Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Eurwangni Beach & Seagull Cruise – Day 1

December 21st, 2009 6 Commented

We signed up this Korea & Jeju Winter Fun 2009 deal with Dynasty Travel. It was our first time with this tour agency.

We touched down at Incheon International Airport around 7am. After a super fast breakfast (only 15 minutes), we proceeded to Eurwangni Beach.

Eurwangni Beach is one of the film sites for the famous Korean TV drama “Boys over Flower” where the lead actor Jun-pyo and Jan-di kissed. Here are some other tourism information about Eurwangni Beach.

Eurwangni Beach in Incheon, Gyeonggi-do

Eurwangni Beach (700 meters of white sand) is lined with pine trees and has beautiful rocks and stones on either side of its white sands. It is a popular day trip destination because of its close proximity to Seoul and to Incheon International Airport. The water is quite shallow, so even children can enjoy swimming in the sea, and there are various unique lodging facilities available. You can also rent a boat and sail out on the water or fish from the rocks along the edge of the seashore. However, the beach has many shells in the white sand, which means it’s not an ideal place to walk around barefoot. At Eurwangni Beach, there is an annual sea festival every August that allows people to enjoy swimming in the sea and wrestling on the beach.

Source: Adventure Korea

The beach is known to be crowded all year round according to Korea Tourism Org. However, we could hardly see a single soul, other than those from my tour group. Probably, it was due to the cold winter and the early morning, I don’t know.

I find these rocks particularly beautiful.

We were given a ten-minute photo-taking session before we proceeded to our next destination, Yeongjongdo, for a ride on the seagull cruise.

While waiting to board the cruise at the port, I took the opportunity to snap some photos of the surrounding areas.

These were the shots of the seagulls from the cruise. It was a great experience. We got to hand feed the seagulls as we journeyed across the river.

The cruise lasted about 40 minutes (to and fro). Next, we headed to our next activity, the ATV (all terrain vehicle) ride. Before reaching the destination, we stopped by a place to refill our water and buy some food and snacks.

We had a thrilling ride on an ATV! It was so bumpy that I had to hold tight to the handle and couldn’t take any photos when I was in the car. It felt like sitting on a roller-coaster moving on the terrain. It was a new experience for me.

The driver stopped at a spot for us to snap some photos.

After the ATV ride, we went to a restaurant for lunch.

These are the typical Korean appetizers.

We headed to Sorak Pine Resort, where we’d stay a night there, after our lunch.

After an hour or two of bus journey, we finally reached Sorak Pine Resort, located in Sokcho-si.

Sorak Pine Resort has several facilities. They include Garden SPA (outdoor hot springs, indoor swimming pool and etc) and several baths (like Lover’s Bath, Pulpwood Bath, and etc). More details can be found in Korea Tourism Org.

This is the outdoor park.

Even though the weather was very cold, I could still see people using the outdoor hot springs. I was simply WOW’d!

I didn’t take any photos of our dinner. It was so-called a seafood steamboat but it didn’t taste good. It was definitely one of the worst. :(

The itinerary didn’t match the one we signed up due to the fact that they didn’t manage to book the hotel earlier. Hence, they had to let us spend a night in Sorak Pine Resort instead.

Post on Day 2 at Yongpyong Resort is up.

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6 responses to “Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Eurwangni Beach & Seagull Cruise – Day 1”

  1. Lylibellule says:

    You travel a lot. I’m envious. I enjoy the sharing thru your photos.
    Kale flowers are found in many places in my surrounding, especially this time of celebrations. They’re used for table decorations. So you didn’t test outside hot springs ? It was that cold ?

  2. Katsura-chan says:

    What a nice trip. Asian country always are in my top wanted travel destination. (but i’ve never traveled to those places yet)
    I don’t travel much since i have nobody to go with me (and doing a trip alone is kind of sad).
    Surely you made me want to try Korea :) Looks very nice.

    He he i would probably try the hot spring even with -12°C. I’m crazy :p and don’t fear the cold.

  3. kotaroger says:

    Hi,

    Stumbled across your blog while I’m researching on a trip to Korea. May I know which travel agency did you engage?

    • softz says:

      @kotaroger,
      Hi there. It’s Dynasty Travel. I hope my blog does help you in your research.

      The tour guide spoke mandarin throughout trip. So, if you are not comfortable with mandarin speaking tour-guide, you may want to check with the agency before hand. Other than that, the weather was very cold. According to my Korean friend, it was the worst winter in 70 years. Those are some additional info for you. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing the photos of your Korea trip. I haven’t tried steam boat yet, and maybe will not be able to try it because of your experience. Perhaps, i will just indulge to my favorite korean dishes like bulgogi & bibimbap. :)

  5. Glad to know you enjoyed your Korean trip. The country is really beautiful – no question that many tourists love to visit and experience the Korean culture.

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