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    • Day 9

      Jeju Island

      October 14, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Next stop was a quick 55 minute flight with Tway Air to Jeju Island off the south coast, where we had a long awaited reunion with Amy and Chris. We stayed in a lovely Airbnb apartment and to top it off we had lovely sunshine for the weekend. For the first afternoon we went to the Samseonghyeal Shrine (W2,500/€1.90), where we learnt about the history of the island and the legend of the three demigods emerging from a hole in the ground becoming the founding fathers of the island and its people. We then went to Folklore and Natural History Museum (W2,000/€1.50) where we saw exhibitions from the various ages of the island.

      That evening we treated ourselves to another Korean BBQ. As in most restaurants in South Korea, they only have chopsticks on the table. I have been finding them quite difficult to use but have been trying them all the same. Here, the waiter’s mother saw my struggle and came over to showed me how to use them. She then proceeded to make the meat parcels as I clearly was doing it wrong. She obviously thought I was a lost cause!

      Next morning we decided it was time to explore the island. We had read that the public transport on the island was unreliable and infrequent so we hired a car for the two days. All the car hire companies in Jeju City were based at the airport so we hopped into a taxi for the 10 minute journey. When we arrived the first two companies said they had nothing available and were unable to check if there was anything available for the next day. At the far end of the counter, the lady at ‘Rent a Car’ was jumping and waving at us to come over to her. She said that she had a car available and in what must have been one of the quickest transactions, we had ourselves a car.

      First stop was Bijarim Forest (W3,000/€2.30) which has over 2,800 nutmeg trees, including the New Millennium Nutmeg tree which is the oldest tree in Jeju. We walked the lovely trails through the forest and got a break from the hot sun. To finish off the day, I drove to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (W5,000/€3.80) where we climbed to the top and got amazing views of the crater and eastern coast of the island.

      Next morning we got up and went to the south of the island where we climbed Sanbangsan Mountain to the beautiful Sanbanggulsa Cave Temple with amazing views across the sea. The temple had a large gold Buddha which was surrounded with over 500 different stone Buddhas. We then walked down to the coast and visited the free exhibition on the Hamel Memorial ship. This replica ship remember one of the survivors Hendrick Hamel, of a Dutch shipwreck in 1653 and had to stay in Korea for 13 years before escaping to Japan.

      Next I drove to the beautiful Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls (W2,500/€1.90) which consisted of three different falls of various size and scale. We then walked over the steep Seonimgyo bridge, high above the valley of the waterfalls. Final stop in Jeju was Jungmum Saekdal beach where we got to dip our feet in the warm Pacific Ocean.

      That evening we decided we wanted to have some Western style food so Chris found a pizza restaurant called UPS. This restaurant was in the basement and when we walked in it had the music playing really loud and the heat on full blast! After asking for the air con to be turned on and ordering our pizza, we enjoyed a lovely feast to finish our time on the island!
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    • Day 1


      August 21, 2017 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Jeju wird als kleines Hawaii bezeichnet, weil sowohl die Entstehungsgeschichte der Insel als auch das Klima ähnlich ist. Der Riesenvorteil für uns war, dass wir nach Hawaii mehr als 10 Stunden fliegen müssten, in Jeju waren wir in einer Stunde von Tianjin aus. Am ersten Tag erkundeten wir die namensgebende Hauptstadt der Insel. Markt, zentraler Tempel und Strand standen auf dem Programm.Read more

    • Day 4

      Uiteindelik in Jeju

      August 23, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Van Incheon af vat ek die trein Gimpo lughawe toe (dankie Wilna vir al die touwys maak in 2016, al was dit bietjie verroes het ek darem weer die treine uitgefigure). By Gimpo kry ek toe amper dadelik 'n vlug Jeju toe deur JejuAir (ek sal hulle definitief aanbeveel). In Jeju staan daar 'n baie lang ry mense wat wag vir taxi's en ek kry toe uiteindelik een wat my na Annette toe vat wat met 'n sjokolade melkie in die hand staan en wag. O, en my tas se wieletjie het ook in-tussen gebreek, so alles moet mooi beheer word. Ons gaan eet toe Bulgogi by 'n restaurant naby Annette se huis, saam met Margerite en Lisa. Lisa (van Korea af) braai die vleis in die middel van die tafel en ek kry uiteindelik, na al hierdie jare, weer sesame blare om te eet. Daarna gaan speel ons 'n bordspeletjie by Lisa se huis en stap toe terug huis toe, waar ons, pootuit, aan die slaap raak - jetlag is a real thing (en dis 5 ure vooruit nou).Read more

