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Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Jusangjeolli Cliff, Yongmeori Coast & Cheonjiyeon Falls (Part 2)


So after witnessing ice at Yeongsil Trail in Hallasan National Park and a hearty breakfast meal at Yeongsil Rest Area, we proceed to Jusangjeolli Cliff next. It’s about half an hour drive from there. I drove for day 2 and day 3 in Jeju and my sister only drove for the first and last day (4th day). Frankly speaking I had a hard time driving on the left hand side. It’s something I didn’t expect (to be this hard) because it was fun driving at The Great Ocean Road, Australia which also happens to be left hand driving. I’ve no idea why. Ohh and I keep mistaking the wiper signal with the light indicator signal. LOL

Jusangjeolli Cliff Entrance Ticket
Entrance ticket to Jusangjeolli Cliff. Cost 2,00 won per person (RM6).

Jusangjeolli Cliff @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Pretty view. The path to view Jusangjeolli by the cliff.

Jusangjeolli Cliff @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Jusangjeolli μ£Όμƒμ ˆλ¦¬ means columnar joints which means geological structure form by volcanic lava in the form of prisms or columns. Can you see the columnar joints?

Jusangjeolli Cliff @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Zoom in view. Interesting right? These babies were formed about 14,000 to 25,000 years ago.

Jusangjeolli Cliff @ Jeju-do, South Korea
More columnar joints sighting at the opposite side.

Jusangjeolli Cliff @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Nature is beautiful. πŸ™‚

Selling Fresh Raw Seafood @ Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeju-do, South Korea
An ahjumma selling fresh raw seafood by Jusangjeolli. I’m tempted to try but the location is not ‘hot’ enough. Haha

Dolhareubang 돌 ν•˜λ₯΄λ°© @ Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jeju-do, South Korea
Sighted some giant-sized (taller than us) Dolhareubang 돌 ν•˜λ₯΄λ°© there as well. These grandfather like statue is practically the symbol of Jeju Island. According to Wikipedia: They are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility and were placed outside of gates for protection against demons travelling between realities.

Next we drove an hour to the southwestern part of Jeju…

Sanbang San @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Not to see Sanbang san (Mount Sanbang) but the coastline opposite it called Yongmeori Coast. We parked our car below this mountain where there is a temple which we did not visit. Parking is 1,000 won (RM3).

Entrance Ticket to Sanbang San, Yongmeori Coast & Hamel @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Entrance ticket to Yongmeori Coast. Cost 2,000 won per person (RM6). It’s quite a long walk from parking lot to the entrance booth of Yongmeori Coast.

Overlooking An Island @ Yongmeori Coast, Jeju-do, South Korea
Cute!

Going Down Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
The way down to Yongmeori Coast. It’s very steep with large boulders as steps. My mom decide to remain on ‘land’ while sis and me go discover nature. Mom’s too afraid of the boulder thingy.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
The first thing I saw was this. Oh wow! Sorry picture can’t do justice. It was breathtaking.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
According to what I read, Mount Sanbang stretches into the sea which looks as if a dragon’s head is going into the water. This part which I’m visiting is the tail of the dragon. Later I’ll show you the dragon’s head. What is Yongmeori Coast μš©λ¨Έλ¦¬ν•΄μ•ˆ about? It’s about these rocks stacks called Sa-am stacks built up million of year ago. If you want more technical, Yongmeori Coast is a tuff ring formed by layer-by-layer accumulation of tephra (see so technical) produced by hydrovolcanic explosions.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Quite frankly I have no expectation of Yongmeori Coast as I thought it’s just some basic rock formation. Ohh I was so wrong. This is one of my favorite place. Just look at this rocks stacks formed many x 100000000 years ago.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
As I only visited the tail of the dragon, I promised to comeback again one day and walk the whole length of the dragon!

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Ohh and I sighted these. Those visitors are sitting by the shore enjoying fresh raw seafood.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Crystal clear water… blue-green…

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Because the scenery was so awesome although I have no idea why my camera only able to capture its beauty at mediocre level (blame the camera lady?), we went back to fetch our mom. Yongmeori Coast is a must visit place. We persuaded our mom and she finally agrees to come down and join in the fun.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Listening to the sea sings is so lovely. πŸ™‚

Hallasan Seen From Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
At Yongmeori Coast we spotted something interesting from afar. Can you guess what it is?

