Exploring Islands

Jeonnam is a coastal province with approximately 2000 islands. Explore the breathtaking islands of Jeonnam today.

GOHADO ISLAND

Address:1, Gohado-gil, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do
Tel: 061-270-3636
Website: http://www.mokpo.go.kr/tour/

At approximately 2km from Mokpo city, Gohado Island is known as the dragon of Mokpo’s seas because it seems to be surrounded by the southern coast of Mokpo. Gohado, which translates to “high altitude," was named as such because it sits beneath the impressive Yudalsan, or the “high mountain." Gohado can be accessed by ferry, the famous Mokpo Marine Cable Car, or by driving along the Mokpo Bridge. 

It is said that people lived on Gohado since the Three Kingdoms Period of Korea (57 BC to 668 AD). Gohado was designated as a Historic Site (Local Monument No.10) in honor of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, who used Gohado as a strategic site to successfully defend Korea during the Japanese invasion in 1594. To commemorate his victory, the Monument for Admiral Yi Sun-shin (Local Tangible Cultural Heritage No. 39) was erected in Gohado.

Among the attractions in this island, Gohado Yongmeori, or “dragon’s head," is a beautiful coastal deck which serves as the gateway to Mokpo Port, Nakjodae Terrace of Yudalsan Mountain, or Ildeungbawi Rock which present beautiful scenery. Enjoy the brilliant nightscape created by the multi-color lights designed to be in harmony with the sea at night.

GEOMUNDO ISLAND

Address: 103, Geomun-gil, Samsan-myeon, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
TEL: 061-659-1257
Website: http://www.yeosu.go.kr/tour

Originally named Godo, Geomundo was renamed upon the suggestion of Admiral Ding Ruchang of the Chinese Qing Dynasty Navy who came to the island to help defend against British occupation (1885-1887) when it was briefly named “Port Hamilton" as an outpost of the British military. Admiral Ding was so shocked that the islanders had such a high level of literacy, he suggested the name Geomun which means “great scholarship" to celebrate the scholarly residents.

Geomundo is the southernmost island of the Dadohae National Park and rests halfway between Yeosu city and Jeju Island. The island is covered with Camellia trees, the official flower of Jeonnam. Geomundo is actually a cluster of 3 islands which include the eastern Dongdo Island, western Seodo Island, and central Godo Island. The central Godo Island contains a 100-year-old lighthouse and the cemetery of British soldiers which has become a historical tourist attraction.

Due to the unique geography of Geomundo, it is said to be a ‘fortress’ that someone made. Two islands to the side stretch their arms and envelop it all the way as if it would protect the main island against storms. Since the sea is always calm, it was seen as a blessed port which the World imperial powers such as Russia, Britain, the U.S., and Japan always sought to occupy. 

GAUDO ISLAND

Address: 473, Wolgot-ro, Doam-myeon, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tel: 061-433-9500

Gaudo is the only inhabited island of the 8 islands in Gangjinman Bay. ‘Gaudo’ gained its name because it looks like the yoke in relation to the Boeun Mountain which is said to look like the head of an ox.

Gaudo is a small beautiful island with only 31 residents and natural scenic views abound. There are two walkable bridges connecting both sides of the island that allows you to cross the entire bay through Gaudo. One bridge is 438m long and starts from Jeodu Village, Daegu-myeon. The other bridge is 715m and connects Gaudo to Mangho Quay, Doam-myeon.

Visitors enjoy walking along the island and riding the zip-line to view the natural beauty of Gaudo from aerial heights.

HONGDO

Address: 5, Hongdo 2-gil, Heuksan-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tel: 061-240-8359

Hongdo, the island keeping the mystery of nature! The entire island was designated as a Natural Reserve and Dadohaehaesang National Park. It is included in Heuksan-myeon. Hongdo is a tourist attraction on the sea with average 200,00 visitors every year.

Small and big unmanned islands around Hongdo and steep cliffs enduring hardship for a long time create the marvelous scenery beyond description.

