Korea 12 Days 11 Nights (Day 2)

Before I start, I thought I should give a summary of my Jeju Day 2 summary for easy reference. So here you go. The following were the places covered on my second day:

  1. JeongBang Falls 정방폭포  (+82 64-760-6341)
  2. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak 성산-일출봉 (+82 64-783-0959)
  3. Manjanggul Lava Cave 만장굴 (+82 64-710-7903)
  4. Jeju Love Land 제주러브랜드 (+82 64-712-6988)

JeongBang Falls was our first destination. It is located in Seogwipo, about 7 minutes away from Ocean Palace Hotel. Morning in Jeju was cold. If you were to head there during December, remember to wear more layer.

It was pretty early when we reached JeongBang Falls. Hence, there were not a lot of people and plenty of carpark lots. I’m not too sure if that is a popular Waterfall but based on tripadvisor, it seems to be a place worth visiting because it is rated 4.5 stars. Morning air around the area was good because it’s located very close to the ocean. To visit the JeongBang Falls, we paid a fee of 2,000KRW. When they name it JeongBang Falls, it is really just the waterfall that you are paying to see because there isn’t anything around the area. Or maybe just a pretty nice ocean view with the sun at the background. If you are lucky enough, the waterfall will be accompanied by a mini rainbow.

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Looking down from the pathway, we saw a few ahjuma selling abalone on the rock. Initially, we were wondering what they were selling and after that we figured out. I guess it pretty common to see ahjuma setting up their own “stall” in places like this. It gives the impression that the abalone is fresh out from the ocean. It’s quite a unique experience. Give it a try if you have high tolerance for raw food. It was only our second day of the trip. Hence, we didn’t want to risk it.

We were there for an hour before leaving the place. If you are someone who doesn’t like to take photograph, you will probably stay there for at most 20 minutes. There was a cafe right outside the JeongBang Falls and we thought we could settle down for coffee. Unfortunately, the cafe was not opened at that hour or it just happened to be closed on that day. So we left the place for Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.

Few years back, I went Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak with my exchange school mates. On my second trip, I brought my husband there with me. Can’t imagine how time flew past so quickly. Anyway, back to topic. The journey from JeongBang Falls to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak was more than an hour as it is located at the other end of Jeju. Though it was a long ride, I enjoyed it with the nice scenery and cooling weather.

There we were Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. Just to let you know more about this place:

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored canola flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.

It was meant to go there to watch the sunrise but we went there when the sun already rised. Partly because we could not wake up so early. So over there, you are expected to do a little hiking if you want to get a view from the top of the crater. Please do not wear high heels or platform if you want to enjoy the scenery there.

When we reached, there were a lot of tour bus. Don’t worry that there is no parking lot because there’s plenty and it’s free. The first thing we did when we get off the car was to look for a breakfast place. As we walked along the street, we saw a lot of seafood restaurants but that’s too much for breakfast. Walking further down, we saw a signboard to Paris Baguette and that’s we headed to. It is located at the corner of the parking space. It wasn’t really packed. Hence, it was easy to get a seat with a great view of the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.

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All ready to hike the 90m tall crater. Let’s go! There’s a fee of 2,000KRW per pax to get in. I think most attractions in Jeju collects entrance fee but no complains because it’s less that SGD2. Before reaching the stairs to go up the crater, there is a huge patch of grass where horse riding is available. I was actually planning to do horse riding when I was there but I didn’t see a single horse available. Oh wells, time for more photo taking. Frankly speaking, the place is photo worthy. It’s a huge area so there’s always chance to take photos without strangers in the background.

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As I walked towards the stairs up to the peak, I saw a lady wearing high heels. In my mind, I was think if she can really go up to the peak with that heels. I doubt so. She probably didn’t know she’s required to climb a few flights of staircase. Well, it’s optional to go up. At most, she missed the good view from the peak.

