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Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si October 14th 2019

Monday, 14th October 2019 I took an early flight out from Busan for my 4 days 3 nights excursion to Jeju Island. Given the regular flight service between the two destinations, it did not come as a surprise that the fares for the one hour journey were very reasonably priced. My Asiana flight landed at Jeju Airport sometime after 8.30am this morning. Finding my way around the Arrivals for the public buses to my hotel in old Jeju Town proved to be relatively straight forward with the handy Naver App. I soon boarded a bus which would drop me at Gwandeokjeong Pavilion where the Staz Hotel Jeju Robero that I would be staying was right across the bus stand. The whole commute took less than 20 minutes. The thing that I really liked about my hotel ... read more
The traditional market
Head to the coast

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si August 7th 2015

After my time in Busan it was time to hit the road and try to get to my next destination which was to be Jeju Island. This wasn’t a planned area to go to but when you listen to people who have travelled to the countries you are going to go to, you take up their recommendations of where to head for and Jeju was one of them. Due to the failed attempt of trying to get the ferry from Busan which had been cancelled for the unforeseeable future I decided to get the ferry from Mokpo on the west coast while staying the night at the nearby city of Gwangju for a couple of days to see what was about. I looked online on Hostelworld and found a decent enough hostel with enough good reviews ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si June 4th 2015

Thank you MERS! I got to start my long weekend a day earlier! I flew from Gimpo around lunchtime and landed in Jeju an hour later. The flight was a little turbulent. The views were gorgeous as we headed south and I could see all the islands that are dotted around the south coast. I took the bus from the airport to my hostel. It didn't take too long, maybe half an hour. I got checked in, got some info booklets and maps and planned what to do with my day. I had spotted a palace, when I had been on the bus, so decided to head there, as it's ages since I had been to one. I obviously thought that the palace was much further away, as I was surprised we got there so quickly. ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si May 4th 2015

Leaving Seoul to go to Jeju Island for the weekend, we lined up to wait for the airport limousine (a bus). A family ahead of us with a lot of luggage were poached away by a couple of taxi drivers but as the taxis started to drive away, the bus pulled up... the family got out the taxis and started to unload all of their luggage, Russ jokingly said "Well we are first in line now" but the Momma bear did not like that, she started yelling at Russ, "NO, we are first in line, we have been waiting for a long time. We are FIRST!" We all got on the bus and waited for it to leave but there was a problem with another passenger. She wouldn't be honest about the age of her children ... read more
Lava tube
The octopus on top was alive...

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si October 10th 2014

Pig Huts, Dragons & Divers 8:30 and we’re off for a tour of Jeju City, South Korea. This island, located to the south of mainland Korea has 10 million visitors a year. To put this into perspective, Hawaii has about 6 M visitors a year and Bali about 3 M a year. Jeju City is a two hour flight from Shanghai and a 2 hour flight from Seoul so lots of Chinese and Korean tourists. Jeju is a volcanic island and the volcanic rock is used for everything from steps, to walls to artwork and homes. 15 minutes by bus to the Natural History Museum where we learned about the women divers of Jeju. The women dive for fish as an occupation. They are “fish divers”. They go down to 40 feet without breathing apparatus. They ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si March 30th 2014

They say it's Hawaii here but…where is the sun? Well the weather was not great but not that bad either. The first couple of days I could go around the island. Then, when it rained too much I stayed at the hostel and got some rest. I was actually pretty tired, I would almost say a little bit travelled-off, so it was a good thing. Jeju is a volcanic island. The main crater stands in the middle but there is lots and lots of small ones all over the island. I went to the one on the East coast, called Seokwipo. You can climb up to the crater. It is circular and has a 'hole' in the middle. As one can expect really. From the distance you can really see how flat it is. I went ... read more
lying cow, shaped the same as U-do island

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si June 26th 2013

The final trip around Korea began with my jet-lagged father arriving in Seoul around midnight, followed by an hour of searching for the Sunshine Guesthouse in the busiest district of the city. There wasn't a lack of people willing to help us find the illustrious guesthouse, the problem was- all their directions were inaccurate. Finally, we somehow weaved our way down a back alley and saw the glowing fluorescent lights of SUNSHINE in tacky green and yellow hues. We were thrilled. I don't think my dad's head even touched the pillow before he was out like a light. The following two weeks were a whirlwind. We spent the first few days in Seoul, then a few days in a UNESCO town called Gyeongju, then a day in Busan, followed by three days on Jeju Island, then ... read more
Two Light Horses
View from Sunshine Guesthouse
Cat Cafe

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si September 22nd 2012

My final day in Jeju I spent in the capital city, Jeju-si. For the most part, I walked around the city, drinking in the sights and smells. Just a small aside here to moan about the tourist maps in Korea. None of them are to scale so it is really, really hard to get a sense of how long going between two places on the map will take you. They hardly, if ever, give you the sodding street names - instead putting in random and rather useless landmarks (generally hotels, shopping centres or hospitals whose names in real life may, or then again may not, be in English). And they never NEVER give you the place in hangeul as well. So if you are, say, speaking to someone who can't read English (or Korean words written ... read more
Institute of Birthday studies
Diving Grannies

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si September 18th 2012

Fifty miles off the southern tip of the Korean peninsula exists its largest island, Jeju-do. It’s often billed as “the Hawaii of Korea”, which I think is a bit of an exaggeration, but nevertheless, it is a remarkably beautiful and charming getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban Korean life. Arriving on Jeju-do after a few days spent exploring Seoul, Jenn and I were looking for simple R&R with some nice scenery and a few memorable adventures. Because the island is volcanic, most of the beaches are quite rocky. In a few places you can find narrow strips of white sand to lounge, but the real beauty is found in the island’s numerous waterfalls and stunning views afforded atop steep cliffs which overlook the valleys or the ocean. And while, as you'd imagine, the seafood ... read more
Cheonjiyeon Falls park
Love Land park

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si June 24th 2012

for a change this is a morning blog, perhaps because I am trying to make a record for brevity and get out of this hotel. However the main thing was that yesterday was sort of a washout so to speak in terms of the weather. I awoke in Wando somewhat surprised to see that the floor under the window was wet -- there had obviously been sufficient rain to penetrate through the screen on the open window. It was indeed fine but still heavy rain as I raced to the ferry terminal (because I was running late). However got on with only few minutes to spare on to the fast boat to Jeju = the Blue Nara which should be pictured here somewhere. That only took just under two hours so I was able to change ... read more
Blue Narae ferry
Jeju black pork st
Jeju Englishi street sign

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