The Jejueco Suites (3 Days/2 Nights) Experience

For our 3 days 2 nights stay on Jeju Island, we stayed at Jejueco Suites and joined their tour. Our stay was pleasant and the room was comfortable.

Air Busan: from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju

What made this boarding experience interesting was that we had to walk down a flight of stairs to catch an airport shuttle which brought us to directly to our plane!

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort (馥蘭朵烏來渡假酒店)

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort (馥蘭朵烏來渡假酒店) is located in New Taipei City (Wulai), close to to the Wulai Town (and waterfalls).

Jeongbang Waterfall (정방폭포)

Situated on a high cliff by the sea, Jeongbang waterfall is the only waterfall in Asia to fall into the sea.

Jusangjeollidae (주상절리대)

The Jusangjeollidae (주상절리대) are essentially rock pillars (columnar jointed rocks) shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and almost seem as if they were carved by nature's stonemasons.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
The calm before the waterfall ^^

After the satisfying lunch at Soban 소반, it was off to visit one of the natural wonders of Jeju, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포), an area full of natural monuments (e.g. from the wild Dampalsu trees, camellias to the clear and deep waters of Cheonjiyeon etc...). The waterfall got its name from the legend of the 7 fairies serving the King of Heaven who came down to the pond on stairs of cloud and bathed in its clean waters.


The entrance and the hoards of visitors that day

From the entrance we made our way to the Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포) and admired the landscape along the way. The path that led to the waterfall was beautiful with its diverse flora and fauna.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
The stone path across the river was an interesting walk
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
A bridge away from the waterfall
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
The view from the stone bridge
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
The ducks that leisurely swam
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
A closeup of the swimming ducks
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
As we neared the waterfall, the rapids were more prominent and the water crystal clear. The clear and deep water is designated as natural monument No. 27

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
Another water tier
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
The weather was beautiful that day, it wasn't too hot and with the nice cool autumn breeze it made the walk even more enjoyable

When we finally arrived at our destination, it was a challenge trying to get a clear shot of not only the waterfall, but also of ourselves: there were simply too many visitors that day (of whom many were of the inconsiderate variety). But that did not dampen our mood as the scenery (almost) made up for the inconvenience.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포) is 22 meters high, 12 meters wide and 20 meters deep. 
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)
A wish for you?

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연 폭포)

Address: 666-7, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do 666-7
제주 서귀포시 천지동 666-7
Operating Hours:  0700-2300 (Entering is allowed until 2210)

Admission Fees:
  • Adults 2,000 won
  • Youths and Children 1,000 won
Group (10 or more persons):
  • Adults 1,600 won
  • Youths and Children 600 won




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Glass Castle (Jeju)


As MX was eager to visit the Glass Castle, our flight (on Air Busan) was early in the morning. When we arrived at Jeju, we took a taxi to Jejueco and left our luggage with time since check-in time was in the afternoon. From Jejueco we took a cab down to Glass Castle and managed to reach t here before 5pm. The staff at Jejueco were so nice to arrange a cab for us.

As its name suggests, the Glass Castle is a glass art theme park that consists of an exhibition hall and garden with everything made out entirely out of glass! All in all, there are 6 themed model parks with over 250 models exhibited: they include the world’s largest glass ball and largest glass diamond, a glass stonewall, a mirror lake, and a glass bridge etc...

I never knew that glass can be made into so many different things and I loved the wind chimes and all the displays at the museum. Unfortunately, we did not manage to make our own glass design as it was near closing time. in time. Despite that, we still managed to spend an awesome time oogling at the art pieces.



The exhibition was definitely a breathtaking sight to behold: glass displays made of all kinds of shapes and sizes! We couldn't help but be amazed and ended up taking - pictures of all the art pieces. We spent about 4 hours walking through the place and were too engrossed to notice that we were the only two that was left behind in the museum!



As a result, we asked the security guard to call a cab for us to go back to Jejueco. We had some language barrier, but we managed to use gestures to communicate! The security guard was really helpful: while waiting for the cab, he offered us to wait at the shelter. It was definitely an adventure for the both of us.

Overall, we spent 10,000 won to reach Glass Castle and 20,000 won back to the Jejueco, which averages to about 15,000 won per person.  If you love Running Man (apparently they filmed there before), and/or like to see artistic creative glass pieces (and even have the opportunity to make one yourself) than you should definitely visit the Glass Castle!

