The beaches on Bijindo, South Korea, are this beautiful and this empty most days of the year.
Barbell-shaped island —
A powdery strip of white sand tethers two ends of Bijindo island together. The top of Waesan Mountain offers this great view of the island and surrounding marine park.
Lonely road —
There's only one road on the island. Cars are a rare sight.
Street signs —
The one road does come with street signs.
Beach camp —
Camping on the beach may be preferable to staying in a hotel, which are scarce on the island. There's a public bathroom and shower just behind the beach.
Locals call the island Miindo, which means "beautiful island" (no-brainer).
Island life —
Only a few hundred people live on Bijindo. There are two villages on the island -- Waehang and Naehang.
Fishing boats in the harbor -- a common sight.
Chung Mu gimbap —
This popular local specialty is made with squid and hot pepper and takes its name from the ancient name of the nearby city of Tongyong.
Marine park —
There are 99 islands in Hallyeohaesang National Marine Park. More than 3,300 islands are officially listed off the South Korean coast.
Turtle ship —
A replica of Geobukseon ("Turtle Ship"), a famous Korean battleship that defended the country from Japanese attack, sits in Tongyong Harbor. Admiral Yi Sun Shin won a famous victory against the Japanese here; Bijindo was given its name in honor of that victory.