Dec 25, 2014

Solo Day 2 South Korea - 22st Nov 2014 (Busan + Jeju)

Day 2, 22nd November 2014

Woke up early and went to Taejongdae. Plan to spend my whole day in Taejongdae Resort Park before I had to catch up flight to Jeju-Do.

How to go to Taejongdae Park :
From Busan Station (line 1, Exit 9)  Take intra-city bus No 88 or No 101   OR
From Nampo Dong (Line 1, Exit 6) Take intra-city bus No 8 / No 30 / No 88

But for me, I took took bus no 88 / 88-1 / 66 from Jungang Station Exit 1 Bus Stop, and disembarked at the last station, Taejongdae. By bus, it tooks about 20-30 minutes ride.

In the bus on the way to Taejongdae

 For the tour, you may walk to all the attractions spot (if you are fit enough and have a day free time) or get on the Danubi train just like i did. The train will cost you 2000KRW per ticket and it is one-way. Which means to say, you can hop on and off the train in one direction only. You cannot turn back to previous pit stop (unless by walking), thus be sure where do you want to stop. There are 5-6 major pit stops (as shown in the brochure below) and if you don’t have enough time, I would recommend you to stop at the red spot.

This is the Danubi Train Map
Yellow spot : Taejongdae bus stop
Green spot : Taejongdae entrance and ticket booth
Red 1 : Taewon Pebble Yard (i didnt go here)
Red 2 : Observation Deck (Statue of Mother and Children)
Red 3 : Sinseon Rock, Mangbu Rock + Yeongdo Lighthouse + Lighthouse Pebble Yard

The Danubi Train

Red Spot 2 : Observation Deck

Red Spot 2 : Observation Deck, Taejongdae

Red Spot 3: Yeongdo Lighthouse, Taejongdae

Red Spot 3: Yeongdo Lighthouse, Taejongdae
Joined the ahjuma, ajusshi and haimonie (white hair). Dapat kuih kacang free. Ajusshi offer soju katanya untuk panaskan badan. heh??

Red Spot 3: Yeongdo Lighthouse, Taejongdae

Red Spot 3 : Mangbu Rock, Taejongdae

Red Spot 3 : Mangbu or Sinseon Rock, Taejongdae

Red Sopt 3 : Lighthouse Pebble Yard, Taejongdae

Taejongdae nih kawasan yang sangat soothing and very calm sesuai sangat untuk slow walk. I wish that i could have enough time to walk around that area. Just nak bagitau, kawasan red spot no 3 adalah sangat bertangga - tangga..dari atas gunung sampai the rocky cliff was all about ascending and descending stairs..memang akan semput jugak la kepada mereka yang kurang bersenam atau menaiki tangga.. tapi jgn risau, korunk boleh buat gaya seolah olah nak ambil gmbr kat memana pit stop untuk cover korunk punya semput atau dapat nyawa balik. hehe.. semua org kat situ faham.. alah, diorang pun semput gak...
tapi one thing i was so amazed, the elders kat korea boleh buat activity sporty nih lebih dari anak muda kat malaysia boleh buat.. aku salute giler la kat haimonie yang bagi kuih tuh..korunk rasa umur dia bape?? 70++ kot tapi dia gigih la nak picnic dgn family dia kat cliff tuh kan? klu mak bapak kita, ada?? takdo jep.. dlm hati macam tak percaya yang haimonie tuh panjat turun tangga yang boleh tahan tinggi, tapi takkan la dia naik helicopter atau naik boat nak sampai ke cliff tuh kan??  fuhh, tabik spring toink toink.

After spend 4 hours at Taejongdae, I took the same bus back to Jungang Station, picked up my bag and went to Gimhae International Airport Station via subway to board for Jeju-Do. I choose to fly with Jeju Air and the tix price include 20kg of luggage, very convenient and cheap. My departure time was 5.00 pm and I arrived Jeju-do at 5.45 pm. It took only 45-60 mins.

@ Gimhae International Aiport - Jeju Air Plane

Jeju Island 

Jeju International Airport

I took bus from Jeju International Airport to Jeju City Hall Bus Station and checked in at Yeha Guesthouse City Hall branch. To get to Yeha City Hall, I was suppose to take bus No 100 so that it stopped right in front of my hostel, but since I was stubborn to ask unneeded question to the information center, I got onto other bus that stop at other blocks away. I have to walked and asked people for direction then. Sigh. Should have follow the direction inside the web.

