Jeju Island

Hello everyone!

These last two weeks were packed with traveling and school work. We managed to fit in a trip to Jeju and Seoraksan National Park, while meeting paper deadlines and studying for finals. For now, we’ll just cover what we did in Jeju. There was a lot that we couldn’t capture on video for the vlog, so in addition to our video, this post will cover those activities.

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On Friday, we landed in Jeju around 5 pm. That left us just enough time to grab some food on Noodle Street (국수거리)  before heading to the 24 hour spa for the night.

We stayed at the Dodoo Haesu Park Jjimjilbang (도두해수파크). You can find the address here. Unfortunately, it’s only in Korean, but it shouldn’t be too hard to navigate around. We originally planned to stay at another jjimjilbang, but things didn’t work out. Luckily, we found this place. Not many tourists seem to know about this jjimjilbang, so there will be more Koreans. Overall, it was really nice and very clean. It only cost 9,000 Won to stay for the night.

We recommend that you try the sweet rice drink, shikae (식혜), and the hard boiled eggs. If you are going with friends, play rock, paper, scissors, and the winner gets to crack the egg on the loser’s head. (We would love to share the videos we took with you, but they didn’t turn out so well).

Saturday was our big day of travel. We booked everything beforehand, including a taxi for the day. Everything was booked through Trazy. This is an awesome site. If we forgot to mention it before, definitely check out Trazy.com. They offer a variety of travel deals at reasonable prices.

Our plan for the day was:

  1. Snorkeling
  2. Kayaking
  3. Horseback Riding
  4. Mazeland
  5. Manjanggul Cave

We were a bit worried on Saturday morning, because it was raining. It wasn’t raining very hard, but because we did have horseback riding on the schedule, we were worried that it would be cancelled. After talking with our guide, we found out that horseback riding had been cancelled. Nevertheless, we still got in the taxi and headed towards the east coast of Jeju.

For snorkeling and kayaking, we were limited to a small space. But even so, Lillian had a great time snorkeling. For Lila, it wasn’t as exciting as she had hoped, but it was still nice to get out in the water. None of us had swimsuits, but fortunately, the place did provide wet suits at no extra cost.

After snorkeling and kayaking, we headed to lunch. We had a Seafood Ramen dish (해물라면) at a local restaurant. It is known to be the first to create the dish.  It was delicious and not at all expensive. It was 6,000 Won per serving. Considering that there was quite a large amount of seafood in the ramen, it was an awesome deal. The restaurant was quite small and cozy. The walls were filled with autographs from different celebrities. (If Lila wasn’t dying from a coughing fit, she might have enjoyed the place a bit more…haha). Beware not to choke on the noodles, because it could be spicy for some people.

Once we finished our lunch, we got great news from our guide. Horseback riding was back on the schedule. The rain had let up, so it was decided that it would be safe enough to ride the horses. Before stopping at the stables, our guide took us to a photo spot. We were able to get a few good shots in.

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At the stables, we suited up and got on our horses. Since it was Lila’s first time, she was a little nervous and happy that there were guides holding onto the reins. Lillian, on the other hand, was a bit disappointed that she couldn’t have free control of the reins since she had previous experience.

We were taken out onto the beach path. It was so nice being out there. The weather was slightly chilly, but otherwise very nice.

The downside about this particular event is that it only lasts about 20 minutes and the fee was 50,000 Won. It is overpriced, but if you like to try for the experience, we would say go for it. There are other places for horse riding on Jeju as well, so we recommend checking those out if you’re looking for something more.

Next was Mazeland. At this point, we were a bit worried about time, because the taxi we booked was only available for a total of 9 hours and we were getting pretty close to the time limit, but since we already booked the tickets, we thought it would be a waste of money not to go. So if you watch our vlog, you can see what the maze looked like. We highly recommend going there. It is beautiful and just challenging enough. There are also indoor mazes as well with optical illusion art.

Luckily, the sun had come out at that point, so we could enjoy walking through the mazes.

Our last activity was the Manjanggul Cave. It is a very unique cave, one of the best lava caves in the world, making it a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tunnel is about 1 km long. It takes roughly 20 to 30 minutes to walk one way, so a total of an hour to go through the entire tunnel.

As you can see in our vlog, it is quite dark in the cave. It is also very cool, so if you do go, make sure to bring a light jacket or sweater.

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So our long day ended here. We headed back to Jeju City and had dinner (Chicken Galbi, 닭갈비). Then we headed back to the jjimjilbang to wash up and sleep.

Final Thoughts:

This was a great trip. Despite the rain and few other unexpected circumstances, we were still able to do a lot. And as usual, there was not enough time to do everything, so if given the chance, we love to return to explore more of the island.

Jeju is a great place to visit with friends and family and do different outdoor activities like hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, etc. There are also a ton of museums to visit. This should be on your must-visit list.

But just a heads-up, traveling by car is the easiest in Jeju Island. So we recommend either renting a car or taking taxis. However, in order to rent a car you also need an international drivers license. If you are traveling on a budget, public transportation does exist. In the city, public transportation is fine, but buses come every hour or so. Outside of the city, it may be unreliable.

SPECIAL NOTE: So as we mentioned, we booked a taxi for the day, it was probably our best decision. Our driver was awesome. His name is Mr. Raymond Cheon. He was so kind and helped us with a lot of things, including pictures. A lot of these pictures are credited to him. He recommended the restaurant where we had the Seafood Ramen; he took us to that beautiful picture spot. AND he also recommend a great restaurant for dinner. Had we not booked this taxi, our trip would have been a lot more hectic. So we would like to give a special thanks to our taxi driver, Mr. Cheon.

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Thank you for reading. Hope you guys enjoyed. As always, if you would like to know more about traveling to Jeju, please feel free to contact us.

– Lila & Lillian

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If you would like to book any of these activities through Trazy, you can find them here:

Snorkeling, Kayaking and Paddleboard: https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/snorkeling-paddleboarding-kayaking-jeju

Horseback Riding: https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/horse-riding-park-jeju-island

Mazeland: https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/maze-land-jeju-discount-ticket

Jeju Taxi Tour: https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/jeju-taxi-tour-guide

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