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
As I am interested in building my own house in Jeju. I have decided to visit some famous buildings in architecture.
Jun Itami and Tadao Ando have designed a few buildings in Jeju.
Church The Ark
I don’t have a big budget to build such beautiful places but just looking around those buildings gave me an inspiration.
Genius Loci by Tadao Ando
Bonte museum: http://www.bontemuseum.com/eng_new/main.php
Church The Ark: Open daily 10am-12pm, 13pm-16pm except Mon, Public holidays and Sat afternoon.
Genius Loci is located in Phoenix island resort.
My latest trip(Feb 2015) to Jeju was with my parents. It was a relaxing short holiday instead of doing any activities or sightseeing. We enjoyed the atmosphere of maeul(마을, Korean word for village) and the cottage house we stayed. We visited a couple of Oiljang(market open every 5 days. See my post “Market tour in Jeju”) for groceries and cooked our own meals.
As my dad is a cancer patient and his diet has to be strictly controlled, my mother packed healthy seasonings she made and decided to cook while we were staying in Jeju. He doesn’t take any sugar and only has non-oily food. He takes fish but not much of red meat. When you travel and eat out all the time, it is difficult to control the diet.
Walk along Sehwa beach1
Walk along Sehwa beach2
Walk along Sehwa beach3
Getting a place with a nice kitchen was a key. In fact, there are plenty of places with kitchens.
My parents went out for a walk and I read books and listened to music. When we got bored we visited beaches and oreums(volcanic cones, Jeju hills) near by. We cooked nice meals with Jeju’s fresh ingredients. It was really relaxing and healing. If you need a good rest and a peaceful holiday, this kind of holiday can one option.
Rented a nice cottage
view from the kitchen