Jungmun Beach

November 22, 2013

Jungmun Beach, Jeju Island, South Korea, Sept. 2013
Pentax K1000, Kodak Portra 800 Film

I won't soon forget Jungmun Beach. We didn't originally plan to go there. Jungmun is regarded by some as the best beach on Jeju Island, and it's quite evident why. The waves are powerful and the scenery is beautiful compared to other beaches we've encountered. However, its reputation as Jeju's "resort beach" concerned me. When Ryan suggested we head there on a whim, I rolled with it. What a pleasant surprise! We arrived at Jungmun just in time - the beach officially closed the next day. And thus, we spent the last day of our trip swimming in rolling waves, sitting in our beach tent, and enjoying heavenly pajeon with cold lagers.

There is a raw fish restaurant located on this beach. We sat there for a brief time, drinking a beer and watching the sunset. We opted not to order food and were quickly shooed away once we finished our beers. Raw fish is a delicacy that is greatly enjoyed in Korea but we don't often eat it, typically due to its high price tag. However, the fish offered here is the definition of fresh and the restaurant is run by some very famous ladies.

Jungmun feels more like California than Korea. It was a great escape. Camping during your trip? No problem. There is a campsite located mere steps from the beach and next to some pretty nice restrooms.

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