Hamdeok Beach
Hamdeok Beach
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sooyunkim
Seoul, South Korea9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The beach has beautiful, clear waters, and really nice cafe by the sea with good pastries and tea.

We went there by Bus 101 from CJU airport followed by a short walk. There are tons of places to eat, such that you will be spoilt for choice near the beach . Easy to get a taxi there too. Parking lots are available too.

Highly recommend this place for beach and sea lovers and those who enjoy coffee by the sea.
Written April 26, 2021
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dancinghorse
Halifax, Canada52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was fall but the air was warm and the water was warm. Warmer day than a great summer day back home so of course we went for a swim! The beach was pristine and the water so clear. The beach of course was not busy at all and we felt a little awkward because everyone on the beach was watching us crazy Canadians swimming when there was no one else in the water except some people on motorized surfboards with wetsuits. We did not have much time and unfortunately the change rooms were closed so we had to change into our swim suite in the public toilets which were not too clean.
Written December 3, 2023
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mel7155
Singapore, Singapore1,270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Nice news h to laze around . Food for family or couples . There are several cafes and restaurants nearby to soak the atmosphere . Beach is not that long at around 150m wide and long . Waves are pretty calm allowing kids to wade in and not strong enough for surfers to pose a risk . Good place to chill for several hours and an hour away from Jeju city.
Written June 23, 2022
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SoundChoice
Seoul, South Korea70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Your experience at Hamdeok (함덕) will vary wildly.
It's a beach where things happen. Even swimming.

Pros: Hamdeok is surrounded by some fairly muscular resort action for a beach of this size, and it gets more than its fair share of activities. Volleyball tournaments, beach parties, and above all the music festivals. If you happen to be around for the Stepping Stone Festival in July, go. The best concerts I have seen in Korea have been at Hamdeok. The audiences are happy, diverse, family friendly, and enthusiastic, and for the most part enjoy very moderate amounts of both testosterone and alcohol poisoning - emphasis on "for the most part". Hamdeok is fairly central. It's close to Jeju City and many of the activities and sites that make Jeju a growing tourist destination, but far enough away from the airport that you are not always drowning in swarms of airplanes and their contents. You can find a variety of decent places to eat in the vicinity. The sand and surf is a very pleasant combination of white, blue and green. If you've been to Australia or Hawaii, you probably won't be impressed. However, for Korea it's superb, and for Jeju it's a solid place to go if you want to do some casual swimming. But take note: this is not where you go for snorkeling or quiet sunbathing. Hamdeok does boast some strong outdoor lighting for evening swims, which is nice, as well as some convenient and beautiful coastal walks/hikes, often punctuated with spectacular sunsets.

Cons: This is a small beach which can very easily become overcrowded, or even insanely overcrowded. It can also be noisy enough during the weekend to drive away even the most dedicated of extroverts. The first time I went to Hamdeok I became convinced that the loud speakers - all blaring entirely different music and/or announcements at the same time - were actually designed to create overlapping kill zones. There are tables with umbrellas for rent on the beach, as well as stands with various floating devices, but they are all of average quality at best, and I found the entire set up disruptive of the beach experience. The swimming is fair, but don't expect to do much more than just swimming. I've seen waves at Hamdeok, but not often, and certainly not much in the way of water sports like surfing. And keep in mind that Korean lifeguards are assiduous in their monitoring of swimmers - i.e. you won't be able to go out too far before the whistles blow. The bathroom facilities are weak, with austere changing areas, and ice cold showers that you have to pay for. Bring your own shampoo, etc. Hamdeok is also growing in popularity, so the current balance of tourists-to-beach may soon tip into an unacceptable range. There are already times when driving along the beachfront road becomes an exercise in patience and defensive driving, often due to gallivanting hordes of people under the influence of tourism, which is far worse than alcohol when it comes to lowering inhibitions and promoting idiocy. There has also been a troubling increase in the kind of businesses that want to capitalize on the "tourist beach experience", selling tawdry souvenirs, poorly handled food, and watered down drinks made with the worst commercially available ingredients they can find. You will know them by their flashing lights and loud, thumpingly generic club music being boom-boxed into your face. However, considered these places a "pro" if you enjoy the spring break mentality and mild diarrhea. Lastly, the weather of Jeju is capricious, so just accept the fact that it will probably rain at least once as you storm the beach. But that's just Jeju.
Written August 20, 2014
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Alexis O
Jeju, South Korea30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
I am in love with Hamdeok. I have been so for over 6 years now. The water is often sparkling blue and green. The sand is soft. The sunsets there are fantastic. Plenty of activities to do/food to eat/drinks to drink.

