On a beautiful summer day you really don’t want to be hanging in the industrial wasteland that is little Deoksin village. The beach was calling to us again so we decided to join the inevitable crowds and head to Haeundae Beach to check out the 2012 Sand Festival. We had heard good things…
Haeundae was pumping, probably the busiest we had seen in our time in Korea (it’s meant to get nuts when the beach officially ‘opens’ in June). Thousands of people were all there to enjoy the stunning day and take part in the sand related festivities.
Even the Army was represented.
And so was a crazy cat man dude, rocking the beach… everyone that was anyone was at Haeundae beach on this primo day.
When stepping on the beach we noticed a mound with a castle on top. Getting closer it was, literally, the most extreme sand castle ever…. this isn’t the kind of sand castle you’d make at Lyall Bay, this was the boss of all sand castles. So much detail had been put into it. Like the fountain at the Lotte department store in Nampo – this sand castle oozed arrogance and grandeur.
….humble castle Korea…. humble…..
Down the the busy beach guys scuttled away producing amazing sculptures on the man-made dunes.
Many sculptures were connected to the history and myths of Korea. Works depicting modern Busan were also included. One piece represented Centum City – the biggest department store in the world,
The sculptures also included kids characters, all dyed with colour.
The festival also had a sand building competition where the sand castle rookies were out in force trying to earn their stripes.
The festival didn’t wasn’t limited to just sand sculpture or castle building, however. There were big turtles kicking it with the kids.
Large sand slides and sledges for the thrill seeker.
And plenty of beach for those just looking to enjoy the sand in its natural state….
Overall an excellent day at the beach at a really popular and extremely well put together beach festival. Korea can really put on a good show!