We initially planned to visit Udo Island on our last day in Jeju, but our plans were thrown awry at the last moment! Read on to find out more!
We hopped on bus #710 from the Intercity Bus Terminal to Seongsan Port, paying 3,300won per adult. The journey took close to 1.5h, and we were relieved to finally get off the bus.
That was where our journey to Udo took an unexpected turn, as we apparently needed our passports to buy tickets. Unfortunately our passports were safely locked away in our in-room safe. So, please remember to bring your passports along when heading to Udo Island!
With that small setback behind us, we stopped at a cafe nearby for a coffee break, some much needed aircon, as well as to make some modifications to our plan. Thankfully, I had a backup list of places to visit, and zeroed in on a place that was not too far from where we were. We hailed a cab outside the cafe, and asked the driver to take us to Seopjikoji, which cost us 6,000won.
In hindsight, I would absolutely recommend this place for its awesome views of the sea and Seongsan Ilchulbong in the distance, and would strongly encourage everyone to check it out.
The house was closed when we visited Seopjikoji, hence we could only get some pictures from the outside. It kind of reminded me of the candy house in Hansel & Gretel, with the candy cane window frames and the sweets adorning the front wall.
We wandered all the way to the Zippo Musuem, which might interest arty/zippo-enthusiasts. From there, we found an awesome lookout to capture some really nice photos.
We also walked down the path to the rocky beach below, and saw some ahjummas laying out kelp to dry in the sun. Judging by the amount of kelp we saw being dried, they were working really hard!
After spending a while at the rock beach enjoying the sea breeze and the calming solitude, we headed back to the lighthouse.
Before leaving Seopjikoji, we also went to check out the rocky beach that could be accessed from near the carpark.
Guksu Restaurant (near Seongsan Ilchulbong bus stop)
We hopped on a cab back to Seongsan Ilchulbong, as there were eateries there, and we were quite hungry. We entered a guksu restaurant (didn’t get the name) that was beside the bank near the bus stop for bus #710 (direction: back to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal).
The pork was tender and the soup broth meaty and flavorful. The slight dusting of pepper also helped to bring out the flavour of the dish. For 8,000won it was pretty worth it!
We popped by Dongmun Market near evening, and took a stroll through both the wet and dry markets. There was surprisingly still a lot of seafood being hawked by the stall owners, although it was already close to nightfall.
We didn’t have much luck shopping at the dry market, as most of the fashion there was just not for us. Most of the stalls were selling quite similar goods such as chocolates as well, so if you have yet to buy your Jeju tangerine chocolates, just get them here.
ChiMcZip Restaurant (address: Samdo 1-dong, Jeju)
We had walked past this chicken and beer restaurant many times over the past few days, and it was always packed. Since it was our last day in Jeju, we decided to give it a try, especially since it was just a 2min walk from our hotel!
We ordered the half and half chicken (a mixture of soy sauce chicken and spicy chicken), which was served with twist potato. That set us back by 17,000won.
We also ordered a bottle of beer (Cass) for 4,000won to share, since you gotta eat it right like in the Korean dramas right?
The fried chicken was really good, and I especially liked the soy sauce chicken, which had a slight tangy taste to it. The twist potato was yummy as well, and it marked my first time trying it, although I have often seen it being sold by the roadside stalls. The radish kimchi (white cubes on the bottom right of the picture above) were the refreshingly sour, and I kept popping them into my mouth throughout the meal.