[Travel] Trend Korea by Explore Seoul, Gangwon, Gyeonggi & Jeju Island on November 2017 (Day 5)

by - Monday, January 08, 2018

On the fifth day, we're at Jeju Island and we start our tour on 09:30 am after a simple breakfast at the hotel. If you want to know what's we eat of our breakfast is just a fried egg, cereal, plain bread, jam, fruit salad (Jeju Orange & Apple), salad (cabbage only), cream soup, orange juice, and coffee. That is all and its same menu until we're back to Seoul.

The first place we stop is Gimnyeong Beach (김녕해수욕장). The journey from hotel to Gimnyeong Beach is taken almost 1 hour. The clear waters that are highlighted with cobalt-blue and the clean sand of Gimnyeong Beach steal our heart of that moment. The beach is popular with fishermen, who enjoy rope fishing from the rocks. This area is known to be good for catching striped beakfish and spotty belly greenlings. 

Address: Haemajihaean-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 해맞이해안로 (김녕리) 일대). 

Then, we're moving to another beach that just nearby from the Gimnyeong Beach as know as Woljeongri Beach (월정리해변 (월정리해수욕장)). Woljeongri Beach is known for its scenery, tranquil white sand, and beautiful emerald ocean. The near of the beach, a stretch of cozy and beautiful cafes align the streets. In addition, a drive along the beach is a great way to appreciate the exotic landscapes of Jeju Island.

Address: Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 월정리).

The third place we visit is Gimnyeong Maze Park (김녕미로공원). The Gimnyeong Maze Park is located between the two major tourist destinations of Manjanggul Cave and Gimnyeongsagul Cave. It was designed by the world famous company Adrian Fisher Minotaur Maze Design and funded by the lifetime savings of an American Professor at Jeju National University, Frederic H. Dustin, whose love for Jeju has kept him on the island for 27 years. This unique maze park contains foliages from all over Asia and has been personally maintained by Dr. Dustan since 1987.

There are three skywalks called ‘gureum dari' and an observatory, which are popular photo sites for tourists. They offer panoramic views of the entire maze. There are four ways to get through the maze from the entrance. If you use a map, it will take only 5 minutes, but without a map, it's a bit more difficult and can take up to 20 minutes. Some visitors have been known to spend up to 50 minutes lost in the maze before giving up and calling for help. 

This place is the filming location of "Bad Love" (drama) and "Daddy-Long_Legs" (movie) and more. The entrance ticket for the adult (individual) is KRW 3,300 (RM 12.50). We just spend 30 minutes in this area to take some beautiful photos. I do not play walk in the maze because I know I will take time and lost in the maze. 

Address: 122, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 122).

Then, we're moving to the fourth place is Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (성산일출봉) the one of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Its located on the eastern end of Jeju Island, 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. 

While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well. Like my sister, she takes gorse ride for around 10 minutes with the fare is KRW 5,000 (RM 19.00). The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. It's also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored canola flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold. 

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is the most popular place for tourists so I can see around the entrance area have a lot of shops. Most of the shop is selling the local Jeju souvenirs and foods at reasonable prices. I like the Fresh Hallabong Juice and it's quite famous in this area. The price for 1 bottle is KRW 4,000 (RM 15.20). If you see it, just take a chance to try it. 

Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12).

They take us to lunch at the McDonald at Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak area. They give us the set of shrimp burger (Coca-Cola, French fries, & shrimp burger). After lunch, we're moving to the fifth place is Seopjikoji Lighthouse (섭지코지). Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju Island and boasts fantastic scenery especially in April when yellow canola flowers are in full bloom, like the first time I went to Jeju Island. 

"Seopji" is the old name for the area, and "Koji" is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land. On top of the hill stands Hyeopja Beacon Fire Station, reaching 4 meters in height with a width and length of 9 meters. Seopjikoji was the filming site of "Gingko Bed", "The Uprising", "One Thousand and One Nights", and other Korean TV dramas. Nearby attractions include Jeju Folk Village and Udo Island. 

I feel different about this area is the new site of the housing. Honestly, I like the architecture of this house. It looks simple, modern, and elegant to me. We're also trying the food street of the grilled squid but I not sure what's called in Korean. If I do not mistake the price is around KRW 9,000 (RM 34.20). The special about the grilled squid is they grilled the squid on the stone. Yes, the taste is unique and fresh to me. 

Address: 107, Seopjikoji-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 섭지코지로 107).

After that, we're moving to our last place on this day which is Songeup Folk Village (성읍민속마을). It's located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island; Seongeup Folk Village is a small town that holds a vast amount of culture. 

The Seongeup Folk Village shows the unique culture of Jeju Island; the black lava rock walls, the straight but curvy alleys to block the wind, and the stone grandfather statues (Harubang), which have become a prime feature of the landscape. The local black-haired pigs and tongsi (pigsty/restroom) are especially well-known characteristics of Jeju folk culture. The Jeju black pork is said to be very nutritious but of course, Muslim tourists can eat this because it's not halal. Just to your knowledge that this area is famous for this kind of foods.   

Address: 104, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 표선면 성읍정의현로 104 (성읍리)). 

Then, we're moving to our hotel to take rest and dinner. Most of the day, our breakfast and dinner are just at our hotel. They give us the takeaway dinner and we have to eat our dinner at the restaurant area inside the hotel. 

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 4, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, and Day 10.

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