01 February 2017

Jeju Christmas Trip 2016 Day 3: Seongsan Ilchulbong, Manjanggul Cave, Eorimok Square & Teseum Safari

As South Korea's most visited sight, Jeju Island is the only place in the world that has won the so many world titles from UNESCO. Jeju Island is famous for their natural beauty like beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and heritage sites. I spent my third day by visiting some amazing nature sites in Jeju and it was also my first time to see snow and to build my very first mini snowman.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Our third day in Jeju was one day before Christmas and it was a tight-scheduled day. We were planning to visit more than four places on that day. We started off by having a buffet breakfast in the hotel, The Four Grace Resort. They served mostly Korean foods that looked like kimchi and anchovy, but I ate fried rice with sausage and scrambled egg instead. I knew we were going to walk a lot that day so I started with a fully-fed tummy.

Our first plan was hiking up to Seongsan Ilchulbong or Sunrise Peak—yes, you read it correctly, hiking. It might sounds tough but from my experience, it was surprisingly quite manageable. The trail offers a wonderful scenery of Jeju's countryside landscape. This place is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

It took us about a total of an hour to explore Seongsan Ilchulbong; 20 minutes to walk up the trail, 20 minutes to enjoy the scenery from the peak, and another 20 minutes to walk down. It was quite exercise for me, but without sweating since it was a cold winter morning. Though it looks warmer in pictures now that I see it, the temperature was around 5°C when I was there.

Seongsan Ilchulbong is most visited during early morning, as visitors catch up the sunrise view from the peak—thus it is called Sunrise Peak. I finished my hiking at around 9am. Before leaving, I bought a bottled orange juice near the parking lot to re-hydrate my body after tired hiking. Fyi, Jeju is famous for their fresh and sweet mandarin oranges that you can find almost everywhere.

After Seongsan Ilchulbong, we went to another UNESCO world heritage site named Manjanggul Cave. Manjanggul Cave is a lava tube tunnel with a designated natural monument on the inside. The lava tunnel in Manjanggul Cave was formed naturally from the spouting lava that flows to the surface.

The cave was dark with a minimum light but there is a path where visitors can easily follow to take a closer look of the natural lava structure. The air felt very humid inside the cave with many puddles every here and there that made walking quite slippery. If you are clumsy like me, you may stepped on one of the puddles and left with a frozen feet!

We left Manjanggul Cave at 11am and drove one and a half hours to reach another place called Eorimok Square. This was where I finally saw snow for the first time in my life. How was it, you ask? Well, I would say it's just as how I expected it to be: FREEZING but FUN. Freezing because it was -3°C and fun because I enjoyed walking around, snapping pictures, and even building a mini snowman.

If I have to choose between winter and summer—since it's forever summer in both Indonesia and Singapore—, I will choose summer. I don't like frozen fingers and cracking dry skin. I don't know if it's because it was my first time to be at that low temperature, or was it just because my body didn't adapt well? but I had experienced pins and needles all over my body—my fingers were the worst—so it was definitely not a good deal.

Moved on from the frozen place, we went to eat the famous Chicken and Beer—we drank Coca Cola and tea, instead—as our late lunch. It was tasty and I did enjoy it a lot. At first we didn't know how many pieces of chickens that they'd serve in one menu so we ordered two different menus but we ended up ordering too much and had to take away the rest of the chickens that we couldn't finished.

Near our eating place, we accidentally found Teseum Safari or Teddy Bear Safari. I have visited Teddy Bear Museum in Seogwipo-si on my first day in Jeju but this place is a bit different. Although it's almost the same concept, but visiting Teseum Safari is more like visiting a theme park.

Teseum Safari has more than just Teddy Bears. They have a range collection of stuffed animals that recreate a whole safari concept, with Teddy Bears as their human. Their first gallery has a replication of many wildlife animals like snake, tiger, elephant, crocodile, etc. They have a unique way to display everything and make it looks interesting.

Besides safari, they also recreate famous characters, stories, and arts in Teddy Bear form. Unlike Teddy Bear Museum that use glass display case to house their exhibits, most of the exhibits in Teseum Safari are exposed freely. I think this place is more appealing to kids as they get to see (and maybe hug) any animals they want without any danger.

It was dark when we were done with Teseum Safari. We then went to shop at Chilsungro Shop Street that is located on top of Jungang Underground Shopping Center, in the city area of Jeju. This shopping street is very vibrant with Christmas decorations and it was crowded with people celebrating Christmas eve too. We street-snacked some foods and I also bought a chick cotton candy that looked exactly like Sally from LINE Friends.

We spent hours hunting for cute stationery and gift at ARTBOX and ended up with two bags full of cute stuff like notebooks, pens, stickers, and many more. Tbh, I regretted not buying more than that as they are way cheaper than in Singapore.

As the night rolled in, we went to our last destination of that day: Nine Spavill Resort. We counted down on Christmas eve by soaking up in a hot bubbly bath and listening to a Christmas radio channel while waiting for the time to pass. After a long, freezing day, what can be more relaxing than that anyway?

To be continued.
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Check out my travel vlog below:


  • Seongsan Ilchulbong
    284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
  • Manjanggul Cave
    182 Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do
  • Eorimok Square
    2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • Teseum Safari
    2159, Pyeonghwa-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • Chilsungro Shop Street
    15 Jungang-ro 7-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
  • Nine Spavill Resort
    2970 Gwangryong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Aewol, Jeju-do

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