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Jeju’s islands: Not quite desertedA guide to the satellites ringing the Tamna mainland
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▲ Udo is just big enough to have its own Olle leg, and trail 1-1 rings the island for 16.1km. Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organization

A glimpse at the map of Jeju reveals that along its coast are a number of enticing islands, places that are (sometimes) as sleepy as Jeju once was before its rapid development.

Although these islands have also changed greatly in their own right, they still retain that island mystique, and they are only a short ferry ride away.

Here is our quick and simple guide with some inside info on where to stay and what to do and eat.

Top tip
Cars are banned for visitors on Gapado, Marado, Chujado and Biyangdo and are restricted on Udo. Walk or cycle to see the islands at their best.


Gapado Island

Low-lying, the highest point on Gapado is only 20.5 meters making the views from the flat barley fields to Jeju Island 5.5km away stunning.

Barley cultivation dates back to 1842 and much of the island’s 0.84 square km shines green and golden in spring when a festival is held.

The solar panels and wind energy turbines seen are a hint that Gapado is also the first carbon-free island in the nation.

▲ The glorious barley fields of Gapado Island in Southwest Jeju. Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organization

Do
Use Olle 10-1 to criss-cross the island and while doing so keep your eye out for the numerous ”goindol” (dolmen) and widespread “batdam” (stonewalls), the prevalence of both marking the island out from the rest of Jeju.

Eat
Yonggung Jeongsik
5 Gapa-ro 67-beonggil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si / 064-794-7083 / 12,000 won

This place has a 40-year tradition of Jeongsik (a meal of small dishes) and it serves up the best in fresh local seafood and vegetables.

Sleep
Gapado Minbak
5 Gapa-ro 67-beonggil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si / 064-794-7083 / ????

That address looks familiar! Yes, the restaurant also doubles as a traditional guesthouse, so book a room for added convenience.

Moseulpo Harbor to Gapado ferry
Standard fare: 4,000 won
Departure: 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm
Return: 9:20am, 11:20am, 2:20pm, 4:20pm
Samyoung Heun / 064-794-5490
Journey time: 20mins

Marado Island

Marado Island, Korea’s southernmost landmass, is 11km off the Jeju coast and despite being only 4.2km in circumference has dramatic cliffs rising to 34 meters.

Life was harsh when first settled in the 1880s, and Marado was accordingly known as “Geumdo,” or "Forbidden Island."

Much more pleasant today, Marado boasts a picturesque lighthouse, a temple, a church, and even a GS25 convenience store.

Sustainability is the key to island life, and inhabitants today collect energy from the sun and water from the rain.

▲ Cycling is the best way around the island of Marado. Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organization

Do
See Buddhist monks ringing a seafront temple bell at daybreak or visit an eye-catching pink Catholic church. There is also a century-old 16-meter octagonal lighthouse and a Chocolate Museum built in the Renaissance style.

Eat
Cheolgabangeul deun Haenyeo
4 Mara-ro 77-beongil, Daejeong-eup Seogwipo-si / 064-792-5262
The haenyeo owner of this Chinese fusion restaurant serves up her own hand-caught
fresh seafood.

Sleep
Marado GiwonJeongsa Temple
87 Mara-ro, Daejeong-eup Seogwipo-si
/ 064-792-8518
Stay at this tranquil temple on the seafront which works for global peace through partnerships across the world.

Moseulpo Harbor to Marado ferry
Standard fare: 7,000 won
Departure: 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm
Return: 9:20am, 11:20am, 2:20pm, 4:20pm
Samyoung Heun / 064-794-5490
Journey time: 30mins


Chujado Island

Actually a total of 42 small islets, the chief islets are Sangchujado and Hachujado, upper and lower Chujado respectively.

Rising harshly out of the sea, there is also a stark beauty about this maritime hinterland straddling Jeju and the mainland in geography, culture and place.

Even Jeju visitors say life is slower here, and it is best imbibed along the 17.7km Olle 18-1 passing the villages, hillsides, sea cliffs, and pebble beaches two islets.

