Eight Scenes of Geoje.

Scenic attractions of Oedo and Naedo

Located in eastern seawater of Ilun-myeon, Naedo (‘inner island’) and Oedo (‘outer island’) are beautiful like sailing boats floating on a lake. The inner island is Naedo and the outer island is Oedo. A breathtaking island that boasts a harmony between the evergreens and rocks on the beach, Naedo is often called Turtle Island, for it looks like a turtle moving toward Oedo. Oedo attest to a human achievement. Myriad tropical plants are mixed in the natural forest of camellia, creating a magnificent scene. Besides, grotesque rocks take varied shapes, presenting another worthwhile attraction. Dinosaur footprint was discovered on the island, increasing its academic significance.

Haegeum gang of Geoje

Galdo is the original name of the island with great value for ecological conservation. Boasting superb natural beauty, it was designated as Place of Scenic Beauty No. 2 in 1971 and listed as Geoje Haegeumgang. Shapes washed by waves and winds create various images. Surrounded by Saja Bawi, Mireuk Bawi, Chotdae Bawi, Sanrang Bawi, Shinbu Bawi, Haegol Bawi, and Dotdae Bawi, Haegeumgang is also called Herb Island, based on the legend that it was explored in search of Elixir for Qin Shi Huang of ancient China. The myriad figures engraved on the tens-of-meter-tall cliff and Sipja Donggul with the shape of "a cross" are truly the works of the Great Artificer. Also, the sunrise from Saja Bawi is fantastic.

Mongdol Beach of Hak-dong

This beach belongs to Hakdong-ri, Dongbu-myeon, Geoje. Its name originated from its shape of flying crane. The scenery of the 1.2km long 50m wide beach with the area of 30,000 ㎢ covered by pebbles called Mongdol is unique. This beach is also famous for camellia habitat, which was designated as Natural Monument No. 233, along the 3km long beach.
About 20cm long, colorful fairy pitts come in June, breed here and then leave in Sept.
Camellia flowers start to bloom in February and they are in full bloom in mid March. In the spring and fall, tourists come to see Haegeumgang and Hallyeo National Marine Park. In summer, vacationers come from all over the country to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, water sports and the scenery.

Seaside Scene in Yeocha and Hongpo

The tiny islands squatting at the foot of Mangsan create a fine East Asian painting, representing people of Geoje as they get along with their neighbors. As you walk along the seaside road and look up, it turns into several East Asian paintings with varied formats. As you hit the area towards dusk, it is a sunset that gets your mind off your daily grind. There's nothing here but makes a magnificent scene. As you come on top of Mangsan, which gets a climber short of breath, you have a sweeping view of Hallyeo Waterway, while the foggy archipelago comes into your heart. The fantastic sunset among the insular specks holds your feet down. On Mongdol Beach on Yeocha Bay, which is located at the foot of a steep mountain, waves flow in and hurling a sound of nature, keep their mouth shut. Sea mustard that feeds on the sound of nature is a staple of this elongated area.


Towering on the main island of Geoje, Gyeryong-san welcomes with open arms all surrounding villages. On the mountpeak at 566m, there is Eusangdae, where Master Eusang built a Buddhist temple. And along the mountain ridge, grotesque rocks like Bulimun Bawi, Janggun Bawi, Geobuk Bawi, and Janggipan Bawi, and the autumnal array of the splendid silvergrass together create an exquisite harmony.
Looking down the ridge, you see afar Geoje-myeon and Dundeok-myeon, the old site of the old Geoje Province and Geoje City, and Gohyeon-man, currently home of City Hall and Samsung Heavy Industries, Jangmok-myeon as the birth place of former president Kim Young Sam, and Okpo Bay that accommodates Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Located at the foot of Gyeryong-san and embracing the pain of the divided peninsula, Geoje Prisoner of War Camp Memorial Park, unlocking its bosom and revealing the rankling wounds of the internecine Korean War, chides us for our laziness.

The Windy Hill and Shinseondae

As you pass Hangmok and head north on the road toward Haegeumgang, you encounter the fishing village of Dojangpo, and perking up your head, your eyes are filled with the Windy Hill, which is like a water color piece. Retaking the road and standing on the observation deck at the southern end of the word, you find a vantage point for viewing the sea.
It is called Shinseondae ('Taoist Hermit's Place'). As the Windy Hill is covered with turfgrass, its old name is Tibatneul ('turfgrass field'). A long strip of land encircled by clean seawater, the area always meets visitors with sea wind. The mix of blue sea and seagulls in the faraway stretch of Mongdol Beach, the Black Pearl Beach of Hakdong and Susan Maeul ('fishing village'), creates a scenic attraction. With its harmony between the sea and the hill, it is spotlighted as a great scene for shooting TV movies. With a cool view of the sea, Shinseondae poses as a huge rock on the shore where the leisurely immortal lords it over exquisite scenes close by. Here, you can view Dapo-do and Cheonjang-san as well as Osaek Bawi, Dadohae ('archipelago'), at the foot of which the tiny Mongdol Beach lies, adding to the local emotion.

Jisim-do, a.k.a. Dongbaekseom (‘Camellia Island’)

It takes some 20 minutes on a boat from the port of Jangseungpo to go to this island. The primitive forest is ensconced in the evergreens and varicolored trees.
With a lot of camellia, it is called Dongbaekseom, Camellia Island. On a fair day, you can see Tsushima Island far away.
It also looks like a water glass placed atop the blue sea. As the forest covers the sky, the trails crisscross waywardly, while the ears of the lovers passing the tunnel are filled with the chirps of white-eyes and brown-eared bulbuls. Their impassioned love blooms into red camellia even in winter. The military facilities still extant from the Japanese Imperialist occupation are a reminder of the nation's wound.


As you pass Wahyeon Sand Forest Beach and move deeper inside, you arrive at Yegu Village. From there, you climb a little hill, and you will find Naedo appearing close at hand. The mountain foot that is directed at Naedo is Gonggoji. On this steeply sloped piece of land, stone walls are built and flowers are planted to create a harmony with primitive nature.
Here is a case of human achievement, since a couple has put together their time and energy to create a multi-leveled Daerangi Farm, by stacking stones and growing flowers.
You pass through the stone walls overgrown with trees, and you arrive at a beach covered with round pebbles. If you find the Mongdol pebbles luminescent with their unique color, it must be because the water that has come through the primitive forest from the blue sea has rubbed them over time.