Biyangdo Island is a rare, remote treat

An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post

From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.

Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on,  and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.

If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!

img_20161103_103315Off the northeast coast of Jeju is a small, unassuming cinder cone named Biyangdo Island. It dominates the Hallim area’s ocean view and is a popular destination for hiking, photography, and fishing.

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dsc09904About 100 people live here full-time, mostly employed in the fishing industry. In recent years, though, more businesses catering to visitors have popped up.

In the past, Biyangdo was famous for having just two restaurants. That’s grown by at least one when we went.

On the menu was turban shell (bomal) congee (juk) or turban shell mixed rice and vegetables (bibimbap). Both were tasty and fresh, as was the marinated crab sidedish… made just that morning (according to the restaurant owner).

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One geological formation, a three-meter-tall lava chimney along Biyangdo’s north coast, is of significant geological significance. It formed when lava flowed at high pressure through a small opening or vent.

In 2004, this formation was designated Natural Monument No. 439.

A decade later, in 2014, Biyangdo (along with Udo Island and Seonheul Gotjawal) was recognized for its geological merits and was designated a new geo site within the Global Geoparks Network.

Did you know?

Biyangdo is a relatively new island. It rose from the ocean floor over the course of two major eruptions some 1,000 years ago. Historians recorded these events in 1002 and 1007.


A woman photographs the lava chimney at left which is designated Natural Monument No. 439.
You can spot goats grazing on the slopes of the volcanic cone.

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With the couple of hours you have on Biyangdo, it is possible to walk the circumference of the island and also head to the top, to take in the spectacular 360 degree view of the Jeju’s seascape and coastline.

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There’s plenty to see and places to explore, and if you do get hungry or tired, there are a few restaurants, cafes and pensions that cater to visitors. The number of permanent residents is quite small – under 100 – though you will spot a school near the Biyangdo Port.

Click here for video from a ferry departing Biyangdo for Hallim Port.

Address: 2019-17 Daerim-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju City (한림항도선대합실)

Phone: 064-796-7522

How to get there: From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 702 (about 1 hour) and get off at Hansu-ri bus stop. There is a 500 meter walk to the west to the ticket office for the ferry (right next to the start of Olle Walking Trail No. 15).


Travel to and from the island: A boat with a limit of 50 passengers travels from Hallim Port to Biyangdo three times a day, 6,000 won round trip. There are scheduled departures from Hallim at 9 a.m., 12 and 3 p.m. Departures from Biyangdo are 9:16 a.m., 12:16 p.m. and 3:16 p.m. The trip takes about 15 minutes.

Please check with the ticket agent in advance, as these times are approximate.

Note that all passengers must show ID (for non-Koreans a passport or alien registration card will do) when buying a ticket.


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