Along the eastern coast of South Korea is the city of Donghae. The small town caters to the cultural explorer and lovers of natural tourism. The city can be reached by train, ferry, and bus, with the bus serving as the more convenient means of reach Donghae.
Donghae caters to the travelers who are seeking a relaxed getaway. The city offers up plenty of cultural and historical sites to visit, including the Yongsan Confucian School established in 1705 as well as the much younger Daoengaehyanggyo which came about in 1995. Throwbacks to the past include sites such as Haeamjeong Pavilion, Yakcheon village, and Dongbusataek. Those looking for complete leisure can head to the beaches of Mangsang and Chuam
. Near Chuam Beach is a rock formation known as Candlestick Rock
, a feature of Donghae that has been immortalized in the Korean national anthem. Treks into nature offer rewarding experiences, such as the mountain fortress of Dutasanseong and the waterfalls and temples of Mereung Valley. The valley also has several hiking trails of varying difficulty which lead to sites such as Samhwasa Temple and Gwaneum Falls.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Donghae for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.