Haegeumgang, a collection of breathtaking rocky islets and a jagged coastline, forms part of the Hallyeo Maritime National Park – famous for life-affirming sunrises, stirring sunsets and exhilarating drives. About an hour by car from Geoje-si, the road to Haegeumgang is filled with twists and turns requiring caution as drivers occasionally stop in unusual places to admire ocean views or buy snacks from roadside vendors.

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1. Oedo Botania

3.31 MILES

Geojedo's busiest tourist attraction is a tiny island-sized botanical garden 4km off the coast. It’s popular with Korean travellers, but unless you…

2. Hakdong Mongdol Beach

3.42 MILES

The black-pebble beach in Hakdong is a cosy destination for family outings and romantic getaways, about 30 minutes by car from Geoje-si. Summer crowds…

3. Somaemuldo

10.21 MILES

Sharp cliffs and crashing waves on dramatic rock formations make this a worthwhile journey. At low tide, walk across the land bridge and climb to the…

4. Historic Park of Geoje POW Camp

10.21 MILES

In Geoje-si, this modest but worthwhile museum provides hard-to-find information about the POW camp experience during the Korean War. Just by the gate is…

5. Bijindo

12.19 MILES

Bijindo is actually two islands joined together by a sand bridge, which makes for some outstanding photography. It's a popular getaway destination for…

6. Hallyeosudo Cable Car

15.56 MILES

Stretching out 1975m, this is Korea’s longest cable-car ride. Near the top of Mireuk-san (461m), the view of Hallyeo Maritime National Park is dramatic…

7. Nammang-san

15.77 MILES

Set aside an hour or more to enjoy the views atop this mountain beside Gangguan harbour. On the way up, you'll pass a modest sculpture park with 15 pieces…

8. Turtle Ship Replicas

16.13 MILES

Towards the north end of the Gangguan promenade, there are four turtle ships. Definitely worth a look. While ducking your head inside the ship, try to…