My name is Lysan. I was once part of JoinEnjoy Travel Specialist as a Marketing Executive. With the department I am designated, I have a lot of travels to Korea to experience our product for us to sell it efficiently and effectively. And, I also join group tours as a Tour Leader, which helps the tour guide assist passengers, to make sure that we’ll be able to give the exceptional service our clients deserve. Our tour packages are not only in Mainland South Korea, but also we have our tour package to Jeju Island as well. Let me share with you how beautiful Jeju Island is.
Jeju Province (officially the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province) is one of the nine provinces of South Korea. The province is situated on and coterminous with the nation’s largest island of Jeju (also Jejudo), formerly transliterated as Cheju, Cheju Do, etc., or known as Quelpart to Europeans. The island lies in the Korea Strait, southwest of South Jeolla Province, of which it was a part before it became a separate province in 1946. Its capital is Jeju City.
Since it is a Self Governing Province of South Korea, they made it easier to tourists to visit, especially for Filipinos because they do not require visa. So, when you’re travelling to Jeju Island and you’re holding a Philippine passport, “NO VISA REQUIRED!” provided that, you will just travel within the island.
When I was still working for JoinEnjoy, we have our Jeju Island Package, “Let’s Go Jeju! Traveler’s Choice”. It is a 4 days , 3 nights ALL IN tour within the Island, via China Eastern Airline.
We departed from NAIA Terminal 1 at around 04:55 am but the check in counters of China Eastern opens at 02:00am. Meal is served during Manila-Pudong flight. Arrival in Pudong Airport (Shanghai,China)is around 08:15 am. The connecting flight from Pudong Airport to Jeju International Airport is 12:25pm and arrival would be 02:50pm.
Upon arrival in Jeju, the Tour guide will meet the group and walk for a minute for buses are not allowed in front of the airport, so passengers will walk along with their baggage to the parking lot which is about a minute away only. Afterwards, as soon as the group is complete, passengers will take their lunch. Next would be the Hallasan 1100 High land Wetland (Ecological Nature Trail), and then Mysterious road, and finally Loveland before checking in to Ramada Jeju Hamdeok Hotel, a local 4 star hotel which newly opened last October 2, 2015.
PLACES TO VISIT IN JEJU
There are many places to visit in Jeju Island that will take your breath away. Places that will surely help you to escape stress and boredom from the city. Here are some of them;
Hallasan 1100 Highland Wetland (Ecological Trail)
Jeju 1,100 Altitude Wetland is a representative highland wetland in Korea. This wetland is of great significance in the Mt. Halla area where surface water is scarce. For its rich wildlife, including various endangered and indigenous species, beautiful landscapes, and geographical features, the wetland has been designated not only as one of the national Wetland Protected Areas.
The Jeju Mysterious Road, also known as Dokkaebi Road, lies on a hill at the foot of a mountain, and connects two major highways on Jejudo Island. It has earned its name, as objects and liquid appear to roll and flow up the hill instead of down, when, in fact, such image of gravity defiance is an optical illusion rendered by the seemingly high surroundings.
Jeju Love Land is a theme sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism. Twenty artists, mainly graduates of top art school Hongik University, helped open it in November 2004. It was the first such museum in Korea at that time. The spacious park (39,667m²) is home to over 140 sculptures (40 within the gallery and 100 outside). The park as a whole looks like a piece of land art. Jeju Love Land is open every day. It usually takes 30-40 minutes to look around the park. Jeju Love Land houses a glass-dome restaurant, an outdoor café, an art shop, and various works which visitors can touch. Jeju Love Land is an attractive place where art and eroticism meet in cool, fun, humorous styles.
World Automobile Jeju Museum
The World Automobile Jeju Museum is Asia’s only private collection automobile museum. Opened in 2008 within the Jungmun Resort Complex, it contains a lobby exhibition hall, multimedia hall, other exhibition halls, a children’s experience hall, souvenir shop, and teahouse. In the lobby, visitors can rent not only strollers, but also many car-shaped carts for parents to transport their children around the museum. In the experience hall, children can drive mini-cars and a children’s “driver’s license” is issued for children who complete the driving experience.
