Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea for Beautiful Landscapes, Quiet Beaches... and Garlic

When it comes to holidaying in South Korea outside of the major urban hubs – Seoul, Busan, Daegu and others – most people usually thing of Jeju Island, known for its gorgeous nature and for being the number one spot for vacationing couples and families.

However, Korea has so much to offer – pretty much its entire coats is dotted with islands of various shapes and sizes. As we were staying in Busan, we opted to visit Namhae island, which is about two and a half hours away by bus. We stayed in a local guesthouse on the south coast of the island, right by the beach. There’s not a lot there, but we wanted to have a quiet Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) anyway. It’s great if you have a car so you can get around on the island, but we had to rely on my broken Korean and local buses to get around to see other interesting things on the island. A couple of them – garlic, and lots of it. Korea is apparently number one consumer of garlic worldwide and Namhae is where it all begins. There is also a small village entirely built in German countryside style, which totally blew me away. There is also an American one, built allegedly to conform to overseas Koreans and Korean-Americans and make them feel more at home should they want to come back to Korea. Needless to say, the nature everywhere was breathtaking and even if you don’t drive, Namhae (like most of Korea!) will be a hiker’s paradise. All in all, if you are a fan of gorgeous seaside places that aren’t super-crowded, Namhae is your go-to spot.

Where I stayed / started

Local guesthouse on south side

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