20 Weeks in Korea
Daejeon sunset before my 2 Weeks in Jeju Island
Last dinner before my Jeju Island trip, Chicken Feet! (no bones)
We took the plane from Cheongju Airport to fly to Jeju Island. This airport was an hour bus ride from the Daejeon Bus Terminal
Waiting inside Cheongju Airport
Playing rock scissor paper inside the plane! Only on Jeju Air!
We arrived at 8 p.m. and took a taxi to our hostel, 15 minute ride costs around $3.50. After we checked in, we visited Yongduam Rock which was only a 15 minute walk from our hostel. Can you see the dragon head?
Jeju Bus Terminal. The next day we visited a maze park, cave and a beach
At Kimnyoung Maze Park. Why sit on the chairs when you can sit on the table?
Maze entrance to the right and the goal up the stairs in the middle (obviously you can’t start there)
Need to to reach that bell!
I made it!
After Kimnyoung Maze Park, we walked 1 km down the road to Manjanggul Cave
A section of the cave floor, looks crazy!
Later that afternoon, we swam in Hamdeok Seoubong Beach
After the beach we walked around Jeju City, just another underground shopping walkway in Korea
갈치조림. We chose this meal from the plastic food displays that are in the front window of the restaurant. A lot less then the plastic display
The next day we planned to visit Geomun Oreum first
The Jeju bus system was really efficient, we took the bus to almost every place we visited
We got off the bus and saw this, very foggy in the mountains!
We walked to the Geomun Oreum entrance and the staff there told us that we needed to register to hike this UNESCO site
So we registered for the next morning, a little dissapointed since we travelled all the way there and then finding out we couldn’t enter
After registering, we walked to our next site on our list, Sangumburi Crater. We met some horses along the way
The fog hung around all day
The walk was really long, a good hour walk
Along the way, a local jeju farmer helped us with directions to Sangumburi Crater
Met some more horses
Sangumburi Crater. Couldn’t see anything because of the fog..
No view.. Oh deer..
Looking for a bus to catch back to Jeju City
For dinner this day, we had the famous Black Pork that’s only offered on Jeju Island. If you gave me normal pork and black pork, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference
We walked around the harbour after dinner
More fog moving in..
Basketball along the harbour
The next day, Geomun Oreum. To hike this crater, you need to register as you can only enter with a guide
Our guide for the hike. She could only speak Korean, so we probably missed out on all the interesting facts
This route was blocked..
Our group. Hiking with the military
It was really nice walking around Geomun Oreum
Roughly halfway of the hike, we were given the option of walking back to the start or walking a few more kilometres around the top of the crater. We chose the second option
Never ending stair case..
Peak of the crater!
View from the top
After a day of hiking, we visited Samyang Beach
Samyang Beach is famous for its black sand
The next day, we spent the day on Udo Island
Udo Island is located east of Jeju Island. A 15 minute ferry ride that costs roughly $4 (return) can get you to this island
You can rent ATV’s, scooters or bikes and ride around the island. We just spend the day on the beach
On the ferry back to Jeju Island
Next day. Hallasan. The highest mountain in Korea. We took the Eorimok Trail to hike up
This trail started at around 1000m above sea level
After 1500m high, you walk out into an open area
A rail car. This rail goes to the top of hallasan, at this point of the hike, this would be really nice to take down the mountain
Resting stop. Cup noodles and other small food snacks were sold up here
Initially we thought we could take the Eorimok Trail to the top, then walk around the top of the crater and take another route down. But the Eorimok Trail led to the Donnaeko Trail (which doesn’t go to the peak) and the Yeongsil Trail
Taking the Yeongsil Trail down was a good choice
Long way down..
Once we finished the Yeongsil Trail, we had to walk another 40 minutes to the closest bus stop. Spot the deer
While waiting for the bus, we visited the Chonjaam Temple Site
For dinner, I had 옥돔구이 (Okdom-gui), a Jeju Island special
Fireworks at the harbour. An old lady pushing a trolley was selling fireworks by the harbour, apparently it’s legal to let off fireworks in Korea
Next day we visited Hallim Park first
This cockatoo was saying “annyeonghaseyo”!
