Jeung-do: Jeolla-do’s Hidden Treasure, A Non-Smoker’s Paradise!

Are you looking for the perfect escape from the stressful, fast-paced life in Seoul? How about spending some time away from the crowded streets, in a place where time stands still! You may not be convinced that such a place exists, but on Jeung-do, an island located in the Sinan region of Jeollanam-do, people truly understand the importance of embracing the simple things in life. Still not sold? Well, consider this – if you are a non-smoker or you have been looking for the perfect opportunity to kick the dirty habit, this could be your dream paradise. Smoking on this island is highly frowned upon, you won’t be able to buy cigarettes easily, as about 80% of the island’s population are dedicated non-smokers.

Jeung-do: It's quiet, peaceful and incredibly relaxing - what more could you ask for?

Jeung-do: It’s quiet, peaceful and incredibly relaxing – what more could you ask for?

Just a little background information about Jeung-do, it is the 7th largest of a whopping 1,004 islands located in that region of South Korea. It has also become known as one of South Korea’s most well renowned ecological tourism destinations due to its abudance of fresh air, fascinating salt farms, a world-famous salt museum and mind-blowingly gorgeous views of the ocean. It’s an island steeped in natural beauty, and it’s the perfect getaway for those of you who want to clear your mind of stress and negative thoughts.

Not too long ago, this island was off most people’s radars, but thanks to the popular show on KBS, 2 days and 1 night (1박2일), this island and its enchanting beauty have been introduced to entire population of South Korea. If you are looking to learn more about this beautiful island and what it has to offer, you should check out the episode for yourself. It features a star-studded cast who are all heavy smokers, and challenged them to go without smoking for the duration of their trip. Hilarity ensued, and many laughs were had.

Watch: KBS “2 Days and 1 Night”, Jeung-do “No-Smoking Island” Special

The cast of 2 days and 1 night couldn't believe that they don't sell cigarettes on the island!

The cast of 2 days and 1 night couldn’t believe that they don’t sell cigarettes on the island!

Thinking of heading to check out this beautiful island for yourself? Here are a few easy ways to get there!

Option A: Train

Step 1: Take a train from Yongsan to Mokpo Station.
Step 2: From Mokpo, grab bus #1 bus to Mokpo Intercity Bus Terminal 
Step 3: From the there, get on the next bus to Jido.
Step 4: From Jido Bus Terminal, ask about the shuttle bus to Saokdo Jisingae Dock.
Step 5: Take the boat at the Saokdo Jisingae dock, and get off at Jeungdo Dock

Option B: Bus

Step 1: Take a bus from Seoul Central City Express Bus Terminal to Jido.
Step 2: From Jido Bus Terminal, ask about the shuttle bus to Saokdo Jisingae Dock.
Step 3: Take the boat at the Saokdo Jisingae dock, and get off at Jeungdo Dock.

Boat Schedule: Saokdo to Jeungdo

Boat Departure Schedule:
6:40am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10:00pm

For more detailed instructions, including transit fees & alternative train and bus routes available, check out the visitor information for Jeung-do here on Visit Korea’s website. You can find detailed information about the people of Jeung-do, local cuisine & general visitor information. 

 

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‘Time stands still’ on Jeung-do. Let’s go together! 같이 가자~

 

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