There is nothing quite like spending the night at sea and being gently rocked to sleep under the light of a cool moon. Or what about sleeping at a lighthouse on a remote island?
Below is a list of some of Korea's representative coastal areas -- Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang Province -- where travelers can enjoy a special night in some unusual accommodations.
◆ Luxury Sleeping Quarters on a Yacht
In Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, adventurous visitors can experience a more classy night's sleep on a yacht. Since these are generally operated by individual businesses, most of them are quite small. Imagine the blue sea and sky spreading out behind a white yacht moored in a lovely bay.
Visitors can also fish from the yacht or spread the sails and head out to sea if the wind is up. They can also enjoy a private party against the backdrop of a golden sunset. The yacht has both a barbecue grill and kitchen, so visitors are free to cook whatever they like. Other facilities include a bathroom, bedroom, air conditioner and on-board computer.
They can also sleep under the stars or still see the sky from the comfort of a warm bedroom as its ceiling is made of tempered glass.
The experience costs around W300,000 per night
◆ Lodging at a Lighthouse
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery of Gadeok Island, which is connected by a bridge to the southwestern part of Busan, and spend the night at a local lighthouse.
Built over 100 years ago, Gadeok Lighthouse has been designated by the government as a tangible cultural property. Visitors can spend the night at a memorial hall adjacent to the lighthouse that commemorates its storied history. The building has a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, and is equipped with a Korean floor-heating system, or ondol.
Unfortunately, numbers are limited. As the lighthouse is located in a military zone, guests are chosen by a random draw to enjoy a lighthouse experience program free of charge.
Interested parties must apply via the Busan Regional Maritime Affairs' website at http://www.portbusan.go.kr. For more information, call the Maritime Affairs’ safety facility department (82-51-609-6803) or Gadeok Lighthouse (82-51-971-9710).
◆ Enjoy the Earliest Sunrise on the East Sea
Ganjeolgot Cape in Ulsan is regarded as one of the most famous places to stay along the Korean coastline as visitors can see the earliest sunrise in the country. There are numerous choices around the cape, which is tastefully laid out like a small park. Perched on a nearby hillside, a lighthouse adds to the stunning scenery.
Meanwhile, a mailbox near the lighthouse recently gained fame across the nation for its mammoth size. Measuring 5 m high and 2.4 m wide, it is the largest mailbox in the country. People can use it to send postcards to their friends and family as souvenirs of their trip.