Winter ‘Penguin Swim’ fun on Jungmun Saekdal Beach

An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post

From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.

Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on,  and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.

If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!

dsc02537Do you have any plans for a wintery Saturday morning on Jeju-do Island?

Well, this weekend (January 7) if you’re in the Jungmun area of Seogwipo there’s a chance to see some wild and crazy ocean fun.

It comes in the form of a group of hearty individuals taking an icy dip at Jungmun Saekdal Beach. The annual Seogwipo Penguin Swim attracts dozens of participants and hundreds of onlookers. Fortunately, there’s plenty to do besides jumping in the South Sea, including kite flying, watching friendly traditional wrestling matches, eating hearty seaweed soup, and more.

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Saekdal is a beautiful Jeju beach – some say the most beautiful on Jeju and even Korea! Even in winter it has a certain aesthetic charm that every day entices visitors from all over the world.


The event is organized by the Korea Tourism Organization and the Jeju Tourism Organization, and is free to the public. There’s plenty of parking, but due to the popularity of the event, it’s best to go a bit early.

The festivities kick off Saturday, January 7th at 9:30 a.m.

How to get there:

Scroll to the bottom of this page on our new site for a map and bus information.

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