Skip to Content

Vacation

Joy in Jeju: A Day at the Beach

One of the major reasons I wanted to go to Jeju was to spend a day at the beach. It's summer and I for one enjoy the hot weather because it pushes you to want to jump into a cool pool of water. However, Seoul seems to lack in this concept of public places to swim. Sure there are several along the Han river, but just a simple local place to go take a dive is out of the question.

Deciding which beach to visit on Jeju presents itself as quite a task. According to JejuLife.net there are about 13 to choose from, some of which being secluded, others with different color sand and some that are near local attractions. However, since we were close to Udo island I decided to head over there and enjoy the white sand it had to offer.

Jeju Sidedish: Misty View

Because I don't want to inundate you with tons of pictures on each post I figured I could break up things like this, and make a side story.

Returning from Manjanggul we got off at the bus stop right in front of our pension. It was a regular thing for around 5pm that the mist would roll in around our side of the island. Looking across the water to the Ilchulbong mountain and having this misty air, made for some pleasant scenery.

Joy in Jeju: Manjanggul

I woke up the next morning ready to go out and have my first adventure on the island. Jeju offers many varieties of things to see and do, and it is as if every part of the island has something on the map. You can choose from kitschy museums like the "Trick Art Museum" or the "Chocolate Museum", but I steered more towards the natural wonders of the island, since I feel this is what made Jeju a unique place to visit. One of these special natural artifacts are lava caves, especially the Manjanggul site.

I will get into the details later, but know that I was very excited for this as I have never been inside a lava-tube cave.

Joy in Jeju: Arrival

I left Gimpo, Seoul last Tuesday and headed to Jeju island. Gimpo airport is significantly smaller than it's Incheon counterpart. There were a few shops and restaurants but generally it is a lot more simple.

As I waited to board my plan, Jin Air, I thought about how this vacation was going to go. I refreshed my memory of essential Korean I would need to use and got to know the layout of Jeju via a map on my Android phone.

What is Jeju Jet Lag?

When coming back from a trip to Jeju Island one might experience, "Jeju jet lag" as I am having right now. What is this? You might be asking, since Jeju is just about 50 minutes away by plane from Seoul and doesn't require one to change time zones. Well then, let me enlighten you.

Jeju jet lag is a mental and physical condition where one experiences the rush that comes with leaving Jeju and arriving back in Seoul. The body will immediately feel toasty from all the sunburns but also tired from all the hiking, walking and swimming. The mind will feel a sense of nostalgia for the Jeju country side and vast green spaces. Also, ones mind will feel the readjustment of being back in the urban jungle of Seoul.

To cure Jeju jet lag I recommend heading home, taking a good cleansing shower and hitting the hay. If you have to pick up two cats along the way (one is yours...the other your friend's) for cat sitting, then so be it.

Dear Korea #33 - Unnecessarily Stubborn

Dear Korea #033

I hope everyone is enjoying or did enjoy their vacation time! I know I did, even if it was a bit short. Some of that rain didn’t help, as it made me a little sick, but whatever. It’s all about making the best with what you’ve got, right?

With that mentality, I had a pretty awesome vacation.

On that note, I just want to say that this comic has some of the best readers in the world ♥


Even Hitler needed a vacation!

If Hitler had any chance of living a long, stress free life or losing some of that excess body fat he was carrying around I think he first should have started with a banana for that rage and obvious crash in blood sugar! That’s right, I just made a correlation between Hitler’s quest for world domination and low blood sugar. Hopefully, that has expressed to you the importance of eating right and avoiding sugary snacks that will spike and then crash your blood sugar, making you as crazy as, well, Hitler!

So, RELAX! For those of you teaching in South Korea, summer vacation is just around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity to regroup and rest.


Poll results for June 2011: vacation plans and exciting aspects?

Poll results for June 2011:

Where are you going for summer vacation? (readers in Korea – select as many as apply)

I’m going to travel around Korea! (35%, 57 Votes)
Summer vacation? Um, none for me… :( (26%, 42 Votes)
I’m going back to my home country! (20%, 32 Votes)
I’m going somewhere in Asia! (15%, 24 Votes)
I’m going somewhere else in the world! (11%, 18 Votes)
I’m going to travel to Thailand! (9%, 14 Votes)
I’m going to travel to China! (6%, 9 Votes)
I’m going to travel to Japan! (4%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 163


RESPITE

“Life is like a jungle sometimes…it makes me wonder…how I keep from going under”

Slick Rick put it well. Sometimes the urban routine can get you down. The metaphorical jungle that is a city can be a maelstrom. It can be a cold hard bitch at times (sorry ladies). I have been calling Seoul home for nearly a year, and in that time have found very little respite from the concrete. Most every weekend is spent navigating city streets by bicycle, or wandering clustered markets taking picutres. Thus all the more reason why I so enjoyed a recent trip to explore the nearby coast and mountains.


