Sunday, January 19, 2014

the Jeju times.

We're coming to the end of our time on Jeju Island now, after four amazing days.

Day one we visited Udo Island (see previous post).

Day two we visited Manjanggul to see the lava tube caves. These are not too far underground and about a 15 min easy walk from the entrance to the end. Amazing sight and lots of good info along the way to tell you how different features of the caves were created.  We then walked down to the bus stop which was really nice, an easy walk along the road through the forest. 

We were planning on visiting 'Mazeland' in the afternoon but were on the wrong bus route so decided to go back to Jeju city and see more around there. The hostel was kind enough to lend us some bikes (2 good ones and 1 mini one which I rode) and we biked along the waterfront of the city.

In the evening we planned to go to a Mexican restaurant in the busier part of the city but couldn't find it and ended up somewhere called Harry's Pub, and had a burger and cider for dinner which was freaking amazing.

Day three we had planned on traveling up Hallasan to see the snow, but when we stepped out of the hostel it was rainy and misty, so we decided to travel to the south of the island to Seowipo.  We had a really nice day just wandering around the town which is much smaller and feels more like a fishing village than anything. There is also a small island just off shore connected by a cable bridge so we walked around there before lunch. 

In the afternoon we went to Jeongbang Pokpo which is said to be the only waterfall in Asia that falls straight into the sea.  We then caught the bus back to Jeju and tried golbi for dinner - basically chicken hotpot I think? 

Day four we finally went to Hallasan to play in the snow.  We didn't have proper gear or spikes for our shoes for the paths so we we didn't try the ascent to the top.  Instead we just played around near the base of the Mountain.  I tried skiing for the first time and it went both badly and great - I axed myself, but it was amazingly good fun.  We also tried a Korean game where you have to try and throw sticks in a bucket - sucked at that.

We then went to 'Loveland' which is an outdoor sex-themed art space thingamajig.  Basically lots of naughty sculptures and laughing.  It was amazing and hilarious.

Our last stop for the day was the Jeju Museum of Art.  This was great for four reasons. 1) they served burritos in the cafe, 2) the artwork was really lovely and there were some standout pieces for me, 3) the building was stunning, architecture was beautiful and gorgeous with the mountain in the background, and 4) there were only three gallerys so we were obly there for a couple of hours.

Then we missed the last bus back to the city. Awkward. But then I tried to hail a cab and a lovely Korean couple took pity on us and gave us a lift back to the city - thank the Baby Cheeses.

Tomorrow we are flying back to Busan and might have a quiet day around the city to recover before heading to Seoul later in the week.  I have attached some photos here which are all from day four.

Love love xx

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