With Backpack

One World in One Lifetime

Only 1 lighter

Posted by Heliocentrism on November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009

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Does this thing make my bag look big?

Mark and I got to Gimpo Airport way ahead of time. We didn’t want to be late and we had nothing better to do with our time. Besides, I love hanging out at airports. We checked in at JejuAir.

You’re too big, bag.

I noticed the very tiny sized baggage restriction demo near the counter. I placed my backpack on the demo and saw that my backpack was more than twice its size. I asked the lady at the luggage check-in if I could carry my bag on. She said it was okay.

There was no way to get my bag to fit in the overhead compartment. Mark shoved it under the seats in front of us. It took up the space meant for 2 carry-on bags. (My backpack is considered to be a small backpacking rucksack and I always use it as a carry-on.)

oh yeah, Josie is not my real name…


When it was time to go through security, I noticed that my name was misspelled. My real first name is J-O-S-E-P-H-I-N-E. My nickname is J-O-S-I-E. My ticket said, “J-O-S-I-E-P-H-I-N-E” with the last 5 letters written in pen and a stamp above it. I looked at the ticket and giggled. “They wrote my name wrong.” I guess the security lady heard me, because she scrutinized the ticket and would not let me pass.

I went back to the ticket counter to get my ticket reprinted. The lady at the counter could not see the difference. She kept looking at my passport then at the ticket. I had to point the mistake out to her.

“Oh,” she said, then pressed the print button on her keyboard. I thought it would come out with my name correctly spelled on the ticket. It still said J-O-S-I-E. Then the lady took out her pen and crossed out the I-E and wrote E-P-H-I-N-E. The ticket was then topped off with a tiny blue stamp.

Once past the first stage of security check, we moved on to the x-ray scans and the metal detectors. I got through just fine. Mark was stopped. He had forgotten that he had 2 cigarette lighters in his backpack. One guard told him, “lighter.”

Mark: “Oh, I can’t bring a lighter?”

Guard: “No, 2 lighters. One okay”

Mark handed the guard one of his lighters. So I guess bringing flammable liquids on a plane is okay as long as you just have one container.

Would anyone care for a drink of water?

OOoooo It’s so MysTerioS

On our first day on Jeju we visited first the Mysterious Road then Love Land. Love Land was great. As expected there were lots of ajumas (older ladies) and ajusshis (male counterparts of the ajuma) pointing at things, giggling at things, and yanking on things. They get so scandalized, but they just can’t look away.

The Mysterious road, however was a bit of a let down, but still okay-I-guess.

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South Korea

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, or train, though entry by train is rare if not damn impossible for most non-presidents of North or South Korea.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to South Korea.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 90-day visa at the airport or ferry port.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Korean embassy in your country.






  • Korea is a generally safe country. You don’t really have to watch out for pickpockets,muggers, or scam artists.
    • You should watch out when crossing the streets, beware of scooters on the sidewalk, and the little old ladies that will push you to get that last seat on the bus or subway.
  • Use common sense and you will be okay.
  • Things are generally inexpensive and there are many wonderful things to buy.

Enjoy Korea! I live there for 2 years and had a fantastic time.

Jeju Island

How to get there:

  • 33°30’26.8″N 126°29’32.8″E

From Seoul or Incheon:

  • By BoatfromthePortofIncheon
    • Depending on the time of year the fare to Jeju by boat will be cheaper than flying. But for us, traveling in the non-peak season for air travel, it was almost double the price of a cheap flight.
    • Cost: about 65,000KRW  one-way or more depending of the accommodations
    • Phone: 721-2173
  • ByPlanefromGimpo Airport
    • The best way to find cheap flights is to go wikipedia, look up the airport of your destination (Jeju International Airport) , find out what airlines fly there and from where. Then go down the list of airlines. Check out their website for flights costs. It doesn’t hurt to check out a few flight search engines like orbitz or priceline. We got our tickets from JejuAir with the help of a Korean speaker. They were less than 200,000KRW for 2 round trip tickets.

From outside Korea:


  • Public transportation on Jeju Island is a real pain. Rent a car or scooter or bring a really interesting book.
  • Even though it is called the Hawaii of Korea, it is not warm there in the winter.

Gimpo Airport

to get there:

  • 37°33’31.2″N 126°47’40.0″E

From Seoul

  • By Subway:
    • It’s easy, just go to Gimpo Airport subway station. If you live anywhere near a line 9 station, then you can take advantage of the express train to Gimpo.
  • By Bus:
    • All the airport limousine to Incheon Airport from Seoul stops at Gimpo Airport. Just look out for the bus stops with a plane on them. These buses cost 8,000KRW without a T-money card and 7,500KRW with one.



  • Gimpo Airport is not even close to being as nice as Incheon airport.
  • There is a movie theater over at the international terminal, but there is not much to do or eat once you go past the security check.
  • Make sure to eat before you go past the security check. There is a restaurant inside but every time I’ve seen it, it was either not opened yet, already closed, or there was nothing decent to eat.

Jeju City Bus Terminal

How to get there:

  • 33°29’58.9″N 126°30’53.7″E

From the Airport:

  • Take the #100 city bus.
  • They use the English word for “terminal” so when the stop is near you will hear the word in English.
  • You can use your T-Money card on all public buses on this island.


Jeju IntercityTerminal
2441 Ora 1-dong, Jeju City


Yeha Guesthouse

How to get there:

  • 33°29’59.7″N 126°31’33.9″E
  • by taxi: 3 minutes from Jeju Airport (3,000KRW)
  • by bus:
    • take the #100, get off at Jeju bus terminal.
    • From there, it is a 3 minute walk. Just go straight in the direction the bus was going.
    • You will cross a little bride.
    • After you pass the intersection after the bridge look out for the guesthouse on your right.
    • You will have to cross a parking lot to get to it.
  • fromJeju Port Terminal:
    • Take the #92 bus (1,000KRW),
    • get off at the Jungangno crossroads near the KB bank.
    • Then transfer to the #100 bus (1,000KRW)
    • get off at Jeju Bus Terminal.
    • From there, it is a 3 minute walk. Just go straight in the direction the bus was going.
    • You will cross a little bride.
    • After you pass the intersection after the bridge look out for the guesthouse on your right.
    • You will have to cross a parking lot to get to it.


Yeha Guesthouse 561-17, Samdo 1-dong Jeju-si, Jeju Island


  • +82-64-713-5505


E-Mail: yehaguesthouse@hotmail.com


  • It’s way better than staying at a love motel.
  • It comes with free breakfast,
    • free internet,
    • free wireless internet,
    • free laundry,
    • free international phone calls,
    • free use of the kitchen…
    • Most of all, it’s clean.
  • If you book your stay through hostelworld you’ll get lower rates.

Love Land

How to get there:

  • 33°27’05.9″N 126°29’23.9″E
  • According to the website Love Land is a 10 minutes cab ride from the airport.
  • You can also get the bus at gate 2 at the Jeju Bus Terminal (제주종합버스터미넌).


680-26, Yeon-dong
Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea


  • 82-64-712-6988



  • 7000KRW


  • 9:00 – 0:00


  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

The Mysterious Road

How to get there:

  • 33°27’02.2″N 126°29’11.4″E
  • This road is near Love Land.
  • Use the map below and directions above to get there.
  • Walk pass Love Land a bit and you can’t miss it.


Mysterious Road (Dokkaebi Road)
Nohyeong-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do


  • 064-710-3312


  • Free


  • always available


  • Don’t expect too much.



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