I'm back with a little guide on where to visit when you're at Jeju Island as promised on my last post regarding <Places to visit in Busan, Korea>, you can read it here if you missed it earlier! Beneath are some places in which I had visited during my last trip to Jeju Island, Korea (early November):
1. Udo IslandUdo Island is situated off the eastern coast of Jeju Island and boasts several scenic sights from white sand beach to farm fields, a place to unwind and a spend a day away from the city!
If you're interested on how to get to Udo Island, below are some details that may help you:
- You are required to take a bus from the terminal in Jeju City to Seongsan Port which costs (3,000 won, an hour and a half journey) where the ferry departs from.
- Purchasing of ferry ticket: This can be done conveniently once you arrive Seongsan Part. Cost 2,000 won per person. The journey takes about 15 minutes and the ferry leaves once every hour.
- Once you arrive at the island, there's a choice for you to navigate around the lying cow shaped island through shuttle bus, bikes, ATVs etc. (I opted for shuttle bus!)
I'd say avoid visiting during summer as it can be quite crowded unless you're up for a beach vacay!
Below are some visuals which will do this place justice so enjoy!
There's just something about me and my love for horses...
On the way to Udo Island!
@ Udo Sanho Beach
Don't go visiting Udo Island without trying its famous peanut soft serve ice cream as peanuts are one of this island's main crops! I have to admit I really love this!!! The perfect treat after several long walks around the island!
I got the peanut soft serve from this shop!
2. Hiking up Seongsan IlchulbongSeongsan Ilchulbong (one of the 7 Wonders of Nature in the World), also known as "Sunrise Peak" is one of Jeju's many scenic landmarks and it is also UNESCO World Heritage monument. It is said that Seongsan Ilchulbong rose from the shallow seabed due to a volcanic eruption, resulting in a tuff cone in which is a good spot to overlook the entire landscape of Jeju Island. Tourist would usually hike early in the morning to catch the sunrise, hence the given name, and knowing that I'm never an early riser... I'd never sacrifice my sleep for it, until and unless I'm promised with a rewarding view hehe.
Hiking up is quite manageable as there are proper steps along the trail that are well maintained but bare in mind that there are several bumpy pathways that requires you to be in proper shoe wear. It took us about 40 minutes to reach the peak with several pit stops but with an overflowing crowd, it may slow you down too. Don't rush your way up to the peak and continually embrace the beauty of nature as each view differs at different vintage points along the trails, it's worth taking a few looks back while you're hiking up!
Cost: 2,000 won per person
Where the hiking begins..
Half way up! & embracing the cold..
3. O'sulloc Tea Musuem & Innisfree Jeju HouseThis is one place that you MUST visit if you ever step foot to Jeju!! Not because of the musuem... but to indulge in their green tea offerings and visit the very well known O'sulloc cafe which specialises in all things green tea from cakes, ice creams, lattes and so on! Honestly, I've never loved green tea ice cream this much and after tasting this, I have to say nothing that I've tried is compatible to the goodness of what O'sulloc has to offer. And I truly mean it. Writing this blogpost makes me crave for it so so badly....
Also, if you're there, be sure to visit Innisfree to splurge a little as it's way cheaper there!
Always loved how tea plantations look somewhat photogenic, hence, an opportunity like this calls for a picture!
4. Jeongball Waterfall
Jeongbang Fall is said to be the only waterfall in Asia that flows directly into the ocean which makes it... a tourist area. There's a flight of stairs which leads you towards the waterfall to have an up close view. All you need is a good 20-30mins of your time spent there for some photo taking & another tourist destination check! I loved how the weather that day was simply perfect and the coloured rays of the rainbow that gradually appeared was a great addition to the perfection of the shots taken!
5. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
'Cheonjiyeon derives its name from the legend that the seven fairies serving the King of Heaven came down to the pond on stairs of cloud and bathed in its clean waters.'
Not a place I'll recommend to visit as it's just another waterfall to me with nothing much to shout about. I only added it in to the list cause this was one of the place I visited.
@ Ocean Palace Hotel //My humble stay during my few days at Jeju Island. Loved the concept of my room with a touch of marble and white to it! I'd say it's my favourite kind of combination. The marble wall calls for more mirror selfies hehe!
This marks the end of my Korea journey, excuse the inefficiency in blogging as laziness took over me! I hope this little guide helps you in a way or another with the planning of your itinerary!