On day 2, we have a really important mission in the morning. We are going to climb Mount Hallasan 한라산 at Hallasan National Park via Yeongsil Trail. However we will only climb up to Witseoreum Shelter which takes about an hour and the half trekking to reach. Ain’t gonna go up till the peak since my mom is following. Yeongsil Trail is by far the easiest trail in Mount Hallasan.
The road to our trekking trail. Plenty of cherry blossom trees! It was indeed a very pretty sight.
As we go inner, the trees are all ‘naked’. We did not see many cars.
Reached Yeongsil Trail Management Office at 7.40am. We had to pay 1,800 won (RM5.40) for parking fee. But then this is not the place to park our car. We have a few kilometers to go still.
Road become more windy and narrow as our car climb slowly upwards to our destination.
10 minutes later we reached Yeongsil Rest Area. Looks like there are many people who are earlier than us! There’s a restaurant and toilet here.
Yes, your eyes ain’t playing any tricks on you. It’s -3oC outside. The wind was blowing like crazy too.
Look at the GPS… we’re middle of nowhere! Scary and exciting. Haha
So this is me with a wind breaker and jeans plus 3 layers of clothing and a scarf which explain my expanded body. We’re in no way dressed appropriately for the climb seeing the weather is that cold. I expect it to be cold but not in minus Centigrade. We’re getting ready for the climb and also taking shelter in the toilet because the wind was howling like crazy.
We made up our mind to just walk the trail about a kilometer since it was so cold. Before that we have ventured into the restaurant which also happen to sell some winter gloves and other mountaineering stuff. The gloves cost me 15,000 won (RM45). Gulps.
The start of Yeongsil Trail.
We’re at 1,280m at the start of the trail.
Ahhh the beautiful trail. Although it is bare, I love it.
This trail remind me of my climb to Mount Kinabalu 7 years ago!
Where are we? Ohh we’re only at 500m. Hahaha Witseoreum Shelter is the dot where the green, yellow and orange line meet.
Mom and sis. All these while the wind was blowing and yes very cold.
We passed by this area without realizing there’s ice. The large white patch on the right is ice! Not long after we realized it and that’s where we decide to turn back. Sob sob.
Ice at Yeongsil Trail.
As we look around we soon realized there are some ice patches here and there. We just didn’t noticed it at first.
We realized further away the vegetation is all white in color. And can you see the waterfall? It’s actually frozen!!!
My sister swear that few minutes earlier it was still moving. I didn’t believe it was frozen so I take some shots and compare it. Yup, it was FROZEN!!! So cool and exciting. And unfortunately our trekking mission has to end there. Some trekkers who passed by us earlier had also turned back.
My mom who is no fan of trekking and want nothing to do with mountain was the excited one in our lot when we started and she’s sad too. Tsk you don’t know how hard I convinced her to climb this mountain with me. Hahaha But finally it was us who convinced her to turn back as she wants to go further. LOL
Soon we’re back at the rest area.
Decided to have our breakfast here.
Spoke Korean to order our food. Hehehe
Our breakfast at Yeongsil Rest Area. On the left is perilla seeds sujebi and on the right is pork soup with rice. Banchan from left is sliced green chilies, kimchi and radish kimchi. The chili paste is for the pork soup.
Pork soup with rice (고기국밥 gogi gukbap) at 10,000 won (RM30). So so delicious.
Perilla seeds sujebi (들깨 수제비 deulggae sujebi) at 10,000 won (RM30). Sujebi means hand torn noodles. The perilla seeds is what makes the soup this color. On top is some floating seaweed.
Perilla seeds sujebi. Basically this hand torn noodles is like mee hoon kueh only cuter in size. Another stunning dish. Both breakfast were so yummy. This was in fact one of the best meal I had in South Korea.
As we head to our next destination, we stopped by an observation deck which boost some really nice view. No idea what’s the name of this observation deck but it’s on the way down from Yeongsil. I even saw Jeju World Cup Stadium… it’s where our accommodation is located. 🙂
More cherry blossom on the way down.
So that’s it for day 2 part 1 of this trip. Stay tuned for the continuation.
Btw I will be back, Mount Hallasan. Maybe in autumn or summer one fine day when the weather is less colder. 🙂
Photos from Nikon D80 and Panasonic TZ-7.