Seonyudo is an island located off of Gunsan in Jeolla Northern Province of Korea. For this trip, I took public transportation which was a combination of bus and train. I enjoy traveling by trains, because I am able to stand up and stretch my legs and walk around. Also trains go through scenic ways.
There is a train station in Gongju, but it isn’t near the city center and it is only for KTX, so actually the easiest train station to go to is in Nonsan. Nonsan has all trains and I prefer the slow trains so I an enjoy the views. Jeollabukdo and Jeollanamdo both have some of the most beautiful places in Korea, but it can be time consuming. However the train ride makes up for everything.
After arriving at Gunsan train station, a bus was needed for the next step of the journey, so have your prepaid T-money card for Korea ready. You have to go to Bieunghang (port) to get on the next bus. The second bus is a double decker bus which was new at the time. If you have your card, then it will be a free transfer.
The road to the island was new at the time. It used to be only a ferry going to the islands, but a road was built, which is now a more efficient and cheaper way to the Sseonyudo Island.
I was able to stay a short time at Seonyudo, as I would have to go back to work in the morning and public transportation didn’t start early enough, so I checked out the return times. I had about 1 hour to stay here, which would be more than enough time.
I was able to go for a swim, which is a must in the hot summer of Korea. The sunset was incredible.
It would be possible to beach camp, as there weren’t many people here. However, there weren’t many convenient stores so you should bring everything with you. This was an amazing trip that was easy to do with little planning.
Coming back, you have to be patient. I had to make sure I got on the right bus. I slept in a jjimjilbang that night, which was the easiest thing to do. Seonyudo was a beautiful place that I can highly recommend. It is not in the top 100 places in Korea, but I think it will be in the near future.