Featuring mountainous landscapes and beautiful beaches, Geoje is the second largest island in South Korea. It has played an influential role in the country’s wartime history and boasts an abundance of natural attractions within Hallyeohaesang National Park.
Things to do in Geoje Island
Embark on a scenic cruise to explore the soaring cliffs of Haegeumgang Island that has been designated a Korean National Scenic Site. Weave through the rocky islets that tower around the island and into a spectacular sea cave, with most boat trips including a short stop on Oedo Island.
Oedo has been nicknamed “Paradise Island” and is home to the striking gardens of Oedo Botanica that fuse Korean and European landscaping. Greco-Roman statues and sculpted hedges line the picturesque walking trails, with an on-site cafe where you can sip on tea while admiring the garden views.
Want to learn about Geoje’s famous naval battle? Follow the coastal walking trail that leads from the town of Okpo to Great Victory Park. It honours those who fought against the Japanese during the late-16th-century Imjin War and features a small museum detailing the events and a shrine to revered military leader, Admiral Yi.
Relax on the soft sands of Gujora Beach to find turquoise waters dotted with pine-covered islets. Once home to a prisoner-of-war camp following the Korean War, today Gujora’s streets are much more colourful, with street art adorning many of the buildings.
Getting around Geoje Island
Regular buses make the 1.5-hour journey from Busan to Geoje and connect cities across the island. Ferries depart from Jangseungpo Port to the islands surrounding Geoje, while the Daegeoje-ro highway loops around the island.