South Korea Day 2, Jeju – Hallim Park, Ssangyong Cave, O’sulloc, Yakchunsa, Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeonbang Falls

Breakfast was a meal of sushi bought along the road to Hallim Park, my first destination for the day. Hallim park is a very pretty and quiet park. The busloads of tourists are missing for my trip, either I am too early, or this park is off their itinerary, whatever the reason, I am thankful.

Aunty wrapping my sushi
Aunty wrapping my sushi. This is just a shop along the road. She doesn’t speak english, so I just pointed to the sushi picture on the wall, and she kinda understood.
Nice scenery
Nice scenery

Words will not do justice to the beauty of the park, so I will let pictures do the talking. Suffice to say that this park shouldn’t be rushed through. Be sure to visit at least the two lava caves, especially Ssangyong Cave, and the bonsai garden.

Stone God guarding the path
Stone God guarding the path
Lady of Jeju
Lady of Jeju
Ssangyong Cave
To Ssangyong Cave
Ssangyong Lava Cave interior
Ssangyong Lava Cave interior
Ssangyong Cave
The horizontal black and white lines on the wall, is formed by lava cooling.
Dragon Cave
The hole in the top right corner resembles a dragon head, the black and white rock formation on the ceilings resembles the scales of the dragon body, and its tail is deeper into the cave on the top left wall.
Pillar in a cave
Pillar in a cave
Legend of Dr. Jin
Legend of Dr. Jin
Mother of the Cave
Mother of the Cave
Passage in the Cave
Passage in the Cave
Eagle like Stone formation
Eagle like Stone formation
Huge bonsai
Huge bonsai
Bird-like Stone
Bird-like Stone
It is what it is
It is what it is
Another stone guardian
Another stone guardian
Small little stone guardians
Small little stone guardians
More stone guardians
More stone guardians
Waterfall in the water garden
Waterfall in the water garden

After the park, I drove on towards O’sulloc Tea House Museum. On the way, along the road is a very beautiful white colored building with a number of cars parked outside. So being the curious me, I pulled up to ‘investigate’. It turned out, it’s a traditional korean styled restaurant (where you seat on the floor) serving pizza! Though the waiters don’t speak english, the chef is quite fluent, and capable of explaining what types of pizza is available. The shop has only 4 types of topping for their pizzas – kimchi, bulgogi (pork), sweet potato and potato. His pizzas come in 3 sizes – 1m long oblong (all 4 toppings), 50cm long oblong (choose 2 out of the 4), and circular (only 1 out of 4). I went for the 50cm long oblong, and chose kimchi and bulgogi. I must say this is one of the best pizzas of all time. The crust is crisp and not too ‘doughy’. No wonder just 30 min into opening (opens at 12noon), the shop is full. Obviously I can’t finish the pizza, and the waiter is more then glad to help me pack them into a take out box.

Pizza place
I saw this sign and decided to stop for pizza.
White house
Really nice white house, which I thought sells pizza, but I was wrong. It’s some sort of a self-service cafe. No one manages it, and counts on the conscience of travelers to deposit money into a payment box. Nice. It will go bust in Singapore.
Pizza House
This is the pizza house, just next to the white colored house.
Interior of Pizza House
Interior of Pizza House. It’s styled like a traditional Korean eatery.
The menu
The menu. Everything’s in Korean. But fret not, just speak in English, and the waiter will get the chef to attend to you. He is REALLY nice.
My 50cm Pizza
My 50cm Pizza, With bulgogi and kimchi.
Bulgogi
Bulgogi
Kimchi
Kimchi

O’sulloc Tea House Museum is set amidst a backdrop of a green tea plantation. It has an exhibition of tea wares, which in my opinion is not the main reason visitors are there. There is a small cafe in the premise, which serve really nice and rich macha, i.e. green tea ice cream. I also find the hot green tea latte refreshing. Though many people ordered the green tea cake, which is actually green tea swiss roll, I think it’s just alright. Here, they also sell their award winning green tea leaves. Naturally, being a tea lover, I bought some.

O'Sulloc Tea House Museum
O’Sulloc Tea House Museum
Green Tea Snacks
Green tea latte is very nice. So is the green tea macha (not shown). The green tea swiss roll is just ok.
Green Tea Field
The green tea field is so beautiful. You can even go among them for photo taking.

Next up is Yakcheonsa temple. One of the biggest temple I have seen. The main temple, 主殿, is flanked on the left and right by two equally tall drum towers, 鼓楼. After exploring the main temple, do remember to check out the paths to the right of the temple. The most obvious one will lead you to a pagoda. Moving more towards the back of the main temple, is another path that will lead you to a cave temple. This is a hidden gem, as many tourists miss this.

Yakchunsa Temple
Yakchunsa Temple, main hall.
Drum Tower
Drum Tower
Buddha
Three Buddhas.
2 Drum towers
2 Drum towers.
Pagoda tower
Pagoda tower
Cave temple
Behind the Buddha statue is the cave temple.
Hall of Luohan
Hall of Luohan

After Yakcheonsa, I drive on to Cheonjiyeon Falls, and then to Jeongbang Falls. Of the two falls, I think Jeongbang is more majestic, and feels more raw, i.e. less adulterated by commercialism. By then, it is already approaching 6pm, and since it is approaching winter, the days are getting shorter and the sun sets at around 5:30pm, making it quite dark. In jeju, most roads are not lighted, meaning, if there are no cars around you, apart from your head lights, you are driving in total darkness. Many times, my mirrors are totally dark, making them seem invisible in the darkness. Amazingly, I welcome such a feeling, in fact I think this is the real driving experience, to enjoy the quietness, the peacefulness and the darkness. Thinking about the obscenely lit streets of Singapore, I can’t help but think how much energy is being wasted, and if there really is any justification for it. Anyway, my dinner this night, is the remaining pizza, which I start eating while taking a slow 1hr plus drive back to the hotel.

Cheonjiyeon Falls
Cheonjiyeon Falls
Cheonjiyeon Falls
Cheonjiyeon Falls
Rapids
Rapids
On my way to Jeonbang Falls
On my way to Jeonbang Falls
Jeonbang Falls
Jeonbang Falls

Nov 2012

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2 thoughts on “South Korea Day 2, Jeju – Hallim Park, Ssangyong Cave, O’sulloc, Yakchunsa, Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeonbang Falls

    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply. I was away in South Korea again!! haha. The pizza restaurant has changed its address, because the owner made enough to finally buy his own piece of land. I can’t read Korean, so havre no idea what the name is. But you can enter this number in your car GPS, and it will guide you to his restaurant – 7737273.

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