Geojedo, Home of the Angelic Oedo Island

Geojedo (Geoje Island) is located way at the bottom of the South Korean peninsula. Jermil heard about Geojedo through some friends, and we decided to check it out. It’s not the most foreigner-friendly city in Korea though. So if you’re up for a bit of a challenge, which is well worth it in the end, Geojedo is the place to visit.

How to get there (since the latest Lonely Planet doesn’t help)

Geojedo is the second largest island in Korea, next to Jeju. There was no information in our 7th edition Lonely Planet Korea about this destination, and so began our confusing trip. The ticket agent at the Daejeon Dong Bu Intercity Bus Terminal presented us with several options. Of course, we had no idea what she was saying, nor any idea of where we really wanted to go, so we took the tickets that cost 16 800 won she gave us, and considered it an adventure.

After about 3.5 hours on the bus, we ended up in downtown Geoje at the “Gohyeon Intercity Bus Terminal”. We asked inside the bus station for maps of the island, but there weren’t any in English or Korean. Jermil took a picture of a large tourist map outside the bus terminal to show taxi drivers where we wanted to go.

Map of Geojedo

Our first stop: Geoje Tourist Hotel

We managed to find the Geojedo Tourist Hotel, so we checked in and at the front desk there was an attendant who could speak English relatively well, and he gave us some maps (in Korean). We recommend bringing a phrase book to Geoje, and get ready to make gestures, English is not widely understood.

Geoje Tourist Hotel at night

We ventured out of the hotel and ran into some fellow expat English teachers at “Angel-in-us Coffee Shop”, and asked them which sites they would recommend for visitors to the island. They were quite welcoming and wrote down a few spots for us: Hakdong Pebble Beach, The Korean War Diorama, and Oedo Botanical Island. They suggested we head back to the bus station and take local buses to each of the sites.

Hand-drawn list of places to visit in Geojedo

Our taxing trek around Geojedo begins here!

Geoje city buses are not easy to use. We did not find the ticket agents to be very helpful, and bus numbers had little significance, so we had to rely on people waiting at the station. We found the younger bus riders to be quite resourceful. Do not be afraid to ask for help or you will never get out of the downtown core. After about a 45 minute ride, we made it to Hakdong pebble beach, you’ll see the water and the pebbles from the bus stop. The beach was pretty and since we were by the sea, we did as the Koreans, and indulged in some raw fish (sashimi) for about 60 000 won for the two of us.

Sashimi (raw fish)

Sashimi (raw fish)

By the time we left, it was dark, so we returned to the bus stop; however, no buses came. We decided a taxi might be a better option, but those were scarce too. We finally got one, and it cost us about 15 000 won to get back downtown.

Geojedo Nightlife

We spent the evening wandering around the main part of the island and found what seemed to be where the foreigners hang out: the “Jazz Bar” directly behind Geoje Tourist Hotel. The bar housed out-going locals, decent music, darts as well as pricey food and drinks.

The Jazz Bar in Geojedo

The Jazz Bar in Geojedo

The next day we followed the street signs and walked about 45 minutes to the Diorama, which according to Geoje, is the largest in the world! It costs about 3 000 won each to enter.

Korean War Diorama

Korean War Diorama

Oedo Botanical Island

When we were finished walking through this mountainous 3-D wondrous pictorial representation of the Korean War, we took a quick taxi ride back to the bus terminal in search of Oedo Botanical Island. A young girl at the bus station helped us get to the Coastal Ferry Terminal that would take us to Oedo Island. She kindly told people on the bus our final destination, so a gentleman on the bus told us when to get off. The ferry was quite close to the bus stop, but the ferries only run once an hour on the :20. Ferry tickets cost 19 000 won and after the 30 minute ferry ride we had to pay an island entrance fee of 8 000 won. Tourists can only come to this island for about an hour, so it’s important to ask what time the ferry will be departing. Oedo was absolutely beautiful and definitely one of my favourite places I have been in Korea; I’d highly recommend it.

Oedo Island

Oedo Island

Oedo Island

We discovered that there is another intercity bus terminal in Geoje that’s just a short taxi ride from the ferry terminal, called Jangseunpo. It’s small station and buses don’t run frequently to or from it, so check the schedules, but if you are looking to do a day trip to Geoje/Oedo from your respective cities, take an intercity bus to that stop. I suppose the ticket agent in Daejeon at the beginning of our confusing journey was trying to ask which terminal we wanted to get off at in Geoje do…

9 Comments »

  1. inside info Said,

    December 28, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    the town you were staying in was called gohyeon not geoje. You should have asked for tickets to gohyeon terminal in geoje do, not geoje terminal as this confuses matters.

    Geoje has a large population of foreigners through the ship builing and tefl industry, so you will not be too out of place, although the locals do stare.

    the south of the island is the nicest part and very scenic, but you really need a car or motorbike to get around as the buses to these places are very infrequent, however the bus from gohyeon to okpo/jangseunpo run avery 10mins or so and only cost 1000won

  2. Jermil Said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 2:26 am

    Thanks for the added information. It was really hard to figure out where to go and what to see in Geojedo. If we hadn’t ran into the helpful teachers as soon as we got there, we probably wouldn’t have done much!

  3. sell my house fast Said,

    September 9, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    We hope much more people could publish posts this way which are literally enjoyable you just read. With the fluff flying around on the net, it’s rare you just read a blog such as this instead

  4. Jermil Said,

    September 9, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    Thank you, spambot, for that lovely comment. I wish real people would leave comments like that!

  5. Tanya Megaro Said,

    October 12, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    Hi I was just wondering when you went? I want to go this weekend or hopefully the first weekend of November.

  6. Jermil Said,

    October 27, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Hey Tanya. I believe we went around October or November of last year. I’m guessing it’ll still be beautiful there next weekend. Enjoy and thanks for the comment!

  7. Jermil Said,

    November 28, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    I’m not sure but I’d bet they’ll do anything you ask them to :) Thank you for your comment!

    -Jermil

  8. Maria-Lise Said,

    October 18, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    This is so random!! I found your blog via Pinterest…..my friend and I were the people you met outside of the Angel-in-us. I am so glad that we were of help :)

  9. Jermil Said,

    October 27, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    That is amazing that you found this post after all this time. Thank you again for your help :) How is everything???

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