Friday, March 28, 2014

SOUTH KOREA TRAVEL 2013: Jeju Island Adventure Part 2 (Orange Farm, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Jeju Women Diver, Mysterious Road, 3D Art Museum & Hot Bath)

So after a dr*nken night of Soju the night before :P we woke up early in the morning for our tour.
So this is how Korean breakfast usually looks like. Most breakfast buffet in South Korea serves VERY VERY bad coffee. So the coffee in the picture above was from a convenience store. Good thing about hotels in South Korea is that every hotel have their own in-house convenience store :-D

Our first stop was this orange orchard. In Japan & Korea, winter is the "orange month". So we had a lot of Vitamin C during this trip :)

This is my first visit to an orange farm

So, after about 20 minutes of plucking oranges, we headed to...
This tourist location on Jeju island Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak which is a UNESCO World Heritage site

Taken from the Internet:-

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well.

The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.

For your information, we can also find the famous "korean women divers" we only had 1 hour at this location, our tour guide gave us an option of either going up to the peak or walking down to eat seafood...

We first attempted to walk up

And of course take some nice scenic pictures :-D

The wind was so strong that it keep messing up my hair

That is what the "peak" looks like in case you were wondering...

But with us being foodies, we decided to head down for fresh seafood!!!


Sea cucumbers, oysters, abalone, octopus, etc can be found here...

The price is fixed, I think it was about RM30 per will be good if you can speak mandarin Chinese in Korea as many Koreans speak mandarin...pretty ironic as we are both Chinese yet our Mandarin isn't as good T__T

That's the kitchen and also where you get your sauces & condiments to eat together with your seafood

At first, we tried eating it raw...the texture was gummy and hard but extremely fresh...

Then we had it much better!!!! Yummmzzz!!!

Probably because I'm not that big of a "raw seafood" fan, I always prefer my seafood cooked!

We were then brought to a 'famous' filming location in Jeju Island

I don't really watch a lot of Korean Dramas so I won't know which drama was shot in this location...

A lot of people were "drying" cuttlefish during winter...I don't know whether this happens throughout the year or only during winter...

So yea...apparently that chapel was like the "main" shooting location...wasn't that excited really

The area was pretty big so we wandered on our own and spotted this colorful...erm...minibus?

*act cute*

In Korea, It is common that people stack up rocks/stones on top on another...and then make a wish...I dunno what is the actual sequence or ritual but maybe you can go google

I spy with my lil eye a frog and a vulture

Yup. Barbequed sotong all over Jeju Island...wasn't a fan...

Next up!!! Take note of this place...

This restaurant serves black pork which is delicious!!!

It's even refillable!

Because it was "goh tong" or the end of the winter solstice, it was customary to eat rice cake

After lunch we headed to an aboriginal cultural village

This. was. lunch.

Luckily we only saw "what we ate" after our meal as the pig was too cute.

So this lady who brought us around the village to explain on the history is actually chinese who married a jeju-ian..

The famous "Da Jeung Gam" drama...the only korean drama i've ever followed from start to end while in high school...

Please don't go opening some doors when you are here as there are still villagers living within this compound.

So, this is what you call the mysterious road.

Usually, a road sign would indicate when the driver can stop their engine and the vehicle continues to move...creepy...

So my tour guide actually did a test with the water bottle and the conclusion was that though the road looked like it was going uphill, it was indeed going downhill...just that the structure of the road confused people and created an optical illusion..

Probably our 5th/6th location of the day...the good thing about tours is that you don't need to worry about getting lost or transportation especially when you don't speak Korean or Mandarin but the bad thing is probably that you won't get the opportunity to stay at a location for long which is fine by us as we both have short attention spans and get bored easily :-P 

This mini theme park has a few attractions...a 5D movie theatre

3D art room and also an ice room

This slide was fun!

The person responsible for building all this beautiful ice sculptures :-D

We were then required to make our own "ice glass"

Our wine glass & whiskey glass

We headed to the 3D museum after that

This aunty kept photo-bombing me...hate her!!!

Thank you Brad & Angie :-D

Me want my Chanel!!!

A wanted terrorist :-S

*Runs away*

This kid was so cute

Death sentence for stealing a cookie :-P

Doing a Sandra Bullock

Oh this was one of my favourite...public hot bath!!! weeee!!!

Here is where we collect our change of clothes after our bath...basically everyone is butt naked!!! lol! But girls and guys are separated...I wasn't as shy as the other girls in our tour group as I'm an exhibitionist  I have done this a couple of times...the first in Japan :-D

Our entrance ticket to the bath

Nothing like a hot meal after the bath...yum yummmy!!!

This is interesting, the toothpick is organic and you can actually eat it.

Our hot bath location...this dinner restaurant was located right next to our hot bath

So we ended the night with these melon ice-creams as it was recommended by our Korean tour guide

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