Hallasan Seen From Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
It’s the tallest mountain in Jeju. The heart of Jeju. Hallasan!

Hallasan Seen From Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
We were just at the base at Yeongsil Trail this morning!

Ahjumma Selling Fresh Seafood @ Yongmeori Coast, Jeju-do, South Korea
We saw them again when we’re leaving. I asked about the pricing and then decided to just go ahead with this experience. Experience eating raw seafood, experience eating by the shoreline and experience the Korean culture.

Ahjumma Selling Fresh Seafood @ Yongmeori Coast, Jeju-do, South Korea
There are 3 basins there, the one at the top is μ†ŒλΌ (sora) a type of sea snail, in the middle is 멍게 (myeonggye) – sea squirt or sea pineapple and the one at the bottom is sea cucumber (ν•΄μ‚Ό-hae sam).

Fresh & Raw Seafood @ Yongmeori Coast, Jeju-do, South Korea
The lady is preparing sea squirt on the chopping board.

Our Fresh & Raw Seafood @ Yongmeori Coast, Jeju-do, South Korea
Our fresh plate of raw seafood… the Korean style! Cost us 20,000 won (RM60)… our lunch. Normally Koreans eat this with soju but as we’re driving, no alcohol for us. The dip is chili with garlic and spring onions on the side. On the plate is sea snail, sea squirt, sea cucumber and octopus. Basically I love the sea squirt and octopus. I hated the sea snail and sea cucumber as they were difficult to chew. I kinda regretted a bit ordering this but it was a cool experience. Because they were hard to chew, we were sitting there laughing our heads off. Later we found out you gotta chew longer then it will kinda melt in your mouth. 3/4-way through my stomach start to churn a bit and about of nausea kicked in so I stopped eating. Thankfully all I need is a sweet to calm my stomach down. My mom and sis had to ‘pitifully’ finish the remaining seafood. It was a difficult lunch. Hahaha I think once is enough for us.

Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
We’re on our way to answer nature call. Far away is a wooden ship. On the way to the loo, I saw some ladies selling raw seafood. Guess what? I feel like puking. Suddenly I was afraid of the sea smell.

'Dragon's Head' Yongmeori Coast @ Jeju-do, South Korea
This is the dragon’s head. From the tail, you can walk by the shoreline and reach its head.

We spent about an hour and half in Yongmeori Coast.

Coastal Drive 2 Between Songaksan and Sanbangsan @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Next we drove along Coastal Drive 2 which is between Mount Sanbang (Sanbangsan) and Mount Songak (Songaksan).

Songaksan @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Somewhere on top of this ‘hill’ is Mount Songak (Songaksan).

Seaside Between Mt. Songaksan and Mt. Sanbangsan @ Jeju-do, South Korea
And on this Coastal Drive 2 between the two mountain is this beautiful beach.

The Seaside Between Songaksan and Sanbangsan @ Jeju-do, South Korea
I remember the ocean’s smell. It reminds me of seaweed. LOL.

Me At The Beach @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Enjoying the sea breeze.

Labrador At The Beach @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Saw a cute labrador. Remind me of Chase, Dawn.

Hyeongjeseom @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Saw this twin island called Hyeongjeseom which means brother sister island.

Our Late Kimbap Lunch @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Kimbap as our 2nd lunch at 3.30pm. Bought these at Emart near where we stayed.

Bought Hallabong ν•œλΌλ΄‰ @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Finally bought a packet of hallabong ν•œλΌλ΄‰. 5 pieces cost 10,000 won (RM30). I’ve never bought ‘oranges/citrus’ this expensive.

One Of The Town We Passed By @ Jeju-do, South Korea
One of the town we passed by. This road remind me of the one in San Francisco with trams.

Cheonjiyeon Falls Entrance Ticket
Entrance ticket to Cheonjiyeon Falls μ²œμ§€μ—° 폭포. Cost 2,000 won per person (RM6).

Beautiful Red Fruits Plant @ Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeju-do, South Korea
Beautiful red fruits plant on the way to the falls.

