Udo Island: The Mini-Jeju


Udo is the largest island off the coast of Jeju.


It’s a very popular trip for the zillion tourists who come to Jeju island. This means Udo has a remarkably frequent and regular ferry service for an island which only has a population of about 1000 people.


The black sea-birds greeted me shortly I got off the ferry.


Like much of Jeju island, Udo island has plenty of fields divided by lava-stone fences.


Udo island makes me think of the smaller islands in the Penghu Archipelago (Taiwan), though they do not get nearly as many tourists as Udo (for example, Qimei Island – which has three times Udo’s population – only gets one ferry per day). Both Penghu and Jeju/Udo are volcanic islands. Just as peanuts are a major crop for Penghu islands, so peanuts are Udo’s main crop. Peanuts do better in rough, windy, salty, nutrient-poor soil, coastal conditions than many other crops.


Udo island has some nice beaches. In the water in the photo above is a statue of a haenyeo (female sea-driver), one of the famous symbols of Jeju island and its culture.


I decided to walk the Olle 1-1 Trail on Udo Island, starting in Haumokdong Port (actually that wasn’t intentional – it just happened to be the first ferry I could board).


I managed to walk around the island faster than I expected – it’s a mostly flat island – and to be honest, I was a little underwhelmed. This was actually my second-to-last full day on Jeju island, after having been on Jeju for more than 10 days, so I’d already see villages, fields, and beaches.

But then I hiked up Udo-bong (Udo peak), and saw this:


Now that’s more like it!


It was a nice day, and it is a nice view.


Okay, forget what I said about Udo being boring.


I find more reminders of Udo’s volcanic history.


And this volcanic history comes with a blue sea.


I eventually got up to the lighthouse, where I spent a little time chatting with some Canadian tourists.


Just next to the lighthouse is an exhibit of miniatures of lighthouses from around the world. It’s a typical Jeju mini-park.


Then I went out of the lighthouse area through this typical Jeju-kitsch gate.


I’m glad I went through this section of the trail last, since this is Udo’s most dramatic scenery.



Here is Seongsan Ilchulbong, as seen from Udo Island

Here is Seongsan Ilchulbong, as seen from Udo Island

I reached Cheonjin Port, and took the ferry back to Seongsan village.



About Sara K.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.
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