We were told it was “Korea’s Hawaii” and when we landed we were absolutely sure it had lived up to that name. The second we exited the airport we were met with a wave of humidity and a view of palm trees, it was like we had really arrived in a tropical paradise. We were ready to spend six glorious days exploring the island, breathing in fresh air (sometimes a rarity where we live in Korea) and relaxing.
We had flown with Jeju Air and the flight was very short and smooth, we landed and instantly felt refreshed with the scent of vacation. Though we had landed in Jeju City, we hopped on a bus to go straight to Seogwipo-si, the islands southern city, and spend a few days there before circling back and ending our trip in Jeju City. We had two lists, one for the south part of the island and one for the north, including things like waterfalls (obviously), volcanic caves, black pork burgers, peanut ice cream and some leisurely beach time.
One of the first meals we ate was this delicious feast in a small restaurant we found while wandering the streets in Seogwipo-si, while I opted out of eating the fish with their heads still attached, everything else was so good and it was the perfect first meal for our vacation.
In the following days we took day trips to various places (all of which will be featured in follow up posts) but took the opportunity to wander aimlessly through the streets. In Seogwipo we came across this cute pink cafe that I was determined to visit and dragged the other girls along, it turned out that the beautifully painted and designed cafe was at the start of a art and culture street featuring other unique cafes and shops and stalls selling handmade art, crafts, jewelry and soaps. It was truly a fascinating find and it was great to help support the local arts on the island.
In Jeju City we decided to spend our first night walking to the boardwalk and taking in the ocean sunset, breathing in the salty air and just have some individual time. It can be great travelling with friends, but sometimes you need to sit on the pier and take it all in by yourself for a few moments.
After taking in our fair share of sights and taking many pictures we decided to treat ourselves to Bingsu, which is a shaved ice treat in Korea that can be topped with different things like fruit or brownies. It was a wonderful trip and I can’t wait to share the things we saw with you.