Family vacation in Jeju Island

We had a little family vacation in May and I am so excited to write down (type) all our memories here. We had a 7 days 6 nights vacation in Jeju Island around mid-May. We stayed at 2 different accommodation. Very little planning done as it was pretty last minute. However, I thought it was a wonderful trip with good weather and great company.


Jeju Island here we come – Day 1

THANK YOU AirAsia for making it possible for us to fly directly to Jeju! Apart from us not being able to land on the first try, it was a smooth plane ride. I kid you not when I say that. The plan was descending and you can see the runway and suddenly the whole plan started shaking and wobbling, then the plane started going upwards, away from the ground. Then we heard the announcement from the captain (30 minutes later) that there is a cross-wind and it is very difficult to land. So he had to find other ways to land the plane safely. Thank god we managed to land safely (thanks to the pilot and AirAsia crew) but we were late by about 1.5 hours.

Once we landed, we were slightly rushing to do all the following:

  • Get the pocket wi-fi (which hubs managed to get it quite quickly)
  • Get the map of Jeju Island (at the information counter upon arrival)
  • Find out where we can take the shuttle bus to get our car (asked the information counter!)

We got on the shuttle bus and went to Avis (the rental car company) to get our vehicle. Tips: Make sure you check the model of the car and double check the size before you book the car. We settled for a Ssangyong Tivoli which we thought looks like a Mazda CX5 in photos. However, it was a horror when we tried to fit all of us and the luggage into the car! It was really really tight! Having said that, it is really quite a cool car. Unfortunately they no longer sell Ssangyong cars in Malaysia.

Compilation of photos (left to right, top to bottom): 1. at KLIA2 for our 6.00am flight; 2. in the aeroplane; 3. arrived at Jeju International Airport with the fam bam; 4. baby A getting excited; 5 & 6. family photo while waiting for the shuttle bus; 7,8 & 9. our ride for the entire trip in Jeju Island
Compilation of photos (left to right, top to bottom): 1. at KLIA2 for our 6.00am flight; 2. in the airplane; 3. arrived at Jeju International Airport with the fam bam; 4. baby A getting excited; 5 & 6. family photo while waiting for the shuttle bus & we-fie before departing from KLIA2; 7,8 & 9. our ride for the entire trip in Jeju Island

Right after we took the car, we head straight for food. First stop – Jamae Noodles. More information about Jamae noodles can be found here

This is our first meal in Jeju. First meal is always the most memorable.
This is our first meal in Jeju. First meal is always the most memorable.
The place we call home for 3 nights – Seogwipo

Highly recommended – La Pause Pension at Seogwipo. I think there is no need for words as the photos say it all. I must say that the owner is friendly and speaks good English, the place is really cozy and clean too!

We got the room with the pool. It comes with kitchen, living room and bedroom. We added extra bedding for mom & sis-in-law. So our living room + kitchen is used in the day time and transform to their room at night. The toilet is decent and clean too.
We got the room with the pool. It comes with kitchen, living room and bedroom. We added extra bedding for mom & sis-in-law. So our living room + kitchen is used in the day time and transform to their room at night. The toilet is decent and clean too.

As we were extremely tired, we went to a nearby supermarket (C-Mart) and bought instant noodles for dinner.

Drizzling and rainy on Day 2

It was drizzling all day on Day 2 of our vacation! So we decided to stay a bit more indoor and go somewhere nearby. We woke up early and went to the Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market (Maeil means Everyday). You can find fresh food and fruits here. There is a multi-level carpark so it is quite convenient. We walked around the market, had some snacks (mandu = dumplings, steamed buns & freshly squeezed orange juice) and decided to have lunch at the busiest restaurant at the market.

Jalan-jalan at the market. Baby A was just busy eating away...
Jalan-jalan at the market. Baby A was just busy eating away…
The three of us! It was a wet morning but the market was quite clean - not smelly or wet
The three of us! It was a wet morning but the market was quite clean – not smelly or wet. The market wasn’t too busy and we notice crowd coming in only at around 11.30am to 12.00noon
This is where we had lunch! They serve traditional/ typical korean food
This is where we had lunch! They serve traditional/ typical korean food
Our lunch which was pretty good! This is one of those few restaurants that allowed us to order 3 portion when we had 4 adults. Other places will tell us that we need to order at least 4 portion of food.
Our lunch which was pretty good! This is one of those few restaurants that allowed us to order 3 portion when we had 4 adults. Other places will tell us that we need to order at least 4 portion of food.

