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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Winter Wonderland 28.12.12 - Jeju [Day 2]

28 Dec 2012: Day 2 - Jeju Island
Seongshan Ilchubong, Seopjikoji, Mangjanggul Cave

to the Seongshan Ilchubong! this was about 7am in the morning.

 Spotted!! :D

We jumped off the car again to get a photo


At Ilchubong. the weather was comfortable but when we started to climb the mountain. off the layers of clothes.. lol..

Again, not our first time here =)

We don't have such mountains for us to hike in Singapore, so I really like this place! it's not too tough, but it's a challenge! my parents could do it too, without much problems.


our efforts rewarded with good view and weather =)

finally! it was winter so it wasn't as green. but it was breezy and nice, and a nice achievement :)


on the way out.

you can see some women divers at this place too!

ended our hiking session with an awesome meal at this restaurant right at the "exit" of the mountain road. the OH-MY-GOD seafood hotpot, filled with fresh goodness. 
perfect for winter! 

BEST meal of the trip - i'm not exaggerating. the freshness of the seafood (really sweet broth!!), right here in Jeju.

moving abalones

yummy :)

next stop: Seopjikoji

on the way, another pleasant surprise:

Rape Flower field!

I thought I would never see this!!! since it was supposed to be winter.

we literally jumped off the car, and ran towards it. however, we had to pay 1,000won "entrance fee" per person. the field was taken care of by a friendly ahjuuma..

we get distracted by so many random stuff :D

At Seopjikoji, the place where they filmed the drama All-In.

More information from KTO: Seopjikoji is located at the end of the eastern shore of Jeju-do Island. "Seopji" is the old name for the area, and "Koji" is Jeju dialect meaning a sudden bump on land. 

Green fields without a single tree spread beyond the cliff to where a rock called “seondol” protrudes. Also there are stonewalls along the road to block the wind on the way to the lighthouse at the end of Seopjikoji. Within the stonewalls, you may find the most brilliant rapeseed flower fields every April. 
Going up the metal steps of the lighthouse, you can view the whole seashore at a glance. On Koji hill, there stands a stone Bongsudae (4 m high, 9 m long and wide) that retains its original form.

at the Lighthouse

More photos of Seopjikoji here:

261, Seopjikoji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do 
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 Leaving for Manjanggul Cave!


Manjanggul Cave (만장굴) is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels.

Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to the tourists. The inside of the tunnel sustains at a temperature of 11~21, creating a comfortable atmosphere. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. The Stone Turtle is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island.

at the end you would see this amazing structure:

Warning: it is a long and wet walk so if you have elder people with you let them know it's a long walk to and fro (about 45 mins?) and ask if they wanna do it.. my folks weren't so positive about it half an ago into the walk..

Rushed to return the car before we head to the airport to catch our flight back to Seoul - weather app says it's snowing.. YAY!!! fresh snow once we touch down!! lucky =)

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