Three Beaches to Officially Open June 1

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While it may sound bizarre to some, Busan’s beach season has been announced beginning June 1 at three of the major beaches in the area, though Gwangalli will be delayed one month longer than usual this year.

The city of Busan has decided to begin preparing for the opening day of the three beaches in the city, including Haeundae, Songdo and Songjeong beaches, which are scheduled for June 1.

Gwangalli Beach, which usually opens at the same time, will delay its official opening to visitors until July 1 due to restoration of the sand in the area.

Haeundae, Songdo and Songjeong beaches will be open from June 1 to September 10, while Dadaepo, Ilkang and Imrang beaches will be open only in July and August.

Though quite unusual, the swimming season in Korea is usually limited to July and August, but city officials are extending the period again this year to encourage more people to use the beaches. Public facilities, including beach parasols, changing rooms, showers, foot washers, drinking water fountains and public restrooms will be open to the public.

At the Gwangalli and Songdo beaches, there will be street performances, as well as a ton of water sports available, including windsurfing, yachting, kayaking and canoeing.

Cultural and art performances and various other programs taking place around the beaches will attract more people to the beach. Beach-goers also need to be aware that all seven beaches in Busan are designated as no-smoking zones with violators being fined 20,000 won.

Visitors to Haeundae Beach also can use a “smart beach system” to rent beach gear.

For a look at the local beaches, you can check out the Haps Beach Guide.


 

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