Lighthouses of South Korea: Goheung County

For most of its history, Korea was an independent kingdom, or at least an autonomous kingdom under Chinese influence. This came to an end in 1910, when Japan annexed all of Korea. At the end of World War II in 1945, the 38° parallel was established as the dividing line between U.S. and Soviet zones of occupation, and in 1948 separate civil administrations were established in the two halves of the country. The Korean War (1950-53) ended in a draw, with the armistice line falling close to the prewar 38° line. The Republic of Korea (ROK), commonly called South Korea, occupies the Korean peninsula south of the armistice line.

This page covers lighthouses of Goheung County in South Jeollanam Province. The county includes the Goheung Peninsula and numerous small islands around the peninsula. This is an intricate coast, with countless small islands and reefs requiring the greatest care from navigators.

Following several recent government reorganizations, navigational aids in the ROK are now regulated by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF). Most of the lights on this page are maintained by the Yeosu Regional Oceans and Fisheries Administration.

In Korean, the word for a lighthouse is donghae (등대); dan is a cape, do is an island, and hang is a harbor .

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume M of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA

General Sources
Kiso's Lighthouses - Korea
Photos posted by a Japanese lighthouse fan.
World of Lighthouses - South Korea
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
KAAN Major National Lighthouses
KAAN is the Korean Association of Aids to Navigation. Small photos and basic data, all in Korean.

Geogeumdo Light
Geogeumdo Odongdo Light
Port of Yeosu photo

Dongil District Lighthouses
Note: The Dongil district includes the island of Naenarodo, off the southeastern end of the Goheung Peninsula, and associated small islands. The population of the district is about 1800.
Naenarodo (Narodo)
1962. Active; focal plane 100 m (328 ft); white flash every 5 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) round white concrete tower. Bing has a satellite view. Located on the heights at the southeastern corner of Naenarodo. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4304; NGA 17272.
Samam (Samamdo)
1990. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete tower, painted yellow with one black horizontal band. Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef just off the west point of Naenarodo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4300.3; NGA 17282.

Bongrae District Lighthouses
Note: The Bongrae district includes the island of Oenarodo, separated from Naenarodo by a narrow channel, and associated small islands. The population of the district is about 2300. Oenarodo is the site of the Naro Space Center, Korea's satellite launching facility.
Juinyeo (Chuinyo)
1993. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, painted black with one red horizontal band. Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock about 3.2 km (2 mi) east of Oenarodo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4303; NGA 17231.
Taengmunam (Taekmunam)
2007. Active; focal plane 19 m (69 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 21 m (69 ft) round concrete tower, painted black with a red horizontal band. Located on a shoal about 8 km (5 mi) east of Oenarodo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4302.5; NGA 17231.1.
Tanggeonyeo (Tanggeon Yeo) (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1927). Active; focal plane 52 m (171 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) octagonal white concrete tower. The port office photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 8 km (5 mi) south of Oenarodo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4302; NGA 17268.
Narodo West Breakwater
1967. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); green flash every 6 s. 13 m (43 ft) octagonal white concrete tower with lantern and gallery mounted an an octagonal base. The lighthouse has "fins" attached to its lower section so that it resembles a rocket. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Narodo. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4301; NGA 17284.
Tanggeonyeo Light
Tanggeonyeo Light, Bongrae, Goheung
Yeosu Port Office photo
Aedo (Sayangdo (2))
2007. 10.5 m (34 ft) round white concrete tower with gallery. Google has a good satellite view. Located on the south side of the entrance to Sayang harbor. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4300; NGA 17280.

