My 5th trip to Korea happens to be my 2nd spring trip. And I finally made it to the cities of Geoje and Tongyeong in South Gyeongsang Province. I always wanted to visit these places because I’ve seen some wonderful places in Korean Dramas.
First place I visited was Oedo Botania
Oedo-Botania (외도 보타니아-해상관광농원)
Originally, my plan was Jangsado Sea Park but i ended up visiting Oedo Botania. NO regrets at all. Oedo is one of the most beautiful gardens I’ve seen in South Korea. And since it’s spring, the flowers are in full bloom which made the island a magical and breathtaking view.
If you still remember the drama Winter Sonata, it was the shooting location of the last part of the drama.
Going to the island is not that easy if you get dizzy when riding a ferry. But don’t worry, it’s just around 40mins ferry ride from the Haegeumgang. It is recommended to book a ferry ticket in advance.
Hakdong Mongdol Beach (학동몽돌해변)
After having lunch, I dropped by Hakdong Mongdol Beach or the Black Pebble Beach.
I’m from the Philippines and I’m used to seeing beautiful beaches in our country but what makes this beach in Geoje unique is that it has no sand, there are only smooth and rounded pebbles.
If you are a Korean Drama fan, you probably saw this beach in the last episode of Introverted Boss.
Another shooting location of Introverted Boss and other dramas such as Eve’s Garden and Merry-go-Round, is the Windy Hill.
Windy Hill (바람의 언덕)
The last stop of day was Tongyeong. Have you heard of the Great Admiral Yi Sun Shin? He is one of the best Naval commanders in Korea, and you probably saw his statues in Seoul and Busan and other places like Jinhae. I don’t know much about the history of Admiral Yi Sun Shin but I’ve watched the movie The Admiral: Roaring Currents. In the movie, they fought and won the battle against over 200 Japanese ships with only 12 ships under his command, including the Turtle Ship.
I’ve found replicas of the Turtle ships in Tongyeong.
And the 2nd day of my spring 2017 ended in Tongyeong. I would love to go back some other time to try some yummy seafoods. Yes, Tongyeong is famous for its seafoods.