[Travel] Trend Korea by Explore Seoul, Gangwon, Gyeonggi & Jeju Island on November 2017 (Day 4)

by - Sunday, January 07, 2018

On the fourth day, we've covered a few places around Seoul before we're headed to Jeju Island by Jeju Air for 4 days 3 nights. As usual, we start our day on an early morning. One reason I like to go to the café in the morning because I can the beautiful photos without interrupt of people in the café. Since this time, I just start the new project for my blog – which is I called as #CaféSeries and #UniqueStore. I was recovered a lot of unique concept of the café and the store around Seoul and Jeju island. I like to do this project so much and I would like to continue this project in future. 

The first café we visit is Zaping Café (자판기). The unique of this café is the pinky iconic vending machine door; most of the people will make the queue for taking the pictures of it. The concept of this café is extra for me. It looks like the beach concept. It's located in Mangwon-dong. The operation hours are from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm.


Then we're moving to another café; which is Creamfields Cakes & Flowers Café (크림필즈 케이크&플라워). The Creamfields Café is famous for desserts menu. Even name of the menu is also unique and creative. Most of the people love their cupcakes and drinks in this café. This café is located in Hongdae area. 

I think the concept of this café is California vibes. It looks so beautiful with marble, glass, fresh flowers arrangement, palm tree, and good words vibes. The operation hours are from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm for Monday until Saturday, but for Sunday is from 01:00 pm until 09:00 pm. 

The last café of that day is FNC WOW Café. The easiest café to find based on my opinion because it's located in the middle of Myeongdong area only. This café is located on the 4th Floor of a ‘Boots' Building in Myeongdong. The operation hours are from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm on every day. 

The interior of this café is recreated celebrities' backstages and dressing rooms under a 1980's, vintage theme. It also looks simple, classic, and minimal with gold and marble. Most of the desserts are named under FNC Entertainment artists, such as CNBLUE Berry Cake, Sensational Cranberry Feeling Cake, HONEYST Mango Cake, and more. Most of the FNC artists such as CNBLUE, F.T. Island, AOA and more are decorating walls, screens, and every corner in this cafe. For FNC fans, you never feel regret to come on this café. Just come if you get chance.

Then, we're back to Hongdae area. We're going to Grill 5 Taco Restaurant for taking away our lunch since we have a plane to catch-out on this day. Lucky, I still remember the way to go there so it's can save time a little bit. 

When we're arriving in Hongdae, I see many people look so excited to going out from the subway station. Then, I knew they just saw the first snowfall. It's not heavy snow, so I can't catch it on my iPhone's camera even I use the slow-mo apps. The temperature on that day is not funny guys. 

Then, we're going back to our guesthouse for start packing our luggage. Again our lucky, the snow was falling again and this time is quite heavy too. My sister gets to catch the video by using her iPhone. The period is short but it's enough to me for feeling excited to see the first snowfall in Seoul. I can't imagine that we get the chance to feel the first snow in mid-November 2017. It's quite early if compare to last year. 

We're taking the subway to go Gimpo International Airport. Our flight to Jeju Island is by Jeju Air and the flight time from Gimpo International Airport to Jeju International Airport is at 19:05 pm. This is my second-time travel to Jeju Island. The first time I went to Jeju Island in 2013 with my friends by the travel agent. Look like after 3 years, I'm going back to Jeju Island. But this is the first time for my mom and sister, they never go to Jeju Island before this so they look more excited than me. 

The first thing, I do is check-in our entire luggage at the Jeju Air counter. This is my second time visit the Gimpo International Airport. They have some renovation to do and a lot of things are change on the previous one. I quite confuse a little bit at the first time but the staffs at the airport so friendly and nice to help me very well, especially to Jeju Air's staff at the counter during our check-in luggage. He so nice and always smile to us. This is my first time manage the check-in luggage of the domestic flight so I quite confuse many things but he is good to explain to me and he also helps me in many things to manage the process of the check-in luggage. 

Since we've arrived early at the airport, we take our late lunch before check-in inside the waiting room. The journey is taken 1 hour 10 minutes from Seoul to Jeju Island. It's the small plane with 3-3 arrangement seat. They are served a drink to guest but since I'm so tired, I just sleep all the time. We're safely arriving at Jeju Island on 20:15 minutes. 

Actually, we take the ground arrangement package from Jeju Muslim Tour; which are include the transportation, guide, airport pick-up & drop-off, meal, entrance fee and hotel for 4 days 3 nights. Then the staff is pick-up us at the airport. She straight takes us to the hotel and take-away our dinner (rice and Assam Pedas fish with Korean style). We're staying at the triple room of the Champion Hotel.

For your information, the public transportation in Jeju Island is not convenient like in Seoul, Busan and big city in South Korea. Most of the public transportation in Jeju Island is taxi and bus only. So I'm suggesting taking the ground package, rental taxi, or rental car if you want to drive in Jeju Island. That is more convenient for tourist to explore Jeju Island. For me, I'm tired to get lost in Jeju Island so I just decide to take the ground package. That is easier and a bit expensive too. 

But I would like to give a little bit reminders here for who want to rent the car in Jeju Island. The most of GPS in the rental car is in Korean so you need booking early to make the reservation of English GPS. If you have not the choice to get the English version of GPS, you don't need to worry about that. You just need to put the telephone number of the place that you want to go in the GPS system, and then the GPS will show the direction to you. Just be careful while you are driving in Jeju Island city because the driver is not what you think, sometimes you will meet crazy driver too. Not expected that the company of the rental car will give you the information about the Jeju Island even the company rental car from Malaysia in Jeju Island. So please make your own research before you go to Jeju Island, especially to Muslim Tourist; you need to make research by yourself about the halal foods in Jeju Island. It's can save your time and you also not always getting lost too. Find the fun way to make your own full itinerary before you go to the Jeju Island. 

Here, the link to the continued stories about the Trend Korea by Explore Seoul, Gangwon, Gyeonggi & Jeju Island on November 2017 – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, and Day 10.

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