We’ve been posting so much about what an amazing place Ulleungdo Island is, but how the heck are you meant to get here and what should you do once you’re here? Here’s the ultimate travel hacks for a smooth trip of the island!
1. Booking A Ferry Ticket to Ulleungdo
Korean websites are notoriously tough to use and trying to book a ferry ticket online is no different! In this travel hacks video I give a basic breakdown on how to book your ticket:
2. Booking Accommodation on Ulleungdo
This can always be pretty daunting but with the wonders of modern technology this is now a breeze! If you do not already have the Airbnb App, do yourself the biggest favor in the world and get it. Of all the travel hacks I could probably give, this is the best.
If you click on the logo below and sign up using our link you’ll get $45 off your first trip. (We will also get credit when you book a trip, so everybody wins!)
There are loads of places you can book into on the island and you don’t have to worry about speaking any Korean. Travel Hacks!
As a recommendation I’d suggest the host in the link below; she hosted my parents when they visited the island and they had a wonderful time. Her English is near perfect and she can help you with transport to and from the ferry, as well as tips and ideas for the island. It is located near Hakpo beach which is a great swimming spot and has beautiful sunsets!
3. Getting Around the Island
The bus times around the island can be confusing and frustrating. BUT there is a great app that you can download and it will make your life infinitely easier! Click on the picture below to download the app on the Google Play Store or search for ‘Ulleung’ and it will be the first app to come up.
Unfortunately the app is only in Korean so here’s a short video on how to use the app and make sense of the bus times!
4. The locals on Ulleung Island
Ulleung Island has reputation for grumpy locals who have next to no English; this is NOT true! The residents of Ulleung tend to be incredibly warm and welcoming and will usually try their best to work with English. My Korean is still appalling and I manage AND my parents have zero Korean and they survived for nearly 10 days out here.
The Google Translate App or ‘Papago’ can be invaluable when you’re trying to express something more complex than buying a ticket or if you’re trying to read the menus of the local restaurants. Just be careful, my mom wanted to buy some tea at one point and ended up asking if it was diseased, instead, by accident!
5. General Travel Hacks
The weather here on Ulleungdo can change pretty quickly so it is a good idea to keep your eye on a weather app and dress appropriately. Keeping an umbrella or raincoat handy is a good idea but the weather prediction for the day is often quite accurate.
It is much colder here than on the mainland. The past few weeks it has been consistently 10 degrees colder than Seoul. Keep a jersey if you don’t like the cold.
Apart from the GS and CU shops, which there are only 3 on the whole island and only in Jeodong and Dodong, we have not been able to find sunscreen. The weather is cooler but the sun can get vicious!
There are so many little gems with the restaurants here it is really worth your while to explore what is on offer.
There are public toilets pretty much everywhere you go and they are mostly in really good condition, so don’t worry about this.
I hope this helps make your trip out to this little piece of Korean paradise!