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Sand, Sea, and Jeju-si: Iho Beach on Jeju Island, South Korea

Sand, Sea, & City: Iho Beach on Jeju Island
On Jeju Island in South Korea,  acclaimed throughout the mainland as the “Hawaii of Korea,” you’re never too far from a beach. In fact, the beaches and luxury resorts of Jeju Island inspire millions of travelers every year to make that pilgrimage from Seoul to Jeju (incidentally, the busiest passenger air route in the world). Visitors and locals are spoiled with choices from sprawling shores of powdery white sand to dramatic rocky beach edges and black sand landscapes. No beach, however, is more convenient than Iho Tewoo Beach, a quick tumble from the center of the island’s capital, Jeju City. 


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Convenient Location on Jeju Island

Located a convenient bus ride away from much of Jeju City, Iho Beach can easily and quickly fulfill your beachy desires if you don’t feel like venturing too far from the city. An urban beach on the outskirts of Jeju Island’s capital, Iho may not boast the same striking shores as many of the other beaches on the island, but its proximity to the city makes up for that.
If you’d prefer to leave the city, we’d recommend Sagye Beach for its amazing view of Mt Sanbangsan, or this Hidden Beach of Jeju Island. Still, Iho Tewoo Beach is an excellent choice for those who don’t want to go far!

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Clear Blue Water

Still, the color of the water at Iho Beach is always various shades of vividly colored blue, making for peaceful gazing into the water. Relax on the shore, then enjoy a meal at a sashimi restaurant and take in the night view.

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Fishing on Iho Beach

Iho is home to a few breakwaters that make for perfect strolling avenues along the ocean. The breakwaters are a popular spot for local fisherman, who come here to catch sea smelt and other fish. You can hang your feet over the edge while watching the fishermen cast their long lines into the sea.


The Fishermen of Iho Beach, Jeju Island

The Famous Horse Lighthouses

Another notable feature of Iho are its two lighthouses shaped like horses (though they look like llamas to us), which make for fun photo opportunities. In fact, many tourists on Jeju Island come to Iho Beach to view the lighthouses rather than the actual sand and sea here.


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The Iho horsellamas

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Since the beach is close to Jeju Island’s airport, the breakwaters make a good spot to watch planes ascending in takeoff. Try to count how many different airlines you can identify!


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Boat Rentals at Iho Beach

Iho Beach has a small harbor, where boats can be rented for short fishing trips. These boats function as squid boats at night—you can tell a squid boat when you see its lighting (think 90’s Christmas lights on steroids). These lights serve to attract squid at night. See here for more information on boat trips at Iho Beach.

Squid Fishing Boat at Iho Beach, Jeju Island

Getting There

From Jeju-si Intercity Bus Terminal: take the 17 bus bound for Iho Beach. The bus leaves every 50-60 minutes.


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With a quick afternoon in Jeju City, Iho Beach is a fantastic way to spend a breezy afternoon. Stop at one of the convenience shores a quick hop across the street, stock up on snacks and soju (Korea’s most popular alcohol, and sprawl out along the vivid turquoise coast (yes, it’s legal to drink in public in South Korea), perhaps after indulging in some famous Jeju tangerines or wandering around the O’Sulloc tea plantations? Iho Beach also hosts a popular campsite, with a little sprawl of forest and a tent area right off the sand. So whether you want an overnight stay outdoor-getaway without the hassle of traveling far from the city, or a briefer afternoon sojourn on the city shores, Iho Beach can certainly meet those needs. And if you’re heading to South Korea, make sure to check out these 10 tips for travelling through Asia!


Ben at Iho Beach, Jeju Island


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Iho Beach on Jeju Island is worth a trip for its vibrant blue waters and quirky horse lighthouses.

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  • Reply
    Yuna Ewang
    June 21, 2016 at 9:23 am

    So beautiful. <3

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      June 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thank you immensely, Yuna!

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    June 23, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    very cool. thanks for sharing

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      Lauren West
      June 25, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Cheers! Thanks for dropping by!

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    Alexandra M
    June 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      June 27, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it, Alexandra!

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    Television of Nomads
    December 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

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    February 2, 2017 at 4:57 pm

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    February 5, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Jeju Island certainly looks like a peaceful island to check out. Loving the photos on this post is wanting to make me go there if I ever get to South Korea.

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    February 6, 2017 at 7:11 am

    What an interesting urban beach area. My favourite beaches are Polihale on Kauai and Oostende’s North Sea Beach on the coast of Belgium. And of course, Tofino’s Long Beach in our home of British Columbia!

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    Carol Perehudoff
    February 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I can’t believe I lived in Seoul for years and never made it to Jeju. I definitely lost out. I’d love to see the beaches, eat tangerines and watch all the honeymoon couples. My pick would be Sagye Beach, I think. Just to get out of the city.

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    February 6, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Jeju Island looks beautiful. I learnt so much about this gorgeous part of South Korea when I read your post – thank you! I would love to visit the “Hawaii of Korea”.

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    Sara Broers
    February 8, 2017 at 2:25 am

    I love lighthouses and that red horse lighthouse has got to be the coolest I have ever seen. The waters look great here for a lot of different activities. The beach looks like it’s more for camping, eating, etc… is that correct?

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    February 8, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Any city with a beach nearby is my kind of place especially when the water is so blue and clear like Iho Beach! Those horse lighthouses are really quirky – any idea why they built them like that?

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    February 8, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Never heard of it but I think it makes a great day out. I love plane spotting so I would probably stay there for a day counting planes.

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    Our Seaside Baby
    February 8, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I haven’t visited South Korea but would like to one day. The water looks so inviting! Did you go in for a swim? Polly

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    February 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I have heard about this island plenty as of recently. Looks like a great place to visit.

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    Carmen's Luxury Travel
    February 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I’d absolutely love to spend an afternoon here… or more! What a beautiful part of the world. Great photos and post, thanks for sharing 🙂

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