24 Hours in Taean-gun

Taean-gun, KoreaSometimes the hustle bustle, noise and chaotic surroundings of Seoul can become a bit too much to handle and a quick getaway is a necessity to maintain sanity. During the summer, the humidity can be so immense in the city that taking a walk is more like swimming through hot heavy air and the only cure to really get that deep breath is to find a coast with breezes blowing this way and that and calming ocean tide sounds and that’s when heading southwest to Taean-gun (태안군) is a good choice.

Not so close that you feel like you haven’t left Seoul, but not too far that it takes an entire day of travel, Taean-gun is situated on the west coast of Korea in Chungcheong-do.

There are around thirty beaches to choose from as well as Taean Haean National Park (태안해안국립공원) in the county. If you’ve got one night and two days to head out and you want to go to Taean-gun, here’s what you should do to take it all in!

Mongsanpo Beach (몽산포해수욕장)

Get yourself to Mongsanpo Beach to take that all necessary first dip, walk or wade into the water. You’ve made it to the beach so enjoy yourself for at least a moment. The pine tree lined 3.5 kilometer long beach is wide and offers up loads of shellfish and other sea life to those looking when the tide is low. There are also places to camp, pensions to stay in and minbaks for those looking to get a cheap sleep on the floor here. This beach is also NOT one of the more popular in the area which means there’s space to spread out and just find that all important quiet serenity outside of the city. This is where you can catch that breath I mentioned above.

Take a walk along Solmoraegil (솔모래길)

Solmoraegil is “the road of pine trees and sand”. The course if part of Taeanhaean National Park and was opened in 2011. It stretches 12.7 kilometers from Mongsanpo Beach down to Deureunihang Port passing by Cheongpodae Beach, Baeksajang Beach, Sambong Beach and Gijipo Beach. It’s one of the most famous walking paths in the area and is a great way to go explore more of the beautiful beaches that line the coast of Taean-gun. Websites suggest this walk takes about 4 hours but if you’re meandering, enjoying your time and taking a dip when it’s hot out, it’ll probably take a bit longer.

Anmyeon-do Island Recreational Forest (안면도자연휴양림)

Wake up early and head to the forest, the recreational forest of Anmyeon-do. The tall 120 year old pine trees were once managed by the royal family of the Goryeo Dynasty. These tall pine trees are gorgeous and towering and in the early morning you might manage to miss the many families that want to have lunch or eat a snack beneath the shade that they provide.

Kkotji Beach (꽃지해수욕장)Anmyeondo, Korea: Kkotji Beach

After visiting the recreational forest and getting in a good walk among the massive trees, you’ll probably be ready for another dip in the coastal waters. Kkotji Beach is just 10-15 minutes up the road and though it is said to be one of the best places to view the sunset from in the country, it’s really pretty good any time of the day. The beach is 3.2 kilometers long and the gentle slope of the beach makes it perfect for families and friends. At one end, you’ll see two stones jutting up into the sky and there are plenty of restaurants and tents with vendors selling good eats in the area. Take advantage of this stop for a good lunch before you head back to the city.

Planning on heading to Anmyeondo for a weekend getaway? The Best Western Gunsan Hotel, Ramada Hotel Gunsan or The Oscar Suite Hotel are all in great locations near the beach and offer a great place to rest and relax for your time away.

From recreation to beaches and relaxation, Taean-gun offers it all. The high season for travel is ending which means if you go in the next few weeks, you’ll miss the crowds but still have plenty of warm summer sunshine to enjoy. Get out and about!

Mongsanpo Beach (몽산포해수욕장)

Sinjang-gil, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

충청남도 태안군 남면 신장리

Amenities: changing rooms, shower booths, restrooms, water-supply area, campsite and auto-camp site, basketball court, volleyball court, nearby pensions, minbaks and other places to stay as well as cafes and eateries.

Fees: parking lot W5,000 ~ W7,500; camp site W20,000

Website: www.mongsanpo.or.kr/ (Korean only)

Anmyeon-do Island Recreational Forest (안면도자연휴양림)

3195-6, Anmyeon-daero, Anmyeon-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 태안군 안면읍 안면대로 3195-6

Hours: March ~ October: 9:00am ~ 6:00pm; November ~ February: 9:00am ~ 5:00pm

Amenities: bathrooms, parking, convenience store, cabins

Admission: Adults W1,000, Teenagers W800, Children under 13 W400

Kkotji Beach (꽃지해수욕장)

Seungeon4-ri, Anmyeon-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

충남 태안군 안면읍 승언4리

24 Hours in Taean-gun, Korea


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