Jeju Island was my second stop of the 10-day-solitary travel and spent three nights and and three days in Seogwipo City. Seogwipo is stragetically the best place to explore Jeju being the centerpoint to West Course, East Course and Jungmun Tourist District day tours that most travel agencies offer. Commuter and airport buses pass through Seogwipo and many tourist spots are within the vicinity. With that I made my own itinerary covering a little of West and East course.
|Jeju Island Map from Visit Korea website|
|West Course from Yeha Tour Website|
|photo from yeha tour website|
On my second day, the weather got better. I started with a morning walk in Seogwipo and in just two hours before lunch, I visited Cheonjiyeon Falls and the famous Saeyeongyo Bridge on foot. Three things off my bucketlist right away.
After my brunch, I went around in nearby spots in Jungmun Tourist District like the Chocolate Land, Ripley's Believe It or Not and Yeomji Botanical Garden before I finally headed to Soingook Theme Park.
|Ripley's Believe It or Not|
|Teddy Bear Museum|
|The Statue of Libery, United States of America|
|Mount Rushmore Memorial, USA|
|Eiffel Tower, Paris|
Driving around Udo Island is one of the highlights of my Solitary Travel. Not only that I was touring around on my own but was also able to record my trip around by just tying my camera to the tripod and wrapped it tightly in front of the ATV. I was both fun and amazing! And I told myself, I should come back again.
|The Welcome Banner upon arrival at the port of Udo Island|
|my toy in the island|
After my driving experience, I went back to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. This time it was not climbing the peak to see the sunrise but rather grateful for the cool afternoon air while catching up my breath as I made it to the top of the crater. It was exhilaratingly satisfying to finally had my time looking at the crater that measures 600m in diameter and 90m high and actually looked like a salad bowl.
|UNESCO Heritage landmark of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak|
|at the bottom of the peak and the start of the trail with the STAR as the peak of Seongsan Ilchulbong|
|the view from the top after XXX meters high|
|at the other side down the peak where the Women of Jeju share with the tourists how they dive and catch seafoods without any equipment|
Three days in Jeju was not enough. But it was enough for me to spend my birthday week in the Island that is also proclaimed as one of the New Wonders of Nature. I missed to see the other places that I plotted in my itinerary - Odolgae Rock, Jeongbang Falls, Jeju City Hall, Love Land, Jusanggeolli Cliffs, Cheonjeyeon Falls, and, Seonimgryo Bridge. I also missed to do the other "Things to Do" in my list: - Olle Trail, Jeju Mandarin Orange picking, try the famous black pork barbeque, among others.
As always, I left some places to see when I get back again.
And I ended my last night in Jeju Island with a sumptuous Korean meal at the Korean traditional meal.