We started off the day by grabbing a quick breakfast at Tous Les Jours, a bakery chain that had an outlet just a few footsteps away from our hotel lobby.
We then walked over to the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal to catch bus #70 (or #95) to Jeju Airport, with adult tickets costing 1,200won each. Upon reaching the airport, we rushed to the pickup point to catch the Airport Limousine Bus (#600). The pickup point was near Arrival Gate 5. Adult tickets cost 4,500won each.
We got off the bus about 50min later at the International Convention Centre (ICC). From there it was a 10min walk to Jusangjeolli Cliffs.
The entrance fee was 2,000won per adult, which we duly paid before entering. Unlike Seongsan Ilchulbong the day before, the cliffs were easily accessible, and it was a short 2min walk to the wooden platform overlooking the cliffs. The platform afforded good views of the cliffs and rock outcroppings below.
I thought that the rock formations were pretty interesting, resulting from years of water erosion as the waves crashed unceasingly against the rocks. It was refreshing to simply stand still for a while to listen to the sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks below us.
After spending some time at the cliffs, we proceeded to take a walk around the rest of the grounds, however we found nothing much of interest, other than for a few rock men statues (돌 하르방). These statues were thought to be gods of protection and fertility, and were usually found outside gates to protect the inhabitants from spirits.
We hailed a taxi outside Jusangjeolli, and made our way to Cheonjeyeon Falls, which was a few km away. Do note that there is also a Cheonjiyeon Falls, thus you would need to pronounce the ‘jey’ clearly, or the taxi uncle might end up taking you for a long ride! The taxi ride there cost us only 4,100won, as it wasn’t very far away.
Entrance tickets here were slightly more expensive, at 2,500won per adult. After taking some pictures from the observation point, we crossed the Seonim-gyo bridge to the other side.
To get to the actual waterfall, we crossed Seonim Bridge, a steep arch bridge that overlooks the chasm below. The bridge itself was a point of interest, as it had carvings of 7 nymphs on it. It had subtle hints of Chinese influence as well, evidenced by the stone lanterns lining the bridge.
We followed the signs that pointed us toward Cheonjeyeon Falls, which was in actual fact more of a rock pool rather than a waterfall. Needless to say, it was rather disappointing, as we had thought that we were going to come close up with the nice waterfall that we had seen from the observation deck earlier. I would actually call it the Cheonjeyeon rock pool instead.
The one worth climbing up and down seemingly-unending flights of stairs for would be the 2nd waterfall. That was the true Cheonjeyeon Falls in my opinion, and the wooden platform offered some great views (and photo opportunities) of the waterfall behind. It was also very cooling here, as the mist from the waterfall cooled our skins, and refreshed us as we took a breather to admire the small waterfall.
The 3rd waterfall was some distance away from the previous two, and not worth walking and climbing flights of stairs for, in my humble opinion. That waterfall was rather tiny compared to the 2nd waterfall, and the view from the platform was obstructed by tree branches. Perhaps it was also because the weather was extremely hot and dry, thus it was rather disappointing to be greeted by this view after all the effort taken to get there.
A Twosome Place Cafe
We were sweating profusely by the time we ended our mini climbing adventure at Cheonjeyeon Falls. Luckily, we stumbled into a nice cafe just across the road from the entrance of Cheonjeyeon Falls. We were welcomed into the cafe by the blast of cold aircon, a much needed respite from the blazing sun outside.
The cafe was spread out over a large area, with comfortable sofa seating, contributing to the relaxed, chill vibes. We ordered a tiramisu (5,600won), a cream choux puff (3,200won), and a melon juice (5,500won) to share. The tiramisu was one of the best that I had ever had, and I just loved it’s moistness and the light dash of rum. There was also a generous amount of coffee powder over the top of the tiramisu, providing the dessert cake with a contrast of flavours.
The cream choux was pretty yummy as well, although the puff pastry was a bit ‘hard’ in my opinion. The melon juice was pretty decent, and the melon balls were fruity-sweet!
We stopped by Chocolate Land after our tea break, and paid 3,000won per adult to enter. We were each given a 3,000won voucher to use at the shop together with the entry ticket.
I thought that it was quite an expensive and disappointing experience though. There was barely any history on the local Jeju chocolate scene, and the supposed chocolate musuem showcased more chocolate products from foreign countries than from Korea. I suppose the chocolate M&M dominoes were cute though.
Perhaps the chocolate class would have been interesting to attend, but at 12,000won per person, I felt that it was a tad steep. Lessons were also conducted exclusively in Korean, so it might be a bit difficult for non-speakers to truly enjoy themselves.
In the end, we bought some chocolate souvenirs at the shop, since we could utilise the vouchers there. At least they ‘refunded’ our entrance fee, since the 3,000won vouchers could be used at the shop (1 voucher per item).
We stopped by the Kpop musuem (Play KPOP) which was just next door, but did not pay for entry as neither my mum nor I were huge Kpop fans. Kpop fans might like the experience though, as well as the gift shop, which could be accessed without having to buy an entry ticket.
We decided to head back to Jeju city, and caught the Airport Limousine Bus from the bus stop right opposite Chocolate Land.
We got a bit lost on the way here, but eventually found KAL hotel, and walked down the road, keeping KAL hotel on our left the entire time. Soon after, we passed Samseonghyeol Shrine on our right, and we knew we were on the correct path.
We had already decided to have noodles for dinner that night, but had no prior guksu (noodle) restaurant in mind. When we walked past 국수회관, we saw many Koreans patronising the restaurant, and thus decided to give it a go. The exact address is 1046-12 Ildo 2-dong, Jeju.
We both ordered the pork soup with noodles (고기 국수) for 7,000won each. The noodles were springy and the soup broth was really tasty. Each bowl came with a generous 6 slices of pork meat, which were really tender and easy to bite into. Plus, they had free flow of lightly-salted seaweed, which I am simply unable to resist.
I’ve not tried other guksu restaurants in Jeju, but this was pretty good, at least to my tastebuds!
Chilseong-ro shopping street
We made our way to Dongmun Rotary by bus after our dinner, and arrived in time to catch a good portion of the water & light show at the Dongmun bridge. Definitely not as spectacular as the Montjuic Fountain (Barcelona) or even our very own Marina Bay Sands water & light show (Singapore), but it was pretty cool nonetheless to see the water & lights ‘dancing’ along to the music.
We headed over to Chilseong-ro shopping street after our dinner, and did some window shopping. There were mainly international brands there, such as Lacoste, The North Face, Nike, etc. We didn’t buy anything in the end as nothing really caught our eye.
We did have a yummy mango grapefruit bingsu at Sulbing though! It cost us 11,000won, but I thought it was rather worth it. The mango cubes were sweet, although they came frozen, which made biting into them a bit more of a chore than it should have been. The yogurt ice cream complimented the sweet mango bingsu very well, as it was slightly sourish (in the yogurty-way), balancing out the flavours.