Hyeopjae Beach
Hyeopjae Beach
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Hannah’s Travel Truths
68 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This place was very pretty from the shore but when snorkeling there was not much to be found. I saw an interesting rock, kelp, one species of fish, dead fish skin, litter, and some sea urchins clinging to the underwater black rock. The water was also very cold and shallower than I anticipated. It was not an unpleasant experience but I was underwhelmed by the nonexistent wildlife. The positives: there are many umbrella rentals, convenience stores, and souvenir stores. The sand is also very soft and clean.
Written June 11, 2023
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kjmagnuson
Los Angeles, CA668 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Located on the far western shore of Jeju Island, Hyeopjae receives a fraction of the visitors compared to other well-known Korean beaches. My wife and I enjoyed a spectacular sunset here after a fun half-day spent swimming and exploring the volcanic tide pools. The beach is superb for three reasons.

1) Great location (not a city-beach), scenic view of islands and volcanic rocks strung along northern portion of the beach.

2) Relatively few visitors compared to other Korean beaches

3) Water and beach are clean, shallow water makes the beach great for families
Written July 14, 2013
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Faris Shah
Kerteh, Malaysia24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
I and my wife went to this beach as this beach was the first pitstop for west package in Yeha Tour. The place was very cold since we visited during winter season. But the scenery was very beautiful and lovely. Seriously recommended for the honeymoon lovers.
Written January 26, 2018
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SoundChoice
Seoul, South Korea70 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who like their beaches to be overrun with screaming, writhing masses of tourists, and those who think being happy is important. And sure, this could be just another one of those jaded reviews written by a bitter old troll who has no other outlet for his vitriol than to misinform random strangers on the Internet, but it's not. I'm here to vehemently disabuse anyone who is thinking of having a quiet day at Hyeopjae beach out of a sense of civic duty. Yes, the beach itself is a soft sand frame for spectacular sunsets punctuated by occasionally clear blue-green waters, but it's also a growing epicenter for the worst kind of overbooked tourism.

Pros: The beach itself is broad, and the area in front of the main beach lends itself to a safe experience for attended children: there is a large, open region of sand at low tide and shallow water at high tide for kids to play in. The view is nice, and the sunsets are extravagant. There is camping nearby with good tree cover, adequate facilities for showering, stores for trinkets and swimming paraphernalia, and places to buy food and drink. There is also a small but growing night life near the beach that has a distinctly island feel, far from the thumping of your standard Korean club scene.

Cons: The swimming area is unbelievably small, so not only does everyone get to experience a sardine style of "swimming" in water that rarely goes past the hips of an adult, the water is also full of sand and debris due to the high person-per-square-meter ratio. Visibility underwater is often zero, so don't expect to see fish on a busy day - which is pretty much the entire high season. There is garbage everywhere, both in the water, and in large, reeking piles near the parking lot. The noise is unbelievable (just like the parking) and the local restaurants - with only one or two exceptions - cater to the lowest common denominator for quality.

Hyeopjae is being targeted by packaged family tours, and yet there is a laughably inadequate infrastructure in place to ensure a safe, organized experience for children. The beautiful volcanic rocks along the sides of the beach and in some parts of the water are playgrounds of minor and major injury. The often unattended children that race up and down the beach are in no way warned about or protected from these hazards. The forest of beach umbrellas tightly packed on the "main beach" is both uncomfortably crowded and poorly organized for parents to keep an eye on their kids, and for kids to find their parents when they get lost. The lifeguards are simultaneously overworked and overzealous. They are simply too busy whistling at people to keep them safe from the dangers of hip-deep water (a strange and annoying tradition amongst Jeju lifeguards) to effectively keep an eye out for people - especially children - who are may be in real trouble.

Bottom Line: If you've never had the chance to explore Jeju, you won’t know just how bad Hyeopjae is. Moreover, as I said in the beginning, some people actually enjoy the mass market appeal of tourist traps, and I don't begrudge them their tastes. All I'm saying is Jeju has an embarrassment of better beaches with better food and better facilities. In fact, you only have to travel up or down the road for 15 minutes in either direction to find beautiful, secluded areas where you lavish on an empty beach and swim in truly pristine waters. Q.E.D.
Written August 3, 2015
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HelenaGuerra
Washington DC, DC13,892 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This might be one of the best beaches of Korea like some say, I wouldn't know, but that tells you more about beaches in Korea rather than about the quality of this one. It is an ok beach super crowded. It cannot be compared to southeast Asian beaches, or Caribbean. It's fine if you are here, but I was def deceived by some ultra glowing reviews of this beach that I felt are completely unjustified. Another thing that puts me off is the fact that many Koreans choose to bathe fully clothed and that they cannot take their eyes off you if you are western.
Written September 1, 2014
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AnLil
911 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Hyeopjae beach in Hallim is strikingly beautiful and shallow, drawing families with kids, as at Hamdeok despite the sad history. Memory fades of 7,509 peaceful Mimit Hill protesters killed by the Japanese and 47,000 including women from Jocheon-ri Kim clan tortured by colonizers in prisons (for participating in the Protestant-led March 1st Independence Movement, 1919). Tourists always like the sandy beaches; the water isn’t as cold here, and snorkeling is possible. The convenience store sells everything from TV style dinners with microwaves to goggles. Bring about $25 or more before noon if you want to get the ideal spot or umbrella / table with a beachside view of serenity.
Written September 18, 2022
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zee
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Went to hyeopjae beach just to try swimming while i was in Jeju.
Rented a car and drove there, thought that parking was gonna be a challenge but managed to get one in mere minutes.

Mum didnt swim, so we rented an umbrella + mat for her to wait at. Cost us 15K won. Not sure if it was cheap or expensive. They guy attending to the rental didn't speak english, thank God for a local young chap who helped us translate.

Loved the vibe of the beach, everyone there was enjoying the waves. Where I'm from, our sea is not as rough. so it was really different to see everyone in their floaties waiting for waves to hit them.
Written September 15, 2018
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banglee
Torquay, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Family
I visited 4 different beaches in Jeju. They all had their own charms but for popularity goes to Hyeopjae Beach becaue of good size and fantastic photogenic view.

If you want calmer, smaller, less crowded and less windy beach, there is Kumnyoung beach right next to Hyeopjae beach. It is good for younger children to play. Hyeopjae beach was quite windy and cold. Of course Summer time would be different story.

I was looking forward to riding transparent kayak but it was not operating in Apr. There was number on banner but no one answered.

Written April 25, 2018
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Bora M
Seongnam, South Korea63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
Hamdeok beach is just so beautiful. It offers you black rocks, white sand, and breathtaking views. It was our first destination for the day after we landed in Jeju. I found the beach quite peaceful and calm. It is very near to Hallim park. Just took us about 2 mins to reach the park by a car. I wish we could spend some more time at the beach but we had to rush to our next destination. Good place to stop by and click some nice pics.

Good luck!!! :)
Written June 9, 2016
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pm_sahara
Suzhou, China55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Hyeopjae beach is opposite with hallim park. You guys should to visit if you have plans to visit hallim park. This beach unable to swim because there are a lot of stones but you can chill out with nice view. Reach the beach by bus 702 from Jeju intercity bus station to Hyeojae beach.
Written April 25, 2016
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