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[19 Oct 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

In the distance I see two weather beaten, elderly ladies bracing themselves against a tall, stone wall, lost in a squawking conversation about some mundane topic. As I get closer and louder, empty seashells crunching under foot, their heads jerk up. Suddenly I’m the topic of conversation. It’s a foreigner! I give a small wave and say “Annyeong Hayseo”. More astonishment from the ladies – the foreigner speaks Korean! This is Gapado, the last but one islet on the far southern reaches of South Korea. And this is the reaction …

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[11 Jun 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Udo, literally Cow Island in Chinese, is so-called because it is supposed to look like a cow laying down. It is a romantic, intimate place despite the ever-present tour buses trekking along the main roads of the island. There you can find stunning sea vistas, old stone walls complimenting rolling fields and people getting their livelihood from the sea. One fine morning in April, we got up at the crack of dawn to catch the bus out to Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak). It is from the harbour …

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[27 Mar 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

There is much hubbub at the Chujado passenger terminal as the 9:30 am Pink Dolphin arrives from Jeju. It is an unusually busy dockside as families reunite and part ways for the Seollal holiday. A collection of fishing boats bob calmly in their places sleeping off their previous night’s work. Across from them a thin strip of storefronts spread around the harbour with an unplanned morass of blue and red-roofed buildings. They give way to steeply rising hills, one of which is the location for Chujado lighthouse, unlit during …

Getting Out of Jeju, Outlying Islands, Things to Do, Things to See »

[27 Mar 2008 | No Comment | ]

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 …