YEOSU BAEKDO ISLAND
Located 28㎞ east of Geomundo Island, Baekdo Island is comprised of dozens of uninhabited rock islets. As such, the island is not accessible on foot, but can be viewed from a sightseeing cruise ship. Along with Geomundo and several other islands in the region, Baekdo Island is part of the Dadohae Maritime National Park.
Address: Geomun-ri, Samsan-myeon, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
JEUNGDO ISLAND [A SLOW CITY]
Jeungdo Island was the first city to be designated a ‘slow city’ in Asia thanks to its unspoiled nature and clean waters. It was assigned as a biodiversity conservation area by UNESCO.
Jeungdo Island also has Korea’s largest salt fields - Taepyeong Salt Field. There is a tour of the salt museum and hands-on programs for tourists to make the experience more personal. There are some 90 uninhabited islands and islets neighboring the Jeungdo Island.
*Jeungdo Island Mudflats Festival opens in early August each year, offering a mudflat program as well as drying by the sun salt-making program, among others.
Address: Jeungdo-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
In 1929, Modo Island was spotted by Kim Hae-gim on his way to Jeju Island. He called the island Ttiseom because of the multitude of ttipul grass, a grass native to Korea, on the island. There were also many houses with thatched roofs made with dried ttipul on the island. The name Modo Island comes from the Hanja characters for "Ttiseom."
Address: 12-3, Modo-gil, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
Hataedo Island is one of the three islands in the Taedo-ri area, which is located approximately 70㎞ off the coast of Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do. The southernmost of the three, Hataedo is the main administration island for the area. It has an outstanding beach and stunning hiking trails with breathtaking views of the Yellow Sea. Occupied by no more than 160 people who make a living from fishing and some tourism, the island is a great stopover between Heuksando and Gageodo Islands.
There are two main hiking trails, which begin from Hataedo Beach.
Please keep in mind that the island map on the information board is upside down with north at the bottom.
Address: 49-1, Janggul-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Daedundo Island is the largest of a small group of islands that lie off the northern coast of Heuksando island. The island has a boisterous fishing community and mussel farming industry, with three villages on it and a combined population of 400. To its west is the smaller islet Damuldo Island.
During the drier months, it is possible to walk on a series of trails that take you around the island and east out to its highest peak at Seongam-san (162m). Great ocean views can be seen from most parts of the island. It is also possible just to walk on its 2km road network while stopping by at any of its three fishing villages.
Address: 57, Gimisu-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
GAGEODO ISLAND (SOHEUKSANDO ISLAND)
Gageodo Island is the southwesternmost island in Korea, located rather close to China. The island has rough mountain ridges and consists of cliffs, making magnificent scenery. With Doksilsan Mountain (Alt. 639 m, the highest peak in Sinan-gun) standing in the middle, the island is surrounded by cliffs, creating a mysterious aura. The area is loved by fishers as various fish like anchovy, croaker, hairtail, horse mackerel, sea bream, and others can be found in the surrounding waters, as well as a paradise of unusual migratory birds like the fork-tailed petrel, shearwater, and teal.
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Address: 38-2, Gageodo-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Heuksando Island composed of 11 uninhabited islands and 89 inhabited islands. Heuksando Island has a circular road that can take you all the way around the island along the seashore. Following this road, you can see almost all of the beautiful natural and cultural treasures of the island.
The Choryeongmok Tree, once designated as Natural Monument, is said to have the ability to conjure up spirits when its branch is broken and placed on a Buddhist altar.
Address: 11, Jinmaeul-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Gaudo Island is the only populated island of the eight islands in Gangjinman Bay. The name comes from its appearance in relation to Boeunsan Mountain, which looks like a cow’s head. The whole island resembles a cow’s meonge (curved stick around cow’s neck used to drag farming tool).
From Gaudo Island, Gangjinman Bay and the uninhabited island can be seen in all directions. Visitors can walk to the island from the mainland via a suspension bridge. Also, a fishing park which has various kinds of fishes is located in the spot where visitors can overlook the beautiful scenery of Gangjinman Bay. At the top of the island, visitors can enjoy a zip track which is an eco-friendly leisure facility.
