After enduring some of the coldest temperatures in over half a century this past winter, beach lovers are finally getting their day in the sun.
This week, beaches on the west, east, and even southern coasts of the Korean peninsula officially opened up, to the delight of many eager vacationing families.
Here at Haeundae Beach, on the southern coast in Busan, thousands of beach goers are already pitching their parasols and jumping into the sea.
The famous beach is a popular tourist destination for Koreans and foreigners, as it's considered by many to be the best beach in Korea.
This marks the first time in history that Haeundae has kicked off its summer at the start of June, due to higher-than-average temperatures this year.
And with highs of up to 30-degrees Celsius forecasted this weekend, the Hauendae Beach Festival is expected to be huge attraction for the coastal city.
The eco-friendly festival will take place from June 1st to the 4th, and this year's theme is based on "Unforgettable Moments Of History".
The festival will have world-class sand sculptures showcasing famous heroes, including Korea's own legendary Admiral Yi Sun-shin and notable figures like Alexander the Great.
Ten-meter sand dunes blanket the front boardwalk for thrill seekers who want to try out the sand boarding experience.
When the tides recede at night, the sandy shores will be transformed into a night club, with famous DJs delivering music and dancing late into the night.
Other major beaches that have opened on the southern coast of Busan include Gwangalli, Songdo, and Songjeong.
Together, the four beaches easily attract millions of visitors on peak summer days.
So pack your bags and head off to Korea's summer capital for a relaxing and unforgettable summer getaway, where you can spread your toes in the sand and enjoy the sun while it lasts.
Paul Yi, Arirang News