[travel] Jeju trip (day 5): Walking Jeju Olle Trail route #2

We only had 2 hours to spend before heading to Jeju International Airport to catch our flights back home, so we decided to take a short walk along an unnamed beach near our hotel. It turned out that the path was actually a part of Olle trail route #2. Like route #1, the trail we took this time was quite stunning.

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[travel] Jeju trip (day 4): Cheonjiyeon water fall, Black pork, Seafood noodles and lots of donuts

After 2 hectic days of lots of sightseeing and walking, we decided to take it easy on our last full day in Jeju. We decided to explore Seogwipo city (on the southern coast of Jeju) because I wanted to see the majestic Jungmun Daepo Coast Jusangjeolli Cliff. Sadly, it was raining the whole time so all my ambitions mostly evaporated when we got to Seogwipo city (for your information, it was a 70 minute bus ride from Seongsan Gymnasium bus stop to the old Seogwipo intercity bus stop and cost us 3000 KRW each). Upon seeing the magical Dunkin’ Donuts across the street from the bus terminal, the bf and I swiftly changed our plan of the day into chilling at D2 instead of checking out Jungmun Daepo Coast. After stuffing ourselves with donuts AND Jeju black pork AND naengmyeon, I thought that we should at least check out the nearby Cheonjiyeon water fall, because, after all, it felt absurd to ride the bus for more than one hour to Seogwipo city just to eat donuts and black pork.

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[travel] Jeju trip (day 3-1): The Gorgeous Seopjikoji Coast & Canola field

One big reason why I booked a room at Feliz Town Hotel is that it is near Seopjikoji coast–the most beautiful scenery in Jeju – the most beautiful scenery that I have seen in Jeju, that is. For those who stay in Jeju city or Seogwipo city, Seopjikoji is in the middle of nowhere and getting there is cumbersome. That is why many people miss this magnificent coastline, in my opinion, though, Seopjikoji should be a must-visit destination in Jeju. If you stay on the eastern coast of Jeju (in the vicinity of Seongsan Ilchubong), getting to Seopjikoji is a breeze, as it just takes around 10 minutes by taxi.

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[travel] Jeju trip (day 2-2): Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak & Sea urchin Bibimbab

At around 4pm, we (shamelessly) asked the hotel staff for a free ride to the nearby Seongsan Ilchulbong. Seongsan Ilchubong, or Sunrise Peak, is the top destination in Jeju. The 100,000 year old tuff offers a wonderful panorama of Jeju island on clear day; on sunless, misty days like yesterday, however, the 20 minute hike to the top still gave us some spectacular views.

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[travel] Jeju trip (day 2-1): Jeju Olle Trail route #1 & Jeju’s abalone porridge

We started our second day in Jeju island by asking the hotel staff to give us a ride to the starting point of Route 1 of the Jeju Olle Trail. Jeju Olle Trail is

Ollegil (올레길) The Jeju Olle Trail, called Jeju Olle Gil or simply, “Jeju Olle” in Korean, is a long-distance foot path on Jeju Island, an island off the south-west coast of South Korea. The overall route, mostly following the coastline, consists of 21 interconnected numbered main routes, 5 major spurs, and a short spur that connects to Jeju Airport. The routes each have an average length of 16 km and total 422 km in all. The exact length and locations change over time as trails are modified or re-routed. The routes pass through various landscapes along the way including small villages, beaches, farms and forests. Many routes encompass some of the island’s 368 oreums (low parasitic volcanoes and historical sites dating from ancient times through to the modern era.

The 2 most beloved Olle trails are route #1 & #7. While the latter is far from our hotel, the former was just 3 minutes away by car. We spent ~5 hours on the trail, hiking through villages, over mountains, and along the beach. The weather was perfect (no sun, cool and windy) and the trail was beautiful. Hiking is our favorite activity, given how antisocial we are xD Jeju has a lot to offer, but many spots of interest are touristy. We just want to spend our holiday as pleasantly as possible, and enjoyment = no people around. I am not sure if I would recommend hiking Jeju Olle Trails to everyone, because many may find walking ~15km nothing fun, but if you want to discover the hidden beauty of Jeju island, Olle Trail is a good place to start.

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[travel] Jeju trip (day 1): First impression & Jeju black pork

Guys, I am enjoying my life on Jeju island with my dearest boyfriend xD It is a 4 day trip and I will try to update my experiences on this gorgeous island as quickly as possible. I arrived in Jeju yesterday via Korean Air, the flight took exactly one hour (3:20 -> 4:20pm) and was very smooth. Perhaps like many first-time visitors to Jeju, I also thought that the island was SMALL and bravely booked a hotel located on the East coast of the island. Turned out that our Feliz Town Hotel was 50km from the airport (took us 40000 KRW to get here). But I have no regret at all. At like 40000 KRW per night, our hotel room is exceeding our every expectation. It is super big, clean, and very, very quiet :O The best thing is that it is near some destinations I really want to visit: Udo island, Jeju Olle Trai route 1, Seopjikoji, and Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak). Most tourists and friends told me that they either stayed in Jeju city (near airport) or Seowipo city (near Jungmun Daepo coast & Jungmun resort), but for us–the antisocial couple–staying in this rural, rustic, and quiet side of the island is ideal.

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