Photoessay: (One of) Taean’s Secrets, Padori Beach

The area of Taean, South Korea is tucked into the West coast under Seosan and seriously underpopulated. It’s covered partially in a national reserve and is essentially an old, disintegrated peninsula and the islands that remain, with a little, beat-up city in the middle. Taean doesn’t even have its own police station, they’re patrolled by the nearby city. Because of this geography, Taean is blessed with beaches galore. Beaches everywhere. Beaches, beaches and beaches! And since they can’t all be popular, that leads to a lot of little gems. Padori Beach is one of them. (Hagampo is also one of them, see that photoessay here!) If you live in the area, it’s the perfect place for a weekend trip.

In case you wanted to know. Ya know?
In case you wanted to know. Ya know?

If you’re into bright white sand and little cocktails with umbrellas in them, Padori is not the beach for you. (Nearby Mallipo Beach might be, though.) If you like rugged, interesting rocky landscapes at low tide and a little bit of sand to lay on further down the beach, then you’ll like Padori. Also, you can’t be too mad about a little garbage at the waters edge… though that is likely also the case at nearby Mallipo. It’s not like this is Aruba; it’s some random beach on the West coast of Korea! Perspective.

Amendment: a freaking gorgeous random beach on the West coast of Korea.
Amendment: a freaking gorgeous random beach on the West coast of Korea.

You’ll also like Padori if you’ve always wanted to go hunting for sea snails, small crabs and other urchins to cook and eat. You can get a pair of gloves from whatever place you’re staying and hit the rocks at low tide. I got there about eleven in the morning and was a bit late to the game, but still found plenty of little critters. Ten would have been better, since the sun isn’t completely out yet. If you stay at the place I stayed, the lovely landlord/renter will help you. (If you don’t, you’re missing out cause she is one friendly and generous lady! Just sayin’. Details at the end of this post.)

I’ll go ahead and get to the part you want to see: the photographs.

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What can I saw, I’m a sucker for the flower shots.
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“Hi, I’m a giant, bright orange rock and I’m just gonna stick myself right here, in the middle of the beach.”
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Fishing town equals fishing garbage… but at least it looks kind of pretty.
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Tip: wear sturdy shoes, because walking over rocks like this with flats was a bit of a challenge.
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Can you believe this is South Korea?
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This poor starfish didn’t realize it was a full moon and low tide. Silly starfish.

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This is what Mary thought about the sandy part of the beach.
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Father and daughter go fishing.
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Obviously Mary is a fan of Padori Beach.
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The verdict: I like this beach. (And how dare this stranger put their arm in my otherwise perfectly good photograph? The nerve!)

Where I stayed:

Jaeil House is a pension which provides plenty of rooms for two, right by the beach. I wouldn’t call these rooms four star hotels, but the landlady is a doll and owns a few other pensions in the same area. If you smile sweetly, maybe she’ll upgrade your room. (Beware of her five-year-old daughter, who is liable to chase you, tug at your arms and question your tattoos, lovingly.)
Cost: Depending on the room, between 70,000W – 120,000W for two.
Address: 충청남도 태안군 소원면 파도리 697
(697 Padori, Sowon-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea)
Phone Number: 041-672-9247. I’m not gonna lie, she’s not much of an English-speaker, but she gets by. Getting a Korean speaker to make the reservation for you will be helpful, or just show up and use sign language.

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6 thoughts on “Photoessay: (One of) Taean’s Secrets, Padori Beach”

  1. This looks lovely! I’m not a big beach person and in particular I’m not a sit and lounge with a cocktail type of beach-goer. I just never got that… but anyway, this looks like a splendid beach and one I would for sure enjoy (especially if I had the lovely Mary with me for company!).

    1. Hehe she does make every beach stay at least more interesting. I really do prefer an emptier, rockier beach too. I’d probably enjoy the typical cocktail-in-hand beach experience if someone was buying them all for me (otherwise it’s just expensive and dumb), but a tan only lasts so long. Memories of hunting down snails at low tide last forever!

  2. Oh I love this so much. <3 Love rocky beaches where you can explore the little pools full of sealife left behind. I love it because I'd never get the opportunity to go diving/snorkelling (being afraid of water) and this is usually my only chance to see these little critters.

    Also, what camera do you use, girl? Because you always make places look so stunning.

    1. I use a little 100d with the “pancake” lens, 2.8f, 40mm. It’s the tiniest DSLR possible and it works like a charm, especially considering its size.

      This beach was teaming with little sea critters in water pockets, you would have loved it. Crabs, multiple colors of starfish and lots of crustaceans sticking to rocks. Maybe you’ll end up close to this area when you come to Korea and can make the trek! 🙂

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