Some says it is too troublesome to go as the half of Jeju islanders seem to be at the festival. However, I believe this can be a lifetime experience.
Half of Saebyeol oreum is set on a fire so beautifully. You will never forget such an enormous scene.
2018 festival is just over but it will come back next year. The festival happens late Feb or early March. Please do check the schedule at visitkorea.or.kr.
Saebyeol oreum is 20 min driving away from Margarita’s in Jeju. Public buses run directly to Saebyeol oreum from a bus stop nearby Margarita’s in Jeju during the festival.
Hamo-ri is where my home in Jeju is located. My house is under construction.
Jalan jalan means walking around neighbours. It’s one of my favourite Malay words.
Olle route 11 along the rocky beach
Jeju Olle route 11 is crossing the town along the beach.
Sanimul is a fresh water spring at the beach. It was a public bath in old days. These days, old ladies wash some clothes during high tide. Sometimes, I see Haenyeo(female divers) catching seafood in near sea when I sit by Sanimul.
Radishes grow during winter in Jeju. Often I see neighbours pluck radishes and garlic in Spring.
Canola flowers are everywhere in Jeju during Spring season but I never get tired of seeing them on my walk.
Old house near Saturday Market Entrance
This old house was almost a ruin last time and it has been renovated last year bit by bit. I never saw the owner but I can really see how much effort he/she made to the house.
Would you like to jalan jalan this lovely town?
Myeongwol Pangnamu(Nettle Tree)
Instead of a busy schedule visiting several tourist attractions in a day, I much enjoy slowing down a bit and visit local towns. Taking a walk in a small village and see how people live can be more interesting. Myeongwol is a peaceful town where visitors would definitely enjoy walking around and enjoy the atmosphere. I visited in a grey winter day. I was the only person walking around except the locals there. Some newly built cozy houses with the old beautiful nettle trees along the small valley made unique view of the town.
1.5Km north from the town is Myeongwol fortress. On the top of the wall, beautiful scenery and the wind will welcome you.
View from Myeongwol Fortress
Sanghyowon celebrates Lupin festival in May and Hydrangea festival in Jun. This beautiful park holds fewer package tourists so you can enjoy beautiful scenery and space. There are so many photo spots. Take time and take nice photos of your own with flowers.
Camellia Hill has many couple tourists. If you are travelling alone, you will be a little annoyed by many couples posing for good shots in front of flowers forever. Don’t worry there are so many photo spots. There will always be a nice spot for you. Camellia flowers are the main attraction in Camelia hill but hydrangea are awesome in Jun.
Silver grasses at Ecoland was beautiful and made me to shoot a lot of photos. Silver grasses in Sangumburi was awesome and I felt like lying down and look at the sky. These are all come with a bit of entrance fees.
Silver grasses at Saebyeol Oreum (volcanic cone) comes free of charge and yet the most breathtaking. From the entrance, take the left hand side path which is quite stiff. You might want to give up every 10 steps if you are not fit enough. Then you look down the scenery and that gives you more energy to climb up. Once you are at the top the wind will almost blow you off. Coming down from the other end is a lot easier but I still suggest you to experience both paths.
Just like other hidden(?) places, this is well known to Koreans but not to foreign tourists. You can only reach there by cars or taxis. It is about 25 min driving from Yongmeori Coast(Dragon Head Coast) or 30 min driving from Hyeopjae beach.
View at Saebyeol Oreum
Olle trail route 12 offers many great views. If you are too lazy to walk full 17.1Km trail, I would recommend you to visit Suwolbong. It is famous to many locals but you can hardly find foreign tourists here. Of course that is not because locals are unwilling to share great things with visitors. Most foreign tourists have only a few days in Jeju and they are busy visiting well known tourist spots like Teddy Bear Museum and Seongsan Ilchulbong. This hidden spot offers great view but remain untouched by foreigners. ^^ Well, my blog isn’t such popular to make Suwolbong crowded anyway.
Suwolbong from Olle route 12