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27 January 2016

12 Things To Do In Udo Island, Jeju-do

Things To Do In Udo Island, Jeju-do

Udo ( also called U-island), a small island located at the eastern coast of Jeju Island. Udo Island was named because it resembles a lying cow. It boasts fertile soil, abundant schools of fish, and scenic sights; local heritages (female divers, stone walls, and stone tombs) as well as natural attractions abound on the island, making it a miniature of Jeju Island. The island is also full of amenities and tourism outlets: fishing, bike trails, sand massages, submarine tours and cruises.

Seobin Baeksa (a white beach designated Natural Monument No. 438) has appeared regularly in films and TV commercials thanks to its breathtaking white sand and emerald sea. The sea around the beach showcases different colors depending on the water level. This makes Seobin Baeksa one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jeju-do, along with Hallasan Mountain. Standing on Udobong Peak (132.5m), the highest spot on the island, is a lighthouse surrounded by a spacious park. The peak offers outstanding overlooks of the island at a glance.

Below are things to do in Udo Island and you will definitely love this place if you love nature scenery including the beach and sea!

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How to go to Udo Island? By Ferry

How to go to Udo Island?

  1. From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 701 or 710 to Seongsanhang Port Bus Stop (travel time approx. 1hr 30min).
  2. Walk to Seongsanhang Port Passenger Ferry Terminal (approx. 12 min).
  3. Board ferry bound for Udo Island (travel time 15 min).



Things to do in Udo Island:
Photohunt of different lighthouse
1. Photohunt of different lighthouse
There are many kinds of lighthouse in different color and structure. You can spot the red one when you are on the ferry from Jeju Island to Udo Island. Some lighthouse are at the top of Udo Island so you will definitely need to climb to enjoy the great view from the top.

Explore Udo Island with Bicycle, Scooter or Bus Tour

2. Explore Udo Island with Bicycle, Scooter or Bus Tour
Immediately when you reach the island, you can explore the island through different transport. If you have time, highly recommend you guys to rent a scooter so you can go into area that normally tour bus won't able to go into. Remember to bring along your international driving license in order to rent a scooter/motorbike.

Bicycle Tour
Venue: 13km-long beach side road
Travel time: 2-3 hours
Bike rental: 1 hour 2,000 won / 3 hours 5,000 won
Inquiries: +82-64-783-0516, +82-64-784-4646

Bus Tour
* Udo Shuttle bus
Fare: Adults 800 won / Children 400 won
Duration: 30 min
Inquiries: +82-64-782-6000
* Udo Tour bus
Fare: 5,000 won per person
Duration: 2 hours

Explore Udo Island with a twin seat bicycle
Explore Udo Island with a twin seat bicycle 

Scooter is a better choice to explore Udo Island
Scooter is a better choice to explore Udo Island


Try out the Peanut and Tangerine ice-cream
3. Try out the Peanut and Tangerine ice-cream 
If you love eating ice-cream during cold weather, you shouldn't miss out the ice-cream with peanut flakes or tangerine flavoured snow ice. The price is not cheap though so you should definitely share with a friend haha

The ice-cream stall we visited for Tangerine and Peanut flavoured ice-ream
The ice-cream stall we visited for Tangerine and Peanut flavoured ice-ream


Enjoy your cup of ice-cream with a magnificent view of Udobong Peak
Enjoy your cup of ice-cream with a magnificent view of Udobong Peak

Panoramic view of Someori Oreum (Udobong Peak) (쇠머리오름(우도봉)
Panoramic view of Someori Oreum (Udobong Peak) (쇠머리오름(우도봉)

A photo with Udobong Peak @ Udo Island
A photo with Udobong Peak @ Udo Island
4. Hiking at Seongsan, Udo Island for an elevated view of the island
There are two hiking course for you to choose, you can explore the cave too after finish hiking. We didn't do it as we spent only half day for a round tour in Udo Island. Do check out Dongangyoeng cave too.


  • Course 1 (13km beachside road): Seobinbaeksa Beach-Jeonheungdong Pavilion/Lighthouse-Hagosudong Beach–Geommeolle Beach-Dongangyeonggul Cave
  • Course 2 (2km Udobong Peak): Udobong Peak-Deungdae (Lighthouse) Museum-Jiducheongsa-Jeonjingwansan Mountain

Speed Boat and Jet Ski near Udobong Peak

5. Speed Boat and Jet Ski near Udobong Peak
If you come in a group, do opt for an exciting speed boat tour near the sea of Udobong Peak. I saw a group of people on the speed boat and they were spinning on the sea while exploring the beauty of Udo Island from the sea.

Speed Boat
Fee: 10,000 won per person
Inquiries: +82-64-784-6678

Jet Ski
Fee: 10,000-20,000 won per person
Inquiries: +82-64-782-8277


Horseback Riding on Udo Island
6. Horseback Riding on Udo Island
Saw a few horses along the way and they are available for horseback ride. Not sure how much was it though. The horses are cute.

Horseback Riding on Udo Island

When weather are nice, you can do a nice photoshoot of yourself doing horse ride. The greenery changes depend on season too.


Take a selfie/group photo at the Beacon Mound (Mang-roo)
7.Take a selfie/group photo at the Beacon Mound (Mang-roo)

Bong-soo meaning 'beacon(bong)' and 'smoke(soo)' is the military communication facility which was used to convey urgent messages during Joseon Dynasty. The use of Bongsoo for military purpose is believed to have started during Goryeo dynasty.

