Visiting Chujado, a travel blueprint, Jeju, South Korea
The Pink Dolphin (10,000 won single, one hour) is the fastest way of reaching Chujado and operates from the Jeju City Ferry Terminal daily, though weather conditions do lead to cancellations. It is advisable to take medicine to prevent sea-sickness as the journey is notoriously rough. Medicine is sold in the pharmacy just to the left of the escalators upon reaching the terminal’s second floor. Alternatively, take the larger and slower ferry (8,000 won, two hours), which will provide a much smoother ride. Please check times at the Jeju City ferry terminal a few days prior to departure as the schedule is often changed.
There is a lone bus (900 won), which circulates the island (check timetable at Chujado passenger terminal). There is no regular taxi service. However, Call Taxi service is available (10,000 won all destinations).
THINGS TO DO
Fishing is by far Chujado’s largest draw, though mainly for Korean, Japanese and Chinese fishermen. Equipment is available but most who arrive are already prepped and ready. If you intend to fish it might be best to go with a Korean speaker.
Hiking is another popular draw. Consider taking the bus to Sinyang and then hiking back to Daeseo via the various trails.
THINGS TO SEE
General Choi, Young Shrine
Tomb of Hwang, Gyung Han
Chuja Shrine of Cheosa
The lighthouse is the most time-consuming of the attractions. It’s a fair climb up the wooden stairs and there’s a great view from the very top (climbing the lighthouse itself). There is a tiny museum (Korean language only) inside.
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Heavily tilted towards fish dishes. There is also Korean BBQ, Chinese (serving Jajangmyeon and fried rices) and fried chicken. The island’s speciality is the Yellow Croaker fish. Convenience stores sell the usual wares.
Pre-booked accommodation can be arranged by dialling 1130 for English Assistance. There are a sprinkling of pensions around the harbour front that are clean and functional. Seasonable pricing.
If you’re not planning on fishing or hiking too far then Chujado and its sights can be seen within a day trip, arriving on the morning Pink Dolphin service and departing late afternoon as it returns from Mokpo. For those fishing or hiking it is recommended to stay the night, catching the slower ferry back to Jeju the following morning.