Dohwa District Lighthouses
Note: The Dohwa district includes the coast at the southern end of the Goheung Peninsula. The district has a population of about 4800.
* Naeballi (Naebal, Balpo Hang)
1998. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal white concrete tower. A photo is at right, Aleksandr Stogniy has a distant view, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the Naeballi (west) breakwater of Balpo harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.75; NGA 17273.
Manyeo
2013. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 17 m (56 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower painted yellow with a black horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 1.5 km (1 mi) off the southern tip of the Goheung Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.73.
Jijukdo (Chijukdo, Chijuk-to, Seoraeyeo)
2002. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); six quick white flashes followed by one long white flash, every 15 s. 21 m (69 ft) round tower, upper half painted yellow and lower half black. Bing has a satellite view. The lighthouse marks an obstruction in a very narrow passage at the southern end of the Goheung peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.72; NGA 17227.
Geomdungyeo
2006. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 14 m (46 ft) round concrete tower, painted yellow with one black horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a rock off the west side of the southernmost tip of the Goheung Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.69.

Naeballi Light, Dohwa, Goheung, October 2013
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by §teve

Doyang District: Sisando Lighthouses
Note: Sisando is an irregularly-shaped island about 15 km (9 mi) south of the Goheung Peninsula. The island is part of the Doyang district, although it is isolated from the rest of that district.
Sisando North
1990. Active; focal plane 52 m (171 ft); white flash every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) round white concrete tower with gallery. Bing has a satellite view. Located on the northwestern tip of Sisando. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4297.4; NGA 17230.
Sisan Hang Detached Breakwater North End
2009. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); four yellow flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is yellow. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the north end of the detached breakwater protecting the northern entrance to Sisan harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4297.1.
Sisan Hang Detached Breakwater South End
2009. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the south end of the detached breakwater protecting the northern entrance to Sisan harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4297.12.
Sisan Hang Songdo West Breakwater
1998. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); three green flashes every 7 s. 8 m (26 ft) round white concrete tower with gallery. Bing has a satellite view. Located on the breakwater on the west side of the island of Songdo in Sisan harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4297.2; NGA 17229.2.
Sisan Hang Songdo East Breakwater
1998. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); red flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal concrete tower with gallery, painted red. Bing has a satellite view. Located on the breakwater on the east side of the island of Songdo in Sisan harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4297.25; NGA 17229.5.
* Sisan Hang South Breakwater
2001. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) octagonal white concrete tower with gallery. Bing has a satellite view. Located on the breakwater at the entrance to the small boat harbor on the east side of Sisando. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4297.3; NGA 17229.4.
Sisando (Shisando, Sisan Do)
1983. Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white flash every 12 s. 6 m (20 ft) round white concrete tower with gallery. Bing has a satellite view. Located near the southern cape of a small island off the southern tip of Sisando. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4297; NGA 17228.

Geumsan District Lighthouses
Note: Geumsan includes the relatively large island of Geogeumdo, about 16 km (10 mi) long and up to 8 km (5 mi) wide, separated from the southwest side of the Goheung Peninsula by a channel about 3 km (2 mi) wide. The population is about 5200.
Gyedo (Kye Som)
2000. Active; focal plane 12m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) octagonal cylindrical white concrete tower. Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the south point of a small island off the northeast corner of Geogeumdo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. M4298.5; NGA 17272.5.
Gyedo Light
Gyedo Light, Geumsan
Port of Yeosu photo
Monyeodo
2004. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 19 m (62 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, painted black with one red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view, and Naver has a good view. Located on a rock off the southeast coast of Geogeumdo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4297.5; NGA 17301.6.
Odongdo (Geogeumdo Odongdo)
2001. Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); white flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) octagonal concrete tower, painted white. Not to be confused with the much better known Odongdo Light at Yeosu (see the Yeosu page). A photo is at the top of this page, and Google has a distant satellite view. This Odongdo is an island just off the western tip of Geogeumdo. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4297.6; NGA 17301.5.
Yeonheungdo
2011. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); quick-flashing white light. 11 m (36) round concrete tower, upper half painted black, lower half yellow. Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the northwest tip of Geogeumdo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4297.65; NGA 17300.8.

Pungyang District Lighthouses
Note: Pungyang district is on the mainland, on the southwest side of the Goheung Peninsula.
Pungnam West Breakwater (2)
2002. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); green flash every 5 s. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the main (really the south) breakwater of Pungnam, a harbor on the southwest side of the Goheung peninsula. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4298.6; NGA 17230.5.
Gamdeungseo
2005. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, painted black with one red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock on the north side of the narrow channel on the north side of Geogeumdo, off Pungnam. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4298.55; NGA 17230.2.

