Just began my exchange trip to Seoul, South Korea! Hence, my friends and I decided to take a short trip to Jeju Island – an island south of South Korea! We spent 3 days there but I decided to spend 2 extra days by myself to go for a short dive trip! Here is a summary video for the places that we have went:
And here is another one for my first ever solo dive trip at Seogwipo, Jeju Island!
Date: 17 Aug 16 (Wed) – 21 Aug 16 (Sun)
T’way, 17 Aug 1300hrs – 1415hrs
T’way, 21 Aug 1800hrs – 1915hrs
S$184.60 per person (everyone else’s was around S$155, mine was slightly pricer due to the different return flight)
International Hotel Jeju, 70500 won per person x 6 for two rooms for 3 nights
Sixt, Kia Carens
S$52.20 per person x 6
Day 1 (Wed)
We took a late evening flight to Jeju Island, hence by the time we reach Jeju, it is already nightfall and we didn’t do much today.
Day 2 (Thurs)
First item on our list is to collect our rental car near Jeju International Airport. There was a shuttle bus that brought us to the car rental shop to collect our car. For rental of cars in Jeju you would require a few items 1) Your Singapore driving license with at least 2 years of experience 2) International Driving Permit 3) Passport 4) Credit card for deposit
(2) and (3) applies to all drivers that will be taking the wheel.
First proper stop that we went to was Jeju Gogi-Guksu Noodle Street. It is famous for its Pork Ramen. Hearsay its pork broth is simmered for at least 12 hours and it is highly recommended by the Jeju government. Well it certainly didn’t disappoint!
Jeju Gogi-Guksu Noodle Street
Address: 29 Samseong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
GPS number entry: 727-7056
Next, we headed to Hyeopjae Beach. I’m a fan of natural sights, so beaches, mountains, forests and any natural formations will attract me. The black rocks here look real pretty and it is featured in 00:49 of the first video! So check it out!
Address: 329-10, Hallim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Near Halim park)
GPS number entry: 728-7672
After which we went to explore Halim Park. This is one of the more famous tourist spots. It has a wide variety of flora and garden. Visitors can visit Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden. Also, they have a lot of statues such as those in 01:18 in the first video. Hearsay if you touch the nose of the statue, you will be blessed with a baby boy and if you touch the ears of the statue, you will be blessed with a baby girl.
Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
GPS number entry: 796-0001
Admission: 10,000 won
Operating hours: 830am – 7pm
Dinner was the famous Jeju Black Pork BBQ at Black Pork Street (01:53)! To be honest, I really can’t tell the difference between Jeju Black Pork and normal pork BBQ. So it was just a very satisfying Korean BBQ meal to me :p
Black Pork Street – Heuk-Dwaeji Street
Address: Gwandeong-ro 15(sibo)-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
GPS number entry: 724-4050
Day 3 (Fri)
We started our day with Seogwipo 5-day market (02:09), a market that only opens 5 days every month. There are a few other 5-day markets in Jeju Island, and the opening dates are all staggered. For example, Seogwipo 5-day market is only opened on 4th, 9th, 19th, 24th and 29th of every month. It sells a variety of food and other typical stuff that you will usually find in a traditional market such as pails, and other more unusual stuff like old mixtapes that you can’t really find anymore in Singapore.
Seogwipo 5 day Market
Address: 142 Topyeongseo-ro11beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
GPS number entry: 763-0965
Next we drove to O’Sulloc Tea Musuem(02:52), which is also very famous in Jeju. If you are there, you can take the opportunity to purchase its Matcha-flavored merchandise such as Green Tea Spread for bread, Green Tea leaves, etc. You can’t find them easily in Seoul! Other than the museum, there is also a cafe that sells delicious green tea sponge cake and matcha ice cream! Beware though because the cafe can be quite packed and if you might have difficulty finding seats if you are in a very big group. Beside the cafe, there is a very large field with insta-worthy view! So rememeber to snap a pic before you go!
Address: 15, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
GPS number entry :794-5312
Operating Hours: 9am – 6pm
Jeongbang Waterfall (01:37) was on our list next. It is…a nice waterfall. More impressive than Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. But there were just too many tourists. Oh a fun fact is that it is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. Not sure what is the relevance but hey, fun fact!
Address: 37, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
GPS number entry: 733-1530
Admission: 2,000 won
Operating Hours: 8am – 7pm
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall requires you to walk one kilometre in the park before you reach the waterfall. But I must say that the view is pretty good on the way there. There are a few insta-worthy places for you to take pictures so take your time to walk there!
Address: Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
GPS number entry: 733-1528
Admission: 2,000 won
Operating hours: Till 11pm (the water illuminates at night)
Day 4 (Sat)
The dive centre that I went with was Big Blue 33. It cost me 130k won for 2 dives. The dive took place at Munson Island. Just a reminder to bring your certification cards if you were previously certified. I was PADI Advanced Open Water certified that time and did not have issues with the dive centre even though it was a dive shop with NAUI certification.
Overall it was a fantastic experience because it was the first time that I ever did a dive from a rock (literally a huge rock) and first time putting on booties, hard flippers and a full body wet suit.
The first dive was super cold because I did not expect the water temperature difference to be so different from the surface. They actually provided us with a hood but I did not utilise it on the first dive. I’ve learnt and decided that it would be of my best interest to put on the hood for the second dive.
The second dive was a wall dive and we just swam along the wall with no observable depth. Lil’ scary but super exciting and thrilling! The underwater creatures and flora we see is also very different from what we can see in Tioman. I thoroughly enjoyed myself during this trip! #noregrets
I met 4 new friends here, 3 of them are English teachers from US, London and South Africa teaching in Busan while the last one is an exchange student in Seoul National University from France. We spent the entire day hanging out with each other after that the dive trip and I’m super glad that I have met them!
Day 5 (Sun)
My last day I spent the entire day resting. Took my time to explore the surroundings near my hostel and took an airport bus (5500won) back to the airport from Seogwipo. After which I spent the entire afternoon editing the Jeju Trip video and flew back to Seoul to meet up with the rest. The only regret that I had was not buying Jeju oranges while I still can because apparently Jeju is famous for its oranges 😦 that regret amplified when I saw so many people carrying boxes of fresh Jeju oranges. Sigh pie better luck next time!