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  1. risa
    06/20

    Hello, i ‘m planning to discover south korea this late autumn. I am single female traveller. I am so eager to stay overnight in the island. Do you know how to find a minbak ? What should i verify with the room’s facility before booking it ? What is the price range for a night ? Thank you. Your article is very helpfull

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  2. Adam Beaumont
    01/25

    Reminds me of when I travelled through Korea. Good memories!!

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  3. Song Sharman
    08/30

    Hi,
    I don’t know if you can help me : ) But I am trying to to book a ferry from Gunsan to Seonyudo for my husband and I and 2 young children. I am struggling due to I dont speak any Korean! Any tips? I have all our trip booked except this section. Do you know if we can just turn up to the terminal and buy tickets then or do we need to book in advance. Also due to all the accomodation is in Korean is it possible just to turn up on the island? Or do you know of somewhere to stay? Sorry for all the questions, if you can’t help no worries that you anyway.
    Thank-you,
    Song
    Australia

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      09/01

      @Song: Not to worry- it’s totally not necessary to book ferry tickets in advance & if it were, it’d be highly doubtful that you’d be able to do it without a Korean credit card (which few expats even have!). The ferry goes there several times throughout the day and it won’t be booked full. Accommodations can be gotten when you show up as well- you can ask at the ferry or likely, a minbak (simple Korean guesthouses which offer a room with comforters and pillows but you’ll sleep on the floor) owner might approach you as you get off. On Seonyudo, there are a few minbaks; you can also camp on the island. Most of the minbaks and restaurants are located on the main island (the one the ferry will land on) but just a head’s up… the conveniences on the island are pretty minimal. With the minbaks, always ask to see the room before booking it. Also, there are only seafood restaurants on the island (and one, maybe two, convenience stores, which won’t offer much other than snacks & ramen). Unless you like seafood or know some basic dishes to order, you’ll want to bring some food and snacks with you.

      Our plan was to stay on the island as well, but after checking out some of the accommodations and realizing there wasn’t much, we decided to head back to Gunsan and take a bus to Jeonju. Nevertheless, if you decide you don’t want to stay there overnight, it’s possible to also just spend a day there– biking around the islands is just as enjoyable!

      Which brings me to backup plans on accommodations: near the Gunsan station, there are also love motels <post here & here At 30,000W a night they’re cheaper than a hotel and sometimes, actually better; although with kids, it can be a hit or miss idea.

      Getting to Seonyudo Islands from Gunsan bus terminal, you’ll have to take either a bus #7 or taxi. Get a map from the terminal. It’s around a 30-45 minute bus ride to the terminal and unless you follow the instructions of the person at the terminal, it’s easy to go to the wrong terminal. Here’s a link to the Korean tourism page on Seonyudo

      In general, Koreans can be very helpful and friendly to foreigners but you will struggle with the language barrier. The good news is that there are many of us expats who do the same when we travel and we end up managing just fine, whether it’s resorting to charades or working off the little English someone might speak. You’ll make it work. I’d take a phrase book as a safety backup, whether it’s to ask about Korean dishes or more specific things.

      Hope this is helpful for you and any questions, feel free to ask! Good luck!

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  4. Barbara
    07/16

    Hi Christine,
    I’m on my way to Korea (for a camp & travel) and just wanted to say thanks for all the info you post. It’s really great to get the inside scoop and all the travel details. Thanks so much! Barbara

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      07/17

      @Barbara: Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you found my post helpful! Enjoy your time in Korea and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! 😉

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