One of the privileges of university students is that they can go anywhere freely. However, students don't have enough money because they don't have full-time jobs. Students with cars are especially rare, so we usually travel by bus or train. Unfortunately, there are places where it is difficult to travel without a car in Korea.
One of these places is Geoje Island. It is famous not only for its warm and beautiful scenery, but also for its inconvenient traffic, making it difficult for students to travel easily. However, there is a way to travel comfortably in Geoje without a car. It’s called the ‘Blue City Tour', and I used it recently.
The Blue City Tour is a tour run by Geoje City Hall, and has been made for people who travel in Geoje Island, where traffic is uncomfortable. It is an instructive tour where we take a bus and enjoy driving along a famous course, while listening to the guide's explanation.
In order to use the 'Blue City Tour', it is necessary to make a reservation for the desired date in advance through the online site. Tours are held from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and travel to Oedo-Botania, Hill of Wind, and the Historic Park of Geoje P.O.W Camp.
The first destination is Oe Island. I took a cruise ship reserved by the tour, and soon a wide expanse of sea greeted my eyes. I enjoyed the blue sea and the fresh air. On the way to Oe Island, I saw many other small islands, and the captain explained them to us. It was a good time.
It takes 20 to 30 minutes to get Oedo-Botania. This is a marine western-style botanical garden in Hallyeohaesang National Park. It is famous for its clean blue South Sea and scenery. I could really feel the exotic atmosphere, and it was so warm that I could see a flower covered landscape even though it was winter.
The second stop is the Hill of Wind. This place is often used as a drama and movie location. Below the hill there was a wonderful view of the sea, a field of reeds running around the hill, and a large windmill. It wasn’t full of gorgeous things to see, but my mind became free while watching the wide sea, reeds field and windmill.
The last place we went was the Historic Park of Geoje P.O.W Camp. It was a place where prisoners were accommodated during the Korean War, and it still has a painful memory for our country. I was able to get a closer look at the history by seeing the dwelling rooms of the time, and realize how they lived. It was really sad but I also felt thankful to them.
At first, it was a tour to help solve transportation problems, but the 'Blue City Tour' made my trip more fun, comfortable, and increased the benefits of traveling. Unfortunately, many people do not apply for the program because it is not very famous yet. I hope that this article will make the 'Blue City Tour' more familiar and that more people will make meaningful travel plans.
L.L.F reporter Eun-Young Kim