Oh yay! I am so happy to be able to go back to Jeju! Jeju is an amazing place even to South Koreans, they go there all the time for short holidays! Whatever reaction you want to have, you can definitely find it in Jeju.
I went on the Jeju East tour by myself, but thankfully, I made new friends along the way!
Here’s what I did at the East of Jeju:
1. Horseback Riding
If you can’t drive at least taking the horse ride would give you some sense of motor skills. But really, the short 15 minutes horse ride is fun, I mean usually in Singapore, the one of the few places to have a horse ride is none other than the Singapore Zoo. However, in Jeju, the weather is perfect for raising horses, which is why Mangolians dominated Jeju in historical days. In Jeju, you can see horse everywhere along your ride, so prepare to catch them in sight.
2. Songeup Folk Village
The Songeup village is a village preserved with the most authentic Jeju culture. You get to see things like the curved paths lined with larva rock stone walls, black pigs, straw layered roofs, and Harubang – a grandfather statue of Jeju.
Later on after entering the village, a local Uncle shared a lot about the culture in Jeju. I don’t want to spoil any of it, but he mentioned how Jeju married women were the ones who bring home the bacon. There were also interesting features of the village where it shows how they stay warm in winter, protect their houses from strong winds, definitely an eye opener!
3. Songsan Ilchubong (Sunrise Peak)
The Sunrise Peak was the best item in the itinerary among everything else. You might have known that Jeju Island wasn’t in existence till multiple volcano erupted since a thousand years ago. The sunrise peak was actually not part of the Jeju Island till the path being formed over years due to geographical natural factors. The tuff cone crater is what makes this volcano so unique thus being one of the natural monuments.
During this trip, it is in the late winter season thus the weather is slightly cold but the breeze is relentless. The strong winds made my journey up to the peak a lot more fun and challenging. It took me around 15-20 minutes to reach the top, so don’t worry its not a real chore. I did sweat though… The path towards the peak are all nicely paved stairs incase you are already discouraged at the thought of walking up.
No trip to Jeju could be complete without a trip to the Sunrise Peak. Even the taxi uncle who fetched me from the airport to the hotel asked me whether I am going there.
4. Haeneo (Jeju Women Divers) Performance / Museum
The women divers has played an important part of the Jeju cultural heritage. They are potrayed as strong womens who work hard to feed their family. Unfortunately, due to the strongs winds, the performance was cancelled and the alternative was to visit the museum.
Watched an inspiring video on how the Jeju divers work and have their own songs and work area which are covered within the larva rocks. It’s sad to see how many of them ended up with rheumatism as they grow old, and also overtime, this unique culture of the Jeju sea has slowly transversed.
In the museum, I got to know more about their different equipments and tools they used to fetch the seafood, outfits they have for different occassions and when and how do they work.
I hope I get to see the actual divers performance one day. To see these hardworking women risking their life just to raise their family, simply inspiring.
5. Jongdalri Shore
To and fro the road towards Sunrise Peak, you get to see a huge field of Canola Flowers Fields, but please be warned, they only bloom from March onwards. The view of the yellow field of spring is magnificent. The colour of Jeju sea is crystal blue, due to the depth of it just feels like magical land doesn’t it. I just want to swim in the cool blue waters and wake up to see it everyday!
There are many larva caves on this mystical land of Jeju. However, not many are open to tourist for sightseeing, even for Manjang Cave, only 1km of it is open to tourists. It was definitely an interesting experience because I have never walked a cave ever before. Bucket list checked maybe? If you do not want to walk all the way to the end, that’s fine too.
The temperature of the cave spans from around 11~21 degrees, but at this period of the year, it dwindles down to a single digit. But fret not, since it is underground, you are sheltered from the harsh wind, it is just chilly. That’s all. The path in the cave is extremely dark so do prepare your good hiking or sport shoes to prevent your ankles from spraining.
Through this journey, I’ve learned a few features of the larva tunnels formed as a result of the volcano eruption, subsequently the aftermath of it. The tour guide told us about the caves that were naturally formed from the volcano eruption when larva flows through and forms a cave, it is really unbelievable until I went to do some research about it. So yes, the caves are really naturally formed after the top larva crust solidifies and closes together. (My inner geography nerd can’t help it)
You might be wandering, “what about lunch?”. Well good news, this package includes lunch, which makes it even more valuable for money right?
If you are a Muslim, you can have Bibimbap (Mixed Rice with Vegetables). If Halal isn’t a concern, I would strongly recommend you to try the Black Pork, which Jeju is renowned for. The black pork BBQ style is free flow, so you get to eat as much as you want, and there are two kinds of marination, spicy and non-spicy. Not a fan of spicy food? Do not worry. The black pork is only available so the East Tour and not the West, so take note when deciding!
Do read my post on West Jeju Island if you are spending a few days over at Jeju Island!
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This trip was made possible in collaboration with KKday SG. Do check out other packages they have to offer on their website at www.kkday.com!
If you have any question do feel free to ask me, I would love to help or advise you!