Glass Castle

462, Nokchabunjae-ro, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 제주시 한경면 녹차분재로 462

Operating Hours

0900-1800 * Ticket office closes at 1700

Admission Fees

Adults (19-64 years old): 9,000 won (if you have 30 or more people: 8,000 won)
Teenagers (13-18 years old): 8,00 won (if you have 30 or more people: 7,000 won)
Children (5-12 years old): 7,000 (if you have 30 or more people: 6,000 won)


This guest post was brought to you by DramaQueen - a slightly biased Korean music fan who loves food, life and traveling with her best friend when possible. ^^ 




2015 - Year of the 羊 Food Food Food


This year we ushered in the new 'Chinese' new year with good food (as usual). Reunion dinner on the eve of the holiday used to be steamboat, but this year the chef decided to do something different for a change. 

So it was a feast of mochi fishball soup, broccoli with scallop and abalone, prawns, salmon, stuffed mushrooms, ngoh hiang, rice with spices and not forgetting the yusheng! For dessert, there was steamed custard with mashed pumpkin. 


Gathering around the table and dining together, especially with family members that I have not seen in some time, was a very heartwarming moment. Grandma might not be here anymore, but we are still keeping the tradition alive. ^^

On the second day, we went to Luttisparrow's home for another round of feasting! This time of the year can be considered as only eating and just having fun (and bonding) with family members. So any diets plans will just have to wait. (>.<)


Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉

Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉

After our time at the beach, we were off to our next and 4th destination for the last day of our Jejueco day tour (just before lunch) - Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak (성산일출봉). Seongsan Ilchulbong, as with all natural formations on Jeju, was formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions about 5,000 years ago. Its volcanic cone is 600-meters wide and 90 meters tall, and its crated lined with 99 rocky spires that resemble a crown. In addition to its appearance, or rather, because of its appearance, it was name as one of the 7 wonders of nature in the world in 2011 (UNESCO Natural World Heritage). So needless to say, it would not be a surprise to see busloads of tourists at the carpark planning to make their way up to the peak.
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
Everyone was hogging the monument at the entrance, so I had to wait till after we had come down from the peak to get a ‘clean’ shot of the just the monument.

There are 2 suggested paths to reach the peak, where the view is said to be magnificent. I can’t remember which path we took, but the trail leading up to the peak was well maintained and quite manageable with proper steps to lead us along our way.

Map and directions
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
hmm... which route shall we take?

However, despite there being steps, they were still steep, but at least the path was one of the most even paths that we had walked that day (e.g. no rocky paths nor muddy roads). The path uphill to Seongsan Ilchulbong comprises steps of varying steepness.

Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
A look-back of the the path we have taken so far... The steps here were a little uneven, so remember to wear shoes with good grip!
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
Some more steps that are more even and smooth (they didn't make the hike any easier though lol) with a few hurubangs along the way
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
More steps!!
Note: If you are tired and looking for a place to rest those aching feet, not to worry as there are benches and pavilions along the hiking trail up to Seongsan Ilchulbong for you to rest. Toilets are also available along the way should you need to use it. However, it might be best to use the one at the bottom of Seongsan Ilchulbong as the toilets may get quite crowded with limited cubicles.

The weather that day was just nice, not too sunny and not too cold with a slight cool autumn’s breeze blowing in our faces. There was quite a crowd that day, but as the area was quite large, the further up we went, the lesser people there were. Hiking up Seongsan Ilchulbong was supposed to be quite manageable, but being the non-active people that we were, and having walked almost all morning, we hiked midway and then gave up got distracted at the souvenir shop on the way up. All in all we spent about 2 hours or so at this attraction, with lots of stops for photo taking, posing and admiring the scenery around us. 

Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
If you want, you can ride the horses. The day we went, the horses looked tired and overworked so we gave it a miss.
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
View from (midway) up the peak
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
Another view (midway) up the peak
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
The souvenir shop where we stayed the most and bought a couple of souvenirs!
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
After walking earlier in the day and having climbed thus far, we decided to just stop here and chill at the souvenir shop while DramaQueen and MX went up lol
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
And while we were waiting, another shot of the view (higher up but not quite there at the peak)
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
View of the sea
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
If time permits, you could also catch the Haenyo (Jeju  female divers) in action on your way down from Seongsan Ilchulbong. They perform at two timings – 1.30pm and 3pm. There is a separate trail that leads down to where the action is.
Note: As Seongsan Ilchulbong is also known as Sunrise Peak, like its name suggests it is one good place to catch the magnificent morning sunrise over the sea. In order to be in time to catch the sunrise, do make sure that you wake up early (as early as 3am!) to make the drive there and hike up the peak to catch the sunrise. 

Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
My little reminder of my time in Jeju and Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
Seongsan Ilchulbong/Sunrise Peak 성산일출봉
The back of my little souvenir: the ahjumma was nice to even add hearts to my little wooden keychain!