Couple clothing is very common in Korea The weirdest sight was when I saw a whole family wearing the same shirts.. (dad, mum, ~17 year old son, ~12 year old son, ~10 year old daughter)
One of the main attractions of Hallim Park is Hyeopjaegul Cave
Certain sections of the cave’s ceiling looks like a dragon. This part is meant to be the dragon’s body
Hallim Park also has a bonzai garden
Smiling face (:
Hallim Park even had a small section which displayed old tradional Korean houses
Dolharubang (Stone Grandfather) is a black lava statue of an old man. These are seen everywhere on Jeju Island
Waterfall in Hallim Park
After Hallim Park, we walked 10 minutes down the road to Hyeopjae Beach!
The water was really nice, not too cold!
The water was clear too! The only problem, no waves!
By the beach, stone work
Sunset at Hyeopjae Beach
The next morning we left Hostel Korea in Jeju City and headed south to Seogwipo
On the way to Seogwipo, we took the bus to the east point of Jeju Island and visited the famous Seogsan Ilchubong Peak
View from top looking back at Jeju
Inside the crater
This place was suggested to visit during sunrise
Definitely a must see on Jeju Island
After we found our hostel in Seogwipo, we visited Cheonjiyeon Falls. It was only a 10 minute walk
Light bulb boats
Dinner time! We walked along Chilsimri Food Street which again was really close to our hostel
And we found this place
And had this meal again, 갈치조림 (some kind of boiled fish). It was much nicer here
The next day, the first place we visited was Sambang Mountain
At the highest point we could walk up the mountain
View from the highest (allowable) point. We thought we could hike to the top of this mountain, but we found out that you can only see the buddha statue inside the cave
Part of Yongmeori Caost, not sure why, but they closed the coast that day
Looking back at Sambang Mountain. I can see why they don’t allow you to hike this mountain
In the afternoon, we visited Jeongbang Falls
Fresh seafood on the rocks
There were a lot of school children this day!
A clear view
We tried some fresh seafood. My friend ordering our plate
Our seafood plate
Seafood by the sea. The two grandmas clean everything with sea water, carry buckets full of sea water and sit there all day
After Jeongbang Falls, we walked 15 minutes along the coast and found Seojeongbang Falls. A smaller waterfall with no crowd
After Seojeongbang Falls, we walked around looking for dinner
Bought take away dinner here. A gimbap restaurant. All those scooters are delivery scooters
We took our dinner to back to our hostel and ate on the rooftop
Night view from the rooftop
The next day’s weather, rain all day. So we decided to visit a few museums, first was Chocolate Land
This museum was a dissapointment. The information on the walls were all in Korean and not much to see. They had a room which displayed a lot of chocolates from the world
Next was Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Car with a spa on the boot
Places Ripley visited
128 = New Zealand?
After spending 3 hours in the museum, the weather was clear for a few hours so we walked down to Jungmun Beach
A surfing competition was being held at Jungmun Beach
From Jungmun Beach, we walked 20 minutes to the Jusangjeolli cliff
Volcanic rock formations
Marinated raw horse meat and horse intestines for dinner!
Hallasan again the next day. This day we took the Seongpanak Trail up, the sign suggested it will take 4 hours and 30 minutes to the top. But it took us under 2 hours and 45 minutes
Spot the deer
1000 metres! The start of the trail started at around 750 metres above sea level
Halfway rest stop
Made it to the top!
Right side of the Crater
Left side of the Crater
Busy hiking day
Fresh breeze, so relaxing at the top
Clouds passing by
Above the clouds
Walking back down the Gwaneumsa Trail
My friend filling up his water bottle
Spot the frogs
The sign says it should take 3 hours and 30 minutes to go down this trail, it took us 1 hour and 30 minutes
Black pork BBQ for dinner
Pyoseon Beach the next day
After the beach we visited the Jeju Folk Village Museum
Old style toilet
Black Pigs. They’re usually in the small area behind the toilet..
Old style kitchen
This area was used to film a Korean drama
Part of the acting crew
Leaving the village
Back in Jeju City
Last Sunset in Jeju Island
The next morning inside Jeju International Airport, 2 weeks in Jeju felt so short!