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Korea Travel Guide: Hydrangeas Viewing Spots in Geoje-do

Geoje-do or Geoje Island of Korea’s Gyeongsangnam Province, located only one-and-a-half-hour away from the popular Busan City, is known for its scenic seaside views, hilly terrain, and natural harbors. 

On top of those reasons for you to visit this beautiful island is that every summer, the place explodes thousands of pastel shaded hydrangeas especially the blue ones. The flowers line the highways, country roads, and pastures on the island, turning heads at almost every corner. Not only are these hydrangeas planted at pretty much any place they have a chance of growing, but locals raise them in their gardens as well making Geoje Island a dream for flower lovers. 

If your primary reason for visiting Geoje City is to indulge in the breathtaking beauty of flower sightseeing, then you’re in luck! I’ve curated a comprehensive list of exceptional hydrangea viewing spots that are an absolute must-visit during your summer getaway in Korea. Prepare to be dazzled as you explore these outstanding locations, each offering a unique and unforgettable experience.

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    Best Time For Hydrangea Viewing

    If you want to witness the breathtaking beauty of hydrangeas in full bloom, make sure to plan your visit to these locations between mid-June and mid-July. This period marks the peak season for these summer flowers on Geoje Island.

    Where to See Hydrangeas in Geoje-do

    1. Jeoguhang | 저구항 

    Jeoguhang or Jeogu Port is home to one of the biggest hydrangea clusters you can find in Korea’s southern region. To make your visit even more special, plan it around the Nambu-myeon hydrangea festival, held here since 2018, on either the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July. This two-day event is one of the most significant festivals of the year and is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the hydrangeas while experiencing the local culture.

    2. SunTree Farm Cafe | 썬트리팜카페 

    SunTree Farm Cafe, located within the SunTree Farm Resort, is not just a hidden gem for resort guests but a warm and welcoming spot for anyone passing by. Just a quick 5-minute drive from the captivating Hill of Wind (바람의 언덕) in Nambu Township, this charming cafe offers not only a cozy and friendly atmosphere, but as you approach the main gate, you’ll be delighted to discover a sprawling field of hydrangeas beckoning from across the street. The vibrant hues of these beautiful flowers create a truly enchanting scene that is sure to put a smile on your face. 

    SunTree Farm Café Quick Info
    Address: 경남 거제시 남부면 거제대로 283
    Naver Map: Link 
    3. Windy Hill Hotel & Resort | 바람의언덕 호텔 & 리조트

    Nestled near the renowned Hill of Wind, the Windy Hill Hotel & Resort lives up to its name by offering not only breathtaking views of the South Sea but also a serene and tranquil environment. This charming resort boasts ample green spaces, and its spacious courtyard is a true oasis of relaxation. Within this idyllic setting, you’ll discover a delightful cluster of vibrant hydrangeas. While this small field of hydrangeas is located within the resort’s premises, it graciously opens its doors to the public, inviting visitors to revel in the beauty of these colorful blooms. As you make your way towards Sinseon Cliff (신선대), one of Geoje Island’s prominent attractions, be sure to stop by the Hill of Wind Hotel & Resort’s inviting courtyard. Take a moment to immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and enchanting atmosphere created by these lovely hydrangeas.

    Windy Hill Hotel & Resort Quick Info
    Address: 경남 거제시 남부면 해금강로 132
    Naver Map: Link 
    4. Jiseposeong | 지세포성 

    Located in Jisepo-ri, Irun-myeon, the Geoje Jisepojinseong fortress stands as a historical gem waiting to be discovered. This remarkable fortress holds the distinction of being designated as Monument No. 203 of Gyeongsangnam-do on November 13, 1998, and later renamed Jiseposeong on December 20, 2018.

    Picture Source: @kyeo_ra

    While Jiseposeong is famous for its lavender fields, it’s also a hidden gem for spotting gorgeous hydrangeas during those sunny summer months. Although you might need to break a little sweat with an uphill stroll, but trust me, the view that awaits is pure magic. 

    Jiseposeong Quick Info
    Address: 경상남도 거제시 일운면 지세포리 235-4
    Naver Map: Link 
    5. Geoje Shipbuilding Marine Cultural Center | 조선해양문화관 

    Picture Source: @rereon__

    The center combines the essence of a Fishing Village Folk Museum with the captivating allure of a Shipbuilding Theme Park museum. Located in Jisepo village, Ilunmyeon, it’s also a haven for hydrangea enthusiasts. As you step through the entrance, you’ll be greeted by a line of lush hydrangea shrubberies. And when these delicate flowers bloom, they add a touch of enchantment to the already fascinating cultural experience that awaits inside.

    Geoje Shipbuilding Marine Culture Center Quick Info
    Address: 경남 거제시 일운면 지세포해안로 41
    Naver Map: Link 
    6. The House With A Blue Gate | 파란대문집 

    Another must-see in Geoje Island for all hydrangea enthusiasts is the house with a blue gate in Yanghwa Village (양화마을) in Ilun Township. If you are a fan of the flower and have been to Busan, you may be familiar with the famous pink house there, and this blue gated residence is just as charming. With shots of the vibrant door sided by a massive bundle of bluish hydrangeas, this spot is guaranteed to transform your Instagram feed into a kaleidoscope of colors.

