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Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)

  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
  • Baengnyeongdo Island (백령도)
Baengnyeong-ro, Baengnyeong-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
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  • Information
    Baengnyeongdo Island is famous for an array of attractions including the mighty sea cliffs of Dumujin, the bean cobbled beach of Kongdol, the second Presbytarian Church established in Korea, and tasty sea foods. As it is located in the most northern point of South Korea, the island offers views of Jangsan Peninsula on North Korea.

    Island History
    Initially known as Gok-do during the Goguryeo Kingdom Era (37 BC-668 AD), Baengnyeongdo Island received its current name in 1018 AD under the later Three Kingdom Goryeo Dynasty as a result of a local legend. The legend has it that a young scholar on Hwanghae-do Province (now North Korea) fell in love with the daughter of a district magistrate. The magistrate, disapproving the relationship, exiled his daughter to a faraway island in an effort to dissolve the relationship. Saddened by the mysterious disappearance of his lover, the young scholar spent many nights wondering of her whereabouts. One night, whilst sleeping the young scholar dreamed of a white crane that revealed to him the location of his lover. He found her on the distant island now called Baengnyeongdo. On hearing this story, the local people of the area started calling the island Baekhakdo which means, “the white crane told him so." Then, in 1018 AD, the name changed again to Baengnyeongdo, with ‘baeg’ meaning white crane and ‘nyeong’ meaning wings.

    During the Korean War, the island was a base for a famous guerilla fighting group against the communist North. Known as the White Tigers, the group made numerous incursions from the islands in the vicinity into North Korea. After the War, the remaining fighters were known to have taken refuge on neighboring Daecheongdo Island.


    Hiking Course
    WARNING: As Baengnyeongdo is a strategic military point, it is highly advisable that hikers stay on all marked trails as it is not uncommon to see marked mine fields in the mountains. These minefields are normally positioned in heavily vegetated areas between the coastline and the roadsides. If you think you have wandered off the trail or are not sure of the course, please return the way you came until you have regained your bearings. Camping in the mountains is forbidden in Baengnyeongdo as is making fires of any type.

    Recommended Trails
    1) Yonggipo Port → Unification Towers → Sagot Beach → Bukpo-ri marine base → Jincheon
    2) Jincheon → Bukpo-ri marine base
    3) Northern coastal road: Jincheon → Sajabawi Rock → Eoritgol Beach → Bongeunsa Temple → Dumujin
    4) Sogal-dong → Hwa-dong Village → Baengnyeong Bridge → Damsuho Lake → Junghwa-dong
    * Please be prepared for quick weather changes including blankets of sea fog rolling in from the middle of nowhere, and high winds.

    Tour Course Information
    [Baengnyeongdo Island Tour]
    Yonggipo Port → Simcheonggak Pavilion → Junghwadong Beach → Kongdol Coastline → Sagot Beach (Nature airfield)

    [Baengnyeongdo Dumujin Tour]
    Kokkiribawi Rock → Hyeongjebawi Rock → Sinseondae → Seondaeam Rock

    [Baengnyeongdo Religion Trail]
    Junghwadong Church – Christian History Hall

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    Accommodations, Korean restaurants, convenience stores, post office (free internet and banking), ATM machines, police station, healthcare center

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