When I tell people I live on an island, there are usually a lot of “oohs” and “ahhs.”
In truth, it sounds a lot cooler and more exotic than it actually is.
Don’t get me wrong. I love living here. There’s something special about living in a place in Korea where everyone knows everyone and you can hear roosters crowing on your walk to school.
But if you think I’m watching the sunset next to the ocean every night while drinking bottles of soju, you’d be mistaken.
There is no view of the ocean from my apartment. Everything is spread out so much that you can’t really walk anywhere. The bus only runs every 30 minutes. And there isn’t actually a beach.
However, tourists still flock here every weekend and because of this, there are still a few sights to explore.
Like me, many of the teachers on this island haven’t truly explored the island. This might be why my school decided to take us teachers on a field trip in our own neighborhoods.
I had no idea what we were going to do when I got on the tour bus. But let’s get real — I usually never know what’s going on. Amongst grading and lesson planning, telling the foreign teacher what’s happening isn’t usually people’s first priority.
So our first stop on the tour?
Lunch. Of course. Because people are happier when they’ve just eaten. It was a rushed lunch, but yummy nonetheless.
After our stomachs were full, we headed to our first real sight:
The Electrical Museum
I don’t think anyone really knew this place existed. Except, it’s less of a museum and more just a giant building where they show you things about electricity. We did have fun taking pictures though.
Our tour bus drove us around the power plant, but we weren’t allowed to get off the bus so it was just like driving through a neighborhood with lots of power lines. It was also raining so you couldn’t see much.
After hanging at the “museum” and driving through the power plant, we headed to the . . .
NCC Golf Club or Island Resort Korea
I had heard a lot about this place, as it is a hangout spot for the wealthy. I even saw a picture of Michelle Obama at the resort.
Besides golf courses, the resort also has a bakery, restaurant and spa.
Unfortunately, we didn’t participate in anything and it was kind of awkward that we were there. There was this moment where we all sort of just stood in the lobby, wandering around. The resort staff did give us free coffee though! So score!
We did walk around the grounds for a bit and browsed through a really nice church at the resort.
Our third stop on the trip was the . . .
Paper Art Museum
I’ve seen tons of signs for this museum on the island, so I was also excited to visit this place. It was small and we walked through it in about 30 minutes, but there were some really cool art pieces.
Everything in the museum is made from paper! Even these really cool sculptures.
They also had hanoks on the museum grounds that you can stay in for the right price. The owner was gracious and let us walk around.
After perusing through this place, we headed to the last sightseeing stop . . .
This was, by far, the coolest stop on our tour of the island. Not only are all the pieces in the museum made from glass, but you can even watch a demonstration on how they make the art.
There is also a section where you can design your own glass piece, but none of us partook in that class.
The museum is quite large, has a giant store where you can purchase some neat pieces, and even a small little art gallery.
I thought one of the coolest parts of the museum were the structures outside. If it had been nicer weather, I could have stayed out there longer.
We ended our trip by going to a nice restaurant next to the ocean (even though it was so dark you couldn’t actually see the ocean).
I’m not going to lie . . . dinner was possibly my favorite part of the day.
We had about 11 courses of non-stop fresh seafood. I was in heaven.
The trip was simple, but I actually enjoyed it. I’ve wanted to visit these places since I got here, but haven’t had the chance. Just a few more things to cross off the bucket list!