This is another in a series of updates on Jeju’s travel/tourism infrastructure. We want our readers to have the latest details on what to expect regarding air and sea infrastructure. The following info and photography was recorded at Seongsan Port Passenger Terminal in July, 2017. (Click here for more transportation information on our VisitJeju.net site.)
On an island known for its geological marvels, the east side of Jeju has two major sites that are in close proximity and attract many millions of visitors a year. In fact, it’s very easy to make a day of exploring both Seongsan Sunrise Peak and Udo Island.
Given that Udo is a 15-minute ferry ride from Seongsan Port, we figured it was time to update our readers on just what to expect by way of the facilities at Seongsan Port Passenger Terminal and how to use it as efficiently as possible.
So, let’s “dive in”!
By car: Arriving at Seongsan Passenger Ferry Terminal by rental car (an hour’s drive from Jeju City more or less), you’ll find there are two paid parking areas, including a new three-story parking structure. The fees are a very reasonable 500 won for 30 minutes (up to 5,000 won a day). From Aug. 1 no rental cars are allowed on the ferry, but even so, it’s much nicer to be a walk-on passenger and enjoy Udo on foot (or rent a bike or scooter there).
By bus: The main intercity bus route 701 has stops at the rotary, which is about 700 meters from the terminal. That walk isn’t too bad, and rather than wait for local bus 710 or 710-1 at the stop behind the parking structure (200 meters from the terminal), you can save time by making your way there on foot.
By taxi: There are plenty of taxis, of course. Many are lined up to meet the arriving ferries, so after your Udo adventure you can easily hop a cab right at the dock. If you need help communicating, you can ask the driver to make a call to the free interpretation service (080-840-0505) which is offered nationwide.
Filling out the declaration form (and bringing photo ID) is required before purchasing your ferry ticket.
Prices and ferry schedules do change, so please double check in advance. Here is the board as of July 12, 2017. There are sailings every 30 minutes or so throughout the day.
To the right of the main entrance is the Tourist Information Center.
The staff there can communicate in English and Chinese. They get some 200 or so inquiries a day, including about 40 from overseas travelers (mainly from China.)
And it’s not just the ferry to Udo that departs from the terminal, you can catch the Seongsanpo cruise ship, take a fishing trip on a Jeju Marine Resort vessel, or even experience Udo Ocean Park underwater on the tourist submarine.
Following the arrow outside, you first pass the departure area for the cruise, fishing and submarine…
And if you continue on, you’ll see the covered corridor and ticket taking area. Taxis are also parked here when you return from Udo.
Did you know? Udo, the tiny “island within an island” gets over 1 million visitors annually and was listed by the KTO as one of Jeju’s 12 top destinations… It is famous for its flat, rural tranquility, excellent walking and biking paths, spectacular view of Seongsan from offshore, and its peanut crop and specialty dishes like peanut ice cream (click here for a list of Udo eateries).
We hope you’ll have a great time this summer exploring Jeju’s Udo, Gapado, Marado, and Biyangdo Islands, among other great sites! Just please remember that you need to show photo ID to leave the island, even for just a few hours.
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