Around this area they are mainly flat land with strong winds. Spotted some people setting camp here. Perhaps it is suitable for camping and to enjoy starry night at mid-night? That would be fun =)


Beacon Mound (mang-roo)
Beacon Mound (mang-roo)

View of  Udo Island from the top of Beacon Mound (mang-roo)
View of  Udo Island from the top of Beacon Mound (mang-roo)

#TCSelfie at the top of Beacon Mound (mang-roo)
#TCSelfie at the top of Beacon Mound (mang-roo)
Sit back and relax with the awesome view and chilling wind

8. Sit back and relax with the awesome view and chilling wind
Udo Island is not only perfect for couples, it is great for family members too. The scenery here is simply mesmerizing and relaxing by just enjoying the view near the sea. Not forget to mention bout the cool wind on a sunny day too.

Lie flat on the grass floor while enjoy the cool wind was great!
Lie flat on the grass floor while enjoy the cool wind was great!

Eat fresh sashimi of Udo Island
9. Eat fresh sashimi of Udo Island
My friends ordered some raw seafood for sashimi tasting. The seaweed was really fresh and some of the sashimi were really crunchy and hard like a stone haha! Maybe we didn't know the right way to enjoy it. Best to have a Korean tour guide with you so he can give you some tips on food to order.

One thing for sure, the sashimi are 200% fresh from the sea of Udo Island.

Fresh seafood at Udo Island
Fresh seafood at Udo Island
 
Spend your time near the beach, swim when weather is hot
10. Spend your time near the beach, swim when weather is hot
There are many beaches in Udo Island. To name a few, there are Udo Sanho Beach, Hagosudong Beach and Geommeolle Beach. You can enjoy the sea water, explore the sea creatures hiding behind the black rocks. Best place for kids to explore the nature too.

Udo Sanho Beach, all referred to as Seobinbaeksa Beach, is a white sand beach. The ocean here varies in colors from bright emerald to deep sapphire according to its depth. The view is so unique, it cannot be compared to the Mediterranean Sea, South Pacific Sea, or any other ocean view.

Hagosudong Beach, often referred to as 'the Saipan of Korea' with its sandy beach and spectacular formation of rocks and cliffs, is located on Udo Island off the coast of Jeju-do. Although all beaches surrounding Jeju-do are beautiful, Hagosudong is more exotic and distinctive in nature. With a fairly shallow sea level and soft sand, visitors of all ages can enjoy relaxing and walking along the shore while gazing out at the pristine ocean vistas.

Geommeolle Beach is a very small beach, reaching only about 100m in total length, with a name literally translating to "black sand" in Jeju dialects. The nearly all-grey beach will look strange at first, but soon visitors eyes will adjust and they will begin to pick out where the cliff and rocks end and the sandy shore begins, all in various shades of grey.

Family time at one of the beach in Udo Island
Family time at one of the beach in Udo Island

If you need a quiet time, get it at one of the beaches in Udo Island
If you need a quiet time, get it at one of the beaches in Udo Island

Must eat the 'Hallasan Fried Rice'
11. Must eat the 'Hallasan Fried Rice'
Ever heard of ‘Hallasan fried rice’? This fried rice comes in Hallasan Mountain figure and the egg scramble with cheese flakes surrounding the fried rice shows Jeju Island. The food is indeed tasty and the chef will tell you interesting story of the island while cooking the fried rice with full passion. (watch my Jeju Island video) I enjoyed this lunch very much!!

We ordered the fried rice and the meal started with grilled seafood, the chef will slowly create the Hallasan Mountain with interesting explanation and visual effect. Trust me, the fried rice tasted really really good!! Do visit the restaurant earlier (around 10-11am) so you can easily grab a seat instead of need to queuing up for your turn.


Ready-to-grill-seafood before Hallasan Fried Rice
Ready-to-grill-seafood before Hallasan Fried Rice

Chef creating the Hallasan Fried Rice with fascination visual presentation and story-telling
Chef creating the Hallasan Fried Rice with fascination visual presentation and story-telling

The lovely Hallasan Fried Rice in Udo Island
The lovely Hallasan Fried Rice in Udo Island

 Shoot tons of photos with the beautiful scenery
12. Shoot tons of photos with the beautiful scenery
Believe it or not, the unique landscape of Udo Island makes it much easier for you to capture gorgeous and interesting scenery photos with their clear blue sea, black beaches, yellow canola fields (depends on season) and green mountains. You will definitely want your portrait captured along with the scenery for good memories. Below are some photos captured for my friends at Udo Island:


Udo Island's black beach with the huge waves
Udo Island's black beach with the huge waves

Simple scenery for a nice portrait at the island
Simple scenery for a nice portrait at the island

You can even close your eyes and enjoy the breeze on the ferry
You can even close your eyes and enjoy the breeze on the ferry
Father and daugher on the ferry to Udo Island
Father and daugher on the ferry to Udo Island

Thanks Syamil helping me to capture this portrait with the beautiful Udo Island
Thanks Syamil helping me to capture this portrait with the beautiful Udo Island

Sun rays peak through the clouds while on our way back
Sun rays peak through the clouds while on our way back
The most colorful part of Udo Island
The most colorful part of Udo Island

Black beach, blue seas in different layers - Udo Island
Black beach, blue seas in different layers - Udo Island

Some flowers that still blooming during the cold weather
Some flowers that still blooming during the cold weather

Two tourist that was posing with a peace sign for my camera haha!
Two tourist that was posing with a peace sign for my camera haha!
There are actually more than 12 things to do in Udo Island. Usually people will spend half day tour to here. If you are more adventurous, you can actually come here for an overnight stay by giving yourself a chance to star-gazing at night. Best to camp here too if you are a hiking person haha! I wonder how the island and lighthouse gonna looks like at night. That would be a different level of photography to show the beauty of this small island.

I am looking forward to come back again Udo Island! If you think that I've left out some things to do in Udo Island, do feel free to comment below so I can add-in accordingly.

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