The Jeju Love Affair

I long for the day where we can go back and save some money for a trip, wait online for those “piso fares”, book a flight, find a hostel/guesthouse in Agoda, pack our bags and take that trip we deserve. Back in April 2016, I went back to Jeju island for a 4-day trip, after my Seoul trip (see previous posts including the Taean Tulip Festival). That was my second trip to Jeju-do, the first one was back in 2008. The Jeju love affair started maybe 12 or 15 years ago when I saw All In, a 2003 Korean drama that aired on SBS starring Lee Byung-hun, Song Hye-kyo, Ji Sung and Park Sol-mi. The entire drama (except those scenes that were shot in LA) was shot in Jeju. All I remember back during my April 2016 trip was it was rainy, damp and gloomy during the 2-day group tour. 😦 I remember the weather was okay during my last day. :O

Shooting location of All In,the Korean drama that started it all. The house is no longer there/was taken down. Picture taken in 2008.

Jeju is the largest island in South Korea, located 90 kilometers off the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. Dubbed as the “Hawaii of Korea”, Jeju is a popular holiday destination among local and international tourists, blessed with stunning volcanic landscape, beautiful beaches, lush countryside, cascading waterfalls, lava tubes and exciting hiking trails. It is also home to Mount Hallasan or Mt. Halla, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano.

I booked a 2-day group tour via Yeha Tour and took the West Course (Day 1) and East Course (Day 2).

West Course highlights include Hallim Park, Suweolbong, Spirited Garden, view of Mt. Sanbang and Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. I think the itinerary for West Course now is slightly different

Hyeopjaegul Cave, one of the lava tubes at Hallim Park
A beautiful orchird(?) at Hallim Park
The Suweolbong trail
The Spirited Garden

And here are some 100+ photos I curated for Day 1 in Jeju. This one goes to a Flickr album because I’m only using a free WP account.

Day 2 (East Course) was gloomy and rainy and our group had to hike the famous Seongsan Ilchulbong or “Sunrise Peak” while raining. I still didn’t have a pari of hiking shoes back then. 😲

East Course highlights include Seongeup Folk Vilage, Haenyeo Museum, Seongsan Ilchulbong and Manganggul Cave.

The famed Seongsan Ilchulong, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site

Here is a 12-year-old picture, the trail to Mount Halla, which I hiked back in 2008 (also with a group).

Trail to Mount Hallasan or Mt. Halla
Trail to Mount Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea

And here are some 100+ pictures that I took and curated during my Jeju trip in 2016. I hosted them on Flickr because I only have a free WP account. 😉


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