This and That Vol. 3

Some shots from Thailand that I forgot to post and other randoms from around the hood. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size.


Wandering to the Beach

6 Mar 2011, My second weekend near the coast of North Carolina and I have got to visit the beach! Thankfully there is a small coastal town right next door in Wrightsville Beach.

Move to Wilmington, NC

27 Feb 2011, I've moved to the coastal port city of Wilmington, NC. No visit to Wilmington is truly complete without first visiting downtown along the Cape Fear River.

Vacation Tips

I meant to throw up another post in addition to this one, but I’ve been far too busy this week finishing up English camp and and preparing to take off for vacation.

My school has allowed me to leave the plantation for a couple of weeks and I’ll be spending that time in Thailand. The cold in Busan has been annoying as of late so the beach and sun will be a welcomed (and much needed) change-up.


Independence Day 2010

4 Jul 2010, The Fourth of July is a special day in America. To celebrate our nation's independence, Americans enjoy a patriotic morning parade and a fireworks show at night.

[Fourteen] Teddy Bear Museum (Jeju Island Part II)

Dear readers,

I hope that you're having a great day, wherever you may be. 그리고, 좀 있으면 벌써 2011년이네요!
모두들 새해 복 많이 받으세요! The new year is just around the corner! I wish you many blessings for 2011!

I never had the chance to do a part II for my blog entry on Jeju Island, so I thought that I would share some pictures that I took at the Teddy Bear Museum there. It's an amazing place, if you like teddy bears. :)

Touring Atlanta

26 Mar 2009, Our last day in Atlanta is spent with a tour of Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, and a visit to the State Capitol and Atlanta Underground.

Atlanta's Olympic Park

25 Mar 2009, I head down to Atlanta with my mom and little Alex to visit the South Korean Consulate and Centennial Olympic Park in the rain.

부산 Busan

31 May 2010, Today is my last day in Korea and all I want to do is relax by the beach.

서울의 한강 Seoul's Han River

8 May 2010, I return to 서울 Seoul and visit a couple new neighborhoods. First is 이태원 Itaewon, an overly touristic destination that I deplore. Second is the 한강 Han River near 국회의사당 the National Assembly Building.

남마산 NamMasan

2 May 2010, It's another beautiful day in Korea and I go wander around the city. My favorite road in 남마산 NamMasan (South Masan) provides a beautiful view over the city and out to Masan Bay. Nearby, along the main central street through South Masan, is City Hall, decorated for spring.

남마산 NamMasan

1 May 2010, On this beautiful afternoon, I wander around 남마산 South Masan.

대구 Daegu

5 May 2010, It's 어린이날 Children's Day in Korea, which gives me a day off work. I travel up to 두류공원 Duryu Park in 대구 Daegu.

Myrtle Beach

27 Jun 2010, We pack up the house-on-wheels and head to Myrtle Beach with pets and grandparents.

해금강 Haegeumgang

17 Apr 2010, I wander along the beautiful coasts of 거제도 Geoje-do to see 해금강 Haegeumgang (Sea Gold Rock).

[Thirteen] Jeju Island Part I

 Dear readers,

Today I will begin introducing you to some of the beautiful places I visited in Korea. For this entry, I will focus on one place I visited while I was in Jeju Island.

Jeju Island is the biggest island in South Korea located at the Southern tip of the penninsula. The Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes was designated as a UNESCO heritage site in 2007. (Don't worry folks; although the island is covered by dark-brown volcanic rock and volcanic soil, the volcano is dormant)

A couple interesting facts about Jeju:

광주 Gwangju

3 Apr 2010 , I come explore the city of 광주 Gwangju, sit at a baseball game, and walk along a river.

거제 Geoje

28 Mar 2010, 거재도 Geoje-do is an island on the south coast of Korea, directly south of Masan and east of Tongyeong. The island may be famous for its coastline, but for just this afternoon I explore the city.

단양 Danyang

21 Mar 2010 , In 단양 Danyang there are two attractions: a bamboo forest and the 고수둥굴 Gosu Caves.

충주 Chungju

20 Mar 2010, I wander up to 충주 Chungju in the center of Korea to see a little slice of Korea I had not yet seen.

양산 Yangsan

13 Mar 2010, I have come to 양산 Yangsan, a suburb of Busan, for an afternoon walk.

Syndicate content

Koreabridge - RSS Feeds
Features @koreabridge     Blogs  @koreablogs
Jobs @koreabridgejobs  Classifieds @kb_classifieds

Koreabridge - Facebook Group

Koreabridge - Googe+ Group