Overlooking the bustling Asan Bay, Dangjin has long played an important role in connecting South Korea with China across the Yellow Sea. It’s home to a fascinating museum exploring the city’s maritime history and is the birthplace of one of Korea’s most revered saints.
Things to do in Dangjin
Pay your respects at the Solmoe Holy Ground, a small cluster of pine trees where Korea’s first priest, Saint Kim Dae-gun Andrea, was born. A statue and memorial now stand in honour of this executed martyr who was sainted by Pope Johannes Paulus II and his remains are enshrined within the nearby cathedral.
Art enthusiasts can visit the Ami Art Museum, a private gallery that has been established in a former school. The classrooms now function as workshops and exhibition spaces showcasing the work of local artists, with a small cafe where you can grab a drink or bite to eat.
Discover the local maritime history at Sapgyo Hamsang Park, where you can explore old battleships transformed into themed exhibition halls. Experience a 3D film about Dangjin in the cinema, let the kids run loose in the game centre and peruse the displays that showcase the South Korean Navy and Marines.
Dangjin makes an ideal base for exploring Taeanhaean National Park, comprised of around 130 islands scattering the Taean Peninsula. Witness the rock-carved Buddha Triad and the three-storey pagoda of Heungjusa Temple, then soak up the views of the magnificent sand dunes, sea cliffs and beaches.
Getting around Dangjin
Dangjin is under two hours’ drive south of Seoul and 2.5 hours by train to Incheon International Airport. Buses connect Dangjin with the surrounding area, with boat excursions available for exploring the islands of Taeanhaean National Park.