Did you know that suspension bridges is the current growing trend in South Korea? As of now, more and more cities are coming up with similar ideas – setting up hanging bridges over the mountains, rivers and even over the ocean! On June 27th. 2019 one of such bridges was built at the Chuam beach, in Donghae, a coastal city in the Gangwon province of South Korea.
Even though Chuam beach was formerly known for its’ natural rock formations, especially the famous Candlestick Rock (Chotdaebawi in Korean), that were continuously attracting thousands of tourists to the area every year, the newly opened suspension bridge is believed to brighten up the who coastal area, as well as draw more attention to the natural beauty of the city.
The important thing to mention is that the previously mentioned candlestick rock is actually one of the most prideful landmarks in the eyes of Koreans themselves and it is often used as a background for the “Aegukga” (the Korean national anthem) when it is playing on the national television.
The Suspension bridge weights 1,440 tons and is around 72-meters long. It can hold up a significant amount (approx. 672 adults) of tourists at the same time, so you don’t have to worry about the safety even when it is really crowded.
Actually, on the day we have visited, there were not that many people there. I am not sure if it is due to the fact about how new this place is or maybe it is located a little bit too far from the city, but I totally liked how comparatively peaceful it was to the busily crowded suspension bridge in Wonju we have visited just a few weeks ago.
I felt kind of sad when I tried looking for some information about Donghae’s suspension bridge online and there was literally nothing. More people deserve to see this beautiful place and breathe the fresh air, coming from the ocean.
Especially, when the places if FREE OF CHARGE to visit as of this moment. And on your way, you can also visit a small sculpture park, located just at the entrance to the suspension bridge.
I would recommend using either a car or a taxi when you are planning on visiting Chuam beach, would it be the Suspension bridge or the Candlestick rock (both of them are really close apart), as the place might be a little bit complicated to find when using only the public transportation. Donghae is not Seoul and the buses are not as frequent as I would wish them to be. The approximate time of visit could vary from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on your walking path and personal references.
Personally, I think that this is a nice place to drop by on your way to Donghae or Samcheok, but it is a little bit too small to make a visit of its’ own only for there. We really regret not flying our drone there, but oh well, maybe next time 🙂 P.S. If you are in Donghae, don’t forget your tent! It has the greatest camping sites!