There are two mysterious roads on Jeju.
The more popular one is closer to Jeju city (I named it here Mysterious Road Number 1). Almost all of the foreign tour groups will come here. The big coaches would turn off their engines at the sign which marks the beginning of the mysterious road and let the coach slide “up” the slope by itself. You should start your mysterious journey at the sign closer to the hill and you would see your car “going up hill” without you stepping on the gas. This is an illusion caused by the trees along the road which make you feel like you’re going uphill while you’re actually going downhill.
If you don’t have a car, you can also try this illusion out using the bottles placed outside the stores along the mysterious road.
The other mysterious road (Mysterious Road Number 2) is closer to Hallasan on the 1117 route. There are only a couple of stores here and only small local tours would come here. I personally think it is more difficult to see the illusion here in this mysterious road than Number 1.
It was pouring so we decided to go to the tea museum. Although it’s called a tea museum, I think it’s more like a cafe and store.
The cafe was quite crowded since this museum is a regular stop for foreign tour groups. We ordered a green tea latte, a green tea set (which has a pot of green tea and a green tea roll), and green tea ice cream (green tea everything… cus O’sulloc is famous for its green tea!) I liked the roll the best. The ice cream was not creamy enough… and the teas were just mediocre. Surprisingly, the complementary cookies were very fresh and tasty!
Next to the cafe, there is an area where tea products and other stationary with a tea theme were being sold. There is a also a counter where freshly brewed tea samples were given.
There is also a view point on the second floor of the museum where you can see the tea fields.
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We hiked up Hallasan using the Yeongsil 靈室 영실 trail and came down through the Eorimok 御里牧 어리목 trail. Yeongsil trail is the shortest trail (5.8km) going up Hallasan, and it is supposed to be the trail with the best scenery. But it was sooooo foggy that all we saw was white.
Although the trail seems short, it was quite a steep walk up the hill. It took us 3 hours to get to the resting area where cup noodle was sold. Note that everyone had to bring their garbage downhill, back to the parking lot.
Downhill via the Eorimok trail was really quick (about an hour) since it wasn’t that steep at all. If you need to go back to Yeongsil entrance for your car, you could get a taxi at the Eorimok parking lot or you could walk down to the main road to catch a bus, do check out the schedule of the bus at the resting area up in the hill or at the parking lot.
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There are fresh seafood, fruits, meats, dried seafood, kimchi, cooked snacks and other kitchenware being sold.
I guess this could be the street in Seogwipo city which has the most skincare and fashion stores.
This is a discount store owned by Samsung and Tesco. There are home products, electronics, clothes and a large supermarket.
This is one of the three big waterfalls in Jeju. Located on the Southern shore of Jeju, this waterfall very close to the sea. According to the legend, in the Qin dynasty Qin Shi Huang 秦始皇 sent Xu Fu 徐福 to find in elixir of life 長生不老藥. In his quest, he visited Jeju and by passed this waterfall. He actually wrote 서불과차 徐市過此 on a piece of stone next to the waterfall. But we didn’t see it cus we rushed away as the waterfall stank for some reason.
The Eastern tip of Jeju Island. Its beautiful landscape has made it the filming location for a number of dramas. There is a church on the hill which is a memorial house for the drama “All-in” 올인 (which we skipped cus we are not a big fan of this drama). Close to the lighthouse, there is an architectural work, Genius Loci, by a famous Japanese architect, Tadao Ando (which we also skipped cus of our schedule).
Next to Genious Loci, there is a restaurant with surrounding seaview: Glass House 글라스하우스, which appear in a number of drama such as Boys Over Flowers 花樣男子 꽃보다 남자.
At the back of the Glass House, the path leads to a seashore where you can see a group of sea maiden 海女 해녀 diving with Seongsan Ilchulbong 城山日出峰 성산 일출봉 and Udo Island 牛島 우도 as the background.