The Serene Jeju Island

On June 8, 2014 by Novita Karana
From Gimpo Airport to Jeju Island

From Gimpo Airport to Jeju Island

 

Jeju Island is one of seven wonders of nature. I think Jeju Island suits for couple or honeymooners. It’s really silent and peace, visit Jeju at April and you will see yellow flowers bloom everywhere.

Jeju Island is an island located under South Korea. Jeju is known for its stunning natural scenery, fine beaches, waterfalls, cliffs, excellent seafood and mild weather. There’re 3 UNESCO Heritage Sites at Jeju Island. I visited only one from the 3 sites. The 3 sites are Seongsan Sunrise Peak, Geomunoreum Lava Tube, and Mt. Hallasan. You can see the explanation hereStay here for 3 days 2 nights will be varied and rewarding with much to see and do.

You can reach Jeju from Gimpo Airport at South Korea for 1 hour (price around 77.000 won). Gimpo airport is airport for domestic flight. Incheon airport is for international flight.
I had flight from Indonesia to Incheon, had my ginseng lunch soup at Incheon and then drove to Gimpo and fly with Korean Airlines to Jeju.

 

 

 

 

Jeju Oriental Hotel

Jeju Oriental Hote

Jeju Oriental Hotel, pic is taken from http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/

The tour operator chose Jeju Oriental Hotel. This hotel has strategic location, near Jeju airport and has minimarket and restaurants. If you chose Jeju Oriental, choose room with ocean view, you will wake up and hear sound of sea. If i go to Jeju, i want to try Ocean Suite Jeju that face the ocean.

The room is nice and they have casino on lobby.

It would be nice if this hotel provide liquid shampoo and liquid soap for free. They don’t put shampoo in bathroom. Shampoo is near the refrigerator with 48.000 won charged if you use it. We did’t know this fact at night, so in the morning everybody wash their hair with soap bar :)))))

Breakfast buffet was great with many variant menu plus sashimi, salad, porridge, eggs, bacon, potato, bread, cereal, rice, and some Korean dishes.

Wifi is fast, but didn’t reach 5 floor. I had to go to lobby to access the internet.

 

The Route for 3 days 2 night
Here’s our route for 3 days 2 nights. There’re so many museums at Jeju, but we don’t have enough time to see the museum.
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Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road)

Mysterious Road

Mysterious Road

We visit Mysterious Road. Suddendly the driver kill the engine and we all felt the bus is roll up.  It has earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, when, in fact, such image of gravity defiance is an optical illusion rendered by the seemingly high surroundings.

Snack at Mysterious Road

There’re some food stalls sells some sausages, fruits, milk, pao :9

First Restaurant at Jeju Island

First Restaurant at Jeju

First Restaurant at Jeju

This is the first restaurant for our dinner at day one. I don’t know the name but i took picture the building and also the menu set. At Jeju, the best dish is fish of course :)

The fish comes with lots of little plates, like tofu and chili sauce, anchovy, kale, vermicelli, scrambled eggs, radish, and 2 kinds of kimchi. First kimchi is made at the same day. Second kimchi is made at least 3 month ago. I like the second one, the taste blends prefectly with the vegetables.  First kimchi is felt the vegetables and the red sauce is separated each others.

Seongyup Folk Village
In the morning at second day, we visit Seongyup Folk Village. This folk village is located at the foot of Mt. Halla on Jeju Island. I like the scenery when we were driving there. Flowers everywhere, we met some horse farm and saw the horse are live happily.

Water Barrel and Traditional House at Seongyup Folk Village

Water Barrel and Traditional House at Seongyup Folk Village

We saw some traditional habbits, like old toilet, barrel to keep water when summer, the straw roof houses. The left pic is barrel to save the water when summer come. They put 1 frog inside the barrel to keep the water clean. The right pic is the house with unique straw roof.

Ancient Toilet in Jeju Island

Ancient Toilet in Jeju Island

The ancient toilet is made from stone terraced above the pig house. So you will know what the black haired pigs are eaten. Long time ago when men want to poop, they always bring wood stick to make the black pig away from the hole :))

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At Seongyup Village, there’s a mini board Jewel in The Palace Film.  It is said, this is the shooting place where Jang-geum learns and practices medicine while serving local government of Jeju Island . It houses different areas where you can go around and explore for yourselves the unique culture and living in the ancient times of Korea.

 

 Seongsan Illchubong Sunrise Peak 

Seongsan Illchubong Sunrise Peak
When arrived, the two Dol Hareubangs will greet you at Seongsan Sunrise Peak. Don’t be surprise, you will meet the statues in some places at Jeju. Even the souvenir shop sells stone statues like this. I heard someone said  ”This is the Jeju’s icon but I don’t want bring stone inside my suitcase” :))

Dol hareubangs are large mushroom-like statues found on Jeju Island. They are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility and were placed outside of gates for protection against demons travelling between realities. The dol hareubangs are carved from volcanic rock. The statues’ faces feature grinning expressions, bulging eyes without pupils and slight smile, and their hands rest on their bellies, one slightly above the other. In sets of two, one has a higher left hand, and the other a higher right hand. Their hat is commonly referred to mushroom-like.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. There is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. Sometime, this Korea’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site calls “Korea’s Hawaii”.

