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
Sighted some giant-sized (taller than us) Dolhareubang 돌 하르방 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…
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).
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 용머리해안 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We spent about an hour and half in Yongmeori Coast.
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.
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?
That’s it for day 2. Hope you’re looking forward to day 3. It’ll be another long post. Ahem.
Photos from Nikon D80 and Panasonic TZ-7.