A Day at Boryeong Beach
Updated: Jun 14
I’ve been in Korea for nine months and still hadn’t made my way to the beach until last weekend. If you know me, you know that I basically live at the beach all summer long in the states, so it’s kinda weird that it took me so long to go here. I got to Korea in October, so it was pretty much too cold to go by then. Once spring rolled around, Coronavirus was in full force and we weren’t allowed to go anywhere at all. Sad times for Sav.
We’re now allowed to travel a lot more, thank God. Last Friday night, my friend texted and asked if I wanted to go to the beach the next day with her and her husband. No-brainer— I immediately said yes. We decided on going to Boryeong Beach— located in Daecheon about an hour and forty-five minutes away from Pyeongtaek. And we had a blast! Side note: Boryeong Beach is famous for their annual Mud Festival! Make sure to check that out if you’re in the area in mid-July.
Here’s a look at how our day played out. If you’re interested in checking out Boryeong Beach, you might find some helpful tips here!
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I rolled out of my bed after snuggling with my pups as long as possible. Mornings are not my thing. That’s just the way it is. I managed to get up, get showered, and pack my bag for the day on time, though. Go me!
9:45 a.m.- 12:45 a.m.
Oof. What was supposed to be a nice hour and forty-five minute drive turned into three hours of hellish stop and go traffic. If you’re headed to Boryeong from Pyeongtaek on a Saturday morning, make sure to factor this in. The drive honestly wasn’t bad, though. We passed through some areas with gorgeous mountains and greenery in the distance, and we found a REALLY nice rest area about halfway through.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Woohoo! Beach! As soon as we got out of the car, we were a little shocked at how much the temperature had dropped between Pyeongtaek and Daecheon. The fog was also super intense— we couldn’t see the water until we got right up to it. We were determined to have our beach day, though! We found some great public parking right across from a beach access station and headed across the street to the beach.
Of course, I had to pee during the walk there. Classic me. I found a bathroom and…. I got to use my first squat toilet. Not a fan, but glad I did something new.
Then we continued to the beach!
The access point is really well kept and welcoming. There are tons of photo ops, places to wash your feet, and spots to just sit and relax. We headed down the stairs and… we saw the sea, the Yellow Sea to be exact. There it was in all its glory. My little water sign heart (#Scorpio) was so full. We started scanning the beach for a spot and quickly realized that almost everyone except us had brought a nice little tent to set up. Noted for next time.
We found a nice spot, spread out our towels, and got ready for a little beach nap and relaxation. Of course, I had to test out the water before getting comfy. It was pretty freaking cold, but not so cold that I couldn’t stand it. If you find yourself on Boryeong
Beach in early June, you should be fine to take a dip.
I'm going to be real with y'all-- I was born and raised in Alabama, so I'm a Panama City Beach girl at heart. This beach and this water were SO different than what I'm used to, but I wasn't disappointed! After dipping my feet in the admittedly chilly, grey waters on the shore, I went back to my towel and got ready to chill. And then my friend said she was hungry…
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
So we packed up what little things we brought and started our hunt for lunch. The main street that runs in front of Boryeong Beach is FULL of little fresh seafood places, coffee shops, and pizza places. We landed on pizza after much discussion and decided to go with BBQ Chicken— which doesn’t sound like a pizza place but it kinda is. The workers didn’t speak much English, but it was easy enough to point to what we wanted on the menu and get it figured out. I ordered the Shrimp Gorgonzola Pizza— I felt obligated to throw at least a little seafood into the mix because beach, right?
My pizza was around 20,000 ₩, which is about $17. I think that’s a little pricey, but that’s just me. My friends ordered the same thing, and they added an order of honey fried chicken.
We were all pleased with our lunch! If you’re expecting a savory, classic pizza, you won’t find that with the Shrimp Gorgonzola Pizza. Like a lot of meals in Korea, it leans more to the sweet side. I’m pretty certain honey was a major ingredient, and there was no tomato sauce to add acidity and cut the sweetness. It was delicious, though! I honestly don’t know if the shrimp added much, as it was literally one small piece on each slice. However, I can’t say I was disappointed. My friends' chicken was HEAVENLY. Perfectly crunchy and sweet. I’ll definitely be ordering that if we go again. Once lunch was over and we had all successfully entered into a carb coma, we decided it was time for coffee.
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Koreans love their coffee, so it’s almost impossible to walk down any street without finding at least one coffee shop. I saw at least five or six right in front of Boryeong Beach. We chose Coffee Ben. It was such a cute place! It’s on the fourth floor of a building and has floor to ceiling windows all around, so you can see the water and the beach below.
I ordered the iced hazelnut latte. It was around 5,000 ₩, which is about $4, and it was delightful. We sat, talked, and drank our coffee. Afterwards, we decided to head back to the beach.
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Upon returning to our same spot on the beach, I figured out there was a really nice public restroom right behind us. Squat toilets and standard toilets— yay! There’s also a place to rinse your feet in front of the restrooms.
We laid out our towels again and went back to lounging. Let’s talk a little bit about the beach experience at Boryeong. I’m not sure if it was because it was a little cloudy or because the water was chilly, but there were mostly only little kids actually spending time in the water. Pretty much everyone around us was just lounging around with their friends and family.
Also, the majority of people we saw on the beach were not wearing swimsuits. Most of them were actually dressed in street clothes. If you’re self conscious about being the typical stand-out foreigner, you might not be comfortable sporting your bikini on this beach. It didn’t bother me though, and I don’t think I called too much attention to our little group.
I would definitely say this is a super family-friendly beach. We had a lot of fun people-watching and seeing cute groups of friends hold mini-photoshoots on the shore. I saw several people on the beach with small dogs, but I don’t know if dogs are officially allowed.
All in all, it was a really relaxing, chill environment. And there are LOADS of really cool shells along the shore.
I recommend bringing along a small reusable bag or two for collecting treasures.
As it got later, the temperature really started dropping. When we started talking about heading out, I convinced myself to go at least waist deep in the water. I knew if I didn’t, I would regret it later.
Plus, I wanted to be able to say I’ve taken a dip in the Yellow Sea! After a quick trip into the water, I headed back up and we packed our things.
When we started walking back to the car, we noticed there was a GS25 (Korean
convenience store) right outside of the public beach access point. We stopped in to grab some snacks for the road. If you’re visiting Boryeong Beach, I’d recommend stopping at GS25 to pick up snacks and drinks (including Soju!) before heading down to the water.
6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
On the road again! There was much less traffic on the way home. It took us right around two hours to get back to Pyeongtaek from Daecheon.
Overall, I had a great experience at my first Korean beach! If you’re planning a trip to Boryeong, it’s totally doable in a day, but there are also several really nice looking hotels right along the coast.
Here are my main takeaways and tips for a trip to Boryeong Beach:
Plan for traffic, no matter where you’re traveling from.
Bring money for the tolls. We paid around 13,000 ₩ traveling from Pyeongtaek to Daecheon.
Be prepared to use a squat toilet if you stop at a rest area or another restroom near the beach.
If you have a family or a larger group, bring a tent or canopy to set up on the beach.
Koreans tend to go conservative when it comes to beachwear, so keep that in mind if you’re self conscious about that sort of thing.
Bring a reusable plastic bag for collecting shells!
Have you been to a Korean beach? What are your favorite spots or tips? I want to hear your thoughts!