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An Ode to a Journey to Ulleungdo Island 4()

An Ode to a Journey to Ulleungdo Island

Ⅳ. From Ulleungdo Island to Dokdo Island to Jukdo Island


Δ Dokdo Island

From an Island to an Island ? Dokdo and Jukdo Islands

Dokdo, a Lone but Noble Island

Ulleungdo Island encompasses 43 islands and islets including Dokdo, but there are only three islets including Dokdo that are inhabited.

Δ Dokdo Island

Dokdo is the gateway to the east of the Korean Peninsula. When it comes to Dokdo, most Koreans will get choked up for the obvious reason ? The Korea-Japan disputes over the island.

Δ The ocean seen from Dokdo Island

Dokdo Island consists of two islets, Dongdo and Seodo. Visitors to Dokdo arrive at the Dongdo Wharf first. Seodo is a bit bigger than Dongdo and currently some 10 Koreans live on the islet.

Δ Seodo seen from Dongdo

The passenger boat that leaves Ulleungdo Island for Dokdo Island runs one to three times a day, depending upon the season and weather. The boat stays on Dongdo for 20 to 30 minutes when it can come alongside the wharf.

Δ Dokdo Island

Dokdo Island is a volcanic island that was formed by lava from underwater volcanic eruptions earlier than Ulleungdo or Jejudo Islands. In 512, Dokdo was affiliated with Silla with Isabu’s conquest of Usanguk. However, it was in 1981 that Dokdo had the first registered Korean resident. The waters around Dokdo Island, where a cold ocean current and a warm ocean current meet, are rich fishing grounds. The geological and ecological value of Dokdo Island is remarkable as well.

Δ Arctic Daisy in full bloom on Dokdo Island

Δ Jukdo Island seen from the sea

Δ Jukdo Observatory and Ulleungdo Island

Jukdo Island, the Best Place to Enjoy the Panorama of Ulleungdo Island

Located on the east of Ulleungdo, Jukdo Island is the most easily assessable island near Ullengdo Island. It has a large open flatland on top of vertical cliffs.

Δ Spiral staircase on Jukdo Island

You have to go all the way up the spiral staircase with 365 steps built at the dock to meet the resident.
The island is occupied by only one resident, who makes a living by growing codonopsis, a medicinal plant used as a substitute for ginseng.

Δ Walking trail on Jukdo Island

The walking trail around the lighthouse is the best place to appreciate the panoramic view of Ulleungdo Island. I personally prefer the scenery of Ulleungdo Island and nearby areas seen from Jukdo Island to that seen from any other observatory on Ulleungdo Island.

Δ Gwaneumdo seen from the Jukdo Observatory

Gwaneumdo is an ideal place to enjoy all colors of the four seasons with rape flowers in spring, white sea flower in the summer, silver grass in the fall, and snowflakes in winter. The regular passenger boat leaves the Dodong Port for Jukdo Island twice a day everyday. Take the boat and you will be able to enjoy the scenery of the southeastern side of Ulleungdo Island.

Δ Lighthouse on Jukdo Island

Δ Service Area on Jukdo Island

Δ Virgin forest on the way to Yongnae Waterfall

The Real Charm of Ulleungdo Island-A Hike to Nari Basin and Virgin Forest

The name “Ulleungdo” literally means an island consisting of thickly wooded forests and hills. You can find a dense cluster of purple arctic daisy, Siberian wallflowers, and yellow leopard plants, everywhere on the sea cliffs. The deeper you enter the forest, the more you are amazed by the richness of nature.

Δ Ulleungdo and Jukdo Islands Offer an Amazing Variety of Fauna including Bamboo

Ulleungdo is a haven for virtually all species of fauna that grow on the Korean Peninsula from Marado Island in the south to Baekdusan Mountain in the north. It is also a natural treasure trove with a whole variety of unique plants rarely found in any other place around the world, which explains why those familiar with Ulleungdo suggest that you walk deeper into the woods if you want to know the island up close and personal.

Δ Yongnae Waterfall is the source of drinking water on Ulleungdo Island

Thanks to the recent popularity of Ulleungdo Island as a hiking destination, hiking trails continue to be under construction on the island. Although public transportation is not yet readily accessible, it seems that we won’t have to wait for long to see a dense network of trails and coastal roads covering the entire length of the island.

Δ Virgin forest on the way to Yongnae Falls

One of the easiest ways to experience the forest on Ulleungdo Island is to take a walk along the trail that leads to Yongnae Falls close to the Jeodong Port. You can take a bus or a taxi to the entrance and then go up some 2 km from the Jeodong Port to the entrance to the falls by following the walking trail.

Δ Yongnae Falls

Created by water spouting out of rock, Yongnae Falls is known as a mysterious waterfall as the water never dries up all year round. It serves as the source of drinking water for residents in the Dodong and Jeodong area as it has plenty of water with over 3,000 tons a day and the area near the falls forms a thickly wooded forest. Despite little difference in altitude above sea level, the area surrounding the falls is cold enough to let one feel chilly. The three-tier falls with the pleasant sound of water and the thickly wooded forest of Japanese cedar tress makes it a perfect place for a leisurely stroll through the woods. The 7-km path that stretches from the Naesujeon Sunrise Observatory to the Seokpo Observatory, a section without a coastal road, is one of the best places to experience virgin forests on Ulleungdo Island.

Δ Fall colors in Nari Basin

The Nari Basin captures the essence of Ulleungdo. It is a caldera created by a volcano similar to the Cheonji on Baekdusan Mountain and Baeknokdam on Hallasan Mountain. However, the Nari Basin is a flatland without water, offering a perfect natural environment for residents to grow medicinal herbs and vegetables.

Δ Shingle-roofed house in the Nari Basin

Δ Silver grass-roofed house in the Nari Basin

Surrounded by high peaks including Seonginbong Peak, the Nari Basin is covered with colorful fall foliage and was chosen as one of the “eight scenic spots” on Ulleungdo Island. The forest on the way to Seonginbong Peak from the Nari Basin is said to capture the essence of mysterious virgin forests. The Nari Basin still preserves traditional houses, such as shingle-roofed houses and grass-roofed houses, commonly found on the island.

Δ Ulleungdo Circle Line

◎ Dokdo Tour
- Ulleung-gun Dokdo Office: 054-790-6642
- Daezer Shipping (Sunflower) 1899-8114
- Seaspovil (Seastar) 1577-8665
- Ulleung Shipping (Dokdo Love) 054-791-9901
- Dolphin Shipping (Dolphin) 054-791-8111

◎ Jukdo Cruise 054 791 4488 (9am ~ 2:30 pm, twice a day/ KRW 15,000 for roundtrip)

◎ Cruise around Ulleungdo 054 791 4477 (8am ~ 3:30 pm, twice a day/ KRW 25,000 for roundtrip) -> Cruise ship operation depends upon weather conditions. Please check with you cruise line in advance.

◎ Bongnae Fall
- Bongnae Fall Management Office in Dodong-ni, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea, 054-790-6422
Admission: KRW 2,000

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