The reality show ‘Infinite Challenge’ had recently visited Nokdo/ Nokdo Island to film episode 528 entitled ‘One fine day’ and after the show was televised, many people have been curious as to where Nokdo is located. Well, look no further because you can find Nokdo right here in Boryeong, Chungcheongnamdo! If you want to see Nokdo from Infinite Challenge, why don’t you come and visit?
The name ‘Nokdo’ was given to the island because it looked like a deer that was lying down facing the west while its antlers faced the east. The island is located far off the peninsula and is known for the strong cooperation and unity of the inhabitants. The main source of livelihood of the inhabitants is fishery.
The town in Nokdo is formed on a hill facing the sea. It’s a beautiful island that reminds one of an ancient western castle from a fairy tale when the lights shining from the town is seen from the sea one summer night. You will be able to enjoy peace and quiet in this serene and beautiful island.
Here is how to get to Nokdo. There are other beautiful islands beside Nokdo that you may like to visit when you have time.
Because Nokdo is an island, you must take a ferry to travel. First, you have to come to Daecheon Port by either car, train, or bus. Then you can take a ferry from the port to Nokdo.
|Train||Janghang Line Railway||Seoul → Daecheon Station (05:20 ~ 20:40 / 3hrs / operated 16 times)
Janghang → Daecheon Station (04:45 ~ 20:10 / 1hr / operated18 times)
|Expressway||Gyeongbu Expressway||Cheonan IC → Asan → Hongseong → Boryeong
Yuseong IC → Gongju → Cheongyang → Boryeong
|West coast Expressway||Daecheon IC → Boryeong|
|Gyeongbu and Honam Expressway Branch||Hoedeok JC → Yuseong IC → Gongju → Cheongyang → Boryeong|
|Honam, Cheonan-Nonsan Expressway||Nonsan JC → West Nonsan IC → Nonsan → Buyeo → Boryeong|
|Bus||City bus||From the city bus bus stop in front of Daecheon Station going towards Daecheon Beach (Every 10 minutes)
Operated 113 times every day from 06:00 ~ 22:30 (10km / 20mins)
|Intercity bus||Seoul → Boryeong (06:00 ~ 21:50 / 2hrs ~ 3hrs 10mins / operated 32 times)
Daejeon → Boryeong (06:30 ~ 19:30 / 1hr 50mins ~ 2hrs 40mins / operated 54 times)
Gunsan → Boryeong (06:50 ~ 19:00 / 1hr 30mins / operated 14 times)
|Ferry||Shinhan Shipping||Daecheon → Nokdo
April~May (Sat•Sun), June~September (08:00, 14:00)
Mid October (Sat•Sun) (08:00, 13:00)
November~ March, April~ May, October (weekdays) (10:00)
※ Schedule above is subjected to change due to the tide and condition of the ferry. Please refer to the site for more details.(www.shinhanhewoon.com)
Of course, you should know what time will the ferry leave! Here is the schedule of the ferry.
|Days||Departure from Daecheon Port||Departure from Nokdo|
|Weekdays (Mon- Fri)||10:00||13:05|
|Weekends (Sat- Sun)||08:00, 14:00||11:05, 17:05|
June 1~ September 30
|Departure from Daecheon Port||Departure from Nokdo|
|08:00, 14:00||11:05, 17:05|
** For Special Summer Transportation Period, schedule will be notified
Please take note that the time of departure is different on weekdays and weekends.
*To depart on time and for the safety of the passengers, the following time will be a deadline for ticketing and boarding the ferry.
We ask for your cooperation and concern so that you will not miss the ferry.
|Ending time for ticketing||Ending time for boarding|
|Boarding||Ticketing ends 10mins before departure||Boarding must be complete 5mins before departure|
|Refusal to board||Boarding can be refused if ticket was not bought or the ferry was not boarded on time|
|*1 ticket per person sold (includes online ticketing)|
Please remember that you must buy your boarding pass 10 minutes before the departure time and board the ferry 5 minutes before the departure time! You may also want to buy tickets online for your own convenience.
The price rates are as follows. If you want to visit other islands as well, take note of the table below!
Departure: Daecheon -> (island) Gihangji
Arrival: (island) Gihangji -> Daecheon
Flexible operating rate system of the ferry applied (10% off) – applied on weekends and holidays
|Ferry||Port Of Call||Depart. Arrival||General fares|
|Adult||Children (1- 12yrs old)||Middle. High school||Elderly (65 years old and above)|
|Shinhan Express Ferry||Daecheon – Sapshido||Departure||9900||4700||9000||8100|
|Wonsan Express Ferry||Daecheon- Wonsando (Jeodu)||Departure||4900||2500||4550||4050|
|Daecheon- Wonsando (Seonchon)||Departure||4950||2500||4550||4050|
|West Frontier Ferry||Daecheon- Hodo||Departure||10100||4800||9200||8300|
Here are somethings to remember when you purchase the boarding pass:
If you’re thinking of spending the night there, you would have to stay in a guest house. But if you’re the type who likes to enjoy the nature, camping out in the beach is also a good idea!
There are a few cozy guesthouses in Nokdo but it would be difficult to find those who can speak in English. The best way to reserve a room is to get a help from a Korean friend if you are not very fluent in Korean.
These are the list provided in the Boryeong City Naver Blog taken from Shinhan Shipping Website.
|Lee Jong Hwa||041) 934-1384|
|Park Myeong Soo||041) 932-2870|
|Yi Gyu Yin||041) 932-0097|
|Jeon Ok Jin||041) 932-0791|
|Park Yeon Chul||041) 932- 2465|
And here are some guest houses with pictures that you may refer to. However, they also accept reservations through calls like the above list.
With all this information in mind, what should you prepare before going to Nokdo?
Because it’s a small island, there aren’t much supermarkets around. You have to bring water, snacks, and drinks just in case you can’t find them there. If you like fishing, bring your rods with you! Nokdo is a hot spot for fishing among the fishermen and anglers alike. And if you want to camp out in the beach, prepare your tent and camping equipment!
If your objective is sightseeing, let me warn you that there isn’t much to see in Nokdo. It’s a relatively small island with less than 200 inhabitants. However, it boasts its clear blue sea, fresh seafood, and beautiful forests where you can trek on.
Many visit the island to simply rest from their busy lives from the city. It’s not really a popular tourist spot like Jeju island but because of this, you can enjoy the entire island for yourself. If you’re the type to avoid crowded areas, perhaps you may want to try visiting Nokdo.
Nokdo is famous for fishing. Many anglers visit Nokdo to catch basses and other types of fish. You can check out this blog by a man who went to Nokdo to fish: http://blog.naver.com/muhanbox0/220129873729
If you’re an avid camper, camp out in the beach and enjoy the sea breeze that will wash away this summer heat. You can grill meat, cook instant noodles with seafood, and even have a campfire! http://cafe.naver.com/playgroundspirit/20921
But if you want to try something different, try a courage test by visiting an abandoned school in front of the village late at night with your friends. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see something you shouldn’t see… http://cafe.naver.com/playgroundspirit/20931
Though small, Nokdo is a peaceful island that shows you the beauty of isolation. You will surely enjoy your stay there surrounded by the beautiful ocean with the kind villagers. If you want to get away from the busy urban life for a short period of time, visit Nokdo and other islands in Boryeong!
More pictures of Nokdo can be found here in Shinhan Shipping Website: http://www.shinhanhewoon.com/index.html?Idx=403