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    • Day 12

      Jeju - East Coast

      May 13 in South Korea ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Another day another coast, there are similar items on the itinerary but different of course. First up is Jeolmul Natural Forest for a short but beautiful walk through the cedar trees. Quintessentially Jeju. We then went to Seonguep Folk Village before stopping for lunch. After lunch, a quick visit to Fantastic Forest for another short walk, this one was a location for a BTS music video, to the delight of some of the younger guests.

      Beach visit to Gwangchigi Beach before heading to the Woman Diver Show. These women divers are tough old women who free dive into the sea to pick abalone and other shellfish. Because of the hard work, not many young people are taking this up. The ladies entertained us with some songs about how hard they work while their husbands spent the money, before diving into the water. To be honest, the whole experience felt very staged. We weren't sure if we were to wait for them to return to shore with their findings or if it was the end of the show.

      I waited a bit before ascending the stairs to climb Seongsam Ilchul-Bong, this is a great sunset spot, but we were climbing it for the views. It's a bit steep but definitely doable with the given time, and very rewarding as well. After a hike like that, hallabong ice cream was a sweet reward.

      We began to head back to Jeju via the Jongdalri Shore Road, a beautiful stretch of road that invites to gaze out the whole time (for those of us who didn't fall asleep) and made our final stop at Manjang-gul Cave, which is more of a lava tunnel and has the largest lava column in the world.

      Dinner tonight, tried another restaurant, this one close to the airport. Another bus trip, another discovery that it was closed. Luckily I didn't have to wait as long for a bus this time, and ended up back at the night market to grab something small.
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    • Day 13

      Jeju - South

      May 14 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      The south coast tour only runs on Sunday which was part of the reason I tried to include a Sunday in my Jeju itinerary. It's more of an active tour but yet another chance to see more of Jeju. Some of the area does overlap with the West Coast so it's interesting how they split it up.

      Elin was off today so we had another guide who with our agreement flipped our itinerary. Now we start our day at Jeongbang Waterfalls, a really pretty waterfall that is the only one in Korea that spills into the sea. We're able to get up close and personal for photos and views.

      Next a small hike to check out Oedolgae aka Lonely Rock. Legend has it that a grandmother turned into a rock while awaiting her husband to return from fishing. Our next stop would've been Jusangjeolli Hexagon Lava Cliffs which looked really cool, but it was under restoration so we couldn't go. Instead it was replaced by a temple visit.

      After lunch, we stopped by the Alive Musume to take fun trick eye photos. It was really cool to finally experience this but it definitely is more fun when you go with friends and can take all the photos you want without asking for help from strangers. Even though we were encouraged to help each other, it still felt a little shy to ask.

      One of the highlights of the day was hiking in Mt Halla National Park. We took the Eoseungsaenak Trail to one of the peaks. It was harder that yesterday's hike and the clouds were moving in fast so we only had quick glimpses of the scenery and other peaks. The last 'activity' of the day was the Mysterious Road which is an optical location where it looks like a vehicle is rolling up instead of down. I'm still not quite sure how it works as we were on the bus for this with the driver rolling in neutral.

      Dinner - finally a restaurant that was open. The guide recommended a local place Memeal Naeng Myeon as I was craving cold buckwheat noodles. It's right next to the Jeju Isaac Toast in old Jeju. There's no English menu, but it's easy enough to point.

      One last drink to farewell Jeju - a blue/purple magic-ade - absolutely delicious.
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