Though having spent almost 10 years in Korea, the only island I’d been visited was Jeju Island. Thanks for the sandwich holiday from 23rd May, I had visited the south-est part of Korea, the Geojedo island.
The little facts I know about Geojedo was there is Samsung Heavy Industry who makes ship and some beautiful but far away island. Here are the quick summary of the information regarding to the city. Quoted from visitKorea.com :
Geojedo is Korea’s second largest island. Just off the most southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, the island is known as being Korea’s ‘industrious island’ and ‘tourists’ island.’ Two of the largest ship-building industries in the world are located here. This being said, it is amazing that most of the island has kept its natural beauty. Ten of the nearby 62 islands are inhabited. Ferries transport visitors between the islands and the mainland offering vistas of clear blue waters, small islands in the distance and natural, unspoiled landscapes.
Usually visitors take bus from Seoul to Tongyeong city for 4 hours ride. But we took KTX train from Seoul to Daejeon and the the travel agency bus picked us up to Tongyeong city, the whole trip took 3 hours.
The attractions I had visited was Haegeumgang river, Oedo, Junggang Traditional Market, Changsado Sea Park, Hill of wind and Yeongtong cable car to Mireuk Mountain for one and half day.
While taking ferry cruise towards Oedo, the ferry stopped by and cruise along the rocky islands. The water was so greeny blue in colour that I thought I was in Phuket Island! The view was superb and definitely worth the time. However, unlike Phuket island outing, no swimming is allowed and only allowed to stay inside the ship and take photos.
The island was bought by a couple who turning them from rocks to a huge botanical garden. There were quite remarkable view and quite number of tropical trees and flowers along the island. There are numbering signs along the course, so it is quite easy to visit them from starting to the end. We had taken 1 and a half hour to finish them.
The port for the entry.
Junggang Traditional Market (중앙전통시장)
An old town beside the river, crowded with cars and people who hunting for the famous food in Gojae:
1. The honey bun(꿀빵), you can find 50 shops selling the same thing.
2. The raw fish dishes(hoe/회), they keep the fish alive and slice it on the spot and serve to you.
3. The chungmu kimbab, the kimbab served with chili pasted squids and raddish kimchi.
There were some nice decorated guest houses inside the streets and coffee shops, wine bar for youngsters.
Changsado Sea Park(장사도 해상공원/长蛇岛海上公园）
It is the natural preserved national park with just 400 m in width, and 1.9 km in length, reaching an altitude of 108m. It is one of the filming place of the hit korea drama “My Love From the Stars”. That’s why you can find Chinese pamphlet at the entry. You have to move alot around the park and there are total of 18 “check points” therefore good stamina and condition is required for trekking around the park.
You may see the amazing view of surrounding of island from the observer and it was really a good place for nature lovers as there are plenty of plants.
Tongyeong Observation Cable Car
You need 3 hours to queue for getting on the cable car during peak season. It took 15 minutes to reach the other end and people start climbing the staircase towards to top of Mireuk Mountain. The journey going up and down of the mountain took 30 minutes.