A few weeks ago, we took a camping trip with our friends Jeremy and Chelsea. The idea was to find an island, take a ferry there, and camp for the night. We headed to the ferry terminal in Tongyeong, a neighboring town. Having never done this before, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. The boys went in to buy tickets. We’ve heard there are over a hundred islands you can go to, but only a few that you can take a vehicle to. Tickets to the bigger island, Yokjido, were sold out until the next day. The boys asked what was available, and the suggested Yeonhwa. Ten minutes later, we were driving the car (bikes and all) onto the ferry.
Once on the ferry, we wondered up to the top deck and enjoyed the scenic 1 hour ride to our island.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the site of a very small fishing village. The island itself was only a couple of kilometers long, and within 15 minutes we had driven the length of the two roads on the island. Although it was nice to have the car to pack all of our belonging in, we decided that next time we would leave it behind since we could hike across the island without much difficulty.
There were plenty of hiking trails on the island, as well as a bridge, temple, and a few other sites to see. We really enjoyed the beauty of the island, and the fact that we were away from mainland Korea.
That evening, we found a good camping place away from one of the trails, and threw up our hammocks. Chelsea and I knitted as the boys rounded up some firewood and played with bugs.
The next day, we headed out to explore the rest of the island. We went to the temple, and saw several more gorgeous views!
Overall, we had a great time, and we definitely wished we had discovered island hopping in Tongyeong earlier. If you are looking for recreational activities to do in Korea, we highly recommend that you pack up your backpacking gear, head to Tongyeong, buy a random ticket, and have your own island camping adventure!