Fly Me to Jeju Part II

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Following our scrumptious lunch (refer to first part here), we arrived at our third attraction, Jeju Folk Village Museum in less than an hour's journey via the public bus. There are two different folk village museums in Jeju - Seongeup Folk Village 성읍민속마을 and Jeju Folk Village Museum 제주민속촌박물관, and I chose the latter because it is the filming location of many awesome period dramas like Daejanggem, Tamra the Island, Chuno, and The Great Merchant. Besides, I have already visited Seongeup Folk Village before in my first Korea trip back in 2009 so I thought I would give the chance to Jeju Folk Village Museum.



JEJU FOLK VILLAGE MUSEUM 제주민속촌박물관

Comparing my experience at both folk villages, I personally think that Seongeup Folk Village is more commercialised. You do get to see the local black-haired pigs restrooms here and there will also be people trying to sell you bottles of Jeju Honey and Schisandra Five-Flavor Tea. That is not necessarily a bad thing though I prefer the tranquility at Jeju Folk Village Museum. With a total of 117 houses, facilities and different villages i.e. mountain village, hillside village, fishing village and shamanism village restored, and with over 8,000 folk materials and folk crafts made by skillful craftsmen on display, one would really think he or she was teleported back to the 1890's. Everything here looks and feels so authentic!


Map to guide you through the 150,000 square metres of land



Besides the exhibits, there are also various activities such as live performance, reenactment of Jeju's traditional wedding ceremony and folk games, which include jegi, skipping rope, swing, neolttwigi, tuho, trundling hoop, gonu and tewal. Visitors also get to try out the pumpkin porridge, bingtteok, red bean porridge, seawater beancurd, ingeolmi, omegi wine and many other traditional food, as well as folk crafts at the different stations dispersed around the folk villages. If you are not much of a "walker", do remember to hop on to the free tour trains.


Got my name carved on my own zodiac necklace ^.^


Put on a hanbok and take some pictures at this station


I am not supportive.. but you can ride ponies/donkies here too


And of course, some traditional games


Time to sail off to our next destination..

O'SULLOC TEA MUSEUM 오설록티뮤지엄



The O'sulloc Organic Tea Garden, another one of Jeju Island's famous landmarks, is a vast organic tea garden established in Seogwang-ri, Seongwipo-si and its tea museum which also happens to be Korea's largest green tea museum, is where many visitors would go to appreciate the history of Korean tea and enjoy some fresh pesticide-free tea by the lotus pond in the indoor garden. The entire Tea Garden also encompass O'sulloc Tea Stone, Gotjawal Forest, Janwon, Camellia Forest, Mansu-gil (Longevity Road), Jeju Olle Trail Course 14-1, and an observatory on the second floor of the main building for visitors to enjoy an unobstructed view of the nearby green tea fields and its surrounding landscape.


I just thought the snake on the board was kinda cute


Tea utensils from Samguk (Three Kingdoms Period), Goryeo and Joseon Dynasties


Beautiful tea cups from all over the world

Located right next to O'sulloc Green Tea Museum, is Innisfree Jeju House, the flagship store selling cosmetic products and organic desserts made from fresh locally harvested ingredients.



Innisfree Jeju House 인니스프리 제주 하우스

The Innisfree Jeju House was built to allow more people to experience and enjoy a variety of Jeju's beauties through immersive experiences and comfortable rest in the nature of Jeju. Right here, is where you get to test a wide variety of natural ingredients constituting innisfree products, including green tea, camellia, nutmeg, volcanic cluster, seed rape, seeweed, citrus and green barley, test and purchase various cosmetics, make your own soap, as well as appreciate organic desserts made from the fresh ingredients of Jeju, the island of purity.


Felt like I was back in a Chemistry Lab



Our initial plan was to visit the Teddy Bear Museum after Innisfree Jeju House, but it was so relaxing here that we just wanted to sit outside the cafe and do nothing. Another thing about Jeju is that most attractions closes at 6pm, so that was when we left the place and took a cab back to Jeju-si (Jeju City), where Black Pork Street is. That's right, we are having some crazily delicious BBQ black pork for dinner. For the record, this meal was rated the best out of our entire trip by both (former) bf and myself! It was so good, I would fly to Jeju just to have what we had.


Cab driver got excited very suddenly and told us to look behind - the sunset


And the moon was right in front. Very cool right?



We visited the first restaurant on the left of the Black Pork Street signboard, which was highly recommended by our cab driver. True enough, patrons were asked to leave our name and contact number behind so the restaurant can call them when there are seats available. Seeing how shocked we were when we saw the long list of names, and probably also because of the fact that we didn't have a local telephone number, he told us to wait at the counter and let us in first hehe =x

The restaurant was crowded despite its size and all the staff were rushing back and forth the dining area and main kitchen madly. As soon as we placed our order for the set meal for 2 (KRW 39,000), the waitress brought the side dishes to our table, set the grill, and almost immediately, all the dishes started arriving. As busy as the staff were, they took notice of our inexperience and helped us with the cooking and cutting. So, these are what our set meal comes with..


Banchan (side dishes). As usual, they were so good they deserve to be a menu item.


Steamed egg. It was softer, tastier and juicier than even chawanmushi.


Kimchi stew, though I thought it taste more like Tom Yam Soup lol.


Bossam (boiled pork wrap). Super yummy. Taught me never to underestimate boiled dishes again.


Here comes the main highlight of the meal!

I am sorry I didn't have a picture of the grilled meat with a crisp coating so delicious it totally redefine my expectation for my favourite roast meats. I swear the smell was so unbearably tempting we just forgot we had to take pictures and instead tucked in as soon as the meat shows signs that it is cooked. True enough, Jeju's renowned black pork is as good as it is rumoured to be. Tender, luscious, juicy but not overly oily or salty. It was more exquisite that any pork I have had before, and an absolutely perfect way to end our eventful day in Jeju.

Shopaholics, you would be happy to know that shopping is not impossible in Jeju. Head over to the main road from Black Pork Street and you would find Jungang Underground Shopping Mall! And these are all the things I did in my very short one-day in Jeju before we board the public bus again to return to our hotel (actually, the transport system wasn't as undeveloped that everyone would need a car as I thought) and head over to the airport to go back to Seoul the next morning, though not without some breakfast from Paris Baguette Bakery Café *drools*



Hurray, with this post I have finally completed all my blog posts on my 10-day Korea trip last October. I hope you find all the information and suggestions I have shared so far useful! Do feel free to leave a comment or email me directly at yveyanxi@gmail.com if I left any stones unturned ^.^

Find out more about my Korea itinerary here,
Yvette

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2 comments

  1. may i know what bus to take from Seongsan Ilchulbong to the jeju folk village?

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    1. Hi, I took Bus 701 from 일출봉입구 (Ilchulbong Entrance), alighted at 표선리 제주은행 (Pyoseon-ri, Jeju Bank) after 24 stops, which took only about 30 minutes, and walked our way in to Jeju Folk Village. You can also take Bus 720 from where you alight as it is quite a long walk in (about 20 minutes). Do search directions from Seongsan Ilchulbong to Jeju Folk Village on Google Map for a clearer picture on the exact bus-stop locations :)

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