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?
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
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!
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