Next stop: O’sulloc Tea Museum and Innisfree shop

As it was still drizzling after lunch, we decided to do another indoor activity and made our way to O’sulloc Tea Museum which is located in Andeok. There is also an innisfree jeju house shop located right next to O’Sulloc tea museum, so it is like killing 2 birds with 1 stone. I have already made a list of what I wanted to get from innisfree before we left for Jeju!

Although it was drizzling and wet, the place was full of people! We could not find a proper parking space, and just parked by the roadside, along with all the other cars!
Although it was drizzling and wet, the place was full of people! We could not find a proper parking space, and just parked by the roadside, along with all the other cars!
Enjoy yummy-licious green tea delicacy! Note: It does not come cheap. I overheard some Korean locals complaining that it is expensive too!
Enjoy yummy-licious green tea delicacy! Note: It does not come cheap. I overheard some Koreans  complaining that it is expensive too! So it is not a Malaysia kiam-siap (cheapskate) thing.
After shopping at innisfree, it is a must to take the photo outside as proof! It is quite a big innisfree shop and you can make your own soap - that's where I keep Baby A busy while I went to get my stuff.
After shopping at innisfree, it is a must to take the photo outside as proof! It is quite a big innisfree shop and you can make your own soap – that’s where I keep Baby A busy while I went to get my stuff.

Dinner time: Jeju black pork BBQ place – Childonga at Seogwipo

What to eat for dinner on a rainy day? Definitely the famous black pork bbq in Jeju! Thanks to the recommendation of the owner at La Pause Pension house, we found this famous black pork BBQ restaurant at Seogwipo.

The restaurant is quite nice as they are not strict and force us to order 4 portions of BBQ pork. In fact, they were reasonably priced and we ordered the set that is for 2 person which was around KRW54,000 (approx, MYR 200)

Our yummy BBQ black pork in Childonga. Beer was good too!
Our yummy BBQ black pork in Childonga. Beer was good too!

Day 3 – Cloudy followed by sunshine, perfect for going outdoors

Jungmun

Breakfast at Jungmun Haenyeo eui Jib (Jungmun Women Diver’s house) for abalone porridge. This is my 2nd time here and we still love it. Didn’t take photos of the porridge because Baby A was cranky that morning. But after our meal, she was in a better mood when she saw the sea!

Baby A being super "manja" in the restaurant. And that is us taking photos right outside the restaurant, superb view. Baby A loves the ocean so much.
Baby A being super “manja” in the restaurant. And that is us taking photos right outside the restaurant, superb view. Baby A loves the ocean so much.

We then went for a drive around Jungmun area and was contemplating whether to visit one of the museums/garden in Jungmun area or go to Hallim Park as the weather is perfect to go to the park. As we have been to the teddy bear museum, Cheonjiyeon waterfall and the Alive museum in Jungmun, we decided we will skip those. Also, Baby A prefers exploring and running around so we decided to have coffee at Twosome coffee place (Jungmun) and drive to Halim Park.

When in Jeju, it is a must to take photo with Dol Hareubang. Apparently if you touch its nose, you will be pregnant with a baby boy! *superstitious*
When in Jeju, it is a must to take photo with Dol Hareubang. Apparently if you touch its nose, you will be pregnant with a baby boy! *superstitious*
Hallim Park

The ride from Jungmun to Hallim Park was pleasant and it was not that far away – approximately 30 minutes. It was a bit cloudy in the morning but the moment we arrived at Hallim Park, the weather turned for the better. It was breezy and the sun was up too. The park is really big reaching almost 100 thousand square meters and has a variety of gardens which you can enjoy at any season. They will give you a map and you can go around different parts of the park. We had lunch at Hallim Park (there were 3 restaurants there) and it took us approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to finish exploring the whole park. Below are some of my favorite shots at Hallim Park.

