29 January 2017

Jeju Christmas Trip 2016 Day 2: Cheonjiyeon Waterfall & Jeju Folk Village


If you're into Korean drama, you may already know that Jeju Island is a popular filming location that's famous for its beautiful nature and romantic atmosphere. On my second day of Jeju trip, I visited Jeju Folk Village that restores many of the scenes from episodes of Dae Jang Geum, also known as Jewel in the Palace, one of some famous Korean television series that took place in Jeju Island.

DAY 2
Friday, 23 December 2016


I started the second day by making a quick doodle out of random things around me on my Doodle Book. I woke up a little too early that day at around 6am in the morning. In Jeju, the sun rises at around 7.30am so 6am was still quite dark especially because it was drizzling too outside.


After we checked out from The Island Blue Hotel, we headed to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. We passed by a nice scenery along the way and decided to stop to take a look and snap some pictures. It's very convenient to drive around in Jeju because you can always park by the street anytime and anywhere. Fyi, besides lorries and taxis, most of the cars are usually driven by tourists.


Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is one of the main tourist attractions in Jeju. When we bought our entrance tickets, the morning drizzle was stopped for a moment before it suddenly turned into a heavy rain with strong wind. We took a shelter near the ticket counter while waiting for the rain to stop and continue the journey. My phone showed the temperature was around 7°C at that time but it felt way colder than that.


There was ample trees and flowing water around Cheonjiyeon Waterfall that provides a relaxing ambiance. My walk to the waterfall was refreshing as it was cold in winter. I really enjoyed the stroll and the scenic view, and the sound of the waterfall was really therapeutic. If you keen to have some personal reflections, I believe this place provides the perfect atmosphere for that.

Jeju Island is also popular with Dol hareubang or stone grandfather. Dol hareubang is considered to be gods offering prosperity to the island as well as giving protection against bad luck or demons. They are usually placed outside of gates or entrance as a symbol of protection. It is the main icon of Jeju Island that can be found everywhere on the island including in Cheonjiyeon Waterfall.


Before we left, we dropped by the souvenirs shop to buy magnets, keychains, and I was so excited when I found Miniature Schnauzer figure there as well. We also got to taste some sausages and fresh orange juice outside the waterfall and took some time to visit Nature Republic outlet. I ended up impulse-buying some make-ups and beauty products there.


After Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, we went to Jeju Folk Village that was about 30 minutes away. In front of the gate, there were some posters of Korean dramas that used this place as their filming location. Among many titles, I only know Dae Jang Geum was featured there as I'm not too familiar with K-drama so I couldn't tell what was the rest.


After we bought our tickets, we took a break and had our lunch inside the Jeju Folk Village. We ate Korean foods again but this time was some BBQ with rice and several side dishes. It was quite tasty. Or maybe because I was too hungry so everything tasted good :)

Even after the rain has completely stopped and the sun is faintly visible, it was still windy and freezing. I wore another layer of jacket to keep my body warm but it was still cold to the bone. Lucky the curiosity for how Jeju's village people lived in the past time gave me enough reason to bear with the coldness. It is really an interesting site to visit, especially if you are interested to learn about traditional Korean stuff.


The main highlight from this visit for me was a photo-taking session while dressing up in Hanbok, the traditional Korean dress. We rent a dress and took a traditional Korean wedding picture for about KRW 80,000. It was a fun experience and the photo turned out to be the best souvenir from the trip.


We were planning to visit one more place called Seongsan Ilchulbong after Jeju Folk Village but unfortunately it was already closed when we reached. So we parked our car there and walked around to find dinner instead. There were plenty restaurants nearby but besides McDonald's and other fast food restaurant, most of them served sea food—I have some allergy with sea foods, by the way. However, we eventually found a small, but well-decorated restaurant that sells delicious pork and beef rice. The owners even gave us a bag full of fresh oranges after we finished with our foods. It was really so kind of them :)

Our hotel for that day was The Four Grace Resort that was just about 30 minutes away from Seongsan Ilchulbong. It was a nice hotel with a small balcony. They had a mini market near their lobby as well. Our room, just like the previous night, has more than one bed that we didn't even need. I slept soundly after a long walk that night.

To be continued.
Read Day 1 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5

Check out my travel vlog below:



Highlights

  • Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
    27, Saekdal-ro 189beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
  • Jeju Folk Village
    631-34 Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
  • The Four Grace Resort
    209 Siheung-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

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