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On the first day we will leave a little later than usual from Gimpo airport. After only an hour or so we will be there, no long bus ride to get to our first destination on this trip. Our first stop will be the Seoungeup Folk Village where we will have Jeju Island famous Black Pork BBQ together.
After lunch, we will board the ferry to Udo Island where we can relax on the white coral sand beach. We will have the chance to swim, sun-bathe and cycle around part of the island.
On Udo we can witness some of the most beautiful scenery in Jeju, such as the superb views that over look Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) and the whole of Jeju Island.
We will hike up to the lighthouse and then down to the beaches to look at the Haenyeo (women divers) that are known for their great physical stamina.
They dive without scuba gear for abalone, conch and a myriad of other marine products, staying underwater for up to 2 minutes at a time, and reaching depths of 20 metres.
After our mini island hop we’ll head back to the main island for dinner together before we check into our hotel. The Ocean Grand Hotel(http://www.oceangrand.co.kr/index.asp) is a mere minute walk from the beach. This luxurious hotel is a place you won’t want to leave, however we have more in store for you. Here you will have the chance to relax with you new AK friends and talk about the wonderful sites and experiences of the day. Also the hotel is near a town so there will be plenty to do at night.
On the second day we will have a relaxing morning, but don’t forget to get up for breakfast. We will spend the morning in the hotel area, relaxing and swimming at the beach, or sleep in until it’s time for us to make our first stop for the day. We will get lunch together to give us enough energy for some trekking.
The Olle Trail near Marado Observatory and Hwasoon Beach is a great way to get a bit of exercise while seeing some of the best sights on Jeju Island. This is the best part of a much longer hiking course.
After our little workout we will stop at the O’Sulloc tea farm. Here you can see tea growing, as well as taste or buy many kinds of tea.
Men have enjoyed tea for over 5,000 years. During his exile, Chusa Kim Jeong Hee developed a tea culture on the island by growing tea trees and enjoying tea with other scholars who loved tea, and left a great deal of masterpieces. Jeju Island has the perfect climate for farming the best quality tea. O’Sulloc was built at the entrance of Seogwang Tea Farm owned by the Sulloc Tea Company. It has served as a place of culture balanced with tradition and modernity and nature-friendly relaxation. It will also help you to understand traditional Korean tea culture while enjoying a variety of green tea.
After afternoon tea you will get a chance to grab some dinner then back to the hotel for another night in comfort.
On the third day we will leave early for the Jeolmul Recreational Resort (절물휴양림) to trek to the crater. At the crater we will take a break to relax and see how much of the island we can see.
Next we’ll visit Jeolmul National Recreation Forest. Here we can take a relaxing walk through the natural forest. These woods produce a very cool ambiance, a welcome change from the humidity of the cities we have left behind. We can see ponds, an observatory, and hike to the peak to see the amazing views of Jeju Do. If the weather is clear we may be able to see Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak).
The name Jeolmul originates from its story that there was water (Mul) beside a temple (Jeol) in olden times. There is no temple currently but a small hermitage called Yaksuam is nearby. The spring water is known to be good for arthritis. It is designated as potable spring water and managed as such.
After we return back to the bus we will stop for some lunch together then get lost in the Gymnyeong Maze. This hedge maze was designed and grown by a fellow foreigner, who immigrated to Jeju Do many years ago after he fell in love with the island. Why not race around trying be the fastest to reach the bell? Or take a map with you incase you think you’ll get lost. This is a fun way to get to know your fellow travellers in a friendly and competitive way.
Just up the road is Manjang Cave, at 7416 metres it is the longest lava tube cave in the world and well worth seeing. It stays a cool temperature of between 11-21’C all year round, so make sure to bring a light sweater. There are many natural lava figures in the cave that have low lighting to help point them out. Be sure to set your camera on night and stand as still as possible when taking photos.
Finally we will return back to the hotel to relax and get ready for our last day in Korea’s island paradise.
On the last day we will have another free morning before heading off for lunch then Loveland.
Loveland will give us an interesting look at the amazing sculptures, and you can even try a few poses for the sake of memorable photos. This is one of the few places in Korea that shows the human form in all its glory. These sculptures were designed and built by 20 graduates from Hongik University in Seoul.
Right outside Loveland is the Mysterious Road, where you’ll get the chance to experience a ‘twilight zone’ moment. The bus will appear to roll up the hill with no help what-so-ever from the driver. If time you may be able to get out and pour water on the road and watch as it runs uphill. It’s a weird optical illusion, but it’s pretty convincing.
Before we return to the airport we’ll make one stop at a fantastic touristy shop. Where you can pick up great souvenirs for yourself, and gifts for others.
At the airport you can get yourself a snack before we get on the plane and sadly say goodbye to beautiful Jeju Island.
We will be travelling with Jeju guides who possess plenty of local knowledge, so feel free to ask questions during your stay. Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the itinerary may change, so our local guides will call ahead for the best times for each of our activities, to prevent too much waiting around. We’ll do our best to make sure that everything on the itinerary is still covered.