Enjoy Winter in Jeju – Saebyeol Oreum

Saebyeol Oreum

Saebyeol Oreum

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 from Saebyeol Oreum

View at Saebyeol Oreum

 

Arty-farty Jeju2

Podo hotel

Podo hotel

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.

Bonte Museum

Bonte Museum

Church The Ark

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

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.

Queen of Oreum – Darangswi

The queen of Oruem

Darangswi Oruem

Hiking in Mt. Halla is definitely a great experience but it takes good fitness and a day of effort. Travellers who don’t have a lot of time and good physical conditions can still enjoy mini mountain hiking experiences with breath-taking views by hiking some oreums(volcanic cones). There are about 360 oreums in Jeju.
7Km south from Sehwa downtown(Gujwa-eup), Darangswi(also called Wollangbong) is a popular destination for many Koreans. About 400m high, this oreum offers one of the most breath-taking views in Jeju. Akkeun-Darangswi(small Daranswi) oreum is located right next to it and you will see other oreums near by.  Seongsan ilchulbong and Udo are all in one view. Bijarim (forecst park) is only 3.4Km away from the entrance of Darangswi. Here is my recommendation. Take a taxi(one trip costs KRW7000 from Sehwa downtown) to Darangswi. From Darangswi, take a walk to Bijarim. After visiting Bijarim, you can take a bus back to Sehwa downtown.

If the weather is clear, Udo and Seongsan Ilchulbong can be seen a lot clearer

View from Darangswi

Market tour in Jeju

Grand bazaar in Turkey, Pasar Malam in Malaysia, wet markets in Hong Kong and Singapore and flea markets in many countries are attractive must-visit places.

How about markets Jeju?  Well, Jeju offers local markets called Oiljang(Market in every 5 days).

Due to the lack of populations in Jeju-do, Oiljang has been the form of market which Jeju can afford. Most Jejudoers visit Oiljang for their groceries and housewares. Just like most wet-markets in Asia, you can find almost everything you are looking for in Jeju.

If you are into photography, Oiljang will give you lots of interesting shots.

Below is the schedule and venue of Oiljang

Schedule and venue

Schedule and venue

Below link, you will find photos of Oiljang

http://blog.naver.com/eslee222/150174789906

三多島 (Samdado, The island with many of the three)

Jeju rocks

Jeju rocks

It is one of the nicknames of Jeju-do(‘do’ means an island).

What are those three?

Women: Long ago, many Jeju men were fisher men and often get killed by sea so female population of Jeju was higher than male population. However, that is no longer the case now. However, long time spoiled Jeju men are not that popular among ladies. 🙂

Wind: When you walk along Olle trails especially the ones along the sea-shore, you can experience that. Jeju people say that Jeju rain doesn’t fall but blow because of the strong wind. If you want to experience the real Jeju wind, travel North East during winter and South West during Summer. I walked the route 11 in early autumn and felt all my worries would be blown away with the wind.

Rocks: Jeju fences and traditional houses are built of Jeju rocks. Even the tombs are fenced by rocks. Everywhere you go, you will see the black colour volcano rocks(basalt).  You can see beautiful Jeju rocks in many places. Below are must see places. Please don’t take any stones and rocks with you(except the souvenir Dolharubang)  out of Jeju because that is illegal.

Jeju stone park http://jejustonepark.com/eng/

Oedolgae(Olle route 6 ending, 7 starting point) http://english.jeju.go.kr/index.php/contents/travel/attractions/places?act=view&seq=50240

Jusangjeoli Cliff of Daepo(Along Olle route 8) http://english.jeju.go.kr/index.php/contents/travel/attractions/places?act=view&seq=50183

Yongmeori Coast(Along Olle route 10)

Jeju coast

Jeju coast

Where is the most happening place in Seogwipo?

Lee Jung Seob st

Lee Jung Seob st

 

Gangnam became one of the most well known places in Korea now because of the song, Gangnam Style. Gangnam(around Gangnam subway station) is popular not only among young people but also many business men. Samsung HQ is located there and many companies are located around Gangnam.

Among trendy young Koreans Hongdae(around Hong Ik university) is the one you must go. Many trendy cafes, restaurants and pubs are really popular among young tourists as well. For me, I love shoe shops in Hongdae. They sell trendy, good quality shoes in affordable prices.

Where could  be called as Hongdae in Jeju? I can say Lee Jung Seob street should definitely be the one.

Lee Jung Seob street is located in the heart of Seogwipo city(along Olle route 6). Lee Jung Seob is one of the most beloved oil painters of all Koreans.

Lee Jung Seob st. is  next to Lee Jung Seob gallery and a humble cottage his family used to live.

The gallery entrance fee is as humble as his cottage so enjoy the famous oil paintings and take a slow walk along the street. Fancy cafes and small galleries are good backgrounds for your photos.

Below URL has a few recent photos of Lee Jung Seob street.

http://blog.naver.com/izenlove/150170789007