Jeju Island here we come...21st to 24th June
Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
6Trip End Ongoing
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The flight was only hour and half, we left a humid and hot Shanghai, arrived Jeju humid and hot and foggy.
At the airport we hired a Hyundai Carnival which can sit 12 people, the car was brand new and very user friendly. Every seat positon is adjustable, perfect for stacking all the luggages we have. Our hotel was on the otherside of the island, built on a cliff overlooking the ocean, it should have taken around 40min to drive, except 20min into the drive, we ran into probably the heaviest fog I've every seen, visibility 5 meters max. I was too neverous to take any photos, but refer to the movie "the Mist" and you will get an idea. Luckily all was well, an hour later we arrived at The Shilla hotel, and checked into a Korean styled room, ie, with heated floor, can sleep on tatami or bed (the kids loved tatami).
Jeju Island is hailed as the "honeymoon destination for the Koreans", it was very clean and the locals very friendly, unfortunately most didn't speak English, which proved to be a challenge when eating out, we used a mix of sign language, Chinese, English and Japanese (don't know why that works), and managed to get by.
The itinery of the following days mostly went like this: sightseeing - food - shopping- food - sightseeing - food ....
Sightseeing was mostly beaches (which involves more food), and waterfalls.
So yes eating took up most of our time, which was perfectly fine with everyone. Korean food (at least in Jeju) was all about kimchi, kimchi, and kimchi, and involves little cooking (most are either barbecue, hotpot, or eaten raw). But some places did offer food that couldn't be found in Australia, such as: raw abalone/sea cucumber/boiled octopus right on the beach where they were caught,
3 and a half days were maybe too short to see all of Jeju, but would I go back again? hummm.
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