The climb up the peak was about 45 minutes. Though it’s short, it’s pretty tiring. Luckily, there were benches mid way through and we rested for a short while before continuing. It is nice to hike during winter because you don’t sweat and get sticky. It was an enjoyable 45 minutes hike before we made it to the peak. 45 minutes of climb was hard work so I made it worth while by taking lots of photos. (:

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At a corner down the stairs, there’s a women diver performance. If I didn’t remember wrongly, the performance starts at 2. We didn’t catch it but we did went down to have a look. As we walked down, we saw a stall right beside the staircase selling abalone. When you see water, you see abalone. I meant in Korea. Haha. We walked down further to have a closer contact with the water.

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It took us about 2.5 hours to explore the place. If you are not planning to hit the peak, I would think 1 hour is enough.

Jeju is famous for the Jeju orange. When we exit the place, there were a lot of shops lined up selling Jeju orange in different form of product. It tasted different from the orange that we had in Singapore. I would say it’s quite nice but we didn’t buy anything. Also, there are many restaurant around the corner selling black pig and abalone porridge. I tried few years back but not for this trip partly because we were still full from our breakfast.

So we left for the next destination, MANJANGGUL LAVA CAVE.

Manjanggul Cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels.

Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to tourists. The inside of the tunnel sustains a temperature of 11~21℃, creating a comfortable atmosphere. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. “Stone Turtle” is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island.

The parking there is free but there’s an entrance fee of 2,000KRW to enter the cave. As we got through the entrance, there was a staircase that lead us to the lava tunnel. It was pretty dark and wet in the tunnel. The pathway is uneven. Hence, I would advise you to go with your flat shoes. Along the tunnel, there were some sculpture formed by the lava. One of it was being named as a turtle because the person who named it thought that it looked like one. I think he/she must be really creative. There were more as we walked further but I can’t remember all of them. There’s also explanation on how the harden lava was formed back then.

From the entrance to the end of tunnel was about 2km. Hence, please be prepared to walk 4km (to and fro) when you are there.

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We were in the dark for about 1.5 hours. It’s worth a visit. Nearby MANJANGGUL LAVA CAVE, there is GIMNYEONG MAZE PARK. If time allows, you may want to consider visiting because it’s just right beside the lava cave. Try finding your way out the huge maze.

Before the sky turned dark, we head off to our last destination for the day, Jeju Love Land. It was another 1 hour drive to get there. Driving down from the airport would be nearer. Somehow, I enjoyed car ride in Jeju. Maybe that’s because I’m not the driver. Even so, I was well alert because I was tasked to look out for the direction by my husband. Ok, I did my job well. Haha.

Do I need to explain what you will see in Jeju Love Land? I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. Just in case you are curious to find out more about it. Not forgetting to mention there’s a fee of 9,000KRW to enter.

Jeju Love Land is a theme sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism. Twenty artists, mainly graduates of top art school Hongik University, helped open it in November 2004. It was the first such museum in Korea at that time. The spacious park (39,667m²) is home to over 140 sculptures (40 within the gallery and 100 outside). The park as a whole looks like a piece of land art.

Jeju Love Land is open every day. It usually takes 30-40 minutes to look around the park. Jeju Love Land houses a glass-dome restaurant, an outdoor café, an art shop, and various works which visitors can touch. Jeju Love Land is an attractive place where art and eroticism meet in cool, fun, humorous styles.

There’s an exhibition hall that exhibit all sorts of sex toy and I think you can purchase it from their store. There’s more to it. Pretty interesting. I shall let the pictures do the blogging.

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Time for dinner! We drove back to our hotel area to hunt for food.We knew which street to go but no idea which shop to go for. I suggested to go for BBQ pork. As we did not research on places to eat, decision was made based on the amount of people in the store. Typical Singaporean. And yes, we found a place but I can’t remember the name of the store. There were a lot of locals eating so we thought it should be good. Well it turned out not bad and price was affordable. Overall, we spent about SGD80 for 3 different meat and 2 bottles of Magoli. That’s it for the day!

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