupseong (๊ณ ์ฐฝ์์„ฑ): ์ „๋ถ ๊ณ ์ฐฝ๊ตฐ ๊ณ ์ฐฝ์ ์๋‚ด๋ฆฌ 125-9

๐Ÿ“Gochang Dolmen Site (๊ณ ์ฐฝ๊ณ ์ธ๋Œ๋ฐ•๋ฌผ๊ด€): ์ „๋ถ ๊ณ ์ฐฝ๊ตฐ ๊ณ ์ฐฝ์ ๊ณ ์ธ๋Œ๊ณต์›๊ธธ 74 ๊ณ ์ธ๋Œ๋ฐ•๋ฌผ๊ด€

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2. Enjoy Secluded Beaches in Samcheok and the East Sea

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Bunam Beach [Image Source: WelfareHello]

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The East Sea is known for its clear waters and white sand beaches. Drive along the coast from Samcheok to Busan to find secluded, pristine beaches, perfect for those seeking a quiet escape. Avoid the crowded northern spots and stay in a ๋ฏผ๋ฐ• (minbak) for a quaint countryside experience. Rent a car and drive from Seoul to Samcheok (approximately 3.5 hours). Continue along the coast for the best beach spots.

๐Ÿ“ Bunam Beach (๋ถ€๋‚จํ•ด์ˆ˜์š•์žฅ): ๊ฐ•์› ์‚ผ์ฒ™์‹œ ๊ทผ๋•๋ฉด ๋ถ€๋‚จ๋ฆฌ

๐Ÿ“ Wonpyeong Beach (์›ํ‰ํ•ด์ˆ˜์š•์žฅ): ๊ฐ•์› ์‚ผ์ฒ™์‹œ ๊ทผ๋•๋ฉด ๋งค์›๋ฆฌ

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3. Relax in a Mountain Retreat at Chungjuho Lake

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Chungjuho Lake [Image Source: Visit Korea]

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Chungjuho Lake offers a serene escape with its pristine waters surrounded by mountains. Outside of popular ferry docks and picturesque photo zones, determined visitors can find secluded spots around the corners of this massive lake. It's an ideal spot for glamping or camping, with plenty of rivers, caves, valleys to explore away from the crowds. Enjoy the tranquility of nature away from the bustling city.

๐Ÿ“ Chungjuho Lake (์ถฉ์ฃผํ˜ธ): ์ถฉ์ฒญ๋ถ๋„ ์ถฉ์ฃผ์‹œ ๋™๋Ÿ‰๋ฉด ์กฐ๋™๋ฆฌ

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4. Unwind on the Pristine Beaches of Wando

Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach
Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach [Image Source: Expedia]

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Wando boasts a pristine white sand beach, perfect for those living near Gwangju or southern Korea. The calm, crystal-clear waters and delicious Jeollanam-do food make it an excellent spot for camping or renting a pension by the beach. This less-visited gem promises peace and relaxation.

๐Ÿ“ Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach (์‹ ์ง€ ๋ช…์‚ฌ์‹ญ๋ฆฌํ•ด์ˆ˜์š•์žฅ): ์ „๋‚จ ์™„๋„๊ตฐ ์‹ ์ง€๋ฉด ์‹ ๋ฆฌ

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5. Discover Unique Mongdol Beaches in Gyeongju

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Hakdong Mongdol Beach [Image Source: Visit Korea]

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Dotted along Korea's southeast coast are Gyeongju's round-stone (๋ชฝ๋Œํ•ด๋ณ€) beaches, with smooth rocks instead of sand, providing a cooler alternative to sandy beaches. These less-crowded spots are perfect for a relaxing beachside meal, with plenty of seafood restaurants to enjoy.

๐Ÿ“ Hakdong Mongdol Beach (ํ•™๋™ํ‘์ง„์ฃผ๋ชฝ๋Œํ•ด๋ณ€): ๊ฒฝ์ƒ๋‚จ๋„ ๊ฑฐ์ œ์‹œ ๋™๋ถ€๋ฉด ํ•™๋™6๊ธธ 18-1

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This summer, skip the crowded hotspots and explore Koreaโ€™s hidden treasures. From serene lakes and ancient sites to secluded beaches and charming countryside stays, these underrated destinations offer the perfect escape. Pack your bags, hit the road, and discover the beauty of off-the-path Korea!

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Cover photo source: Bundo Kim (Unsplash)


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