Walking Path To Cheonjiyeon Falls @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Before coming here, I thought I’ve never been to this waterfall but as I walked the path to the falls, I realized I’ve visited Cheonjiyeon Falls in my first trip here. So I guess this is for my mom.

Walking Path To Cheonjiyeon Falls @ Jeju-do, South Korea
Nearing the waterfalls.

Cheonjiyeon Falls @ Jeju-do, South Korea
The lackluster Cheonjiyeon Falls. Seriously I would give this a miss.

Beautiful Green Leaves @ Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeju-do, South Korea
I much prefer looking at green leaves.

Beautiful Red Leaves @ Cheonjiyeon Falls, Jeju-do, South Korea
Lovely red leaves. Anyone know the name of this plant? It’s definitely not maple.

We wanted to visit Seogwipo Olle Market next but couldn’t find parking after 3 rounds. Defeated we decided to fill our stomach for the better. So we head to a restaurant nearby our accommodation for dinner. Read all about this delicious 5 layered black pig meal we had at Tam Gung here.

Enjoying Hallabong @ Jeju-do, South Korea
In our room later that evening, we had a small ‘party’: Eating hallabong. Oh it was so so yummy and sweet and juicy. It’s called hallabong (dekopon in other countries) after the mountain Hallasan as that’s where it’s primarily grown. Don’t you think the hallabong fruit resemble the mount of Hallasan?

Hallasan Soju @ Jeju-do, South Korea
And drinking Hallasan soju. I’ve never tried the normal Korean soju but this soju is quite sweet and less ‘kang’ (tart? acidic?).

That’s it for day 2. Hope you’re looking forward to day 3. It’ll be another long post. Ahem.

My South Korea travelogue so far…
Incheon + Jeju-do Self Drive Day 1: MAS, Car Rental & Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Jeju-do Self Drive Day 2: Yeongsil Trail at Hallasan National Park (Part 1)

Photos from Nikon D80 and Panasonic TZ-7.

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12 Comments

  • Reply foongpc May 18, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Really long post! LOL! I like the columnar joints at Jusangjeolli Cliff. Wow! Eating raw seafood? I think I will get stomach upset after eating them!

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

      I like the columnar joints too. Nah, I bet you won’t have stomach upset. The seafood are so fresh.

  • Reply foongpc May 18, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Yongmeori Coast looks awesome! Ooh, the water so crystal clear!

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

      I like Yongmeori Coast the best amongst the 4 places I visited on day 2 (part 1 and part 2).

  • Reply foongpc May 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

    LOL! That waterfall sure is not worth going! The hallabong fruits look cute! Is it nicer than a normal orange or mandarin orange?

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 18, 2014 at 11:23 am

      The hallabong taste like normal orange but only better. The pulps are so juicy.

  • Reply Dawn May 22, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Yes…I saw Chase! πŸ™‚ LOL That’s a really cute Lab πŸ˜€

    When I saw Jeju, I thought of freeze dried jeju mandarin oranges I buy from Trader Joes. The back of the bag says from Korea. I wonder is it the same as hallabong?

    I love the columnar joints and the rock formations…just awesome!

    Btw, do you still go into FB? I have posted pics of my Turkey trip on FB πŸ™‚

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Hi Dawn, If the bag says hallabong then it’s hallabong. Jeju and other parts of Korea produce other types of oranges too.

      Rarely go FB nowadays. But I will go FB to see your Turkey photos. πŸ™‚

      Btw you no longer update your blog?

  • Reply Dawn May 22, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Ah i see… my blog now collecting cobwebs lor….posted the pics on FB to share with my sister..easier that way..since I started working in the restaurant 4 nights in a row, I don’t have time to sit down to “work” the blog πŸ™

    • Reply Che-Cheh May 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Ohh… do leave it too long. Blog is still precious. πŸ™‚ Okay will go FB and see now.

  • Reply nadia March 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Hi! I would like to ask what time did you go to yeongmeori coast? I heard that it is closed if the tides rise. What time do you think its best to go? I will be going in april. Thanks!

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 10, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Nadia, I went at around noon time in early April. I have no idea about its closing during high tide. I think it was perfect when I visited at noon… save for a little bit of sun.

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