In summer 2018, I got to visit Jeju again. Like I wrote in my previous post “Jeju in Winter“, I wished to visit Jeju again in summer because I was there during winter and I did not get to see Jeju’s fresh green sceneries.
I spent the whole week there with my lovely friends. This trip was like an adventure for us. A typhoon was hitting Jeju during that time. Fortunately, everything went smoothly as planned and was even better. It was cloudy most of the time so it was not so hot.
I got to visit several places this time. I have been to some places before but the feeling was totally different because Jeju in summer is definitely different from Jeju in winter.
Fresh air and a quiet atmosphere in Jeju was the best remedy for releasing stress after finishing a tough semester. It is good to get away from a busy and crowded city for a while.
I love feeling the cold summer breeze from the ocean.
I love watching the sunset on the beach in the evening.
I love sitting on the bus to the other side of Jeju.
I love having Jeju’s unique and delicious foods.
I love cooking Ramyeon with cheese at AirBnB house late at night.
There are so many attractions and amazing activities that we can do over there. It was hard for us to choose from. One week is not enough for us to experience everything there. So we decided to choose the places and activities that suit us all.
Here is the summary of our trip! 🙂
We arrived at Jeju in the evening. Actually, our flights were canceled due to a typhoon but we managed to catch an early flight; otherwise, our trip would be canceled. The first thing that we did when we arrived there was to find something for dinner. As I have been there before, I suggested Jeju Black Pork BBQ. After that, we walked to an old and small amusement park and a port around that area then we walked back to our Airbnb house in Jeju city.
Jeju Black Pork | 오겹살
The second day was a typhoon day! So we decided to visit indoor places. It was raining so hard when we were on the bus; fortunately, it stopped by the time we reached O’sulloc Tea Museum so we decided to go to the tea farm before it rains again. We were able to take some pictures and see the view of Jeju tea farm before we visited the tea museum. We also enjoyed green tea ice cream and my friends also bought some O’sulloc cosmetic and food products. The price is not different from the O’sulloc shop in Seoul anyway.
O’sulloc Tea Museum | 오설록 티뮤지엄
After visiting the tea museum, we took a taxi to Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art which is around 15 minutes from the tea museum. There are a variety of amazing art exhibitions there. They also have special exhibitions on some occasions and it is free of charge.
Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art | 제주현대미술관
We left the museum around 3 pm then we went to Gwakji beach to have lunch and relax there. We had a yummy lunch at a traditional fried chicken restaurant at the beach. Fortunately, the typhoon was gone and the sky was so clear. We were able to enjoy and relax at the beach but we couldn’t play with the water because it was still not safe to go into the ocean. After that, we went to a cafe near the beach to grab a drink. The best moment was when I drank a cup of coffee mocha (my favorite coffee) while watching the sunset on the beach. It was so relaxing and chill.
Gwakji Beach | 곽지해수욕장
It was a sunny day and no typhoon. So we decided to visit U-do. The sky was clear. I preferred a cloudy sky instead of a clear sky because it was really hot. We had lunch at an interestingly decorated restaurant on the island. I love the decoration there but I didn’t eat anything. There was a misunderstanding about the menu. We ordered “All Seafood Set” and it turned out to be some weird sea creatures in the ocean and we had to eat them raw. I don’t like raw foods and those sea creatures look scary. We thought “Seafood” means shrimp, crab, clams, or squid but we didn’t know that U-do island has its own special seafood such as sea cucumber and so on. We asked the owner of the restaurant to cook it for us and we said sorry for the misunderstanding. So they made fried rice with that seafood. It was not the best seafood fried rice but it was ok. They also gave us free peanut ice creams as services. The ice cream was good.
Udo Island | 우도해양도립공원
We left U-do in the late afternoon when we headed to Seongsan Ilchulbong. The best time to visit there is actually in the morning because the sunrise there is beautiful but we couldn’t wake up early to go there so instead of seeing the sunrise, we chose to see the sunset there. It was breathtakingly beautiful. As the weather was hot, climbing up a hill was also tiresome. Then I realized it was easier in winter because it was colder. However, the beauty of Seongsan Ilchulbong in summer is much more beautiful than in winter.
Seongsan Ilchulbong | 성산일출봉
After that, we went back to the city. There is a small town in the city which was surrounded by many Chinese restaurants and marts. So we decided to have Chinese food for dinner. It was good. The taste is different from typical Chinese restaurants in Korea.
Chinese Foods in Jeju City
That day was cloudy so it was not so hot. (I loved it!). We decided to go hiking at Hallasan Mountain. We chose Yeongsil Trail as it is not very high and easier compared to other trails. We had so much fun while hiking. We talked a lot, we sang, and we played games along the way to avoid feeling tired. We also took a lot of pictures. As it was cloudy and foggy so we couldn’t stay up there for a long time. We needed to go down before it gets dark. It was a great experience. The view there was so amazing. I was so glad to be able to hike because I missed it on the first trip. It was a snowstorm at that time so we were not allowed to go hiking.
Mt. Hallasan, Yeongsil Trail | 한라산 영실
After tiring hiking, we had a hot Gogi Kuksu in the city. It was a great dinner for refilling our energy. I felt so energetic after having it. It was so delicious and different from Kuksu that I had in Seoul. It is also a signature food of Jeju. The proportion and meat are bigger than Kuksu in Seoul.
Jeju Gogi Kuksu | 제주 고기국수
It was the last day of our trip. It was raining and we felt so tired from hiking but we didn’t want to miss anything. So we proceeded with our plan despite the weather. It was a bit uncomfortable in the morning because it was raining and wet. We couldn’t walk a lot. At least, we got to visit the waterfalls and had lunch there.
Cheonjiyeon Falls | 천지연폭포
Fried Fish and Pajeon | 생선 구이 & 파전
My friend suggested we visit CafeCola as it sounds unique and interesting. So we took the bus from the fall which is in the southern part of Jeju to the northern part of Jeju. The cafe was so cool. It has so many cool pieces of stuff from Coca-Cola. If you are a Coca-Cola fan, you should check out that cafe. The Coke and Americano drink was good too. The combination of coke and americano was awesomely weird and I like it. The cafe also had a great view of the sea and you can sit there and enjoy a drink.
CafeCola | 카페콜라
After enjoying a drink, we went to Hyeopjae Beach near the cafe. Personally, it was the most beautiful beach in Jeju. I love the feeling I had there. It was so relaxing and beautiful. The beach is big and not so crowded. The sunset here is one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen.
Hyeopjae Beach | 협재해변
We went to BHC Restaurant to order chicken and grabbed some drinks and rice at CU for dinner. It was so good! Having dinner and a drink on the beach was the best feeling ever. We had a very good time there. It was definitely one of our unforgettable moments from the trip.
Chicken and Beer | 치맥
My second Jeju trip came to an end. It was the best trip I have ever had. I love spending every moment with my beloved friends. The foods, the weather, the places, the people, and everything there was so wonderful.
It is important to note that the places could be very far from one to another. If you rent a car that would be fine but if you rely on the bus (like we did), it is very important to plan a schedule thoroughly and properly. The bus doesn’t come often. It takes from 15 minutes to 30 minutes and it has a certain stop for transit. We usually checked the map and the bus the night before the trip to make sure that we catch the bus on time.
P.S. I hope this post gives you some ideas of where to visit and what to eat in Jeju. For more information about Jeju, please check out my previous post: Jeju in Winter 😊