Doyang District: Nokdong and Sorokdo Lighthouses
Note: Nokdong (formerly called Doyang) is a port at the southwestern tip of the Goheung Peninsula, sheltered by the large island of Sorokdo. The strait separating Sorokdo from Nokdong is roughly 400-500 m (1/4 mi) wide; it has been enclosed by breakwaters at both ends to create the harbor.
Sorokdo (Sorok To)
1937. Inactive since 2011. 7.5 m (25 ft) round brick tower, painted white. A page with photos and historical information is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Sorokdo is an island about 3 km (1.8 mi) long located just off the port of Nokdong. The island was formerly a leper colony. During the Japanese occupation, leprosy patients were forced to construct the lighthouse. Located on the southern tip of the island. Site status unknown. ex-Admiralty M4298; ex-NGA 17296.
Sorokdo West End
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 17 m (56 ft) round tower, painted yellow with one black horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located just off the western tip of Sorokdo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4297.8; NGA 17294.
Jangyekeunyeo
2006. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted yellow with one black horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a shoal just off the western tip of Sorokdo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.65.
Sapyogido
2011. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); quick-flashing white light. 11 m (36) round concrete tower, upper half painted black, lower half yellow. A photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a small island off the northwest coast of Sorokdo. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4298.9; NGA 17295.
Nokdong Hang West Detached Breakwater South Head
1994. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); green flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal concrete tower with gallery, painted yellow. A closeup photo is available, Kim Cheol Bong has a photo of both breakwater lights, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on the south end of a detached breakwater opposite the North Breakwater Light. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4299.5.
Sorokdo Light
Sorokdo Light, Nokdong
Korean Cultural Affairs Ministry photo
Nokdong Hang West Detached Breakwater North Head
1993. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal concrete tower with gallery, painted red. A closeup photo is available, a photo shows this light on the left, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. This light and the next one frame the western entrance to Nokdong harbor. Located on the north end of a detached breakwater opposite the North Breakwater Light. Site status unknown. Admiralty M4299.4; NGA 17299.
* Nokdong Hang North Breakwater
1999. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal white concrete tower with gallery. The light is seen to the right of the Sorokdo Bridge in Jan de Fietser's photo, it's on the right in another photo, a closeup photo is available, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on the breakwater in Nokdong at the northwestern entrance to the harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.2; NGA 17298.
* Nokdong Hang East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); red flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post rising from a round 1-story concrete equipment room. A closeup photo is available, the light is at the far right of Jongil Lee's photo of the harbor, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a breakwater quay on the Nokdong waterfront. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299; NGA 17300.
Nokdong Hang South Breakwater
1993. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); green flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal white concrete tower with gallery. Mark Fearer's 2009 photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater extending from Sorokdo at the southwestern entrance to the harbor. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.6; NGA 17298.5.
Nokdong Southe Breakwater Light
Nokdong Hang South Breakwater Light, Nokdong, May 2009
Panoramio photo copyright Mark Fearer; used by permission
Sinheung (Sinhung)
2003. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted black with one red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a shoal off the western coast of the Goheung Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.68; NGA 17300.5.

Duwon District Lighthouse
Deungnyangman
2008. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery, painted black with one yellow horizontal band. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a shoal off the northwestern coast of the Goheung Peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.67.

Daeseo District Lighthouse
Note: Daeseo is on the mainland just west of the base of the Goheung Peninsula.
Hayeo
2012. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower painted black with one red horizontal band. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. This light guides vessels into a large sheltered bay on the northwest corner of the peninsula. Located on a shoal off the coast of the Daeseo District. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty M4299.66.

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Posted January 9, 2008. Checked and revised August 19, 2016. Lighthouses: 36. Site copyright 2016 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.