Entrance Fees:
Adult: 2,000 won
Children: 1,000 won

Opening hours:
From 1 hour before sunrise until 2000 (winter) and 2100 (summer).
Closed during inclement weather.




Lunch at Soban 소반 (Jeju)

Soban 소반 (Jeju)
Soban 소반 (Jeju)

After half a day of walking, taking photos and admiring the scenery (not to mention a little souvenir shopping here and there), it was time for lunch and believe me... we were famished! Victor (Jejueco) brought us to this quaint little restaurant with an English countryside flair and serves up some really good traditional Korean food with some fusion touches mixed in.

With only about 6 tables, Soban 소반 can only accommodate around 20 persons. So there you might have to wait if it is peak hour and if you happen to be alone, be prepared to be turned away (it's a Korean thing where most Korean restaurants have a policy of minimum of 2 persons) unless you eat bibimbap. No wonder Victor was on the phone constantly before lunch, having to coordinate timing and getting to the food is certainly a challenge!

When we arrived, we were warmly greeted by the owner of Soban 소반 and seated according to our groups: 5 of us at one table (which was a tight squeeze with all that food, but we managed somehow), and the Australian and Russian couple each had their own table. The two couples were more taste-testing the food since it is something new for them. But being the Singaporeans that we were, I think we ate the most food and we were the only ones who asked for seconds (e.g. the vegetables and banchan were free flow, but some of the items were not)! I think the couples found us a little weird? haha Since we ate like there was no tomorrow, hardly leaving food remains on the plates, while they stopped after a few bites here and there as some of the dishes were simply too spicy for them.

Soban 소반 (Jeju)
Table setting: chopsticks and tissue (you will need them!)
Soban 소반 (Jeju)
The light yet flavorful and refreshing barley tea!
Soban 소반 (Jeju)
The bits of barley can be eaten and they tasted yummy!
Soban 소반 (Jeju)
Kimchi
Soban 소반 (Jeju)
Potato kimchi (?)
Soban 소반 (Jeju)
Sardine wrapped in aged kimchi: these were M and C's favorite!

... and how could I forget the feast that covered our table!

Soban 소반 (Jeju)
All that food... just looking at this is making me hungry again (>.<)


That said, this is one restaurant I highly recommend you visit if you ever go to Jeju! The food was fantastic, barley tea lovely and the service warmhearted. The fact that the restaurant was small in size gives it a homey feel which would enhance your dining experience.


Soban 소반

Seogwi-dong 260-26, Seogwipo-si Jeju-do, Korea
064-732-2528





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O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄

O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄

Fields of green tea leaves greeted us at our next destination - O'Sulloc Tea Museum (오설록티뮤지엄). It was a sight to behold and similar to the tea plantations that you can find at Cameron Highlands (Malaysia) sans the slopes - rows upon rows of green leafy segregated sections. After a couple of touristy photos, we headed into the museum.

O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
Green tea in its original form!

Apparently the 'o' in O'Sulloc has a dual meaning: to appreciate and enjoy and also stands for the the origin of Sulloc (tea). The O'Sulloc Tea Museum (오설록티뮤지엄) first opened in September 2001 and since than visitors can enjoy unique o’sulloc teas and the unique views of the nearby green tea fields and the surrounding landscape. The entire museum takes the shape of a green tea cup and its motto is to harmonize the cultures of the West and East with the modern world; teaching visitors about Korea’s traditional tea culture.

O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
The main entrance
O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
Tea Culture (Tea Cups of the World): beautiful selection of tea cups from over 100 countries, including traditional Chinese teacups to European demitasse cups; a reminder of the exchange of ideas and culture (and of course tea) between the East and the West.
O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
The lobby
O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
Tea Culture Room (Exhibition Hal)
O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
Traditional tea set(s)

After hanging out a bit at the museum, we were brought to the souvenir corner where there all sort of teas: flower tea, barley tea, tangerine tea etc... There was even free sampling of of their tangerine tea, which was a good marketing tactic since I bought myself a packet. The tea was really fragrant (full of tangerine!). The only downside that day was a bunch of 'aggressive' aunties from another country that hogged the counter just so they could have seconds (even thirds) of the free samples. (>.<) So much so, that it was a little chaotic and all just for (free) tea! lol

Time at the museum was not very long. It would have been nice if we could have stayed a little while more longer and had a cup of tea (and some cake) at the in-house cafe, and/or gone up to the observatory to have a look at the view. But I am not complaining since the next stop was lunch, and boy was it an abundant feast! Just thinking about it now is making me want to go back there to eat.

O’Sulloc Tea Museum (and Plantation) - 오설록티뮤지엄
Some pretty scenery on our way to lunch!






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