This past Korean Memorial Day weekend, my close coworker and I planned a last-minute getaway to Wando and Cheongsando, just so we can relax before we begin another hectic week of work work work. We managed to snag the last, few remaining guesthouses and hopped on an 8:30am bus to begin the 5-hour journey to our destination.
Wando and Cheongsando are islands located at the southernmost province of Jeollanamdo. Before the trip, I only associated those places with words like small and country. Well, this trip sure flipped the tables around and showed me that those weren’t necessary bad things.
As soon as we arrived at Wando, we were greeted with a heavy downpour. We scrambled to the nearest local restaurant to find shelter (and fill our tummies), and had delicious fish and local Wando dishes. After the rain finally stopped, we decided to roam around the seaside. Unfortunately, my camera was not powerful enough to take good snaps at night, hence the lack of photo from this day… 😦
We got up early the next day to catch the ferry to Cheongsando. But first, breakfast, of course.
If you ever get a chance to go to Wando, I highly recommend Ashinayo (아시나요) for some bomb dot com abalone porridge. I’ve linked the map at the bottom of this post if you’re interested. I give my two thumbs up easily!
After a very smooth, 1-hour ferry ride later, we arrived at Cheongsando. The island is also dubbed as “Slow City” because of its relaxed atmosphere. It definitely felt slower than Seoul, which I enjoyed very much. It was the perfect atmosphere for self-healing after constantly being in the busy, bustling metropolitan.
But first coffee, no matter where you are.
My favorite part at Cheongsando was walking through the wall arts. Because, you know I love me some wall art… Being surrounded by these wall arts made me feel like I was literally walking through a storybook.
Sometimes, you don’t need to go on a fancy, extravagant trip to feel like you’re on a vacation. A simple getaway to a slower pace does the trick just as well. This trip reminded me what it meant to take things slow and appreciate your surroundings. I loved seeing the nature, the smiling faces of local residents, and of course the pristine air that pierced my lungs upon first inhale. (cheesy, but hey, try living in Seoul for a while. You’ll see where I’m coming from.) I can’t wait to plan another trip like this. Any suggestions on where I should check out next?
Map to Ashinayo (아시나요)