Last weekend, I decided to make the best of it and no go drinking on any nights and take full advantage of my days. On Saturday, I went hiking with the Climbing in Korea people and Sunday, after a bit of searching, I went to a small island near Suwon called Jebu-do (click here to see where it is on a map). It’s really important not to confuse Jebu-do with Jeju-do. They’re very different. One is called the Hawaii of Korea (by Koreans) and is apparently an amazing place. The other is sorta dirty and smallish.
Jebudo is on the West coast and it’s accessible via a bridge during low tide. Bus 1004 to Jebu-do leaves from Suwon station every 30 minutes. The bus leaves from the side of the station, near the tourist information center. The drive takes about an hour and once the bus drops you off, you need to take another bus to to get on the island. Oh! And remember to bring at least 2000won as the buses on the isalnd don’t accept any bus cards; cash only.
When we got there, the weather was fairly overcast and quite foggy. We walked around on the West coast of the island in the fog. It was neat. The sand on Jebu-do isn’t amazing. It’s basically sand/rocks/broken shells. Not the best feeling on the feet. Also, the island isn’t the most peaceful place I’ve been in Korea. From the shore, we could hear kpop blaring from a near-by themed park, it wasn’t the most serene experience…
I’ll admit that it’s neat visiting an island so close to home (and so easy/cheap to access), but I doubt I’ll ever go back, even during summer. I thought it was dirty and it will undoubtably be overcrowded during summer. If you do need to get your feet wet, it might be a good place to go, but the water was a bit dirty, so I don’t think I’d recommend swimming there. It might also be neat to go with friends and rent a room for the night, watch the sunset with some buddies and a cold beer.