One of the best things about Korea are the many “red” days (bank holidays – time off). This summer I went to Geoje with two friends. If you’re not familiar, Geoje is a small island off the east coast, near Busan. It has some lovely beaches and can be accessed by bridge, making it easier to travel to than some other Korean islands (such as Jeju and Oedo).
Most tourist information focuses on how to get to Geoje from Seoul. However, this account will be from Daejeon, in central Korea. There is a direct bus from Daejeon to Geoje. It can be caught from the Express Bus Terminal and is 18,000KRW (about $16.50). The bus ride itself took about 3 hours. From the terminal in Geoje, I recommend finding a love motel – we paid 70,000KRW a night for a “VIP” room with two double beds. The hotel that we stayed in was called Maldives (말다이브스) and was near to the terminal; the bus terminal in Geoje is also the starting location for city buses, so this is where you will go to catch a bus to the beach.
If you model your trip off of ours, here is what you will do:
1. Gujora (구조라) beach. You can catch a bus from the bus terminal; it will take about an hour. There are many buses that lead to Gujora. Check the screen at the bus terminal. The cost will be about 1,100 KRW (less than a dollar).
2. Oedo (외도 ) island Botania botanical gardens. Oedo can only be accessed by ferry. The costs of ferry (return) plus the garden admissions are 26,000 per person. You can take a city bus (1,100KRW) to the ferry site.
3. Windy Hill (신선대) is a hill with a windmill. The view is lovely and well worth the 1 hr bus ride.
Have you been to Geoje? Where did you go on your last trip? Next post: Samcheok and Sokcho!