10 Scenic Views of Hongdo

1. Nammunbawi Rock
2. Silgeumri Cave
3. Seokhwa Cave
4. Tapseom Island
5. Manmulsang
6. Seulpeunyeo
7. Bubutap
8. Dongnimmun
9. Turtle Rock
10. Peacock Rock

HEUKSANDO

Address: 21-153, Yeri 3-gil, Heuksan-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tel: 061-275-9155

The mountain and the sea which seem dark blue although they are truly green, rocks in various shapes suddenly rising straight out of the sea and the rocks of fantastic shapes created as they endure the waves at a corner of the land for a long time remind one of a scroll of an oriental painting being harmonized with the ocean.

The tourism resources of Heuksando include the Sangrabong Tour Road, Exile of Sir Jeong Yak-yong (Sachon Village School), Jasan Literary House, Exile Culture Park, Monument of the Song Heuksando Lady, and Bird Sculpture Park.

Heuksan Cruise provides a variety of tour courses for about 1 hour 40 minutes.

The course and time for the cruises are frequently changed. It is required to contact the cruise office before visiting (061-275-9155).

BOGILDO

Address: 2, Bogil-ro, Bogil-myeon, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do

Bogildo Island is 12km from Wando International Harbor. Long times ago, Gosan Yun Seondo dropped by this island to avoid typhoon on the way to Jejudo Island and was fascinated by magnificent landscape of the island. Then, he named the island ‘Buyongdong’ and decided to stay here. As staying for about 10 years, he built 25 buildings including Seyeonjeong Pavilion and Nakseojae Library and enjoyed the pastoral life. His famous work “Angler’s Calendar" was created here. Three beaches on the island with silver sand or pebbles spreading out are very popular as a summer resort. In the southern part of the island, small gravels without sand spread 1.4Km at Yeosongri Beach. It looks more beautiful as being harmonized with the Yeosong-ri evergreen forest, the Natural Monument No. 40. The exuberant subtropical plants create the mysterious harmony with the clear sea. In particular, the southern sea route to Bogildo Island enhances its beauty with the large and small islands scattering here and there over the blue sea.

CHEONGSANDO

Address: 1613, Cheongsan-ro, Cheongsan-myeon, Wando-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tel: 061-550-5114

Cheongsando is an island farthest in the archipelago 19.2km from Jeonnam Wando. It is in 50 minute distance by boat from Wando port.With particularly beautiful scenery, it was also referred to as Cheongsanyeosu or Seonsan and Seonwon for its beauty comparable to Taoist hermits.Cheongsando, with slow scenery of blue sea, blue mountains, flat rice field, stone walls and haenyeo and the traditional culture of island mingling together, was recognized for its value internationally.On 23 December 1981, it was designated as archipelago maritime national park, and on 1 December 2007, it was designated as the first Slow City in Asia.

CHEONGSANDO SLOW TRAIL

Cheongsando Slow Trail is an old path for Cheongsando residents between villages. It was named slow trail as your steps will get slower by the beautiful scenery. The total 11 courses (17 trails) of up to 42,195 km were opened in 2010.The trails have the biggest characteristic of forming each course to mingle the scenery of trail with the story on the trail. It was designated as the ecological trail with stories in 2010 by Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and after being designated in 2011 as the first global slow trail officially certified by International Slow City Association, its beauty was reknowned worldwide.

GWANMAEDO

Website: Jodo-myeon, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tel: 061-540-3417
Website: http://www.gwanmaedo.co.kr

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.

Tour Course Information

Bangaseom Island Trail

Distance: 1.9km / Duration: round-trip 1 hour 30 minute

Sky Bridge Trail

Distance: 1.2km / Duration: round-trip 1 hour

Gwanmae Masil-gil Walking Tour

Distance: 3km / Duration: 1 hour

Gwanho Masil-gil Walking Tour

Distance: 1km / Duration: 20 minute

Bike Tour

Distance: 6.2km / Duration: 60 minute