Sandcastles, Fairy Tales, And Beachside Surprises


I’ve been looking forward to the end of spring for one reason: lots of beach time (and the sandcastles that come with it). Call me snobby, but I wasn’t expecting the beaches in South Korea to be quite as beautiful as they are.

When my friend Lauren (who originally came to Korea with me) told me about the smaller city of Busan, I’d been enticed by the idea of being near the water. I just didn’t put it on the pedestal I may have conjured if we’d been talking about Thailand or Cambodia.

Then, spring hit. The weather was finally warm enough to commence weekend vacation season. From flower festivals to seaside temples, I already knew that this would be the best part of my year in Korea, and so far it has definitely been a highlight.


With a three day weekend at our grasps, we knew it was time to make a girls trip happen. So, for the first time this year, we filled up our backpacks with summer clothes and beach towels (the amount of internal squeals this induced were too many to count).

That’s not what this post is about, though. As amazing and relaxing as this trip was for the food, the drinks, the company… there’s one thing that really blew me away. We stumbled on these amazing pieces of art on the beach. They were sandcastles, and trees, and the 3D version of fairy tales sculpted in the sand.


I chatted with the artist and sculptor behind the Alice and Wonderland masterpiece who informed me that the theme of the sand festival was “Fairy Tales.” Seeing them come together, little by little, was magical and enchanting… everything that a fairy tale should be.

Alice in Wonderland

Wonderland 1

Wonderland 2

Wonderland 4



Aladdin 2

James and the Giant Peach

Sandy Tales 3

Sandy Tales 4

Sandy Tales 5

Hansel and Gretel

HanselGrettel 1

HanselGrettel 2

The Wizard of Oz

Oz 1

Oz 2

Peter Pan

Peter Pan1

Peter Pan2

Which one is your favorite ?

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  1. Ahh I miss Korea so much! These sand castles are INSANE! That is one thing I did not see when I lived there, guess I will have to make a trip back soon ^_^

    • June 2, 2015

      Chanel, aren’t they, though!? You definitely should! Especially for the foooood, nom nom nom. That’s what I’m going to miss most about Korea.

      • February 28, 2017

        The accident of finding this post has brnteghied my day

  2. June 2, 2015

    I love them all! How lucky of you guys to find this place! I want to take my kids here one day once they’re already old enough to appreciate it!

    • June 2, 2015

      Jackie, it was super cool and unexpected! Unfortunately, one of the artists told us that they would take them down a few days after the end of the event. Maybe they’ll do them again next year! (At least I hope so!)

  3. June 3, 2015

    Whoooaaaa! Those are magnificent! One could only wish they could preserve those… but how? No fave here coz you can see the effort that goes with each work!

  4. I am SO SAD that I have missed this event for the third year…and now I will probably never see it. Thanks for the lovely photos…I think I like Alice in Wonderland the most!

    • June 7, 2015

      Oh nooo!! The good news is that they do this all over the world, so if you can’t catch it in Korea hopefully you can catch it somewhere else! 🙂

  5. June 11, 2015

    My favorite is the Alice and Wonderland! I think we went 2 years ago and really enjoyed it. But we usually avoid the area in the summer because of all the tourists! 😛 Glad you had a good time in Busan!

    • June 25, 2015

      Fortunately it wasn’t too crazy yet, it was a wee bit too early in the year, but I couldn’t imagine the beach during peak season!

  6. June 11, 2015

    We attempted to go, but wasn’t early enough to grab a parking spot. I guess there is always next year. Love the photos and it was nice you happen to stumble upon this festival. Wish they had left the sculptures up. The mounds of sand was still there when went back the following weekend.

    • June 25, 2015

      Thanks Charisse! I don’t know why they tear them down so quickly… it seems like such a waste!

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