Renowned for the rugged landscapes of the Seonginbong Mountain Range, Ulleung-do is a volcanic island with spectacular natural beauty. Ulleung Island boasts walking trails that wind through ancient forests and past picturesque waterfalls, while a dramatic coastline serves as a hotspot for hiking enthusiasts.
Things to do in Ulleung
Follow the Haengnam Coastal Walking Path that hugs the east coast of Ulleung Island, passing rocky coves and soaring cliffs en route to the Dodong Lighthouse. The nearby observatory offers magnificent views of Jeodonghang Port and the iconic Chotdaebawi Rock, stretching out to Jukdo and Gwaneum-do Islands in the distance.
Enjoy a short stroll to the three-tiered cascade of Bongnae Waterfall, which serves as the main source of drinking water on Ulleung Island. Follow the trail through a dense forest of cedar to Punghyeol, where air vents in the rocks create a natural air conditioner during the summer heat.
Keen hikers can trek to the summit of Seonginbong Peak, passing through ancient forests where rare plants found only on Ulleung Island grow. Take in the views of Nari Basin on the northern side of the mountain, with this volcanic-formed crater planted with medicinal herbs and agricultural crops.
Ulleung Island is famed throughout South Korea for its bounty of seafood, with squid one of the most popular harvests. Don’t miss the opportunity to try Korean hoe, a dish of freshly-caught raw fish that’s served with spicy dipping sauces and soybean paste.
Getting around Ulleung
Travelling by ferry is the only way to access Ulleung Island, with the journey from both Gangneung and Mukho taking around three hours. Local buses link the two main towns of Dodong and Jeodong or you can hire a taxi to tour Ulleung Island.