As humans we are all drawn to water. The human body is made of water, we need water to live, and water is healing. Mother Earth knew what she was doing when she graced us with two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. I couldn’t help being drawn by a romantic city by the ocean. Can you feel it? The fresh ocean breeze and the scent of salt in the air. Breathe it in and let it fill you with pleasantry.
While Seoul may take the reigning cake for date spots, off the beaten path and away from the yellow dust and smog of lies Oido–a city by the sea.
Located on the west coast of Korea’s Gyeonggi Province, Oido is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Fun fact about Oido: more than 200 dinosaur eggs were discovered in 1999. You can date with confidence knowing you were chillin’ where these big reptiles fornicated millions of years ago. If that won’t convince you the love pheromone is in the air, I don’t know what will.
Dock on the Sea
When you get off at Bedari Seonchakjang 배다리선착장, walk across the street toward the dock. It’s a mesmerizing place to be right on the water without getting wet. It’s also magnificent for pictures. If you’re with your boo, immortalize your love with a lock on the Oido Dock’s special stand. Seriously, this should be the new Namsan Tower.
Oido Board Walk
Before you get to the lighthouse, there’s plenty to do and plenty of selfie taking opportunities. There’s four outlooks with a different statue at each. My favorite was the illuminate tree at dusk after the wind blew itself out, the tide went out, and the crowds dissipated.
Oido Red Lighthouse
The cream of the crop, the lighthouse is the final romantic destination. Be ready to climb a bunch of stairs, but the view it worth it. I think late evening is the most romantic setting.
Oido Cheesy Clams and Scallops
After all that walking and romantic dating, I’m sure you’re famished and ready to chow down. What could be more lovely than an all you can eat clam barbecue and ice cold beer? There are many famous shops along the main strip which are sure to be overpriced, but if you walk a little further away you’ll get some cheesy clam for a good price. Aaron and I stopped at Cheongchun Jogae 청춘조개 and opted for all you can eat which was 25,000 won per person. Can you say yum?
Would you head to Oido for a romantic getaway?
How to get there: Take Line 4 all the way down to Oido (the last station). Walk out exit 1 or 2. Turn right on the main road and there will be a bus stop there. Take bus 30-2. Get off at Bedari Seonchakjang 배다리선착장.