South Korea is a popular destination for Hongkongers, especially in the winter months as many opt for holidays at the many family-friendly ski resorts. But the country also offers a wide range of summer beach destinations, some of which are easily accessed from cities. Arguably the most popular beach in South Korea is Haeundae Beach, located in the southeastern city of Busan, a two-hour flight or an eight-hour bus ride from Seoul. The 1.5km white sand beach is famous for its annual sand festival in early June, which includes sand sculptures, a beach volleyball competition, an exhibition of types of sand from across the world, a concert, fireworks and a sand bath, where beachgoers can be buried from head to toe. Nearby restaurants offer famous Busan specialities, which include sushi. During July and August, there is a sea of umbrellas, as South Koreans love the beach and looking at the sea but do not like to expose themselves to the sun. In the evening, the beach turns into a party place for young Koreans. West of Haeundae Beach is the 1.4km half-moon cove known as Gwangalli Beach, close to alleys with popular eateries, coffee shops and nightclubs. This area in Busan is popular with Koreans in their 20s and 30s. Many water sports are available on the beach, including windsurfing, jet-skiing and water skiing, and you can also rent a boat at the Olympic Yacht Rental - named as such because it was the site of the 1988 Summer Olympics sailing event. During the summer, there are numerous festivals and performances, including the Busan Sea Festival with sand sculptures and cultural events. The area also has a cultural centre, museum, theatres for plays and movies, an art gallery and famous Korean boutiques and international fashion brand stores. For seafood lovers, there are markets selling live fish and seafood, which can be bought and taken to nearby upscale restaurants or small stands to be cooked, or you can select from a restaurant's own live fish tanks for a meal with hot and sour dipping sauces. In the northwest of Incheon, which borders Seoul, is Deokjeok Island, a famous beauty spot. Accessible by hydrofoil, the island is an hour's journey from the mainland. The island is covered in 100-year-old pine trees and has several beaches, including the 3km white sand beach of Seopori. Visitors have plenty to do besides sunbathing, swimming and fishing. There is a sports field, seaside playground, tennis court, hiking trails, bicycle rental shops and campsites. Other popular beaches on the island are the white-sand Batjireum Beach, and the pebble beach, Jagalmadang. For those on a quick visit to Seoul, a beach can be found near Incheon International Airport - Eurwangni Beach. Popular with those living in the city, the beach is crowded for most of the year. The waters are shallow, making it a good seaside spot for children. There are seafood restaurants nearby and a wide range of accommodation, from cheap and cheerful to luxury resorts. For more details about these beaches and others, go to english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto .