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[Seoul Travel] A trip to Peace & Unification_Gyodong island

Gyodong island, is seemingly desolate. Three-fourths of the islands are located near the border with North Korea, which consists of arable farmland.

A leisurely trip to the island next to the Seoul_Gyodong island
A leisurely trip to the island next to the Seoul_Gyodong island

Gyodong island,

is seemingly desolate. Three-fourths of the islands are located near the border with North Korea, which consists of arable farmland.

  • Gyodong Manghyangdae

    A place where North Korean displaced people can hear and miss their hometowns.

  • Migratory bird watching

    This is where various migratory birds stay.

  • Daeryong Market

    The alley market was set up by displaced people to support their livelihood by settling down without returning to their hometowns.

  • Gyopdong jebijip
    (Swallow’s House)

    Tourist Information Center where you can get travel information about Gyodong Island and experience many things.

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1. Gyodong Manghyangdae

It is located on the northwest coast of Gyodong Island. It’s about 1.5hr drive from Seoul.

It is a place where the displaced people who fled and settled in Yeonbaek, Hwanghaedo during the Korean War, looked up at their homeland and soothe the sorrow of their homes.

If you look at the telescopes installed, you can even see the movement of village houses and residents in the North.

2. Migratory bird watching

Gyodong Island has vast farmland, reservoirs and waterways made by filling mudflats. This is where various migratory birds stay. Thousands of wild geese are staying in the fields of Gyodong Island to eat the rice paddies.

To meet a flock of birds, you have to drive all over the straight-out farm road. If you still can’t find it, turn off the engine and listen carefully. Go to the place where you can hear the clamor of wild geese.

If you see black spots scattered on the rice paddies, try to slow down and approach them slowly. If you want to take a picture, you should go near the sun on your back.

3. Daeryong Market

The center of life in Gyodong-island is the area around Daeryong-ri, which has an office. Here is the hub of gyodong island travel, and restaurants, cafes, private homes, and tourist information centers are also located here.

Daeryong Market is an alley market that was settled by the residents of Yeonbaek-gun, Hwanghae-do during the Korean War, and settled for a living because they did not return to their hometowns after the truce line was drawn.

The atmosphere of the 70s is preserved intact, which leads to the arrival of travelers. All the old and simple shops are the livelihood of the residents.

Be careful not to bother their daily life, and don’t forget to smile and greet them first.

Opening Hours
Everyday 8AM-10PM

Gyodong Photo Studio

It is a photo studio operated by Daeryong-ri Village. You can borrow high school uniforms and training uniforms in the 1960s and 1970s and take black-and-white photos. There are many couples or lovers who take pictures while recalling memories of their school days.

Enjoy the Street Food

Twisted bread stick
Twisted bread stick

There is also a store in Daeryong Market that sells old snacks. Twisted bread stick and hotteok, hot dog, and Rice Puffs are typical. There are two twisted bread stick houses and one hotteok house.

The table setting of Daeryong-ri restaurants is also diverse. The Ganghwa region’s signature dish, salted-fish Galbi, a spicy chueotang(fish soup) with loach caught in Gyodong-do, and Sundaekguk(Korean Blood Sausage Soup), yukgaejang(hot spicy meat stew), and galchi-jorim(Braised Cutlassfish) are popular.

Displaced people’s store

Daeryong Market is said to have been modeled after Yeonbaek Market in Hwanghae Province by displaced people who came to evacuate from Yeonbaek-gun, Hwanghae-do. There are many shops that retain the atmosphere of the 1960s and 1970s.

Such places include Gyodong Barber Shop, Jungang Shoes, Dongsan Pharmacy, and Hwang Se-hwan Watchroom.

They have a history of 50 to 60 years. Barber shops, shoe shops and pharmacies are still in operation, but watchrooms were closed in 2016 when the owner died. They are also used as filming locations for dramas and entertainment programs.

4. Gyopdong jebijip
(Swallow’s House)

It is the first place to visit. It is a tourist information center where visitors can also get information on Gyodong Island and experience various things. It opened in 2017.

Visitors can take pictures of themselves on the first floor and participate in the completion of a virtual bridge linking Gyodong Island to Hwanghae Island, and also experience the production of the Gyodong newspaper. On the second floor, there is a cafe and a specialty store. It also has a telescope to look at the whole view of Gyodong Island.

The name “JebiJip” was coined to symbolize a number of swallows freely traveling between Hwanghae-do(North Korea) and Gyodong-do(South Korea), the hometown of displaced people.

#Bicycle Rental(with Smart Watch) : You can lent a bike.
If you wear smartwatches, which is free and visit tourist attractions, the smartwatch will automatically show you where is the stamp and treasure.

Bicycle rental fee (2 hours) : 4,000 won for general use / 8,000 won for two people and electricity.

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