Pro Tip: Head up to the oreum on the right of the beach for a fantastic view!
Written June 21, 2018
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SailorMilkyway
Busan, South Korea108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
This place was gorgeous! It is a Korean beach so it is crowded please keep that in mind. I am a Floridian and we have some of the best and most peaceful beaches on earth. But this, even for me, was truly an experience. One the amount of people was impressive but less crowded than Busan beach. Try to get here early and pay the money for the umbrella spot. They all cost the same, but you wanna be in the first row so you can see the water.
The water is truly beautiful. The color is very different than floridan green blue waters. The ocean here is the deepest darkest blue I've ever seen, and the part that meets the beach is a light bright crystal blue.
There are many families and watching the kids is really cute. We spent a lot of time floating around. Next time I would bring a float so we could inner tube around like the locals did.
You can order food and the vendors or restaurants will bring them to your umbrella.
Fried chicken is a must for Koreans on the beach. We actually were super hungry before going (next time we will do it differently) so we went to Korean food chain Mom's Touch that serves amazing crispy fried chicken in bbq glaze with pickled radishes. So on the beach we got ice cream and fresh fruits.

Warning for travelers: more of a cultural heads up. There are showers- like beaches in America have...you do have to pay to use them, but there are no private changing rooms or showers it's all a show for anyone to see. Now it is gender separated, but don't be shocked to find you'll have to strip down in front of strangers. My husband is Korean and didn't warn me, but it was too late once I walked in, plus he already paid for my shower and I really needed a shower. But here's the thing you'll notice that no one cares about you, and no one looks at anyone. Just shower off, do your thing and you'll be outta there in no time. If this is too much for you to handle...then skip the shower and head back to your place to shower in your comfort level.
Written February 6, 2016
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Walter
87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Spent the day here after going to to the Tuff Cone. I like how they have a lot of business by the beach and how the main beach is enclosed like a cove. You have either the option to pay to sit under an umbrella, I believe it was 20,000 KRW for all day or you can just go find a shaded area to sit by the rocks. We chose to latter as you wouldn’t be in the sun and didn’t have to spend the 20,000 KRW. The water is beautiful and clear, there are plenty of lifeguards at the beach, and it’s a family oriented beach.
Written July 26, 2018
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JeffLTS
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Its winter now so there is no crowd at all except for the occassional photo maniacs. Beach and the clear blue water was out of this world but rubbish can be seen everywhere. My daughter went around picking up the rubbish cos it really did not do justice to the beauty.
Written December 4, 2019
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Angie
Seoul, South Korea145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I stayed 4 night in Hamdeok Beach. If you are visiting Jeju for the very first time, you might want to move around because Jeju is quite big. Hamdeok is a great location to start your trip. It takes 20 mins by car, 30~40 mins by bus from Jeju International airport.
It has many bus lines which offers you easy access to Airprot, Mountain Halla, Jeju city centre and even Seogwipo.

I love the beach itself, but also there are lots of place to eat and chill. If you like to camp, there is a camping & caravan park at the end of beach.

I loved it !!
Written November 10, 2019
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Steve D
Shanghai, China76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This beach is a good one. The sand is soft and powdery and the clear water very gradually gets deep which allows us to comfortably walk unusually far into the ocean.

The other special characteristic is that there is a big change from low tide to high tide. The high tide, which occurred around 10 pm when we were there, completely covers up a pretty large beach area. It's pretty fascinating.

The food and drink shops near the beach were a bit of a letdown for us because they were overpriced.
Written July 29, 2018
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