Tongyeong (통영) is where you take the ferry to Bijindo (비진도). On Friday night, I traveled to Tongyeong, where I’d meet Chris before heading to Bijin Island Saturday morning. I heard that Gangguan harbor (강구안) is the place to walk around, eat and sleep. I took bus 101 from the Tongyeong Bus Terminal to the Gangguan harbor. The bus costs less than ₩1,500.
At the harbor, there are replicas of the turtle ships used in ancient war times. There are dozens of love motels surrounding the harbor. I recommend staying at the Theme Motel on the west side of the harbor. Chris and I had dinner at the Jungang Live Fish Market (중앙활어시장), where we picked out what fish we were going to eat. Check out pictures of our fishtastic dinner here.
On Saturday morning, we could have walked to the Tongyeong passenger ferry terminal (여객선 터미널) but opted to take a ₩2,800-taxi to catch the 7 a.m. ferry.
I recommend arriving twenty minutes early to the ferry terminal. The terminal is a departure for nearly a dozen ferries. The hiking Koreans were clad in their uber expensive head-to-toe professional hiking gear and were eager to buy tickets. Yet, not so eager to help me. I experienced some trouble getting a ticket because the ferry was delayed twenty minutes. Thus, the Korean hikers were throwing a fit at the ticket counter. I gathered all of this from body language because no one spoke English. Thankfully, Chris and I grabbed some vanilla lattes and a spot on the 7:20 a.m. ferry heading to Bijindo.
Getting to Tongyeong: From Seobu Bus terminal in Daegu, it will take about 2 hours and 20 minutes and cost ₩13,000.
Getting to Gangguan Harbor: The local bus stop is right outside of the Tongyeong Bus Terminal. I took bus 101, but I also read that buses 10, 20, 30 and 40 (₩1,100) run to Gangguan Harbor, which is near the Tongyeong Ferry Port, where you catch the ferry to Bijindo.
Getting back to the bus terminal from Gangguan: Take local bus 501. Tongyeong Bus Terminal is the last stop.
For more information on the ferries, click here.