Handam Coastal Walk [한담해안산책로]

Doom at Your Service (2021)

In episode 5 of Doom at Your Service/Destruction Doom (어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다) (tvN, 2021), Myeol-mang (Seo In-guk) is puzzled by Dong-kyung (Park Bo-young), and he decides to observe her and try to figure her out. After following her around for a while, he realises that she carries a heavy burden of sorrow and wants to lighten her load. He covers her eyes, and when he uncovers them, they are transported to Dong-kyung’s special beach on Jeju-do which sits along this coastal walk. She tells him this is where she would come every day when she was a child, and wanted to cry, and shares stories of her childhood. Awkwardly, they almost kiss … and instantly, they are home again, pretending it didn’t happen. Later in episodes 10 and 11 when Dong-kyung runs away from Seoul, Myeol-mang finds her here, missing her family and friends, and she finally breaks down and admits that her wish is to live. Myeol-mang confesses that he too wants to live, and be with Dong-kyung until the end.

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Handam Coastal Walk [한담해안산책로] is a coastal trail which winds along Jeju Island’s coastline for 1.2 kms between wide, white sand Gwakji Beach [곽지해수욕장] and Aewol Cafe Street [애월카페거리], in the village of Aewol [Aewol-ri/애월리] Aewol [Aewol-ri/애월리] in Jeju’s Aewol Township [Aewol-eup/애월읍]. The trail is part of the Jeju Olle Trail 15B Course [제주올레길15코수] and is considered one of the 31 hidden secrets of Jeju.

The coastal trail was built as close as possible to the ocean and Handam Beach [한담해변] at the eastern end of this trail was especially created by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in 2001 as a part of a coastline improvement plan. Popular with experienced snorkelers due to the many fish that feed near the rocks, the beach is also known for its strong currents when it is windy, so it is not recommended for swimmers. The beach is said to “spread out along the coastline” and the (nameless) beach seen in Doom At Your Service is probably considered part of it.

When locating this particular beach, the café and pub Factory Story [팩토리스토리], which faces this beach and is seen in the background of Doom At Your Service, can help as a landmark.

In 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism —announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)— selected Jeju Olle Trail as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2021-2022.

Address of Factory Story
6083 Iljuseo-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju, Jeju-do, South Korea
제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 일주서로 6083
(애월읍 곽지리 1557-3)
Geolocation Beach: 33.454632, 126.307353

Getting here
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal [제주와함게하는제주시외버스터미널] by Bus
➜ Take Jeju Island blue or green bus #202 (bound for Seogwipo City Bus Terminal/ Seogwipo Registry Office)
➜ Alight at bus stop Gwakjimo Well West (To Gwakji Beach West) [곽지모우몰 (곽지해수욕장 방면) — no. 405000982] (45 stops, approx 40 minutes)
➜ Walk 5 minutes via Gwakji 11-gil-ro (곽지11길).

— submitted by sarahms

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