▲ Chujado feels a lot more like mainland Korea in its geography and culture. Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organization

Do
A vista of numerous islets from Gwitgaesan, the grave of exiled Catholic Hwang Kyeong Hun, or the memorial to General Choi Yeong behind Chuja Elementary School. Choi was stranded in the 1300s and is still honored to this day after improving the locals’ fishing net technology.

Eat
Chuja Olle Sikdang

9 Daeseo 1-gil, Chuja-myeon
Try the island’s specialty yellow corvina at this popular local restaurant. Even better, come in mid-July for the Chuja Yellow Corvina Festival.

Sleep
Deungdae Minbak
35 Daeseo 2-gil, Chuja-myeon / 064-742-3827
With 30 years experience, this is a place you can count on. They also provide sea fishing tours if you want to get a taste of the local seas.

Jeju Port to Sangchujado ferry
Pink Dolphin / 064-758-4234
Standard fare: 12,500 won (return leg 11,000 won)
Departure: 9:30am
Return: 4:10pm
Journey time: 1hr 10mins

Jeju Port to Hachujado ferry
New Dream Ferry / 064-751-5050)
Standard fare: 11,050 won
Departure: 2:00pm
Return: No return
Journey time: around 2hrs

Hanil Red Pearl / 064-751-5050
Standard fare: 11,050 won
Departure: 3:30pm
Return: No return
Journey time: 1hrs 30mins


Udo Island

Just like Chujado, Udo is just big enough to have its own Olle leg, and trail 1-1 rings the island for 16.1km taking in the famous lighthouse, Udobong Peak, “popcorn” beach at Seobin White Sands and the tranquil stone walls Udo is also famed for.

▲ Udo has stunning cliffs and scenery to compete with anywhere on Jeju. Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organization

Do
The view from Udo, particularly lying back on Seobin beach, back to Jeju is one of the most stunning available. Also popular is renting a bicycle to explore the island’s small lanes, or just an old-fashioned walk. Udo is best done at a slow pace.

Eat
Pungwon
340 Udohaean-gil, Udo-myeon, Jeju-si / 064-784-1894
This eatery serves up some modern Korean cuisine with the Hallasan mixed rice (“bokkeum bap”) a big draw. Udo peanuts are also famous so try some peanut-flavored makgeolli to wash it down.

Sleep
Udo Pirate Guesthouse

794-4 Udohaean-gil, Udo-myeon, Jeju-si
/ 010-2315-5509
This place is full of character right next to Hagosudong Beach on the east of the island. It also boasts a coffee shop popular for its desserts.

Seongsan Port to Udo ferry
Operated by Udo Heun / 064-782-5671
Standard fare: 4,000 won
Departure: every hour 8am to 7pm (high season)
Return: every hour 7am to 6:30pm (high season)
Journey time: 15mins

Biyangdo Island

Only seen by most people from the 3km-distant Hyeopjae Beach, more people should make the 15-minute boat ride to this quaint island of 100 residents with charming village lanes and horse pastures.

▲ Small and quaint, Biyangdo is not as popular as it should be. Photo courtesy Jeju Tourism Organization

Do
Climb the 114m Biyangbong Peak and earn a breathtaking view of Jeju to the east and the
endless expanse of ocean to the west.
An hour will get you around the island to see impressive rock formations and Korea’s only sea marsh, or rent a bicycle for 5,000 won.

Eat
Hodori Sikdang

284 Biyangdo-gil, Jeju-si / 064-796-8475
Simple and rustic-looking, this place lets its freshly caught abalone porridge do the talking.

Stay
Mingyeongine Minbak

275 Biyangdo-gil, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
/ 064-796-8973
This simple accommodation has sea views and is perfect for a quiet stay.

Hallim Harbor to Biyangdo ferry
Standard fare: 6,000won
Departure: 9am, 12pm, 3pm
Return: 9:16am, 12:16pm, 3:16pm
Journey time: 15min

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