Monday, November 15, 2010

Sarang-hae-yo...Jejudo

Sarang-hae-yo *wink*

Korean Sarang hae yo gesture

I could relate when people say Jeju Island or Jejudo the Korean call it is a perfect place for honeymoon. It's charming, in its own way. The sea, the rock, the weather, the people...ahh just so romantic to forget. Oh I even wish to live there *dreaming*. Life was much slower there than any other places I think it could slower any wrinkle forming process naturally than many cosmetic products available now.


Ticket for happy life :')

Beewon did a great job, gave us more than just a comfortable bed, clean bathroom and other satisfactory services, their great hospitality has made us want to continue staying there after we got back from Jeju for another nights and cancel our booking with XXX Guesthouse. That's the power of hospitality I call it. Those huge luggages of ours, we left in David's room and we took only essential belonging for the 2D1N trip to Jeju. *Special thanks to David for offering your help and acting such a concern father to us, the organized-Asians he called*

A domestic flight to Jeju was booked together with our KUL-ICN ticket from Korean Air for cheaper price! Even if we were to go with travel agent, we still will request for 2 days deviation from the group so we could see Jeju with our own eyes.


View Seoul to Jeju Island in a larger map
Oh, JAPAN is that close already!


So, on our 3rd day we departed from Gimpo International Airport to Jeju International Airport on first flight at 0700. And having spent the night before uploading photos to Friendster (I wasn't on Facebook yet then), it was a challenging task to wake up that morning and get ready before our taxi drove us to airport. Gimpo Airport is the second largest airport after Incheon Airport and serves domestic and limited international flights to China and Japan. Right after we checked in, a cup of coffee was what we wanted badly to stay awake and sane.


Gimpo International Aiport - Korean Air counter

Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts


U can also get to Jeju by Jeju Air and Asiana.



Flight connecting Seoul and Jeju took only about 1 hour and travelled on weekday surprisingly we saw the flight was full with many school kids and also working men. So, it's not only a place for holiday, but for a meeting and conference too.

Morning faces *yawn*

In Jeju, we decided to explore the magnificent island using Jeju Trolley. A perfect choice for convenient and affordable way to explore it over 2 days course. Unlike Seoul, Jeju has no subway operating and buses and taxis are the only main mode of public transportation.



Upon arrival at Jeju Airport, we headed to Gate 4 of International Arrival where the pickup point was and anticipated for this red colour bus. We were still early then for arriving at 0800 and I've provided them my Korean contact number just in case of our flight delayed and they couldn't locate us at the pickup point. The pickup point can be arranged either at the airport or hotel you're staying.


Yes, I just arrived

That's Jeju flag




Punctual as they claimed, by 0900 we were already on the bus with other passengers towards our first destination. We were lucky to be friends with Korean family whom their daughter and son studying in Virginia Tech, US speak English very well. The only glitch of non-English speaking driver cum tour guide made convenient by them. They acted as our unofficial translater throughout the course. The English speaking driver/guide will only be provided if u come in a big group.


Jeju, located in Southeast of mainland South Korea was formed when lava of sub-sea volcanic eruption spewed and surfaced above water some millions years ago. Another eruption formed Mount Halla in the centre of Jeju, being the highest mountain in South Korea. These previous volcanic activities also covered Jeju's seaside with black-grey volcanic rock and volcanic ash soil. And one of the famous volcanic rock formation is Yongduam Rock, our first destination in this leg of Jeju Trolley exploration.






It's a rock formation with the shape of dragon's head if u could see. It is believed from legend told, the head represent messenger dragon's killed by guardian spirit of Mt Hallasan in its quest to gather elixir of life for Dragon King. It fell into the sea and turned into rock.


Its unique shape and scenic seaside welcome many visitors and apparently become one of the main attractions in Jeju. It was visited by wide age range, be it school kids, young couple and also an old folks.








Jeju had me fall in love on first sight.

 
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9 comments:

Lily Riani said...

noted on the trolley bus, will arrange that too on my next korea trip. the last i went there was a ski package hence ko jeju nor nami for us.

faiez said...

Xtau nk komen ape..xpenah g sane...Beautiful beach....

Traveller's Anatomy said...

@lily
I suggest u pegi jugak Mt Halla cz it's one of UNESCO heritage jugak. I xdpt pegi cz Jeju Trolley xcover tmpt tu :(

@faiez
Org suka batu2 gunung berapi tu, cantik! Nnt bley la dtg honeymoon kat cni :D

yanamiss8 said...

waaa...byya...best..best..best..!!

harap2 dpt pergi jeju island during my korea trip in oct 2011 (lmbat lg..huh!!)

cmne nk ke mt halla tuh?i'm dying to go there too....hahhaha....(K-Drama fever)

Traveller's Anatomy said...

@yana
Dapat ek tiket Seoul haritu? Best2!!

Ko ni mmg dah gile Jeju dah ni haha...tapi cousin aku pon spend few days jugak kat sane :) Nnt aku pinjam travel guide kat ko.

yanamiss8 said...

a'ah...akhirnya dpt jugak...slps t'salah baca info AAX..hahhaaa...

definitely gile jeju!!!if possible, nk panjat mt halla skali.....harr3...tp aku pegi 1week je pun...uhukk2..

Traveller's Anatomy said...

@Yana
Cayalah dah dpt tiket :)
1 week pon cukup jugak. Aku dulu spend 2 hari kat Jeju.

seventh said...
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seventh said...

Hi there

May I know how you booked Jeju Trolley bus tour? Their website, kept popping up message, unable to book the tour.

Cheers!