VIDEO| Rejuvenate body, clear mind at Sambong Beach

Photos by ChiHon Kim
Photos by ChiHon Kim

VIDEO| Rejuvenate body, clear mind at Sambong Beach

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

I found myself walking along a fence made of small bamboo. On the other side of the fence, sunlight was creating a brilliant glow as it reflected off the surface of the ocean. It was beautiful. Suddenly, a cold breeze nipped at my face, and the breathtaking scenery suddenly disappeared. My vision was merely a dream.

The next morning, I set out to turn that picturesque scenery in my dream a reality. I hit the road without any plans and preparation. After a 90-minute drive from Pyeongtaek, I reached Sambong Beach in Taean. Most, like myself, don't really know about this beach in Korea. But it turned out that the coastline is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxing walk, listening to the waves crashing and taking in the fresh sea air.

Sambong Beach

The name of Sambong, which literally means “three peaks,” was named after three small mountains north of the beach. The 800-meter-long beach includes a wide coastal dune that is surround by a bamboo fence (like in my dream), which was really impressive.

Sambong Beach has its own unique peaceful atmosphere and beauty that you can't find elsewhere. The beach has some of the most interesting rocks. Behind big, bizarre stones near the entrance of the beach, there is a stone arch. The brilliant natural frame created by nature serves as a beautiful backdrop for a cool photo op. (Note: You can only reach the photo spot when the tide is low, so check out the tide table chart before making a travel plan.) 

Pine forest walk (Taean-Hae-Byeon-Gil)

Near the beach, there is a 12-kilometer-long pine tree trail called Noeulgil. If you're looking for a place that’s dedicated to your personal tranquility, the trail is for you. I loved the silence of the place. When the light comes through the trees, it’s magical. And the wildflowers along the path are impressive.

The trail was created to placate residents who suffered through a serious oil spill accident in 2007. Following the disaster, hundreds of thousands of volunteers helped clean up, walking back and forth through Taean’s forests and coastlines and forming the trail. You can start off the course from a parking lot and the walk links with other trails, so if you would like walk longer, get a map and explore more.

Sambong Campground

With beaches, rocks and dense pine forests, Taean has no shortage of scenic spots to pitch a tent. Whether you can set up camp like a pro or have never slept outside, Sambong Campground in Taean is one of the great options for every kind of camper. The campground, surrounded by towering pine trees, is perfectly situated in a scenic spot that meets the coastline, making the place a fantastic home base for exploring the gorgeous nature in the area.

The night sky that is rarely found in the city is another reward for those who camp overnight. The place is open from July 5 to Sept. 26. The campground does not take reservations, so you will need to have a “Plan B” in case it’s full. Parking, entrance and camping are free. But if you visit in July and August, you’ll be required to pay a cleaning fee (20,000 won per night, or $17.69). The campsite also offers electric hook-ups for 5,000 won per night.

 

ADDRESS 충남 태안군 안면읍 창기리 (KOR) Chang-gi-ri, Anmyeon-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (ENG)

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