Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gumundo Island


Buddah's Birthday is a national holiday in South Korea. So for the 3 day weekend, my friend Caitlin and I headed to Gumundo Island. Gumundo Island is an island off the southern coast of Korea. It isn't very busy with tourists, so this was a great opportunity to get away for a calming weekend. Since Korea isn't very big and is heavily populated...great tourist destinations can be very busy on holidays...so I was happy to see only one other tourist group on the island while we were there.  We started our journey on the bus at 11 p.m. and arrived shortly after 6 a.m.  We stopped at a convenience store and headed for the ferry to the island.  The ferry was a little different than I had expected.  We had to sit inside because it moves very fast...but it still took us 2 hours to get to the island.  Once we got to the island-we headed on another ferry to the Baek Islands...meaning 100 islands.  Baek-do (do means island in Korean) was very beautiful.  It was a nice way to wake up from a sleepless night on the bus.

After the Baek Islands we hung out at the beach all day in Gumundo.
Some pictures of Gumundo Island...

There were several wire racks of fish drying in the sun...Koreans love dried fish-not me!
Took some pics of the scenery around the hotel/pension...
Saturday morning we got bad news.  There was a storm coming and if we didn't leave Saturday afternoon, we'd be stuck on the island until Tuesday because there are no ferries when there is a wind advisory.  So we snuck in a beautiful hike to the lighthouse-the second oldest lighthouse in Korea and headed back to the mainland.
Hiking...
You will find these rock piles all over Korea when hiking.  You make a wish and add a rock to the pile.  By adding a rock to the pile you are also making all the other wishes below yours more strong.
It was about to storm...so it was foggy...If you look close enough you can see the lighthouse...our destination.
A small rock pile begins on a big rock...
The left is the little city on the island...
Sometimes there are stairs for us...
Sometimes not...
Clear, blue water...
misty...
Getting closer...
We hiked up just to hike back down, across the rocks, and back up again...
Only 1.2 km to go...
We hiked up this, down this..past the rocks...
We made it!  Just as the wind started blowing and the rain started falling...
Stairs to the lighthouse...
So...we hiked back, had lunch and had to board the ferry back to the mainland.  It was an extremely bumpy ride.  I made a short video and will add that to the next blog.  We spent the night in Yeosu City...the most beautiful port city in Korea.  We planned to see a folk village but we had to cancel because of the weather.  So instead we planned to see something similar in Yeosu City.  However, we were so sick of being wet, we stayed behind...bought an umbrella...saw the pier...and boarded the bus for home.  It was quite the adventure.  It was as much fun as it could be with the awful weather.  I was glad we got to spend Friday relaxing in the sun on the beach.
Yesou City

2 comments:

  1. Katie, where did you bus from? Was this a tour package or did you do it independently? How were the accomadations? Food? On Goggle map I noticed some grave markers that appeared non Korean, Did you see those? Thanks, Ken

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  2. There is a tour group called Adventure Korea that leads trips in English. The accomodations are typical of Korea...sleeping on the floor with a blanket/mat. I'm not sure you could find a bed on the island?? Yes, I did see the gravemarkers. There were some British soliders that died on the island. I believe there were three of them.

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