Be safe at Korean beaches by knowing these things

Be safe at Korean beaches by knowing these things

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

As the summer heats up and the beaches open around South Korea, don’t expect the same atmosphere from previous years. COVID-19 safety measures mean face-coverings when you’re out of the water and a two-meter-wide distance from others, but some locations around the peninsula are taking the measures a little further.

Some beaches are now requiring a reservation to control the capacity and enforce enough social distancing between beachgoers.Others are requiring people to pass through a quarantine station befores entering the beach area. Don’t get confused, see what the guidelines are before you head out for a beach day below.

Wristbands

Beaches requiring a check at a quarantine station set up by the local government, are issuing wristbands for proof of passing the check point. Beachgoers must wear the wristband at all times or else will be blocked from entering most of the recreational facilities, cafes and restaurants. Jeju Island does not have this guideline.

Beaches requiring health check/issuing wristbands:

Gangwon-do Province: Samcheok Beach, Maengbang Beach, etc.

Chungcheong-do Province: Daecheon(Boryeong), Muchangpo(Boryeong), Waemok(Dangjin), Chunjangdae (Seocheon), Mallipo(Taean), Mongsanpo(Taean)

Jollanam-do Province: Most of the big and small beaches, including Gagami Beach, apply to this rule as well.

Gyeongsangbuk-do Province: Including Yeongildae Beach, six major beaches in East Sea area and Busan Haeundae Beach are subject to the wristband rule.

Reservation system

If Jeollanam-do is in your summer vacation getaway plan, check ahead to make sure whether or not a reservation is required. This reservation system operated by the local government applies to 15 beaches in the Jeollanam-do area. Use the website’s map to view the spots.

To make a reservation for up to five people, input your name and select from one of the three sessions available for hours of use. The times are 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you plan to use the beach the entire day you will have to book all three sessions separately.

Check the beach reservation website for crowd numbers ahead of visiting. Each beach has a traffic light where green means the beach is optimal for social distancing, yellow urges caution and a red light means the beach is too crowded for safe social distancing. This system updates every 30 minutes, so a yellow light might best be avoided because it can quickly turn to red.

Food restrictions
Another restriction the government has set in place is the prohibition of food and beverages on the beach before and after opening hours. Some of the country’s 25 most famous beaches are enforcing this rule to ensure no one is gathering on the beaches after hours. Violations will result in a fine of 300,000 won. The beaches following this food restriction rule include: Haeundae, Gwanganli, Songdo, Dadaepo, Songjeong, Daecheon and Manripo in Chungcheong Province, Gyeongpo, Naksan, Sokcho, Samcheok, Mangsang, Maengbang, Chuam and Hajodae Beach in Gangwon Province, Sinji Myeongsasimni Beach in South Jeolla Province, Ilsan and Jinha Beach in Ulsan, Hamdeok and Hyeopjae Beach in Jeju Island, and Goraebul Beach in North Gyeongsang Province. Mongsanpo, Waemok Village, Muchangpo, and Chunjangdae Beach in Chungnam Province.

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