Hehe, I’m finally blogging about Korea almost 5 months after my trip. It wasn’t till almost 18-19 hours later that we arrived in Seoul after leaving Fairbanks. Luckily I got a lot of sleep on board the flight (not that it was comfortable since we were in economy class, but I don’t have a problem sleeping anywhere, anytime.), but Mr Goh was kept awake for most of the 11 hour flight, and so he arrived in Seoul a very grumpy man. And he got pissed at me when I wasn’t quite sure where the lodging for the night was. Super scary when he goes all quiet. I still feel amazed by how similar our characters are. Since I was in charge of planning this leg of the trip, I wanted him to experience something fun and interesting, not like the tours travel agencies would plan. So we stayed in a traditional Korean house, otherwise known as a Hanok, the night we arrived before jetting off to Jeju for 3 days. I chose Doo Guesthouse since it was in Bukchon, where most Hanoks are. Getting there from Incheon airport was convenient – just take bus 6011. Since it was only for one night, and after reading other travelers’ reviews, I decided to go for the semi-double room at 60K won. There wasn’t an ensuite bathroom but it was just next to our room and it didn’t bother us that much.
It was quite interesting to stay in a traditional house and I would definitely recommend it for the experience. However, if you’re traveling with elderly, perhaps just one night? I initially planned for us to bring our luggage over to Banana Backpackers for storage where we will be staying at after we return from Jeju, so we wouldn’t have to carry so many things in Jeju. Banana is just across the road from Doo Guesthouse, however since we were extremely tired from the long haul flight, Mr Goh was somewhat tired and hungry (and we know a hungry man is an angry man), and it was also raining, we decided to just bring all our luggage to Jeju instead.
For Jeju, I booked a room at Goodstay Nulsong Parktel as it was highly rated at the KTO website and also on Agoda and Tripadvisor. We got an Image Double room for S$104 for 2 nights. Super cheap and worth it!
The location when you first arrive (we took a cab from the airport, I think it was less than 10K won) may seem less than stellar, but if you walk out, you’ll realise that it’s only like 2 minutes out to the main road and shopping district! Wah shiok!
We settled on gimbap and gyoza for breakfast. Gim Ka Ne
I even managed to tap into some Wifi signal and updated my dad on my whereabouts. After breakfast, we decided to call for a taxi to visit some tourist spots. I used my broken Korean to communicate with the front desk and the taxi uncle, they were so delighted that we can understand their language. Hehe.
We actually only called for a cab to go to the Trick Art Museum and thought we’ll just call another cab when we’re ready to leave but the taxi uncle told us that it would be difficult to get another cab since it’s very out of the way, and offered to be our day guide. We discussed and decided that it’s easier for us and saves time too. So the uncle waited for us while we had fun in the museum. It was super fun!!!
After the Trick Art Museum, taxi ajusshi brought us to Sunrise Peak. I had previously climbed it on my tour to Korea and it was super duper tiring (my fitness level is like an old lady), so this time I told Mr Goh to go ahead without me and I’ll see him somewhere along the way. LOL
I didn’t make it all the way up as it was very steep and slippery going down and I wasn’t sure if my shoes are going to hold up. Anyway, I’ve been up there before, so I couldn’t be arsed to climb up again. 😛 After resting for a while, bought some Jeju chocolates and cuttlefish snack, we decided it was late and we should go back. Ajusshi passed by a canola field and stopped to let us take photos. The field was managed by a couple of ajummas and we had to pay “entrance fees” of 1K won per person. Ok la… only S$1.20 or so.
Ajusshi also brought us to this spot for more photo-taking. Sorry, not quite sure where…