    Picture Source: @colorny

    Also, it’s important to note that the house is a private property, so when visiting, please be mindful to treat the premises with respect. Take in the beauty of the hydrangeas and enjoy the enchanting ambiance while being wary of the privacy of the homeowners.

    The House With A Blue Gate Quick Info
    Address: Gyeongsangnam-do Geoje-si Yanghwa 4-gil 1
    Naver Map: Link 
    7. Becoming Pool Villa Pension | 비커밍풀빌라펜션

    Picture Source: @lol_travel

    Becoming Pool Villa Pension is a cozy accommodation option located less than 3-minute drive from Jeogu Port. It is not only a place to stay nearby the beach but also boasts a stunning hydrangea garden tucked away behind the pension. A word of caution: if you plan to visit by car, parking may be limited. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll from Myeongsa Beach, just 10 minutes away, and indulge in the serenity of this enchanting hydrangea spot on Geoje Island.

    Becoming Pool Villa Pension Quick Info
    Address: 경남 거제시 남부면 거제남서로 991-2 비커밍 풀빌라펜션
    Naver Map: Link 
    8. Haegeumgang Cruise Terminal | 해금강유람선 

    Picture Source: @daily_kdi

    Situated on a cape in Nambumyeon, Haegeumgang Cruise Terminal not only offers thrilling boat trips to Haegeumgang, but is also home to a stunning display of hydrangeas. Before you set sail, get ready to feast your eyes on a bunch of gorgeous hydrangeas right along the road leading to the ticket office. This street is like a vibrant canvas, with colorful flowers popping out among swaying palm trees, creating the perfect backdrop for some serious postcard-worthy pictures. 

    Haegeumgang Cruise Terminal Quick Info
    Address: 경남 거제시 남부면 해금강로 270
    Naver Map: Link 
    9. Jijunghae Restaurant | 지중해 식당 

    Picture Source: @mj_mjmarket

    Jijunghae is not just a beloved seafood restaurant in Sadeung-myeon—it’s a hidden gem that offers so much more. Not only will you be treated to a tantalizing sea urchin bibimbap that will make your taste buds dance with delight, but you’ll also be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the mesmerizing seascape. But wait, there’s more! Jijunghae Restaurant secures its spot on this list because it boasts a captivating cluster of pink hydrangeas right within its seaside location. Imagine indulging in delicious seafood delicacies while being surrounded by the soft hues of blooming hydrangeas—it’s a sensory experience that will leave you utterly enchanted. 

    Jijunghae Restaurant Quick Info
    Address: 경남 거제시 사등면 거제대로 5482
    Naver Map: Link 
    10. Geoje Nature Art Land | 거제자연 예술랜드 

    Picture Source: @travel_hyeoni

    Forget about the ordinary pink and blue hydrangeas found all over the island. In the vicinity of Geoje Nature Art Land, nestled in Gucheon-ri, Dongbu-myeon, a hidden gem awaits: the mesmerizing sight of white hydrangeas. Venture along the roadside next to Geoje Nature Art Land, and prepare to be spellbound by a breathtaking field of these exquisite blooms. As you soak in the beauty of this rare spectacle, keep in mind that the road runs parallel to Dongbu Reservoir (동부저수지). Don’t be confused if you come across pictures taken in this area, tagged with different location names. 

    Geoje Nature Art Land Quick Info
    Address: 경상남도 거제시 동부면 구천리 455
    Naver Map: Link 
    11. Myeongsa Beach | 명사해수욕장 

    Picture Source: @travel_hyeoni

    If you follow the road all the way from Jeogu Port, you’ll reach the picturesque Myeongsa Beach. But that’s not all! In the area of Myeongsa Beach and Myeongsa Elementary School (명사초등학교), there’s a hidden gem—a vibrant garden adorned with charming pinkish hydrangeas. So, if you’re on a mission to satisfy your flower hunting cravings this summer, make sure to take a leisurely stroll in this delightful spot. The sight of these blooming hydrangeas will surely add a touch of beauty and color to your adventure.

    Myeongsa Beach Quick Info
    Address: 경상남도 거제시 남부면 저구리 
    Naver Map: Link 

    With this comprehensive list, I am positive that you are well-equipped to embark on a colorful and enchanting journey on Geoje-do. Whether you’re captivated by the vibrant shades of pink, mesmerized by the delicate whites, or charmed by the bluish hues, the city offers a diverse array of locations to satisfy your love for these stunning flowers. From the charming streets of Yanghwa Village to the stunning shores of Jeoguhang, each spot has its unique charm and allure. So, grab your camera, take a leisurely stroll, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of hydrangeas in full bloom. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create cherished memories amidst the vibrant flora of Geoje Island.

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