Watching Waves at Sindeok Beach in Yeosu
A daytime trip to Yeosu’s forgotten Sindeok Beach is one of the few ways to watch waves in the area. The recent Typhoon Nakri had recently passed and the resulting calm treated South Korea to some of its clearest days. That was a thankful and momentary respite from the never-ending haze that grows more and more common here. Prior to Nakri’s official arrival, the peninsula is experiencing intense heat but clear and spacious skies.
We search for some water to beat the heat and the first two spots (Mossageum and Ungcheon) proved too busy. Summer vacation just started for many and getting to the water must have been on every person’s mind. Finding a quiet place required visiting one nearby that’s still too less approachable for most locals. Sindeok Beach has an unfortunate recent history, thanks to an oil spill rocking the wildlife and fortunes of local fishermen and women. Yet no signs of ecological disaster appear today. The only things on hand are the beautiful blue sky and cerulean water pushing against Yeosu’s rocky shores.
Sindeok Beach lacks the sand and wide open spaces of the more popular beaches, but the water and cool air help me forget that better places might exist nearby. From two viewpoints, it’s fun to watch the waves’ awesome power. Checking out the action from a perch of volcanic rock, the backs and forths of water into shore fill our ears. Right around the jutted-out shore is an inlet with some sand at the edge but more importantly, a better view of waves coming in from both sides.
That Perfect Moment
Sometimes the fondest memories happen without a plan and finding Sindeok is another one of those times. People have mostly abandoned this place and I wonder if and when they’ll come back. After moving from the tiny bay, we keep driving around Yeosu and other nearby spots in South Korea’s South Jeolla Province. We spot some sunflowers along the way, which adds to this pretty awesome day. Of course, the afternoon’s success is largely thanks to those moments spent at Sindeok Beach.
Have you ever visited a place that was mostly abandoned but turned out to be pretty awesome? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments section below:)
Getting to Sindeok Beach
Taxis will get you to Sindeok Beach for about 15,000 won. The only bus that goes out there is #73, which can be caught at the Inter-city Bus Terminal and takes about an hour to reach the beach. Courtesy of Naver Maps.
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