On July 1st we woke up before the sun was even up to head to the airport and catch our 7 am flight to Jeju Island. However, our flight was delayed for more than seven hours, so it was basically dinner time by the time we arrived in Korea. Furthermore, even though we were on a “5 day” tour of Jeju Island, our flight on the last day was at 10am so the actual time we spent there was more like 3 days. Jejudo is a truly amazing place and I’m sure there’s so much more to see, but our itinerary mostly consisted of places that were very tourist-y as in filled with tourists, mostly of the Chinese tour group variety. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with popular tourist attractions, but it would have been nice a few lesser known places, places that don’t scream tourist attraction. To be honest, I was a teeny bit disappointed with this trip, but I definitely want to visit Jejudo again, though sans tour group, which in my opinion would be the best way to truly and fully experience all the wonderful things Jejudo has to offer. Of course, my Korean has to get much better for that trip to become possible. Speaking of which, I started taking Korean classes last weekend and am really looking forward to the next class. The language school I chose is run by Kyuhyun’s (of Super Junior) father and my love of Super Junior may have influenced my choice a bit but I did look up reviews which were positive and I quite like my teacher as well as the environment, so that’s all that matters. Moving back to Jejudo, this post as well as the part 2 will be mostly photos plus a bit of commentary because a picture is worth a thousand words.
Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) (용두암)
Jeju Black Sands Hotel
Our hotel for night 1, 2 & 4
Eco Land Theme Park (에코랜드테마파크)
A beautiful and well organized park, sadly it was rainy quite heavily while we were there so the pictures didn’t turn out to well and I would have loved to spend more time exploring around.
Apparently Running Man has been here before!!! Don’t quite remember that episode so I may have to rewatch it.
Daheeyeon Garden (다희연)
Daheeyeon Garden is a major tea farm in Jeju, no wonder the green tea ice cream was sooo good!
Seongup Folk Village (성읍민속마을)
This traditional village is pretty well preserved and I felt like I was walking into a historical drama.
Lunch time! I love that the side dishes are all you can eat in Korea because kimchi is way too delicious!
Wrapping the meat in the lettuce wraps really balances out the greasiness of the meat, just looking at this picture is making me so hungry!
Pony Valley (포니밸리)
The first of three shows we watched, and also my least favorite to be honest, still quite impressive though.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (성산일출봉)
A UNESCO World Heritage site! So glad the sun decided to come out while we were at this attraction because the view was truly breathtaking, making the heart pumping stair climb totally worth it.
(END of Part 1)