Wimi became a popular town after the big hit of the movie Architecture 101 in 2012. Seo-Yeon(presented by Han Ga-In)’s Jeju home in Wimi was transformed as a café and now became many movie fan’s must-visit spot.
Café SeoYeon’s home from Architecture 101
Wimi is known for the warmest temperature in Jeju throughout the year and its tangerines are very good. Still, Wimi keeps its character as a small Jeju town despite of the fame and many constructions in the area.
Wimi has a few nice places to stay and I chose 2 places for my visit last Autumn.
Soyo is a newly opened B&B with 4 bed rooms. The breakfast was so good and the host was really friendly. My sister and I ended up chatting with them until midnight. Soyo means a leisurely stroll.
I would highly recommend this place to many friends. If you are an animal lover, two lovely dogs will welcome you. Spend a day playing with Hojung and Hodu.
BeLazy is only about 5-7 minute walking distance from Soyo. It is so near form the beach but you cannot view the water from the room because of the tangerine trees. It is just 2 min walk to the beach so you don’t really need the view.
BeLazy’s host couple is also very friendly and have really good sense of humor. It was so interesting to hear how they decided to migrate to Jeju and how their lives became. The room is a bit small but clean and cozy. It would be nice to sit at the café and spend a day. Be lazy at BeLazy!
Homo is the name of the town where my future house will be built.
My long term plan to move to Jeju has kicked off officially.
I have just started an actual work with an architect. Yeh! Next 6 months, he will deign my house.
Last week, we met for the first meeting. The architect showed me the prelim layout in a computer drawing. Actually, I met him last Dec for the first time and we have been discussing the house plan since then although it wasn’t official. As he now opens his own business, my house design has become his very first project. No worries! He is an experienced architect and has been working for a big design company. He gave me an homework in the first meeting to read the book “Architects’ homes” by Yoshihumi Nakamura and draw my hose planning with my own idea. The book is definitely interesting and I was quite surprised their houses are quite humble.
Yoshihumi Nakamura’s Architects’ homes
That very night, I drew a few plannings. When I showed him my drawings in the 2nd meeting, I think he was pretty impressed as he thought I would had only a couple of drawings.
He has made an scaled model of the layout. He even made neigbour’s houses in the model. I could see what it looks like from a bird eye view if the house is built.
It will be a long journey until the completion of the construction and it is not an easy work. However I am so glad I am finally realizing my dream step by step.
Cheers to myself!
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
Korean is a language of onomatopoeia and mimetic words. Wind blows “salang salang”. A young boy’s eyes are “chorong chrong”. A man walks “ttubeok ttubeok”. Salang salang is a describing word for a breeze. Chorong chorong eyes explain a concentration or brightness of a person. Ttubeok ttubeok is a sound of walk and also describes a manly walk. If you can speak in Korean there are many ways of describing of sound, colour and movment with such words. Taengza Taengza isn’t an original onomatopoeia but came from a word taengza(a kind of Orange like fruit) and became an onomatopoeia-like expression. When you describe a person being a lady of leisure. We say “She always plays taengza taengza. What a life!” It means she enjoys doing nothing.
Tangza Salon is the guesthouse for the people who want to enjoy their time taengza taengza.
The owner has migrated to Jeju in early 2013 after resigning from a well-known advertising company in Seoul. His life must have been such a hassle and he wants to enjoy his life with Taengza mind. The name of guesthouse tells the character of the guesthouse and the staff. If you sit in a lounge in a middle of a day and killing time by reading a comic book, the owner might ask you to go out for a drink(not a cup of coffee but a bottle of soju).
The guesthouse staff are also interesting people to get to know. Although they don’t speak very fluent English, you will still enjoy their company. If you decide to stay at north-east of Jeju(Sehwa) and you like to meet interesting travellers and guesthouse staff, this is the place to go.
Below is the Korean blog of Tangza Salon where you can make a reservation. You can also book a bed/room at hostelworld.com as well.
Location is easy to find. Only 3-5 min walk from Haenyeo museum at Sehwa.
The lounge of Tangza Salon
The Guesthouse in Daejeong (Southwest of Jeju island)
One of my friends asked me to recommend some accommodations. He was quite clear of his conditions.
1. He doesn’t want a bed in a guesthouse dormitory room but inexpensive accommodation with a privacy.
2. Renting a car.
3. Traveling alone.
4. He doesn’t speak Korean but has Korean friends to help him book the rooms.
Below is what I have recommended to him.
Get a twin room or family room if you would like to stay in a guesthouse so you don’t need to share a room with other people. Breakfast is included in the room rate in most places. The internet sites are mostly in Korean. Most cases, you will need to wire the full amount of room charge to secure the room. If you travel during non-peak season, you might have a chance to have a dormitory room for only yourself. Try your luck!
North East (Gujwa):
1. Lefthander guesthouse ( http://www.lefthander.kr ) One of the most well known guesthouses in that area, many foreigners stay there. They have a free Oreum(volcanic cone) tour in the morning if you reserve the tour when you book a room.
2. Soofeel guesthouse ( http://soofeelhouse.com/183389575 ) They serve Korean breakfast(quite heavy).
3. Hampdnedolzip Guesthouse ( http://www.hampdnedolzip.com ) Famous for the nice atmosphere.
North South to South(Pyoseon, Namwon, Seogwipo):
Hotel: Haevichi ( http://www.haevichi.com ) The resort provides free Shuttle bus services to Olle trail route 1-6
1. Backpacker’s home ( http://www.backhomejeju.com/ )
2. HelloMay guesthouse (http://www.hellomay.co.kr/ )
South West : (Daejeong)
Hotel : Poonglim resort ( http://www.poonglimresort.co.kr/resort_jeju/jeju.asp ) Free Shuttle bus services to Olle trail route 6-10
1. The guesthouse ( http://theguesthouse.kr ) Not a fantastic location but one of the best dormitory rooms I had in Jeju if you don’t mind a dormitory room.
2. Island guesthouse ( http://islandguesthouse.kr ) run by a Malaysian lady.
3. Ieung guesthouse ( http://blog.naver.com/teafight ) Nice location with a view from the café. Breakfast doesn’t seem included in the room rate. Please check!
North East : (Hallim)
1. Dam guesthouse ( http://www.damhouse.co.kr/ ) Good feedback on Breakfast
2. Jjolkit Centre ( http://blog.naver.com/animaiko ) The most famous and popular guesthouse in Jeju, run by cartoon writers. If you want to meet a lot of young trendy people, this is the place. They have a living room concert on every Sat. 7pm.
OsirokHern, the private villa
When travelling to Bali, I noticed private villas are popular accommodation for many tourists.
I was thinking why Jeju doesn’t have such a private villa. Well there are quite a few. They are not grand pool villas but rather cozy with their own characters.
Osirok(cozy in Jeju Language) Hern(Heon is the official spelling, meaning a house with eaves, this word was used for naming upper class houses) is one place I would like to recommend for a family and friends. If you are travelling as a group(3-4 people) this would be a nice place to stay.
This private house is located near Geumneung beach(it is next to famous Hyeopjae beach). You can rent a whole house by yourself and enjoy the privacy.
You can cook your own dish in the kitchen by getting the ingredient from a super market nearby.
Check out the site and you can make a reservation by sending an e-mail to email@example.com in English. This place is becoming popular everyday so you must book at least a few weeks in advance even during a non peak season.