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Geoje

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Geoje [1](거제, 巨濟, also Geoje-do), formerly romanised as Koje, is an island in South Gyeongsang province, South Korea.

Understand

Dubbing itself the "Blue City", Geoje is not so much a city but an island -- Korea's second largest in fact -- and a loose collection of villages and settlements scattered in coves around the coastline. The two largest of these are Okpo (옥포) on the east coast and Gohyeon (고현) on the west. Most of the tourist sites lie between these two settlements around, and just off, the southern coastline. The intercity bus terminal is in Gohyeon but services also run from the odd remote bus stop.

Geoje actually has a significant role in Korea's naval history. The coast of Okpo is the setting for one of Korea's greatest military victories over Japan, during early stages of the 1592-1598 Imjin War. United under Admiral Yi Sun-sin, Korean armor-plated turtleships successfully repelled Japanese attackers from taking the Jeolla region. Although this ultimately did not stop the war in its tracks, it did slow the invasion a little and provide a morale boost to the nation.

Today, Geoje is a shipbuilding powerhouse hosting both Samsung and DSME shipyards. Despite the notably large number of foreign residents employed to supervise these facilities and subsequent high foreign presence in Okpo and Gohyeon, English signage on the island varies between minimal and non-existant.

Get in

bus (new Busan link)

ferry

car

Get around

bus - explain messed up system, T money, no mybi, hankkumi or daegu

ferry

walk

See

haegeumgang

oedo island

camellia island

war memorial, shrine to adminal yi, naval museum

cliffs (near theme museum)

pebble beach

Do

hike

swim 2 swimming beaches, notes about buses and local settlements

museum

theatre

Buy

Eat

6 local dishes

raw fish

Drink

Sleep

hotels, minbak, motels, jjimjil in okpo

Contact

Get out

tongyeong, busan, masan, jinju



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