My school was on Spring Break this week so my friend Hazel and I ventured down to Cheongsando and caught the beginning of the Cheongsando Slow Walk Festival. It was really easy to get there; we took a bus from Seoul to Wando and stayed the night there before taking the ferry to Cheongsando the next morning. It was foggy and rainy much of the time, but still very beautiful. I love getting out of Seoul; Korea is so beautiful in the South. And warmer!
The afternoon we arrived in Wando we visited Cheonghaejin, a seaside fort where historically General Jang Bo-go held off pirates. The mist was interestingly beautiful.
The next morning we set out early to catch the ferry from Wando to Cheongsando. We caught the beginning of the month-long Slow Walk Festival. The premise of the Festival is to enjoy Asia’s first slow city (certified!) during the spring blossoms. There are many walking trails around the island with suggested walking times to keep things slow. Hazel booked us a pension here, which was close enough to walk to the harbor and had gorgeous views of the water, which we could see past the fog some of the time.
The snail was the adopted mascot for the island, including bathrooms! The maps around the island were all in the shape of snails as well. We stayed on Cheongsando two days, enjoying three of the slow walks in the breaks between wind/rain storms. It’s such a gorgeous island – very quiet and peaceful.
How to Get There
See Visit Korea’s website for directions