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.

Suggested trip to Jeju – relaxing holiday

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 beach1

Walk along Sehwa beach2

Walk along Sehwa beach2

Walk along Sehwa beach

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

Rented a nice cottage

view from the kitchen

view from the kitchen