Bijindo is actually two islands joined together by a sand bridge, which makes for some outstanding photography. It's a popular getaway destination for couples and families looking for a place to picnic amid sandy beaches and a quiet sense of bliss. Weekends and summer months can be busy and less blissful. Local accommodation is available but expensive.

The ferry crossing (return ₩17,250, departs 7am, 11am and 2.30pm) takes one hour.

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Nearby Gyeongsangnam-do attractions

1. Hallyeosudo Cable Car

7.72 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…

2. Yeonhwado

7.93 MILES

Peaceful and remote, Yeonhwado is a small island ideal for three-hour hikes. From the ferry (return ₩18,400, one hour, departs 6.30am, 9.30am,11am, 1pm…

3. Somaemuldo

8.12 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. Undersea Tunnel

8.45 MILES

The journey to the Undersea Tunnel is more interesting than the sight itself. Constructed in the early 1930s, the 483m-long tunnel connects both sides of…

5. Nammang-san

8.63 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…

6. Turtle Ship Replicas

8.88 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…

7. Gangguan

8.89 MILES

Gangguan is not the only harbour in the city, but it's the prettiest. It’s also a busy pier anchored by a promenade that serves multiple civic functions,…

8. Jungang Live Fish Market

8.99 MILES

Sure there's lots of fish, but this open-air market, filled with grannies selling food out of plastic tubs, is a good place to buy fruit and veggies…