Jalan Jalan Hamo-ri

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

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.

radish field

Radishes grow during winter in Jeju. Often I see neighbours pluck radishes and garlic in Spring.

Canola

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?

 

Flowers and flowers – Lupin in May, Hydrangea in June

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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.

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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

 

How to get to Seongsan Ilchulbong by bus?

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In my last visit to Jeju, I have decided not to rent a car but take a bus as I was planning to walk Olle trails. I bumped into 3 Filipino ladies who were heading Seongsan ilchulbong from Jeju city bus terminal. They were quite lost because the ticket box person told them to take No.700 but the bus driver of 700 told them to take No.710 which just departed and they had to wait another 30 min. My friend navered(we don’t google in Korea but naver) and found No.710 goes Seongsan Ilchulbong. Poor ladies had to kill precious 30 min at the terminal.
After 2 days from that day, my friend and I walked Olle trail route No. 1 and reached Seonsan Ilchulbong by foot. After climbing there, we were so tired and decided to take a bus back to Sehwari. The bus stop was only about 400m from the entrance. (bus stop: Seongsan-ri Samuso/Seongsan-ri community office) When we get to the bus stop,  we found both 700 and 710 were stopping there. OMG, the poor Filipino ladies didn’t have to wait for No.710 but took No.700 with us.

Here is the tip.
From the airport, bus No.100 and 95(runs very 10-12 min) go to Jeju bus terminal and it takes only 10-15min. From the bus terminal you can take buses (either east coast line or west coast line) and reach many tourist attractions along the coast.
An important tip to remember is that from Jeju bus terminal to the airport, you have to take bus No.70 and 95 from the bus stop across from the terminal. No.100 doesn’t run to the airport from the bus terminal.

The bus number and the route have been changed.

710 and 710-1 start from the bus terminal and run all the way to Seongsan Ilchulbong. No. 700 does not exist anymore.

Where are you from, Christmas trees?

Abies koreana

Abies koreana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus was born in Jerusalem. Father Chirstmas(Santa Claus/Santa Klausd) was from somewhere in Europe. Where do Christmas trees come from?

Mt. Halla of Jeju is the answer.

One of the most popular Christmas trees is called Korean fir or Abies Koreana.

Ernest Henry Wilson, the famous plant collector introduced the tree from Mt. Halla to Western countries and named Abies Koreana / Gusang namu(구상나무, The name Gusang came from Kusalnang(Kusal;Sea Urchin in Jeju Language, Nang;tree in Jeju Language – Quote from My Exploration of Cultural Heritage(나의 문화유산 답사기) by Yu Hong Jun)

How about hiking to the forest of Christmas tress in this Christmas?

Dead Gusang namu at Mt. Halla

Dead Gusang namu at Mt. Halla

7 reasons to visit Jeju in Winter

Silver grass at Ecoland

Silver grass at Ecoland

Wind Wind Wind!
I would recommend you to face it and enjoy. Wearing goggles would be a good idea. Visit coastal road of Sehwa to Gimnyeong where the strongest wind blows during Winter.

Silver Grass
From Autumn to Winter, Oreums of Jeju are covered by silver grasses and with Jeju’s famous wind, it creates fantastic scenery. Visit Sangumburi and Udobong(in Udo).

Snow flowers at Mt. Halla
You will need good winter jacket and proper shoes to hike Mt. Halla during Winter. However, your hard work will be paid off by great scenery.

Camellia
Camellia flowers blossom during Winter. November and March are the best to see beautiful flowers of Winter. Visit Camellia hill or Olle trail route 5

Tangerine
Many tangerine farms offer tangerine plucking experience during Winter. You will easily find the sign board written 감귤체험 along the roads of Jeju. The problem is they are mostly in Korean. Tasting tangerine doesn’t need the language so drop at any road side tangerine shop and you will enjoy great tangerine in a good price during Winter. In my personal opinion, Jeju’s tangerine is the best in the world.

Yellotail festival
Yellotail festival is open from 7th Nov to 10th Nov this year(2013). It happens every year at port Moseulpo and getting more popular every year. If you are a fan of fresh sashimi(raw fish), this is a must visit festival. This year, festival committee provides English/Japanese/Chinese interpreters.

Snow Sled
You might wonder how to enjoy snow sled in Jeju, the warmest part of Korea. Yes you can! After the snow fall, visit Jeju horse grazing land along 5.16 road and you can enjoy snow sled riding. It’s free of charge!

Snow flowers at Mt. Halla (Koreans call snows coverned on trees as snow flowers)

Snow flowers at Mt. Halla (Koreans call snow covered on trees as snow flowers)