Lotte Hotel Windmill Park
Exotic bar & lounge with perfect harmony of beautiful sea outside and stylish interior in the building
Jeongbang Falls is only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. Jeongbang Waterfall is situated by a high cliff by the sea.
Cheonjiyeon, meaning “God’s pond,” derives its name from the legend that the seven fairies serving the King of Heaven came down to the pond on stairs of cloud and bathed in its clean waters. Apart from the wild Dampalsu trees, designated as natural monument No. 163, the wooded area also contains a great variety of rare plants such as brambles, Songyeopnan as well as Gusiljappam trees, Sanyuja trees (Chinese lemon trees), and camellias which are all specified as natural monument No. 379. Take a walk along the subtropical path towards the Cheonjiyeon Falls for a kilometer and you will be able to hear the magnificent sound of waterfalls.
Oedolgae Rock is a basaltic pillar of rock standing approximately 20 meters above sea level. Today, Oedolgae Rock is a very popular tourist attraction. For Jeju, the site is a part of history with different legends about its origin. Centuries ago, the locals fought against their Mongolian occupiers. The Mongolians retreated to Bumsom (Tiger Island). The Jeju general Choi Young Gogureyo disguised Oedolgae Rock to appear as a giant general. When the Mongolians saw the massive general, they are said to have committed mass suicide. Oedolgae can be translated to “lonely rock”. Local legend has it that a woman committed suicide fearing her husband had been lost at sea. Soon after he husband’s body supposedly washed ashore at the very spot she threw herself into the ocean. The pillar itself is the embodyment of the woman waiting for her husband while the base of the rock is symbolic of her husband’s body.
Eco Land Theme Park is built in Gotjawal primeval forest. Visitors can explore around in a train that looks like 1800s’ steam powered Baldwin train. The five Baldwin train look-alike operated in the park were specially ordered and manually manufactured in UK. In the large Gotjawal forest with railway trails, visitors can see a variety of plants, animals, and insects living in the mysterious Gotjawal forests, while touring around by the special train. It also has a lake for visitors to experience the ecosystem of the forest, take a walk, and enjoy picnic. Besides, there are many things to enjoy including Eco Bridge, Hovercraft, Eco Windmill, Picnic Garden, Kid’s Town, Eco Road, Bare Foot on Scoria, Floating Café, and topiary art works. .
Songeup Folk Village
The Seongeup Folk Village shows the unique culture of Jeju Island: the black lava rock walls, the straight but curvy alleys to block the wind, and the stone grandfather statues (Harubang), which have become a prime feature of the landscape. They believe that once they have Dol Harubang statue in front of their houses, they will be safe from calamities, such as storms, earthquake etc.
Seogwipo Gassiri Flower Village
Spring Season is the best time to visit this village, and summer as well for the flowers is fully bloomed. This is what I love in Jeju Island; they preserved their environment very well. It’s like pristine in all aspect.
Seongsan Sunrise Peak
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.
Hanbok (South Korea) or Joseon-ot (North Korea) is the traditional Korean dress. It is often characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Although the term literally means “Korean clothing”, hanbok today often refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period and is worn as semi-formal or formal wear during traditional festivals and celebrations. Throughout history, Korea had a dual clothing tradition, in which rulers and aristocrats adopted different kinds of mixed foreign-influenced indigenous styles while commoners continued to use a distinct style of indigenous clothing that today is known as Hanbok.
WHERE TO STAY?
For JoinEnjoy Package, passengers will be enjoyed staying in a newly opened hotel rated local 5 stars, the Ramada Jeju Hamdeok Hotel. Passnegers can conveniently take some rest after a tiring day of the tour. However, should the passengers wish to go for a night walk this hotel is very near to the beach area. Resto Bars are also around the area but closes at 12 midnight.
For a nature lover like me, I encourage you to visit Jeju Island. You will surely be amazed and mesmerized by the beauty of the island. This place is also a great honeymoon location for newlyweds for, Jeju Island has the Romantic ambiance every honeymooner enjoys.
Thank you for reading!