Yellow Sea island

The ferry left Yeongsan River Estuary on a two and a half hour journey to Hong-do Island, west from Mokpo. I planned to take the boat tour around the island, but by the time the ferry docked at Hong-do Island pier, I felt squeamish.

Dadohaehaesang National Park, Power Station circut
Power Station trail, Dadohaehaesang National Park

Instead, I climbed the steps leading towards the island’s power plant that arched along the eastern side of the island. By rocky outcrops on a warm morning, there were spectacular views in spite of the fog.

Dadohaehaesang National Park, Power Station circut
Hong-do Island’s east coast from the Power Station trail

I kept debating the boat tour, which was the reason I’d decided to visit the island, but when another hiker told me it was a two and a half hour tour, I knew my stomach couldn’t last the distance. I looked towards the mountain looming over the tiny port town and set off to tackle Dadohaehaesang National Park’s highest climb instead.

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