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An-myeon-do Island Travel Essay

23rd May 2007

Located off the west coast of Korea, Anmyeondo Island, connected with Nammmyeon in Taean, is the sixth biggest island in Korea where boasts beautiful large beaches and abundant pine trees lined along the beach, creating picturesque scenery as well as have fresh marine products like spiny lobster, various kinds of fishes. Tourist, mostly family members, friends and couple come and enjoy watching excellent sunset, catching shellfish and taking Dead Sea’s mud spa.

Almost all the people visiting Anmyeondo Island come and see so beautiful a sunset. The visitors come to Kkotji Beach located on west coast of Anmyeodo which boasts one of Korea’s most recognized sunset locations. The best time for seeing a sunset from the beach is between about six and seven in spring, but it depends on season; about five thirty in winter and around eight in summer. Especially the beautiful view of the sunset, which the sun gets down between Hal-mi-bawi Rock and Hal-a-bi-bawi Rock located near the beach, attracts numerous photographers in all seasons and creates an enchanting background for many movies and dramas. While the sun sets, the blue sky turn into red, yellow and grey, and the deep blue ocean become even more calm and peaceful. Moreover, the beach has perfect condition with its gentle slope, clear water and its suitable water temperature so that you can enjoy swimming as well. Especially in spring, the beach becomes even more picturesque. From the roadsides to the beach, blossoms of various types of flowers such as forsythias, azaleas, pansies and tulips decorate everywhere. While seeing a gorgeous sunset, not only you can breathe a fresh air but also smell sweet fragrance of flowers and feel cool wind sitting in the ocean that give you unforgettable moment while staying here.

There is a very unique experience for visitors to catch various kinds of shellfish in a sandbar. When it ebbs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the large Kkotji beach turns into the enormous sandbank where the fresh marine products like clams, mussels and small octopus are easily accessible so you can slightly dig a mud and catch them. You’ll get them more near the Halmibawi Rock and Halabibawi Rock than any other spot. You could hear people’s shouting when they get them. You may make a big shout naturally catching them like other people because it’s weird and fun experience. Before getting into the mud, you need to take off your shoes in order not to lost them and need a basket to keep a sea food you get. After three hours later, sea-water naturally comes into seashore so you can spend three hours having this experience. Especially for children, while playing with mud, touching and catching various sea food, they automatically learn nature experience which they hardly have in city. Sometimes you can see many women putting mud on their body for taking care of their skin. As you know, mud makes skin tight and relaxed. I felt touching the soft deep dark brown mud feels like touching a tofu, and touching sea food like small octopus feel like slippery and sticky. I usually eat them as raw or bake them with charcoal. When you chew them, it’s glutinous and rich. Catching numerous shellfishes by self and touching gentle mud give you extraordinaire experience you’ve never had in the central city.

The last thing tourists do in Anmyeondo is taking Israel Dead Sea mud spa. Actually, most of them take it at the end of their tour in order to improve their tired and fatigued skin and body. Walking down to the south seashore about 15 minutes from Kkotji Beach, you can see the Ocean castle where offers natural spa program. If you take Israel Dead Sea mud, first your body will be scrubbed with Dead Sea salt and seaweed mud. When the grained salt, which feels like soft sand, scrubbed on my body, impure things on my skin seemed to be vanished, and when glutinous rich seaweed mud, which feels like soft ice cream, rubbed, I felt refresh and my skin renewable. Those have no fragrance, and don’t have stimulus on your body. Next, you are offered hydro massage which add moisture to your skin smoothly in order to get rid of salt and seaweed, and then the masseuse begin the massage gently with natural black mud. While you lie on the mud tub wearing mud on your skin, the masseuse gives you aromatherapy on your face those make your body relax. Have a luxury spa experience on your skin with gentle Dead Sea salt, rich seaweed mud and whisper lavender aromatherapy to relax your body before getting out of Island and those won’t make you feel waste of money.

In conclusion, feel free to visit Anmyeondo Island, where tourists are always welcome. Once you visit in Anmyeondo Island, you shouldn’t miss on seeing the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen or catching a variety of shellfish at the enormous sandbank. Spa facilities open daily at 9:00AM and close at 9:00PM on week day, but close at 10:00PM on weekend. Dead Sea mud is 120,000 won/ 80 minutes and 160,000 won/ 110 minutes. Numerous accommodations like pension and inn are available around the beach area, and prices depend on season. If you prefer something else rather than raw fish dishes, you can choose a variety of Korean and western restaurant near the spa facilities. To get to Anmyeondo Island, take the express bus named Anmyeondo at the Nambu bus terminal- line 3- and one way for Anmyeondo is 9400won, or if you want to directly go to the Ocean castle where you can take spa, take a shuttle bus at 9:00a.m, in front of the jongkak station — bus service is only once a day in the morning-and then you can walk up 15 minutes to the beach. For round trip, it costs 26000 won for adult and 17000 won for children age under 11. It takes 2 hours and a half to get Anmyeondo from seoul. When you get off the bus, there is a tourism office in front of the terminal so you can reach various information you want to know such as accommodation, restaurant and some interesting place there.

방미진(Annie)

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