Day 2 Itinerary (Part 2)
Moving on to the 2nd half of my Jeju day tour – you can read the first part here – our first stop after lunch was Jusangjeolli Cliff.
2663, Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주 서귀포시 중문동 2663
Entrance fee: KRW2000
Jusangjeolli Cliff is located in the Jungmun area and the rocks formed along the coast are really amazing!
The viewing area is not a very huge area, sufficient for you to have a closer look at the rocks and basically just for photo opportunities. It’s amazing how the natural landscape of Jeju island is because these rocks are formed by lava when Hallasan erupted. I find this a common theme around Jeju island – rocks and more rocks lol! – so I would recommend that you pick wisely the places if you are short of time. Jusangjeolli Cliff is worth a visit because of its breathtaking scenery of the sea against the rocky background.
Mandatory groupshot everywhere!
So beautiful isn’t it? ^^
He bought us Jeju tangerines to munch along the way when we left Jusangjeolli Cliff. These are really addictive! I couldn’t stop peeling and popping them into my mouth the entire time and the 7 of us actually finished the whole bag (think there were at least 40-50 of them inside) and we just polished them off before reaching the next destination. Super awesome!
Moving along, we wanted to make our way to Cheonjeyeon Waterfall but Mr Won told us that the waterfall is quite dry during winter lol. Even the stream below was really dried up due to the cold weather so he took us to a small rest stop where you can see a clear view of the Seonimgyo Bridge. Headed off elsewhere afterwards because it was getting pretty late and our next stop was a highlight of my Jeju wishlist.
Day 2 Itinerary (Part 1)
Hello! I finally finished editing my Jeju island pics. It was hell because of the constant picture spamming we took amongst us so…. be prepared for a ton of pictures over the next few entries :P
Anyway pictures are way better than words because they provide visuals to you so you’ll know what to expect when visiting these places. So let’s go go and continue with the day’s activities.
We hired a driver – Mr Won Man Soo – for 8 hours (KRW 200,000 in total for 7 persons, each additional hour at KRW20,000) to bring us to the places of interest because renting a car to self-drive was out of the option (too many people to fit into a sedan plus I was the only one with a driver’s license and wasn’t confident to drive on the left) and that these places are not very accessible via public transport. Then again there have been people who have successfully travelled via public transport all around Jeju island so I would say weigh your options. Definitely more cost efficient to hire a driver if you are travelling in groups of 3 or more.
I liaised with Mr Won via email on the itinerary for the day’s trip and while he didn’t give much feedback on my planned schedule in the emails, his response to my emails were very quick! Upon reaching Jeju, I sent him a Whatsapp message to remind him to pick us up at our guesthouse the next day and replies were very prompt and polite. He came to our guesthouse at 8am sharp and we rearranged the itinerary on the spot because he said that my list of places to visit would take 2 days *insert laughing face* so I said okay, we prioritised where we wanted to go and settled on 5 places in total for the day before setting off.
I really enjoyed his services because he was chatty and affable, spoke decent English and some Chinese (he worked in a hotel for several years before the career change to travel guide), very prompt replies during our correspondence prior to the trip, decent hiring rates, clean car (we had a mini van to seat all 7 of us comfortably) and he takes pictures of us with his mobile phone (and sends it to me via Whatsapp lol!) and also with our cameras so no worries on not being able to have someone take pictures for you :D So I highly recommend him if you are searching for a driver in Jeju, two thumbs up for his services!
Mr Won’s details below:
Mobile number: +82-10-3697-2303 (he is contactable via Whatsapp)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok, so our first stop was to a place to order kimbaps because we were too early for breakfast at the guesthouse. Needed the morning fuel because our next stop was Seongsan Ilchulbong or Sunrise Peak as many would call it.
284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12
Information below from KTO website:
At Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop. (Travel time : 2 hrs)
At Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, take a Direct Bus (Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan) and get off at Seongsalliipgu bus stop (Travel time: 2 hr 30 min)
At Seongsalliipgu bus stop, you will see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Walk to the peak (about 1km).
Entrance fees: KRW2000 for adults
I recall climbing this mountain way back in 2005 after my O levels during my first trip to Korea. It was hell then. 9 years later in 2014, I attempted my second attempt up the peak and wanted to die halfway LOL!
Day 1 Itinerary (Part 2)
Hi~ Omg it took uberly long for me to edit all the pictures and even then we are still on Day 1 only *instant mental breakdown* T.T Anyway you can refer back to this post for the first half of the day’s journey.
Choice of our accommodation for 2 nights was The Forest Hostel which is located in Jeju-si. Jeju Island is separated into two halves – Jeju-si and Seogwipo. Seogwipo is in the southern part of Jeju Island and that is where all the major tourist attractions are which makes it the more popular choice for tourists to search for accommodation.
However, in consideration of my friend Hyunju’s late evening flight from Seoul to Jeju that day, we decided to stay in the Jeju-si half of the island because of the close proximity to the airport and also because we were not planning to rent a car to drive on our own (We hired a driver the next day to take us to all the tourist attractions. This will be in the next entry :D) since I was the only one with a driving license and I was not confident on driving on the left hand side of the road :/ Better to be safe than sorry.
Anyway I am very ashamed to say that this is the only picture I have of my double room at The Forest Hostel HAHAHA! We had arrived there at around 1pm, checked-in, left our bags at their storage area and headed off to the tourist information centre to catch the free shuttle bus up to Mt Halla or Hallasan as part of a Winter Festival organized by the Jeju Tourism Organization (JTO). Obviously this will not be available anymore when my entry is published but okay, you can pray that it’ll be organized again this winter perhaps? LOL #sorry
No matter how tired we are, there is always time for a wefie!
Kyyyyaaaaaa!~ Finally reached Mt Halla/Hallasan after 45 minutes on the bus and was greeted by this sea of white snow :D Our decision to come here instead of going to a ski resort back in Seoul was because 1. this is a free event and we thought we’d save money by using the sleds/toboggans provided 2. YOLO – none of us had visited Hallasan before.
But sadly, nothing is free here. You have to bring your own sleds/toboggans, food stalls only ran for a certain timing by the organizers and there was a small ‘convenience store’ run by the staff working at the park which had nothing but cup noodles/ramen and candy O.O
Omg it was so shocking for us because we had expected food tents to be set up (yeah it was… just that we arrived past their operational hours wtf) and obviously no sleds/toboggans were available for rental. Moral of the story? Don’t be too kiam and just spend the money to go to a ski resort xD
Since we were already there we just decided to bear with the hunger and just milk the opportunity of having to take pictures in the snow. Free one, cannot hiam too much really lol.
These are all brought by the people who came. Apparently they sell those plastic toboggans at Lotte Mart too (I saw hahahah!). Could only look on enviously at them having fun playing in the snow. Here’s the photo zone experience as advertised on the event page.