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Posted by Heliocentrism on November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009

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caving fun

Women under water

Today was one of those “what we would have done had we known better” days. First we went to see the lava tubes. It was a long walk through the dormant volcano. Then we walked to the maze. It’s a short lovely walk. We spent the next 45 minutes getting lost and un-lost in the maze.

After all that maze walking I asked for directions to the Haenyeo Museum. As usual, I got the standard, what-the-hell-is-that look. I then had to spout out words like, “diving women”, “scuba woman”, and mime like a fool to get people to understand. Maybe my pronunciation is bad… I really need to learn more Korean, but I’m about to leave the country…

Since we couldn’t get directions to the Haenyeo Museum, we asked about Seopjikoji instead. One guy told me, “bus” then pointed out to the road. “Walk 30.” He meant that the walk was 30 minutes down the road. Mark and I were getting hungry at that point and we were not in the mood for another long walk. We knew that a bus goes to the Manjanggul cave and that it’s just a 10 minute walk away, so we went there. We looked at the bus schedule and saw that we had just missed the previous bus. The next one wouldn’t be around for another hour and a half.

There was a restaurant near the cave so we ate there while we waited for the bus. The restaurant’s kimchi jjigae was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was so meaty!

When we were done we strolled around the grounds. I laid down in the grass with a faint thought of a nap in my mind. Mark looked up and saw a bus. “Hey! That’s our bus!” There were 2 schedules apparently, and I had only looked at one.

Crying for a missed bus

Benny

We waited for the next bus. It drove right past Manjanggul’s entrance and never came in. It was now time for some walking to the main road. It was not a 30 minute walk; more like a 20 minute saunter. And it was quicker than waiting for the bus.

When we got on the main-road-bus we told the driver where we wanted to go. At our stop he told us to get a taxi the rest of the way. That’s when we met Benny. He was on our bus and headed in the same direction. As we made our way up Seopjikoji we found out that we were all staying at the same guesthouse. Mark and I decided that Benny’s first Korean meal should be not just samgyeopsal, but Jeju samgyeopsal.

We saw a few more things before heading back to the hostel. We asked the lady at the desk for a good samgyeopsal place. She wrote a note on a post-it for us to show the taxi driver. When we got to the restaurant I stuck the note to the bill on the table. The waitress saw it and thought it was the cutest thing. She kept giggling and showing it to all the other waitresses. I’m still not sure what was so entertaining about it.

Those little “spots” are actually hair

We ordered the famous black pig samgyeopsal that Jeju-do is known for. It was delicious, but they kept the skin on… turns out, black pigs are hairy.

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South Korea
(대한민국)

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.

Phone:

Website:

Videos:

Books:

Notes:

  • 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
(제주도)

How to get there:

  • 33°30’26.8″N 126°29’32.8″E

From Seoul or Incheon:

  • By Boat fromthePortofIncheon
    • 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:

Notes:

  • 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
(김포국제공항)

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 limosine 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.

Website

Notes:

  • 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
(제주종합터미널)

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.

Address:

Jeju IntercityTerminal
2441 Ora 1-dong, Jeju City

Notes:


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.

Address: 

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

Phone:

  • +82-64-713-5505

Website:

E-Mail: yehaguesthouse@hotmail.com

Notes:

  • 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.

Lava Tubes: Manjanggul Cave
(만장굴)

How to get there:

  • 33°31’42.5″N 126°46’17.3″E

From Jeju City Bus Terminal:

  • Take the bus at gate 4.
  • You can use your T-money card.
  • The first bus is at 6:00 and they leave in every 20 minutes after that.
  • You can get off when you hear the English ad for the Lava Tubes at the Manjanggul stop.
  • From here you have to cross the road and walk to the cave.
  • The bus driver might drop you off at Gimnyeong-ri. From here you can take a bus to the cave. The bus doesn’t come very often, so it might be better to go the Manjanggul bus stop.

How to leave:

  • Check the schedule for the bus that takes you to the main road.
  • If one isn’t coming in the next 20 minutes just walk to the main road.
  • Walk towards the Gimnyeong Maze Park.
  • There is only one bus that passes on that main road. It’s the bus you took to get to the cave.
  • The stop on the side closest to the ocean will get you a bus going to Jeju City Bus Terminal
  • The bus stop on the side opposite the ocean will get buses going to Seogwupo City Bus Terminal.

Address:

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Jeju-si Gujwa-eup Donggimryeong-ri San 7-1

Phone:

  • +82-64-783-4818

Cost:

  • 2,000KRW

Hours:

  • 9:00-17:30

Notes:

  • Bring a jacket.
  • High heels are not allowed.

Gimnyeong Maze Park
(김녕미로공원)

How to get there:

  • 33°32’09.4″N 126°46’19.9″E

The directions are the same as the Manjanggul cave.

From Jeju City Bus Terminal:

  • Take the bus at gate 4.
  • You can use your T-money card.
  • The first bus is at 6:00 and they leave in every 20 minutes after that.
  • You can get off when you hear the English ad for the Lava Tubes at the Manjanggul stop.
  • From here you have to cross the road and walk to the maze.
  • The bus driver might drop you off at Gimnyeong-ri. From here you can take a bus to the cave. The bus doesn’t come very often, so it might be better to go the Manjanggul bus stop.

How to leave:

The directions are the same as the Manjanggul cave.

  • Check the schedule for the bus that takes you to the main road.
  • If one isn’t coming in the next 20 minutes just walk to the main road.
  • Walk away from the lava tubes.
  • There is only one bus that passes on that main road. It’s the bus you took to get to the cave or maze.
  • The stop on the side closest to the ocean will get you a bus going to Jeju City Bus Terminal
  • The bus stop on the side opposite the ocean will get buses going to Seogwupo City Bus Terminal.

Address:

Gujwa-eup Gimnyeong-ri, Jeju-si, Jeju-do South Korea

Phone:

  • +82-64-1330

Cost:

  • 3,300KRW

Hours:

  • 8:00-18:00

Seopjikoji
(섭지코지매표소)

How to get there:

  • 33°25’24.9″N 126°55’47.7″E
  • From Jeju City Bus Terminal
    • get on the bus at gate 4. Get off at Sinyang-ri and take a taxi or walk the rest of the way. Remember to tell the bus driver where you want to go so that he can tell you when to get off.
  • From the Manjanggul cave or Gimnyeong Maze Park
    • go to the main road, wait at the bus stop on the side opposite the ocean, and get on the bus that stops there. Get off at Sinyang-ri and take a taxi or walk the rest of the way. Remember to tell the bus driver where you want to go so that he can tell you when to get off.

Cost:

  • free

Hours:

  • always open to the public

Phone:

  • 06-782-2810

Sunrise Peak/Seongsan Ilchulbong
(성선일줄봉)

How to get there:

  • From Jeju City Bus Terminal
    • get on the bus at gate 4. Remember to tell the bus driver where you want to go so that he can tell you when to get off. You can walk the rest of the way.
  • From the Manjanggul cave or Gimnyeong Maze Park
    • go to the main road, wait at the bus stop on the side opposite the ocean, and get on the bus that stops there. Remember to tell the bus driver where you want to go so that he can tell you when to get off. You can walk the rest of the way.

Cost:

  • 2,000KRW

Hours:

  • Nov-Feb 1hr before sunrise to 20:00;
  • Mar-Oct 1hr before sunrise to 21:00

Phone: 064-783-0959

Map:

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