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[Jeju Travel] Korea’s southernmost island_Marado Island

Marado Island is shaped like a sweet potato from above, and is flat overall, but to the east, where there is a lighthouse, it forms a geomancy cliff.

Korea's southernmost island_Marado Island
Korea’s southernmost island_Marado Island

Marado Island

is shaped like a sweet potato from above, and is flat overall, but to the east, where there is a lighthouse, it forms a geomancy cliff.

It is the southernmost island of Korea. It is located 1.3km longest and 11km south of Musulpo.

It takes about 30 minutes by boat from Unjin Port, and regular passenger and tourist cruise ships operate back and forth several times a day.

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It will promote Marado and Gapado, the country’s southernmost island, and guide islanders and tourists safely to their destinations.

To board a passenger ship, you must bring your ID and boarding passengers should check the time of ferry.

Marado is shaped like a sweet potato from above, and is flat overall, but to the east, where there is a lighthouse, it forms a geomancy cliff due to the influence of the sea breeze.

The highest point where the lighthouse is located is about 39m above sea level. The west coast is well-developed with marine caves, and the town is located on the west shore from the center of the island.

There are about 130 people (as of 2015), mainly engaged in fishing, but as more tourists increase, there are many residents who also serve as guest houses.

Although no one originally lived in Marado, it is said that people emigrated from slash-and-burn field after four or five generations of small farmers and fishermen obtained reclamation permits from the then Jeju pastor.

Marado was originally a dense forest of primitive forests, and all of the forests were burned by the clearing of Hwajeonmin(slash-and-burn farmers), and now the entire island is covered with low grass.

Small buildings stand in the green meadows, and in autumn you can see a spectacular sight full of silvergrass.

The Marado Lighthouse, located on Marado’s highest point, serves as a guide to international ships and fishing boats sailing through the area as an important lighthouse, which is clearly listed on the world’s seas.

Near the lighthouse, there is a solar power plant and a famous lighthouse as a model from around the world.

Marado is not steep in the entire island, so it is easy to walk without the burden of men, women and the elderly. One or two hours is enough to circle the island.

In Marado, everything is labeled with the southernmost point, and there are religious facilities such as the Marado Cathedral and the Orthodox Church, branch schools, and Jajangmyeon restaurants.

At the southern end of Marado, there is the southernmost monument, which keeps people from coming to see the photos.

Marado is not a place where tourists go to stay, but comes and goes. So the whole island, which was noisy during the day, is as still as death in the evening. Although it is not far from the neighboring island, only 5.5 kilometers from Gapado island and 11 kilometers from Jeju Island, it becomes an island of disconnect where it is difficult to even stand on a boat when the wind blows hard and fierce waves hit.

Unlike the Gapado island, there is no place to anchor the ship. Of course there are no ships, either. Therefore, neither fish-hunting fishermen live. In other words, it is an island with no fishermen.

When a typhoon hits, angry waves cover Marado with salty water. So Marado is a hard place to live, where no grain can be found. Usually, haenyeo(women diver) go out to sea and live on abalone, shell and seaweed.

Many years have passed and now it has become a popular tourist destination, making life richer than before through business and guest houses. People in other regions are curious to visit the island, thinking that there is something special. For this reason, Marado island is always crowded with tourists.

Four ferries carry tourists nonstop. On average, about 2,000 visitors a day and 3,000 to 4,000 visitors during peak seasons, with the number of tourists visiting the country reaching 600,000 annually, it said.

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