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Korea Trip 2011 Day 6 – Jeju West Tour

In Asia, Korea, Personal, Travel on April 13, 2011 by eongxien

Our last day at Jeju was the most fun we had. Sylvia booked us a taxi tour that took us to the West side of the island. There are actually more attractions to cover in the west, as compared to the east. As our flight back to Seoul was scheduled at 6pm, we only picked the ones that were interesting.

The night before we left, Sylvia gave us paper and a set of colour pencil to design our own comments, which would be pasted on the guest house’s wall. If you happened to come across a comment from Xien & Cindy from Malaysia & Indonesia, that’ll be us!

After we checked out from the hotel, Sylvia introduced us to our friendly taxi driver, Mr. Koh:

YAKCHEON TEMPLE &  JUSANG JEOLLIDAE

Our first 2 destinations were the Yakcheon Temple and Jusang Jeolidae. The former is a Buddhist temple located not far away from Seogwipo town. Interestingly, the structure and interior of these temples are not dissimilar from the ones in Malaysia. According to Sylvia,there will be a daily prayer held in the evening by local monks.

Our next stop was the Jusang Jeolidae, which apparently were pillar-shaped points of Mt. Mudeungsan. There we came across a woman diver who was selling alive seafood. In case you didn’t know the impressive story of these Jeju divers, they would dive into the sea without any diving equipment to capture marine products, which would be sold later to support their family. What’s more impressive is that even without any breathing aid, they could stay underwater for about 2 minutes. The woman divers that we came across are typically in their 30s to 50s,  which puts us youngsters to shame.

TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM

Our 3rd stop, much to Megasari’s delight was the Teddy Bear Museum. Entrance fee was slightly expensive, but the museum had a large variety of teddy bears in its exhibition. Framed in glasses, these Teddys were dressed up and decorated to mirror events and cultures of the world. There was a section that was dedicated to the history of teddy bears.

HANDMADE NOODLES

As we were pretty much sick of barbecue that day, we specially requested for some local noodles. Mr.Koh then brought us to a restaurant whose specialty were handmade noodles with clams. I personally prefer handmade noodles like La Mian and Soba as there is a certain freshness in it that packeted ones could never get. True enough, not only the food was cheap, the noodles were fresh and chewy. The clams were fresh and went well with the sweet broth. Even the kimchi and glutinous rice donuts (Yup, they sell donuts as well) were delicious. The only minor complaint we had was that the portion was really huge.

I’m not entirely sure where the restaurant is (If I’m not mistaken, it’s down the main road from the Shilla/Teddy Bear Museum), perhaps you could write down the Hangeul name and present it to a local when you’re there.

YONGMEORI CLIFFS

The Yongmeori Cliffs are somewhat a wonder of Jeju as its natural stack of rocks look like they are lifted from the middle east. In the second photo below, you could see the Sanbang Mountain in the background, which if you have the time, could attempt to hike. Other attractions around the area include a replica of the 17th century dutch ship (Inspired by events where a dutch explorer discovered Korea and was capture by the Joseon government) and horse riding activities.

Here’s a compilation video of the Yongmeori Cliffs (As well as the Jeju Olle 7 taken a day before). Excuse the jerky video.

O’SULLOC TEA MUSEUM

The O’Sulloc Tea Museum was slightly disappointing (We forgo the Glass Museum which although was highly recommended by Sylvia, would take us a long time), though they had a cafe that served a wide variety of tea-based food/drink products. We heard that Green Tea Ice-Cream was good, so we bought one for each of us. Priced at 4,000won (RM11) it’s certainly not cheap but the dessert is SSOOOOO tasty and creamy without being too sweet. Can we bring this to Malaysia???!!!

MYSTERIOUS ROAD & LOVE LAND

Our final stops – The Mysterious Road and Love Land are actually located near Jeju Town. Mysterious Road is an interesting one. Let’s say if you park your car on a slope and release your handbrake, logically your car should move towards the foot of the slope. However, it doesn’t happen in this case (Hence the name), check out the video below (You could hear Mr.Koh saying “It’s an optical illusion” xD):

Our last attraction at Jeju was one of its kind. The Love Land is a sex-themed sculpture park that was opened a few years ago. Now, this is a place where you should leave your children behind as although some of the sculptures are funny and subtle, a lot of them depicts some outrageous sexual positions. Sex education this is not. But between you and your open-minded friends, you’ll definitely find lots of laughter.

