Created by a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago, Ulleungdo Island is one of the most unique and remarkable islands in South Korea. Known for its calm blue waves and rejuvenating scenery, it is described as the “mysterious island” that provides an ideal getaway. Even though one can only access the island by ferry, it will provide an endless amount of views that are rarely seen on the mainland.
So, where should you go and what should you do throughout your visit? Here are five very interesting activities that can enjoy throughout your stay on Ulleungdo Island:
- Haengnam Coastal Walk
Known as the best coastal walk in Korea, the Haengnam Coastal Walk highlights the island's gorgeous pebble beaches and jaw-dropping cliffs. Throughout your walk, you will be able to admire impressive rock formations, trickling caves, and venture through a flourishing forest. Since you are right over the ocean, you will be met with crashing waves, an outstanding ocean view, and a bright blue sky.
Once you have completed the walk, you will reach the Haengnam Lighthouse where you will be able to catch a breathtaking view over Jeodong Port. If you were to feel hungry anytime throughout your visit, there are various eateries along the way with a view of the coast.
- Bongnae Waterfall and Wind Cave
Recognized as one of the most adventurous aspects of the island, the Bongnae Waterfall and Wind Cave are popular attractions that are visited by many tourists year-round. According to the natives of the island, the Bongnae Waterfall is the main source of drinking water for its residents. Aside from its water properties, the Bongnae Waterfall and Wind Cave are surrounded by a beautiful cedar forest that you'll have to go through before arriving at the falls. Once there, you refresh yourself by drinking water from the waterfall.
After, you can head to the Punghyeol (wind cave). In this cave, cold air blows through the rocks which served as a natural fridge back in the day. So, if you are feeling hot, you are more than welcome to cool off with the natural air conditioner provided here.
- Dokdo Observatory
There are many places where you can get beautiful views of Ulleungdo Island, but to experience an unforgettable view head to the Dokdo Observatory. You will be able to get a bird’s eye view of the island using the cable car to Manghyangbong Peak. One of the recommended times to take the cable car is early in the morning so you can experience a unique view of sunrise lighting up the surrounding areas.
- Cheonbu Underwater Observatory
Located on a pier, the Cheonbu Underwater Observatory is definitely an activity that you do not want to miss! In this observatory, visitors are taken six meters underwater to see the island's sea life in action. With this unique activity, you will be able to experience the inner beauty of Ulleungdo Island.
These are just a few activities you can do while visiting the "mysterious island" of Ulleungdo. This island offers many more thrilling activities that cannot be experienced elsewhere. With its peaceful atmosphere and beautiful scenery, it is no wonder many tourists are flocking to Ulleungdo Island for a perfect getaway.
Are there any other islands in South Korea that you believe are just as exciting? If so, let us know in the comments below!
Written by Valeria Voelkl