The Great Korean Road Trip – Summary

Finishing a road trip across the Korean peninsula was something I wanted to do for years. For the most part, everything went according to plan. I zig zagged back and forth, hit both coasts, and visited all the main places I wanted to visit. One thing you should keep in mind is that the goal here wasn’t to hit all of the highlights in Korea. I’ve lived here for 8 years and have visited pretty much everywhere of note in that time. If you’re interested in the best things to do in Seoul or best things to do outside of Seoul, hit those links! This trip, instead, was to visit those secondary, ‘off the beaten path’ spots that travelers usually skip because of time constraints.

This page is a navigating resource of that 3000km road trip. Click on whatever day you want to read about and look at the map below to see where it is. If you have any questions, by all means, feel free to ask!

The Trip

Day 0 – Intro

Day 1 – Kyodong Island

Day 2 – Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (UNESCO WHS)

Day 3 – Oeam Folk Village (UNESCO WHS Tentative List)

Day 4 – Taeanhaean National Park

Taeanhaean National Park

Day 5 – Mountain Fortresses (UNESCO WHS Tentative List)

Day 6 – Gangneung

beach yangyang

Day 7 – Gangneung pt.2 – Coffee

Coffee shop gangneung

Day 8 – Ulleungdo Squid Festival

Ulleungdo Squid Buffet

Day 9 – Ullengdo Sea Road

Squid Boat

Day 10 – Ulleungdo Taeha Village

Day 11 – NOTHING HAPPENED pt.1

I SAID NOTHING HAPPENED!

Day 12 – Chuam Beach in Donghae

Day 13 – Museom Folk Village

Day 14 – Confucian Seowon (UNESCO WHS)

Day 15 – Gaya Tumili (UNESCO WHS Tentative List)

Day 16 – NOTHING HAPPENED pt.2

I SAID NOTHING HAPPENED

Day 17 – Jeju Geumneung Beach

Jeju Geumneung Beach

Day 18 – Jeju Puzzle Museum

Day 19 – Jeju Hallasan National Park (UNESCO WHS)

Day 20 – Jeju Seopseom SCUBA Diving

Day 21 – Geoje Island

Day 22 – Bijindo Twin Islands

Day 23 – Naganeupseong Walled Town in Suncheon (UNESCO WHS Tentative List)

Day 24 – Gangjin Celadon Kiln Sites (UNESCO WHS Tentative List)

Day 25 – The Master and Apprentice

The Map

Yes, I did have GPS. However, I do love using a physical map on road trips too. Just a nostalgia thing.

Legend

Yellow Arrows are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Red Stickers are UNESCO Sites on the Tentative List.

Green Stickers “N” are National Parks.

Green Stickers with just a number are just places I was interested in visiting.

The Great Korean Road Trip – Day 25 – The Master and Apprentice

You may already know this, but although I am writing the final day of this road trip sometime in February, this entire trip happened over July and August of last year. I stopped posting real time posts during the road trip when I made it to Jeju around day 16 and simply didn’t have the motivation to do it as I traveled longer and longer distances. Nonetheless, my excitement for this, the last day of the trip was so great that I did write up a long post about it on my Instagram. This more or less will be an extended version of that post. It is fitting that this day stats in Jeonju as this story starts here too, way back in May, 2019 during the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF).   

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The Great Korean Road Trip – Day 24 – Gangjin Celadon and Kiln Sites

Gangjin Celadon

Ever since I read the historical fiction, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, I’ve been fascinated by Goryo era celadon. The book is about a poor orphan boy who dreams of becoming a potter and gets apprenticed by a local master. It is connected to the mystery of the 1000 crane vase, which is a Korean national treasure, but I won’t spoil it in case you want to read it. Read more

The Great Korean Road Trip – Day 23 – Suncheon Naganeupseong

Naganeupseong Walled Town in Suncheon

Naganeupseong is one of those places that I heard about here and there, but never got around to visiting. Every time I’ve been to Suncheon, I’ve never had a car so I was always just rushing to see the highlights. That usually meant revisiting the famed Suncheon Bay (which I did again and it was awesome again). This time, however, it was the walled town of Naganeupseong which was the highlight, but keep reading because there were a LOT of honorable mentions. Read more

The Great Korean Road Trip – Day 22 – Bijindo

Bijindo Twin Island

Much like Sado Island off the coast of Yeosu, Bijindo is a twin set of islands connected by a sand isthmus. I’ve actually seen this island quite a lot in promotional photos of the south part of Korea’s coast and have met people who talked up its beauty. After the disappointment that was Geoje, Bijindo definitely did NOT let me down.    Read more