Address: 473, Wolgot-ro, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
Soando Island, the third in the group of three main islands of the Bogil-myeon island region, features a flourishing fishing port, and eight scenic wonders. In addition, Mira-ri and Maengseong-ri Evergreen Forests, which have been designated as Natural Monuments No.339 and No.340, respectively, offer a breathtaking ocean view. Mira, in particular, is famous for its unique mudflat pebbles.
Address: 38-3, Bija 2-gil, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do
Anmado Island, the largest island in Nagwol-myeon District, is home to a number of ocean splendors including the magnificent Malcobawi and Heundeulbawi Rocks, and camellia colonies. As one of the largest fishing bases in the West Sea, it is famous for its local specialties such as cows naturally grown out of the pasture, black goats, medicinal liquor made of centipedes, sea bass, crabs, and ear shells. Moreover, the island's fishing village, which has been designated as a third-class fishing port, serves as a refuge for ships from home and abroad.
Address: Anmado Island, Yeonggwang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Jindo Island is the principal island among the cluster of 230 islets in the southwestern part of the Korean peninsula. The island is blessed with an abundance of fertile land therefore much of it is used for agriculture.
The island has many park reserves like the Dadohae National Marine Park, historical relics, and sites; and you can find traditional artistic performances everywhere. With the Jindo Bridge construction completed, the island is connected to the mainland. Every year during the month of February on the Lunar Calendar, the sea parts, mimicking the parting of the sea by Moses. Many tourists come to watch this rare spectacle.
There are mascots found around the island that symbolize the friendly image of the Jindo dog, which happens to be natural treasure No. 53.
Address: Jindo-eup, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
Geumodo Island, included in the area of Dadohaehaesang National Park, has a shape resembling a big terrapin. Many fables, folk songs, and folk games have been told of this island. It features dense forests along with wild ginseng and used to be an area for hunting deer, available only to the Royal House during the Joseon period.
Also, the island is a spawning area for Black Porgy (Gamseongdom). Including the black porgy, the fishing site is suitable for other types of fish such as a red sea bream, rock bream, and more. 35 species of rare birds such as brown shrike, eagle-owl, and more are living on the island, so it is regarded as an animal paradise.
Address: Nam-myeon, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Songido Island, the second largest island in Nagwol-myeon District, is home to Korea's one and only white pebble beach, several different species of trees, sea caves, and joints created by coastal erosion. Moreover, it features various leisure activities such as fishing, camping, and swimming.
Chilsando, an affiliated islet of the Songido, is home to a yellow-billed egret, designated as Natural Monument No. 361, and a black-tailed gull. The sound of the black-tailed gull was selected as the most beautiful sound that a living creature can make in the competition sponsored by the Ministry of Environment in 1999. Moreover, the islet has been named as the most beautiful island in the nation by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in 2003.
Address: Songi-ri, Nagwol-myeon, Yeonggwang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Hongdo Island is located 115 kilometers southwest of Mokpo Harbor. It is composed of approximately 20 islands, and because it has a usual reddish-brown color, it is called Hongdo (Red Island). When the sun sets over the island, the whole area takes on a reddish hue. The seashore is bordered by towering sea cliffs with diverse shapes of rocks. With the blue sea and green forest, it is one of the most spectacular sights in the South Sea. Hongdo Island has 33 officially designated beautiful sceneries, but the most famous of them all is the Hongdosipkyeong.
Because the entire island of Hongdo has been declared a Natural Monument, people are not allowed to enter areas other than the villages and designated tourist areas. In addition, for preservation purposes, visitors are not allowed to bring even a stone or a pocket of grass from the island.
Address: 9-8, Hongdo 1-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Located about 70㎞ southwest of Yeosu Port, Chodo Island is part of the ferry route from Yeosu to the more popular Geomundo Island. Major attractions on the island include small fishing villages, emerald green beaches, and the 500-year-old hackle berry tree.
