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Ulleung-do Island

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The most beautiful island you've never heard of, off the east coast of Korea: a lush, vertical volcanic landscape rising out of Siberian and Japanese currents, rich in seafood and medicinal mountain vegetables, splendid isolation, and hardy smiles. Very few non-Koreans make it here; GO NOW before the government's "Mysterious Island" campaign draws too much attention to this rugged wonder.
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South Korea, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Ulleung-gun, Ulleung-eup, 도동리 89-1
It's the most beautiful island you've never heard of: Ulleungdo. A three-hour ferry ride from Korea's east coast will drop you off in the tiny, abrupt harbor of Dodong. The pirate's-cove feel of the place is not just a movie-inspired comparison;...
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485-5 Nari, Buk-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
You've made it to the splendid isolation of Ulleung-do island's north shore...Now, where to sleep? "Chusan Ilga Pension" is one of the island's best choices: above the waves, on a clifftop beneath a volcanic peak, with a granite Buddha overlooking...
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485-5 Nari, Buk-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
A root vegetable that becomes 'meaty' when grilled? And it's also medicinal? Meet "deodeok," sometimes spelled "toduk." It's a variety of bonnet bellflower, (scientific name: codonopsis lanceolata) and in Korea the roots are considered to have...
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2160 Ulleungsunhwan-ro, Seo-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
High above the north shore of Ulleung-do island, Seongbulsa temple isn't an especially old temple, and it's certainly not a large one--just one building--but oh, the setting... So often throughout Korea, if you want the best view of an area, hike...
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509-24 Cheonbu-ri, Buk-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
If you are adventurous enough to find your way to Korea's offbeat and spectacularly scenic Ulleung-do island, then surely you're adventurous enough to try some "hobak-makkolli." Let's start with an approximate pronunciation lesson: say "Hoh-bahk...
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56-1 Dodong-ri, Ulleung-eup, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Still way off the beaten path for most non-Koreans, volcanic Ulleung-do island rises up in rugged isolation off Korea's east coast, washed by Siberian currents, inhabited by a few thousand hardy souls. Along the waterfront in tiny Dodong harbor,...
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29 Namyang 5(o)-gil, Seo-myeon, Ulleung-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
You can't really get lost on Ulleung-do island; while the terrain is spectacularly steep and forested, there's only one coastal road, and it doesn't even completely ring the island yet. When you disembark from the ferry at one of the two tiny...