Baby A made friend with this little girl while we were there. We spent a good 30 minutes walking around because the two of them cannot be separated! I also realized that my outfit that day blend in with the park! More information about Hallim Park here

After being out the whole day, we decided to have kimchi jjim (braised kimchi) for dinner.  We googled for a place and found Hanok-jib Kimchi-jjim in Seogwipo. I love the food there BUT I do need to caution you that they only have 4 different types of kimchi-jjim on their menu. So if you have 4 pax, you need to order 4 portion. No such thing as 3 portions to share. You can order the egg roll as side dish. The ramyun (instant noodle) is free (on the house).

We ordered 3 types of the kimchi-jjim and as you can see, they all look similar! We also ordered the eggroll for Baby A
We ordered 3 types of the kimchi-jjim and as you can see, they all look similar! We also ordered the eggroll for Baby A

Day 4 – Checked out from La Pause Pension, Seogwipo to Downtown Jeju

Jakwangsa temple, Daejeong

It was sad to say bye bye to our beautiful house in Seogwipo. Can’t believe 3 days passed by so quickly. Our plan on Day 4 was to make a few stops on our way to downtown Jeju. The perks of having your own car in Jeju is that you do not need to limit your trip. First stop: Jakwangsa temple at Daejeong.

We stopped by for a while to visit the temple. It was really big and not that many people. It was near Wesak Day and they had all the balloons and decorations up! I included one behind-the-scene photograph session.
We stopped by for a while to visit the temple. It was really big and not that many people. It was near Wesak Day and they had all the lantern decorations up! I included one behind-the-scene photograph session (can you spot it?).
The view inside the temple -simply stunning!
The view inside the temple -simply stunning!
Aewol & Monsant Cafe

After lunch at Daejeon, near the temple, we continued our journey to Aewol. One of the main purpose is to visit the Monsant Cafe because we thought that or we read that G-dragon owns it. (We only found out that GD no longer owns the cafe after we left Jeju) Even so, the place is very beautiful and worth the visit. There are many other cafes near there worth visiting.

It was really windy that day but the scenery was mind-blowing! The cafe was very packed but we managed to get a good table and the drinks and cakes were delicious too!
It was really windy that day but the scenery was mind-blowing! The cafe was very packed but we managed to get a good table and the drinks and cakes were delicious too!

We arrived at our hotel in downtown Jeju (Shinjeju) just in time for check in. The hotel that we will be staying in the next 3 nights is called Hotel W Shinjeju. It is quite strategic as it is near shopping area and also restaurants.

This room is perfect for 4 adults and 1 toddler! The rates are affordable too. Check out the huge bathroom.
This room is perfect for 4 adults and 1 toddler! The rates are affordable too. Check out the huge bathroom. We didn’t even use the bathtub!
Yongduam Haesu Spa Land (용두암해수랜드)

That night itself, we wanted to go for jimjilbang. There was 1 near us about 10 minutes drive away called Yongduam Haesu Spa Land (용두암해수랜드). We had dinner nearby the jimjilbang (the food was not great and expensive!)

My experience at the jimjilbang with Baby A: at the traditional hot water bathtub, I could only go into 1 twith the lowest temperature (not too hot). Baby A was the centre of attraction to many women, ladies and girls. Most of them came to the bathtub that I was in with Baby A and asked me  how old is she and what is her name. After the hot water spa, we showered and went to the common area to rest. Baby A was excited there as they had a small playground with slide. We also bought sikhye and hard-boiled eggs (just like how the korean does it). The sikhye was absolutely perfect to cool our body in the sauna room.

We didn't take too many photos in the jimjilbang as we were busy enjoying ourselves. I learned how to fold the "korean lamb head" with the towels from one of the girls that we made friends with in the hot bathtub. 
We didn’t take too many photos in the jimjilbang as we were busy enjoying ourselves. I learned how to fold the “korean lamb head” with the towels from one of the girls that we made friends with in the hot bathtub.

