Gyeokpo Port (격포항), renowned for its stunning natural beauty, is celebrated as one of the most picturesque fishing villages and ports in the country.
It's not just its aesthetic appeal that captivates visitors; Gyeokpo Port serves as a vital hub of maritime transportation, seamlessly connecting with other smaller islands to the bustling mainland, facilitating commerce and travel.
While I have yet to personally experience it (which I admit with a hint of regret!)! The port is famed for its breathtaking sunsets.
Locals and visitors alike acclaim the view, where the horizon is painted with vibrant hues as the sun dips below the tranquil waters, creating a spectacle of light and color that is said to be nothing short of magnificent.
As dusk turns to evening, Gyeokpo Port reveals another facet of its charm. Illuminated against the night sky, the port comes alive with the ambient glow of a newly-constructed bridge.
This modern marvel isn't just a feat of engineering; it boasts sightseeing railings designed for the leisurely enjoyment of the port's panoramic nocturnal views.
The port's concrete expanse serves as a stage for cultural expression, where during the peak seasons—summer, spring, and autumn—a variety of performances and shows unfold.
The area becomes a melting pot of artistry and entertainment, with the local culture proudly on display. Visitors can take a leisurely walk around, soaking in the lively atmosphere and perhaps catching an impromptu performance that captures the spirit of Gyeokpo.
Nestled within the scenic embrace of Gyeokpo Port lies a cluster of quaint restaurants that stand ready to serve you a feast for the senses.
These restaurants transform the bounty of the pristine West Sea into culinary masterpieces that will tantalize your taste buds.
The chefs here are skilled and experienced in their craft, and they use their expertise to create dishes that are not just meals but experiences.
Each bite is infused with the freshness of the ocean's harvest, making it a treat for your senses.
During springtime, tourists flock from far and wide to indulge in the tender delight of fresh octopus, a seasonal delicacy that is both a tradition and a treat.
Throughout the year, the port remains abuzz with food enthusiasts eager to savor the day's catch, ranging from the subtle flavors of various fish to the more robust tastes of cuttlefish, crabs, and clams.
The local seafood virtuosos have perfected the art of preparing these sea treasures, and their intimate knowledge of marine fare is reflected in their dishes.
For those who prefer the unadulterated and raw essence of the sea, sushi-style presentations allow the natural flavors to shine through.
If you prefer the comfort of cooked seafood, the menu brims with options that will satisfy your taste buds.
From sizzling grills emanating the smoky aroma of barbecued seafood to soothing broths of stews brimming with the ocean's bounty, there's a dish to match every taste at Gyeokpo Port.
Here’s how you can get to Gyeokpo Port. I mean, this is my route to give you a concrete example on how to get there.
From Seoul or Incheon, take an express bus that will bring you to Buan-gun. (In my case, I took an Udong Bus from Incheon Integrated Bus Terminal to Jeonju. That’s because I visited Jeonju first then Buan. Then I took a bus from Jeonju Express Bus Terminal to Buan-gun).
Once in Buan, take a bus that goes to Gyeokpo. This bus passes through all the tourism points along the road, such as the Saemangeum Exhibition Center, beach resort areas, and observatory points.
Then get off at Gyeokpo Terminal. Then proceed to the west direction. The port is just around less than a kilometer from the terminal. Ask anybody if you want to get the right direction quickly.
By the way, don’t worry if you miss the stop. This area is the final destination anyway.
Gyeokpo Port’s Location:
Gyeokpo-ri, Byeonsan-myeon, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do
After consuming the fresh fruits from the farm in the area and the fresh seafood at the port’s restaurant, you can do sightseeing or hiking towards Gyeokpo Beach.
Bon Appetit! 맛있게 드세요!