Gyeongpo Beach has been restored three months after the popular east-coast attraction was hit by erosion just weeks short of opening for the summer.
On July 1, erosion caused Gyeongpo Beach to shrink from 7,245 sq. m to a mere 4,045 sq. m and a wooden walkway along the shore to teeter precariously over the water.
After tracking video data from the last two years, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs found that the erosion was caused by typhoon Guchol, which slammed into Japan in the spring of this year, sending strong waves to the Korean Peninsula.
"The waves come from the southeast in spring and summer and erode the beach, and in fall and winter they come from the northeast and wash the eroded sand back ashore," said a ministry official. "But this summer, typhoon Guchol caused more severe erosion."
Gangwon Province poured 500 trucks of sand amounting to 2,862 sq.m on the beach, while the northeasterly direction of the waves since fall started is also gradually restoring it.