As I’m preparing for my upcoming trip to Jeju, decided to put together this map of my accommodation, attractions I plan to visit, and interesting vegetarian/halal-friendly/ halal food places in Jeju for my reference. Hopefully others will find the map useful too! (This map is still a work in progress and will be continuously updated over June – Aug 2015 as I plan my trip). (Also see my Seoul map here).
Last Updated: 4 July 2015
Note: Those labelled “Tried & Tested by Ms. RaRa” are those that I’ve actually visited on my last trip. Other places were found based on my research online. When you click on each place on the map, you will also also see links to blogs/websites that I referred to. Click on those for more info. The following are my main references.
When travelling, I try to look for halal food, or halal-friendly food. However, in Korea, it is difficult to find halal-certified food outside of major cities like Seoul and Busan. Even in these cities, the options are limited. Also, I wanted to try some local cuisine, ‘cos isn’t that one of the fun aspects of travelling? That’s where the halal-friendly options came into play. By halal-friendly, I mean food from places that are not certified halal, but whereby the food itself is from permissible sources (e.g. seafood or vegetables) and there is little or no risk of contamination with non-permissible items (i.e., the shop doesn’t sell non-halal meat). Here, I share the places where I found such food in Jeju.
Not for me glitzy 5-star hotels in touristy areas. At least not on this trip, where the priority was to stretch my budget over 10 days and and reserve my funds for good food and interesting experiences. So I chose to get a single room in a youth hostel, or guesthouse, in Korean tourism lingo, costing only 40,000 won a night (about 50 SGD). The guesthouse of choice was YEHA Guesthouse (City Hall branch), located in Jeju-Si. There is another branch (Terminal) just a few minutes down the street, but the City Hall one was rated #1 out of 71 specialty lodging in Jeju on tripadvisor.
All grand adventures begin with a dream. My dream is to do a cycling trip in Korea. Someday. Very soon. Maybe in Spring next year?
I must confess, the dream kinda came out of nowhere. I’m not a sporty person at all, and have never cycled more than a kilometer or two at a stretch. All I am equipped with at the moment is my old Urata folding bike ( a birthday present from abt 6 yrs ago, and only used a handful of times), and my experience walking one of the Jeju olle trails (well, one of the trails…. Err, ok, only part of one of the trails). But recently I started to become interested on cycling as a way to keep fit. So why not combine it with my love for traveling? By setting the target of doing a cycling trip next year, hopefully it will spur me on to start cycling regularly and slowly build up my stamina.
So, ambitious though the dream may be, I’m going to try to hold on to it as hard as I can so that my grand adventure will become a reality. By Spring next year, I will have a cool new folded bike n racked up some experience doing cycling trips around Singapore. In between my blog posts about my trip this spring (of which I am only halfway done), I will also be posting about my prep for the grand cycling adventure next year. Stay tuned!
Update (7 Mar 16): You can now download the Jeju Olle Trail Guide in English here (pdf file).
The romance and beauty of Jeju had long been the stuff of my dreams. It was formed through several years of watching variety shows featuring Jeju, such as 1N2D, We Got Married and Family Outing. (Scroll below for some links to the relevant episodes of these shows with subtitles. You’re welcome :)). I had also watched many dramas featuring Jeju; Boys Over Flowers being one of the more famous ones. Visiting Jeju was definitely top of my list on my Korea trip.
While the evening before, I had managed to catch some glimpses of Jeju’s famous coastline, I knew that was just the tip of the iceberg and I ain’t seen nothing yet… so when Day 2 dawned, I was practically hopping with excitement to explore the island. I chose to do so partly on foot, by hiking along one of Jeju’s famous olle trails. Route 5 was my trail of choice.
After the eventful morning, it was a big relief to touch down in Jeju and arrive at the guesthouse without any big hurdles. Got my first glimpse of the public bus in Jeju when I boarded one (bus no. 100) from the airport to get to YEHA Guesthouse (City Hall branch). That wasn’t the best decision since the buses were not designed for lugggage – I had to haul my heavy bags up some steps when boarding and found that my bags blocked half of the narrow aisle. Luckily the locals who boarded from the other bus-stops along the route were very tolerant and didn’t give as much as a peep or a squeak nor a glare as they squeezed their way past my bags to the back of the bus.
Update (7 Mar ’16): You can get the most updated Jeju bus route map here, at the Jeju Tourism Organisation blog. The JTO blog also has a pictorial guide on how to take public buses around Jeju.
I had read that travelling by public transport on Jeju island was not easy and travel forums were full of enquiries about full-day taxi services. However, taking one of those services sounded too excessive for a single traveller, as it would generally cost between 120,000 to 150,000 won (abt 150-180 SGD).
The other option was to take bus tours and YEHA Guesthouse offers 3 different routes, costing only about 79,000 won each (before a 10,000 won discount for guesthouse customers). However, further examination of the bus tour routes revealed that there were certain places I would not be interested in. In addition, the lunch-stops that were included in the tour packages were at non-halal places.
There is also a Jeju city tour bus with a hop-on hop-off format for a mere 5,000 won; however, that will only take you to attractions in Jeju-city, covering only a small part of the island.