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|Seongmodo Island (석모도) is located to the west of Ganghwado Island (강화도). Beautiful West Sea, a drive by the shore, and the great scenic view are some of the features of island's highlights. To get to Seongmodo Island, simply take a ferry at Oepo-ri, which takes only 10 minutes. The seagulls that congregate over the sea, fly close to the ferry boat and provide a beautiful sight.
When you arrive at Seongmodo Island, there is a bus terminal and a bicycle rental shop. If you are planning to hike around the island, rent a bicycle. You can tour around Seongmodo Island on a bicycle, by car, or simply by walking. If you want to go to Bomunsa Temple or Minmeoru Beach, ride the bus bound for Bomunsa Temple. If you want to hike or drive, you can visit most places by going along Ilju Road. It will take only 40 minutes by car, and about 2 hours and 30 minutes by bicycle to look around the island.
The most interesting sites in Seongmodo Island are Minmeoru Beach (민머루해수욕장) and Bomunsa Temple. Minmeoru Beach is the only beach in Seongmodo Island; Its shores are elegant and the surrounding scenery is beautiful with a salt farm near the beach. Bomunsa Temple boasts great views of the West Sea and is famous for its sunsets and a Buddhist grotto that was built inside a natural cave. To the rear of Bomunsa Temple, the Nunseop Rock and the Ma-aeseokbuljwa statue engraved on a rock is also worth a look.
From Sinchon Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 1), go straight 300m to the bus stop.
Take Bus 3000 and get off at Ganghwa Bus Terminal. (10-20min intervals)
From Ganghwa Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Oepo-ri.
Get off at Oepo-ri Dock. (30min-1 hour intervals / Travel time: 30min)
Take a ferry to Seongmodo Island.
* Ferry Info.
- Schedule: 07:30-18:30, 30min intervals on weekdays/on demand on holidays
(schedule subject to change, depending on the weather conditions)
- Fare (round-trip):
Adults (ages 13 and over): 2,000 won / Children (ages 6-12): 1,000 won
- Inquiries: Oepo-ri Dock +82-32-932-6007 (Korean)