Jeju Island, South Korea 제주

“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

Hiking

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ImageHallasan, or Halla Mountain was the the primary reason we traveled to Jeju. Standing at 6,398 ft (1,950 m), it is the highest point in South Korea and a popular hiking destination among Koreans.

The hike itself was relatively easy, as the mountain is an extinct shield volcano with a conular shape and a steady, easy climb. This isn’t a peaceful hike with a steady stream of Koreans chattering and there is even a monorail type system to deliver food to the top running alongside large portions of the trail.

The summit delivers pleasant and impressive views of most of the island and if you’re lucky enough to do the hike after a little rain shower, the lake at the summit will be present, which provides an added little touch to the charm.

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The Sea

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Being an island, the sea is of course never far. The smell of salt in the air, the fishing boats with their fishermen plying the waters and the copious amounts of seafood, tackle shops and the nautical leftovers from rotting ships to rusting rails give the island a unique atmosphere.

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Food

jeju11-1-of-1The food we had on Jeju ranged from the wholesome to the exotic-at least for me.  Hardy fish based stews were the standard and we had our fair share.

On the more exotic side, we searched out and located a horse meat restaurant, which turned out to be an excellent 5 course meal with soup, tar-tar, sashimi, dumplings and bbq meat-all of which was horse and all of which was delicious and well prepared.

 

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11 thoughts on “Jeju Island, South Korea 제주

  1. I’ve been eyeing off Korea for a while now and heard tales of some of the interesting and delicious meals. The hiking landscapes look very appealing too. Great pics and descriptions. 🙂

    1. To be honest, I wouldn’t have Korea on the top of my list if I were you. If you happen to be in the area, fine, but to be honest, I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit. I worked there for five years, but having done that, I wouldn’t go there only as a tourist.

      1. Yes, I’ve been told that. I was looking at teaching English over there but have been given some of the down sides as well. I am more of a solitary person and probably wouldn’t enjoy the big group walks. Another blogger found it quite a challenge to live there. I have different lists for places to work and places to visit just as a tourist. As a woman on my own I wonder about safety too. So much of the world I am yet to see! Thanks. 🙂

        1. Jane, as a place to work and live, it can be challenging for sure! As with most things, the first few years were still a novelty, but as time passed, I found myself really actually hating the place. The culture is so fundamentally alien in so many ways, that it can be trying, especially within the work place and in any public space.

          That said, it really is a great place to meet other expats within the community and to make and save some money as well as to travel to other locales in Asia.

          If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer!

          1. Ah, that mirrors the experiences I have read of a fellow Australian blogger. He found it very challenging because the culture was so different. I was only thinking of being there 6mths – 1year at the most but I have other localities I am considering which may be less difficult. Thanks! 🙂

          2. I have a friend who just relocated from Korea to China and he loves it, when comparing the two. That might be something worth checking out! If I was single right now, I wouldn’t hesitate to head to South America to teach for a year or so. From what I hear, the money isn’t great, but for the experience, I think it would be wonderful!

  2. Korean food is definitely one of my favorites! I have also been wanting to visit Korea. I heard everything there was pretty cheaper than over here. I personally love their culture and style. Were you able to see people wear the traditional clothing?

    1. Hi, thanks for the comment. I spent five years there, so I got to know the place pretty well. People don’t wear the traditional clothes (hanbok) typically. Which part of their culture do you love?

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