Lonely Planet Writer

If you check out street views of the island of Jukdo, you're likely to spot this friendly dog everywhere

If you’re heading to the tiny South Korean island of Jukdo and decide to check out the street views online, don’t be surprised if a friendly golden retriever dog pops up in every frame.

This friendly dog appears in street views of the island of Jukdo. Image: Daum
This friendly dog appears in street views of the island of Jukdo. Image: Daum

The remote idyllic island is three quarters of a kilometre long and half a kilometre wide, and it only has two residents. Jukdo, which means ‘bamboo island,’ is located just off the coast of the larger Ulleungdo island and is reached by ferry from Dodong Port, which takes about 20 minutes. The only entrance to the island is via a spiral staircase of 365 steps, and it has no natural water source of its own. As there are no roads on the island, the photographer had to use a backpack device that is specially designed to capture remote locations like Jukdo.

This friendly dog appears in street views of the island of Jukdo. Image: Daum
This friendly dog appears in street views of the island of Jukdo. Image: Daum

The street view photographer arrived to document Jukdo on behalf of Daum, a South Korean web platform that is similar to Google. The friendly dog soon appeared to greet him and followed the photographer around the island. This resulted in him appearing in nearly every image taken on the island. As the pooch wasn’t wearing a collar, it was difficult to surmise whether he belonged to the island’s residents, or to someone using Jukdo’s camping facilities. Either way, he clearly relished the opportunity of hanging out with a brand new person.

This friendly dog appears in street views of the island of Jukdo. Image: Daum
This friendly dog appears in street views of the island of Jukdo. Image: Daum

To check out the street views of Daum for yourself, click here. If you pan around the views as you explore the island virtually, you will undoubtedly spot the friendly doggy popping up all over the place.