Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jeju Vacation: Day Four

[Previously, we had ventured out and had a rough time getting around the island. It left us frustrated, but we had a good time nonetheless. It really helped to be able to hike up a volcanic crater, hang out in a cave and watch the sunset from the beach.]

We had one full day of vacation left. So far, we had been having a good, albeit frustrating, time in Jeju, but we were determined to make this day the best of all. After another long night of using the internet to figure out the bus system...we found a site that, after you download a program, allows you to see the bus routes and plan your trip. That helped a ton.



Jackie and I got up early and left for World Cup Stadium. The memory card in her phone was maxed out, too many photos, so we needed to procure a new one. A quick bike ride later, we arrived at World Cup Stadium. There is an Emart located right in next to the stadium. For those you of who have never heard of Emart, it is pretty much a multistory Super Walmart. Well, more like a Super Target and a Sears put together. Either way, they have a decent electronics department. Sometimes it can be extremely frustrating to shop at Emart because things are not laid out the way I think they should be. However, this Emart was perfect. I loved it! All the departments were in places that made sense. Buying the memory card there was painless. And next to the stadium and Emart is the bus depot. From there we were going to take a bus to our next adventure.



Andeok Valley

Okay, I can not state for certain how you spell this. Many people online spell it Andok Valley. The official Jeju government website spells it Andeok. I will spell it that way.

Anyway, the bus took about 25 minutes to get to the valley. We got off and walked to where a road sign said it would start. When we got down there, we had to walk down some steps only to see some emergency tape blocking the road. Equidistant from the sides of the road sat a sign that had a ton of words in Korean, some exclamation points, red letters and a map with arrows on it. From what we could gather, the road was closed and we had to go around. We walked up a dirt road, past a construction crew and decided, a little ways down the road, that we should head down some steps we found. Good enough.

We could see part of the valley from up top, but at the bottom of the stairs was a great deal of tree cover. It was nice and cool. We passed some buildings and orchards. Eventually we found a stream with some people relaxing on the other side. Jumping from rock to rock, we crossed the stream and looked to see if there was anywhere else to go. There was not. We headed back the way we came and found some shade in a parking lot to look up if anyone knew how to get in.

Two guys pulled up on scooters while we were on our phones. They wanted to know where the entrance was. We said we were trying to use our phones to find out. One of them spoke Korean and he went to a woman and asked her. She said the valley had been closed due to falling rocks. That was disappointing, but it was nice to have an answer. If you are interested in what the valley looks like when it is not closed, check out this blog post. I do not know the author, but it was pretty nice.

Jungmun Resort

We took the bus back towards the hostel, but along the way we decided to stop and check out some museums. Jungmun Resort is an area with a great deal of...shall we say "unique" museums. Some of them include: the Teddy Bear Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not, the Chocolate Museum, a sound museum, and the Museum of African Art. Really, the only one that interested us was the Museum of African Art. We started following the signs through the resort area. It had some great views since it runs alongside the edge of the island and has a river running through it.




We walked a pretty long way before eventually finding the Museum of African Art. When we finally went inside it was a bit more expensive than we were willing to pay. Jackie, an expert on African art, did not think it looked worth it. So we decided to just go eat instead. The outside of the museum is pretty cool looking though.


A short taxi ride back to the main area later, we decided on Kraze Burger. I have seen them all over Korea and, yet, have never eaten at one. Kraze Burger claims to be a healthy burger restaurant. Though it looks like a fast food place, cooks stand there and make the burgers while you wait. A sign outside informed us Kraze Burger takes some time to cook everything. I drank a Pepsi with the burger. I love Pepsi. The burger itself was actually great. I would definitely recommend it.

Sitting next to us was a family of white people. The children, a boy and girl, were both college aged, the parents were probably in their sixties. I wore my dad's old pink t-shirt. It says on the front, "Where in the hell is Pecos?" And on the back, "It's in New Mexico, 'stupid.'" Kind of a dumb shirt, but I love it. The man at the next table walked over to me and asked if my shirt was about Pecos, Texas. I informed him it was actually about Pecos, New Mexico. He said he had never heard of it. We talked for a little while. His family had lived in El Paso while he was in the military. His wife said they would never live there again. I agreed it was not a great place. We laughed. Then we all went back to eating.

Cheonjeyeon Falls


The wind started to move in. I had been monitoring a typhoon making its way toward the island all day. It would be hitting that night. We worried our flight would be delayed or canceled. But we could not do anything about it so we just had to enjoy our day. Since we were already close to the Cheonjeyeon Falls, we decided to just walk over there and check it out. There is a cool bridge to walk across, Seonimgyo Bridge, as well as multiple waterfalls.

After walking down many stairs you find signs directing you to different waterfalls. We decided to check out the last one. When we got there the view was terrible. You had to lean over the railing just to take a picture because a tree was right in the way. It was easily the worst view of the now three waterfalls we had seen in Jeju.



On the way back my knee started to hurt, but we managed to check out one more waterfall there, this one with a much better view, and the bridge. Both were nice. Then we headed back to the hostel to get some stuff so we could go watch the sunset at the beach.





Oedolgae Rock and the Sunset

We biked a short distance from the Jeju Hiking Inn to the entrance of the path down to Oedolgae Rock. Stairs lead you down to the viewing area. The tree covered path is relaxing. Along the path there is also a rocky shore which you can look down upon. The tide was coming in and the approaching storm made the water even more energetic. It was fun to watch.



The rock itself is nice. You stand on a platform and take pictures of it. Jackie was under the impression we would be on a beach, but there was no beach around there. That area is all rocky cliffs. We would have to settle for watching the sunset from a not-beach. We had to hurry though, there was not a good view of the sunset from a lot of places along the trail. We wanted to be alone and relax while watching it and there were not any places to sit on that path. That meant we walked quite a distance before finding a table to sit at. The view was incredible from there.







The wind started to really, really come in while we hung out and talked by moonlight. Then the rain began to come down. Not wanting to get caught biking in a bad storm, we headed back to the hotel, zooming along the roads in the dark. It was a bit frightening, honestly. Remember, I am a novice bike rider...

And with that our night came to an end. The next day would be our last in Jeju. A typhoon hits the island and we attempt to make it home. Thanks for reading.
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