Address: Chodo-ri, Samsan-myeon, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Located 17㎞ south of Jindo Island in the southwestern tip of the Korean peninsula, Gwanmaedo Island is part of the Dadohae National Park. With excellent beaches, rocky cliffs and boulders, mountains, pine forests, hiking trails, delicious sea foods, traditional villages, and friendly locals, the island is recognized as one of the most scenic islands in the region. Moreover, its location serves as a gateway to many other smaller, remote islands.
Address: Jodo-myeon, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
Located approximately halfway between Yeosu and Jeju Island, Geomundo Island is part of the Dadohae Maritime National Park. It is divided into Dongdo, Seodo, and Godo Islands, all of which offer scenic views of quaint towns and surrounding nature. Also, Geomundo is the access point for the famous Baekdo Island group, a spectacular array of uninhabited rock pinnacles attached with numerous legends.
Address: 103, Geomun-gil, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Located about 12㎞ off the southwestern coast of Korea, Bogildo Island is accessible by ferry from both Wando-gun and Haenam-gun. The island features fishing villages, hiking trails, beaches, and evergreen forests as well as several historic buildings and gardens. Furthermore, nearby attractions include Nohwado Island, which is connected to Bogildo by a bridge, and Suando Island. Surrounded by the blue sea, Bogildo is considered the gem of all islands in this area.
Address: Bogil-myeon, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do
CHEONGSANDO ISLAND [SLOW CITY]
The name Cheongsan (靑山) carries the meaning that all of the surroundings - the mountains, ocean, and sky - are blue. Cheongsando Island is a small island featuring beautiful scenery located 19.2km from Wando and is the southernmost island in Dadohae. The island looks to Geomundo Island in the east, Soando Island in the west, Jejudo Island in the south, and Sinjido Island in the north. Cheongsando Island was designated as part of Dadohaehaesang National Park on December 23, 1981, and the first Asian slow city on December 1, 2007. Likewise, the island was picked as one of the must-visit tourism spots by the Korea Tourism Organization and CNN.
Address: 19-3, Docheong 4-gil, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do
The spectacular yet rarely visited Yeongsando Island is located off the southeastern coast of Heuksando island. With a population of about 50 people, Yeongsangdo’s only village is located in a quiet cove with a backdrop of mountains behind it. The outline of its highest peak called Munamgwiun (405m) and ridge depicts the silhouette of a naked woman with long wavy hair.
Address: Yeongsan-ri, Heuksan-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
According to a legend, Samhakdo Island was the dream of Mokpo residents, along with Yudalsan Mountain, before it became the land it is today. This island is filled with the loneliness of women waiting to see their husbands who voyaged out to sea, the hope of merchants waiting for their fishing boats, and the sorrow of people who have passed away. Samhakdo is a rich area where the people of Mokpo share their emotions.
Address: Samhak-ro 92beon-gil, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do
Dolsando is the seventh-largest island in Korea and is connected to the mainland via Dolsan Bridge. Ever since construction was completed on December 15, 1984, the 450 meter-long, 11.7 meter-wide bridge has become a popular tourist attraction.
There is plenty to see on Dolsando Island including numerous scenic spots and historic sites such as Dolsan Park, Musulmok Battlefield, Jeollanam-do Fisheries Exhibition Hall, Bangjukpo Beach, Hyangiram Hermitage, and Eunjeogam Hermitage. Located beneath Dolsan Bridge is a life-sized model of a Geobukseon (Turtle Ship), which played an important role in the Korean Navy’s victories during the Imjinwaeran War (1592-1598). Visitors will also find plenty of seafood restaurants lining the paved coastal road.
Address: Dolsan-eup, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
Taedo Islands comprise the three islands in the Taedo-ri area, which is located approximately 70 ㎞ off the coast of Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do. The island between Hongdo Island and Gageodo Island is called Sangtaedo Island, the island next in line Jungtaedo Island, and the last is Hataedo, the southernmost island located nearest to Gageodo Island. Deep and clear waters surrounding the islands make for a perfect habitat for marine life. Taedo Islands are popular for seaweeds that grew on rocks, often collected by hanyeo (woman divers). People on Taedo Islands have great respect for nature and performs rituals every year on Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) for prosperity and safety at sea.
Address: 25, Sangtaedo-gil, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do