On a side note, there were a bunch of old ladies who were amused by the self-pleasure bicycle in the park. They couldn’t stop laughing when they rode the bicycle. Perhaps – if you’re a girl – you ought to give it a try when you’re there. xD

That was the end of our Jeju trip. After Love Land, we headed to the airport to catch our flight back to Jeju. Whilst Seoul is far more advanced and urbanized than Jeju, there’s something in the warmth & heart of Jeju and its people that is lacking elsewhere. Whether it’s the kindness of Sylvia, or the friendliness of our taxi driver, or the bubbliness of the waitress, it makes you feel welcomed. Perhaps it’s because the people are appreciative of what tourism has brought to them and feel obligated to make visitor’s stay pleasant.

Before our Korea trip, I thought we would spend too much time at Jeju. Now that the trip is over, I’m of the opinion that you can never spend too much time at Jeju. I definitely long to go back to the island sometime in the future and hopefully it would be Spring time then. =)

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9 Responses to “Korea Trip 2011 Day 6 – Jeju West Tour”

  1. Hey!
    I chanced upon your blog when researching on Korea.
    Ohh so you mean we can take a taxi tour in Jeju?
    We found out that the usual tours are too pricey or some of the places that are included in these tours are not what we are interested in so we were trying to find alternatives.

    Can I ask how did you go about with the booking and all? Did your hotel help you? And do we have to let the driver know beforehand all the places we want to go? Can they speak english? haha and how much did you pay, is it a fixed price or by the distance?

    Thanks (:

    • Hey val!

      Thanks for visiting! =)
      The place we stayed at was Tae Gong Gak Guesthouse and the owner, Sylvia used to live in the States for some time before moving back to Korea so she can speak fluent English. She helped us with the taxi booking and the rate we payed was a flat rate full day tour (Full Day = 8 hours). The rates are very affordable if you go in groups.

      As for the attraction sites, Sylvia lent us a guidebook and recommended some places of interest to visit. All we did was decide on the few we wanted to go to and she relayed the information to the driver but don’t worry, the driver can speak decent English. =)

      Feel free to check out Tae Gong Gak Guesthouse:
      http://www.lepotel.kr/eng/index.html

      Also if you need any more information, feel free to email me at ig.lzfreak87(a)gmail =)

      Regards,
      Xien

  2. Hi Xien,

    i will be going for around 7 days trip to Korea too, been thinking whether i should take a flight to Jeju island. Is it worth the trip? i am afraid there are too many places to cover in Seoul and no time for Jeju.

    • Is it worth it? Of course it is! =)

      Your question should be “I am afraid there are too many places to cover in Jeju that there is no time for Seoul” hahah. Do allocate 3d2n for Jeju and I swear you will not regret it. =)

      I take it you’ll be flying to Korea next week, so quickly make your arrangements.

      Good luck with your trip and enjoy your time in Korea! =)

  3. hi there, do u have the details of the taxi driver ? we’re going for 2 nights trip and thinking to hire an english speaking taxi driver for a day.

  4. Excellent piece of writing. I am going there on the 2 Dec and staying at the same place. Are there any eateries near the guesthouse (Tae Gong Gak)? My first day is going to be free and easy. Will only take a tour on day 2 and 3. Will just explore areas near the guesthouse on the first day as coming in only late afternoon.

  5. hi thanks for the info on jeju given us such clear picture where we should plan our visit. ! we will visit to jeju soon april. Can I seek ur advise on this few places we wish to visit but we not sure within one day trip can cover or not! We are interest on Mt. Hallasan mountain, woman diver, mystery road and love land. Is it possible we go around these in a day trip? Fyi we will stay in Tae gong inn too…the comments are too great.. 🙂
    Thanks ya!

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