On June 21st we visited an island with small villages, salt and rice fields, filled with not a lot of people, but so much beauty. The most magical little “heart shaped” beach. Biguem-do Island was about an hour and a half from the Mokpo ferry terminal by boat. Rumor has it that Bigeum-do ranks in at #7 out of 827 for largest size in the Shinan Islands. There are buses, but few and far between…especially compared to the bus system in Yeosu.
After arriving we hopped on a bus AND then a taxi. Winding through fields and cliffs we finally drove up to what looked like a deserted beach. As we walked out to the beach- the fog/mist was incredible. It was moving through the valley that was carved out into a beach. I felt like we were in a dream. Tom went for a swim, but it wasn’t quite warm enough for me to dive in 🙂
Alyssa, Pat, and Jessie have two great Korean friends Minsul and Chang Suk who came a bit later to the island, and picked us up at the beach! Minsul’s family has a home in Biguemo-do, and invited us to stay the night there. Hanging with them made me realize how important it is to develop friendships with Koreans- you really get to see Korea in the most amazing way. We stayed in “popeye village” known for spinach grown there. Great food, amazing company, and time to unwind on the island was the perfect weekend get away. Secluded, quaint, and quiet best describe Biguemo-do. It would be tough to visit without a vehicle as we saw very few people the entire time we were there. The nature is gorgeous, and I loved that the beach wasn’t packed with tourists.