Jeju for Chuseok
A group of us from Busan have are on Jeju Island for the Chuseok holiday. A 6,000₩ Busan airport limo ride and 50 minute $115 USD round-trip flight and I was on this beautiful island! Booked rooms at New Kungnam Hotel for $40 USD a night. Accommodations are bare, but it’s in a great location (Seogwipo) and all the taxi drivers recognize the name.
On the first night, I took the 600 limo bus from the airport (exit gate 1) for 5,000₩ straight to the hotel. The ride takes an hour and 20 minutes, and it’s the very last stop. Our group had a waygook style dinner (aka hamburgers) at Gecko’s Bar (11,000₩ taxi ride from the hotel).
The first day (today!) was great. Had breakfast, exited left from the hotel and walked to Jeongbang Waterfall. This waterfall falls straight into the ocean. The mist felt wonderful in the heat.
Next, we took a taxi to Oedolgae Rock (3,400₩). We had a snack in the middle of a punchbowl. We watched a family snorkel in the water and an old adjussi boulder. Spent a good amount of time just appreciating the ocean and rock formations.
Next, we took a taxi to Seonimgyo Bridge (2,200₩). There were fish jumping around in the water and some amusing Korean families to observe.
Then, we took a taxi to Jungmun Saekdal Beach (11,000₩). The waves were really strong, in comparison to the what I’ve experienced in Busan. We had so much fun just playing in the water and on the sand, even though signs say that the ocean is “closed” since the summer has ended.
We played taxi roulette, and they took us to the best samgyupsal restaurant in Jeju. We tried to have traditional Jeju food (boiled samgyupsal and Hallasan soju) but there was some sort of communication breakdown, and we had grilled pork and regular jeju soju instead. No problem, because the food was delicious.
We played a card drinking game on our friends’ hostel roof. We drank Hallasan soju at this point, which was good.
Jeju Island has been great so far, just wandering point to point. Maybe scooters tomorrow?