Koje-do Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Koje-do Highlights

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     There is a large influx of foreigners working in the port area, so western amenities are easier to find. 

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     Public transit may be difficult for foreigners who don't know Hangul, so best have your own car or take taxis. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Rugged coastlines and fresh seafood make Goeje what is is. 

Koje-do Things to Do

  • Oedo Botanic Islet

    Island is covered by a camellia forest with the area of 12,000m2. The island is home to more than 3,000 plant species including many subtropical plants, such as cactus, palm tree, gazania, sunshine, eucalyptus, bottlebrush bush, New Zealand flax, and agave. It is so beautiful that it is called a paradise in Korea. The coastline is 2.3km. The island...

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  • The former POW camp

    This site from the Korean War is an educational location showing all the tragedies that happened in those years.

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  • View the flowers on Oido Islet

    In 1969, Lee, Chang Ho and his wife moved onto the island and began raising pigs. The pigs didn't do well. They elected to not raise elephants because they already had problems disposing of the swine manure. They decided to raise something less messy and so the little island of 0ido was transformed into a flower garden. There are flowers and trees...

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  • POW camp

    During the conflict there were nearly 400,000 South Korean soldiers killed and another 100,000 captured by the north. There were 700,000 North Korean soldiers killed and 50,000 captured. Most of the North Korean soldiers captured were interned on Goje Island west and south of Masan. During that period there were no roads, bridges, or ferries to the...

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  • Bird watchers

    While I am not a gifted ornithologist, I do appreciate birds.The marine parks, coastal waters and moderate temperatures of Geoje make it an idea place for many birds. If you walk along the coast lines or take any of the ferries into the water, keep you eyes open to the skies and the rocks for their nests.

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  • Local Fish Markets

    Geoje has a large industrial economy tied to the shipyards. However, a large population of the island still make their living through agriculture and fishing.The little towns that dot the coast line have some wonderful fish markets worth a visit.Many of the stalls sell sun-dried fish of various types and dried squid. Honestly speaking, the squid is...

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  • Yeocha-Hongpo drive road

    The 3.5km section from Yeocha Pebble Beach in Nambu-myeon to Myeongsa Beach is the best. The view of Dadaedo(island) shrouded in sea mist and the views of sunrise and sunset enchant and charm the visitors. Natural beauties are well preserved along the road and many people frequent this road. Famous for their clean water and natural beauty, Yeocha...

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  • Historic Park of Geojedo P.O.W. Camp

    A P.O.W. camp was completed on a site of about 10 million m2 around Gohyeon, Suwol, and Yangjeong areas on November 27, 1950. Up to 173,000 prisoners of war including 150,000 North Korean soldiers, 20,000 Chinese soldiers, and 3,000 women soldiers and militias were encamped. With the signing of truce on July 27, 1953, the camp was closed. A park...

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  • Haegeumgang Rock Islets

    Haegeumgang consisting of two islands belongs to Hallyeo National Marine Park. It was designated as Scenic Beauty No. 2 in 1971. It is also called Galdo because its shape resembles arrowroots. But the name Haegeumgang is used more often. It is 116m high above sea level and about 0.1¢¢ç¢¢ç¢¯¢¥ wide. An inscription of Seobulgwacha, which means Seo...

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Koje-do Restaurants

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    Highway restaurant/shop

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 19, 2005

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    When you go on daytrips by car from the island, there's a great stop right after passing the bridge to the mainland.

    While having a coffee you can make great pictures.

    Also there's a shop with everything you need for a great day of exploring.

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Koje-do Transportation

  • bus for Koje island

    Best way to get to Koje Island is riding on the bus.Nambubusterminal,whchi is on the Orange No.3 subwayline southern district of Seoul,you can get a bus to Koje IslandIt takes 5hours for you.Jang-seung-po and Ko-hyeon are the 2 kinds of destination station,so you would consider which destination is good for your visiting.Bus fare varies from 21,000...

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  • The Entrance to the Island

    There are two bridges leading to the Island constructed next to the other. One is the old 2-lane bridge and the other is a 4-lane highway bridge.There is a checkpoint at the entrance of the island; it's not always in operation.A study is going on to build a bridge across the bay from the Northern part of the Island to the Masan/Busan area.

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Koje-do Warnings and Dangers

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    by hindu1936 Written May 4, 2009

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    the roads are very narrow and during the summer there are 700 million and 3 cars on the island carrying the known population of the earth plus a few million aliens from the planet omygawd. It can take an hour to go half a kilometer. The worst is yet to come. On a weekend, it can take 2 hours to go the 20 km back to the mainland highway and then your average speed can be held to about 30 km an hour. We have spent 4 hours to cover 85 km from Daejon to Giheung. It took 3 hours from Goje-to Jinu. If possible, go in the middle of the week.

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Koje-do Off The Beaten Path

  • Old Fortresses in the hills

    Just outside of Geoje city, you can find Oksangeum-seong Fortress. This is possible as a long hike from Geoje or from the Geojeyeon Gwona.Otherwise, if you have your own transportation, there are a few other small fortresses on the island. While they may not be the most spectacular remains, the fresh air hikes to get there, the panoramic views they...

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  • The Inland

    At Koje don't forget the inlands. A busy spot are the Mundong Waterfalls. You can also look for the Nature Art Park (Bonzai trees and bigger stuff) or explore the Oryang fortress remains. This last one is hard to find (just keep on drivin') but has a nice view over the West-side of the island.

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  • Scenic outlook above Sinseondae

    This location is just behind the Haegeumgang Theme Museum on the southern end of Geoje, near Sinseondae.If you have your own transportation, it is a nice short walk down a path to the rocky beach and cliffs. When you get down there, you can walk along the pebble beach or climb the boulders along the cliffs. Many locals will be here fishing from the...

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Koje-do Sports & Outdoors

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    Oryang Mountain Fortress

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 19, 2005

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    On Koje Island there are many mountains of around 500 meters high and ideal to climb in 2 hours.

    Equipment: Good shoes and bottled water. Most Koreans leave a souvenir at the top or build a pile of stones.

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Koje-do Favorites

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    by DSwede Written Mar 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Okpo-dong is the home to the largest shipyard on Geoje-do (visit my Okpo page).

    Due to the industry associated with the shipyard, Okpo is home to many foreigners and business travelers. With this, it will be the most comfortable area for foreigners to stay due to restaurant options, hotels, western bars, etc.

    The town itself may be the center to rest and feed yourself, but if visiting, the sites to see are spread on the rest of the island.

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