Day 5 – Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak & Da Hee Yeon Greentea farm

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Early morning, around 7am, we depart to Seongsan Ilchulbong. The last time I was there, I couldn’t hike up due to my slip disc but this time, I was determined to hike up, together with hubs and Baby A! AND WE DID IT all the way to the peak!!! Thankfully we had the baby carrier ring sling to “assist us”. Hubs sling Baby A on his back on the way up, half way he gave up and Baby A started walking up the stairs with us step by step. On our way down, it was quite dangerous so I carried her down with the baby sling.

We fed Baby A bread while hiking up and the 1.5 hours was worth our time.
We fed Baby A bread while hiking up and the 1.5 hours was worth our time. Coming down, Baby A was so happy she was singing ABCD song the whole way..
No filter needed for such such stunning view
No filter needed for such such stunning view

After we finished hiking, we went for Gimbap at a shop nearby and also some shopping at innisfree. Then we depart to our next destination.

Da Hee Yeon Greentea Farm

This would be my 2nd time here but the experience is always different as we have Baby A with us now! The entrance fee is quite interesting at Da Hee Yeon, you can either pay the admission fee for adult or you can purchase food or drink coupon and enter for free! We ordered 2 meals and 2 drinks (good thing we are allowed to share here). We were craving for tonkatsu so we ordered 2 tonkatsu set (comes with green tea rice). You can have the meal at their restaurant and the drinks at the cave cafe. The cave cafe is pretty interesting as they literally build the cafe inside the cave itself.

Photos of Daheeyeon green tea farm outside, the cave cafe and our yummy tonkatsu. There is also a zipline there but of course we didn't ride it.
Photos of Daheeyeon green tea farm outside, the cave cafe and our yummy tonkatsu. There is also a zipline there but of course we didn’t ride it.

Dinner time – we were craving for more samgyupsal and we had a superbly nice dinner where they grill the samgyupsal with kimchi the last trip. So we decided to hunt for the restaurant and have the samgyupsal with kimchi!

The restaurant is just down the road from our hotel - 3 minutes walk!
The restaurant is just down the road from our hotel – 3 minutes walk!

Day 6 – Chill out day at Dongmun Market & last minute shopping

We started our day visiting the Dongmun Traditional Market to have seafood stew.  It is a huge market and they sell all types of products from mackerel, small octopus, hairtail, abalone to fruits, clothes, herbs, tangerine, black pork, makgeolli and many more! We walked around the fish market and decided to go into the restaurant that the menu look least expensive. The staff was also very friendly. You select the seafood and they will cook them and serve it at the restaurant right behind.

Exploring Dongmun market
Exploring Dongmun market
We ordered the grilled cutlass fish and seafood stew with octopus and abalone. They were so generous with the abalones!
We ordered the grilled cutlass fish and seafood stew with octopus and abalone. They were so generous with the abalones!

Since this is our last night, we decided to just chill out and do some last minute shopping. We went for a stroll along the coast and went to the departmental store nearby. In the evening, we had dinner near Jeju Chilsung fashion street (had some soju + beer) and more shopping! There are more high fashion brands on Chilsung street and we managed to get quite good bargains on Adidas sport shoes!

The stroll along the coast was too windy and we left after 5 minutes standing there taking photographs. The restaurant that we went for dinner was surprisingly good or maybe it was the soju! It was bittersweet as I cannot believe it was already our last night in Jeju.
The stroll along the coast was too windy and we left after 5 minutes standing there taking photographs. The restaurant that we went for dinner was surprisingly good or maybe it was the soju! It was bittersweet as I cannot believe it was already our last night in Jeju.

Last day in Jeju

On our last day, we checked out after quick brunch (at the convenience store), then hubs dropped us at the airport and went to return the car. 6 nights passed by so quickly and although it was my 3rd time to Jeju, it was totally a different experience. 1st time in Jeju, Hubs proposed to me. 2nd time,  my sis in law joined us and we tried to explore more places. It was a nice Busan-Jeju trip. This time, it’s a family trip with hubs, mom in law, sis in law and Baby A. We enjoyed Jeju so much that we decided a Jeju only trip for 6 nights. Some people asked if 6 nights was too long, I said “we haven’t even covered all the places we wanted to go!”, so you tell me!

Below is the map of Jeju so you are familiar with some of the places that I have mentioned in my blog.

 


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