It’s nicknamed Sunrise Peak because it on the eastern corner of Jeju-do Island and it’s unique volcanic-dome structure creates some visually appealing spectacles as the sun comes up in the early morning.  It was formed via volcanic activity many years ago and what’s left is a huge crater on top this little 182m mountain-peninsula in Jeju. That’s why cosmetic from Jeju volcanic rock is very well known and good for skin.

Come to Jeju at spring time (around April) and you will be amazed! Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers. I came on mid May and all yellow flowers was gone and turn to green :)

Seongsan Illchubong Sunrise Peak Seongsan Illchubong Sunrise Peak

The picture below is kind souvenirs from Jeju’s icon: Dol Hareubangs. Some of them are real from volcanic stone and some statues from (maybe) gypsum but painted like stone :))  I didn’t buy one of them, but if you like stone, i think you have to buy one of the stones. At Seoul, you will not find these stones.  I prefer to fill my suitcase with something cute than stones.

Jeju Souvenir

 

Seopjikoji
Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do Island. “Seopji” is the old name for the area, and “Koji” is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land. There are stonewalls along the road to block the wind on the way to the lighthouse at the end of Seopjikoji. Within the stonewalls, you may find the most brilliant rapeseed flower fields every April. Remember, April is the best moment to visit Jeju Island. Tour guide said, the cherry blosssom will greet you on your way :)

Since no one of group tour wants to go to the light house (grandpa and grandma prefer sat on the bus and some is buy ice cream or see the souvenir shop) and we only have 30 minutes here, i tried to manage the time to explore the area.

Dried Octopus at SeopjikojiFirst, i went down to the beach to see some sunbathing octopus. I amazed seeing the octopus neatly on the line. Then, i explore the souvenir shop area see the grilled octopus and smell the delicious taste of it. After that, I walked as fast as i can to the hill, and take some shot there. This shot is taken by my boss :’)

If you’re a tour leader, you have to manage your time. You have not enough time to explore because you have to count and keep an eye at your group. I saw a lighthouse from a far, take a picture and very quickly go down to the bus. (pic will upload later)
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Cheonjeyeon Waterfall
Cheonjeyeon Falls also known as ‘The pond of God’, and the tale says that 7 nymphs usually take a bath on the pond. When the guide said that, one grandpa replied,” Will I see the nymphs inside that ponds? All of us hope to see the beautiful nymphs there :))”. Of course you won’t see the beautiful nymphs there, but the ponds will make you want to take off clothes and take a bath!

You will see the water on the ponds is very clear and so cold. You can also see the rock inside the ponds clearly.

Cheonjeyeon Waterfall consists of 3 parts. The water from the first waterfall becomes the second and third waterfalls and flows into the sea. I only visit the first waterfall. On May, i found no waterfall at the first one, just the pond. So, i decided not to go to the second and third waterfall.
Cheonjeyeon Waterfall

 

Seonimgyo Bridge
There is the “Seonimgyo Bridge”, only 5 minutes walking from the Cheonjeyeon Waterfall. The Bridge’s Arch has 7 nymphs carved on the side. Seonimgyo Bridge is 128 meters in length, 78 meters in height, I spent 10 minutes at the bridge and enjoy the scenery. At left side, you can see hill, trees, and sea. At right side, you can see the trees. When autumn comes, imagine all trees will show the best colours. 

At Seognimyo Bridge and One of the carved Nymph on Side.

At Seognimyo Bridge and One of the carved Nymph on Side.

360 degree view from the Seognimyo Bridge

360 degree view from the Seognimyo Bridge

 

O’sulloc Green Tea Museum
In Asia, tea is a big thing. O’sulloc is one of the famous brand of tea in Korea. The “O” in “O’sulloc”, means to appreciate and enjoy, and it also stands for the origin of sulloc.

O'sulloc Tea Museum

You will greet with hundred of paper cups and fresh flowers before you enter the hall of tea cup.
The entire building of the museum, which first opened in September 2001 takes the shape of a green tea cup. It seeks to harmonize the cultures of the West and East, and past traditions with the modern world.

Hall of Paper Cup and Flowers

 

 

And then you will be guided to see tea cups hall. Hall of Tea Cup

After tea cups hall, you will see how green tea is making and taste the green tea. A beautiful lady will serve you the green tea in mini cup.Taste the Green Tea

 

 

 

There souvenir shop where you can buy tea with nice packaging. The Secret Tea Story Book below costs 40.000 KRW (around Rp. 440.000). I love all packaging, it feels like throw back to college for ilustration subject :)) Nice Packaging

They have cafe with speed wifi. Finally, i can connect to internet :)) Their green tea latte cost 7000KRW.  Pricey, but it worth when you drink at the Osulloc garden at Jeju Island. There’re Osulloc branch too at Myeongdong. Enjoy your green tea at the garden at the back of the building or lotus pond in the indoor garden. I love their garden chair that comes with the table to enjoy the tea.
Osulloc Garden

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