Yeha Guesthouse, City Hall, Jeju Island

2nd Night. During happy hour at Yeha Guesthouse

Yeha is super cute guesthouse with "thumbs up" service! The staff (Lyndon + Jade and others) were really friendly and seriously know how to joke around especially Jade, the stamped-forehead guy. He is my favorite staff. We can talk about random ridiculous things till latenight. I also miss those fantastic cheerful night we had in Community Room. Everyone was happy sharing their travelling experience, apart from the free drinks the guesthouse gives away during happy hour for everyone to enjoy. =)

End of my 2nd day

Dec 20, 2014

Solo Day 1 South Korea - 21st Nov 2014 (Busan)

             Unbelievable that post korea yang sebelum nih pun tak habes tulis, aku dah repeat trip korea sekali lagi. Agak memalukan sikit di situ.. =P tapi kali ini aku bersemangat nak tulis sebab aku ingt in details all my expenses masa kat sana sebab trip kali ini aku bergerak secara solo..yup, solo.. =) so aku nak la share serba sedikit my one and only experience kat sana. aku rasa happy and fortunate giler sebab still dapat catch up the autumn foliage (thou they said it was the leftover but doesnt matter).. travel date from 21st Nov 2014 to 30th Nov 2014.. Walaupun ada sedikit frust sebab the next day after aku arrived KL,the first snow falls in Seoul which is on 1st Dec 2014), tapi takpe la..dapat tengok autumn pun dah rasa bersyukur...
I wanna make my post short, simple and informative. I hope you guys gain something out of these.

Day 1- 21st Nov 2014

Arrived at Gimhae International Airport. It is just a small airport. Nothing much can you do here. Not many shop lots. I purchase T money and took subway to Busan City.

Upon arrival, I headed straight to Mr Egg Original Hostel, Nampo. Jungang Station Exit 5 to place my backpack. From train tracks to the exit is quite far. Walking underground will takes about 10 minutes. Refer to the map below. B is the train tracks and A is the Exit 5. I choose to stay here again because of its great location apart from the 20% discounts they give for every travelers with second visit. Since the place is clean, comfortable with cute egg-gy design, no doubt that I choose to stay again.

A is location for Mr Egg Original Hostel Nampo

That guy is Mr Egg, Sean. The owner

Strategic location. Attraction places around Mr Egg Hostel and Nampo Dong Area

First place, I went to Baemosa Temple (Baemosa Station,Exit 7). Thou it was late November, I'm glad that i can still catch the autumn foliage . Fyi, you cannot walk to Baemosa Temple. You have to take bus No 90. Map below shows how can you get to the bus station for Baemosa Temple.

Baemosa Station, Exit 7 and walk thru the diagonal lane. The purple square is the bus station.

Beautiful, isnt it?

Autumn Foliage at Baemosa Temple, Busan

Walkway to the top temple

Surrounding area

In the bus No 90

After Baemosa, I went to Al Fatah Mosque. To get to this mosque, you need to stop at Dusil Station Exit 8. The direction is as per below.

Dusil Station. Exit 8. Walk straight until you see a gas station + mechanic, turn right and the green square is Al Fattah Mosque

 The Turkish Halal Kebab next to the mosque

And the side walkway to the Al Fattah Mosque, Busan

After visited the mosques, I went to Haeundae Station by subway. Thought that I want to go to Yonggungsa Temple but it was too late. It was closed at 6.00 pm hence I had to turn back and spend my night around Haeundae.

For Yonggungsa Temple, take bus at  Exit 7 bus stop
If you want to go to Haeundae Beach, take exit 3/5 and walk down the road until you see the beach at the end.

The romantico Haeundae Beach, Busan

I got back to hostel around 8.00 pm, took shower and sleep. End my day 1

Sep 14, 2014

Jeju Special Post - List of Attraction

List of attraction places in Jeju Island, South Korea. Divided according to area and the place highlighted is the most popular among travellers.

A : Jeju City
1. Yongduam - Dragon Head Rock
2. Coastal cafe Road. Jeju
3. Jeju International Aiport Olle
4. Jeju Tea Park
5. Jeju Folk Tourism Museum
6. Jeju International Park
7. Jeju Folk Museum
8. Dodo Submarine Tour
9. Dolhareubang Park

B : East Jeju
1. Yongcheon Cave
2. Gimnyeongsagul Cave
3. Gimnyeong Maze Park
4. Manjanggul Cave
5. Windpower Complex
6. Haenyeo Museum
7. Hado Beach
8. Hadori Habitat for Migratory Bird
9. Udo Island
10. Udo Cruise and Submarine Pier
11. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak - Sunrise Peak
12. Aqua Planet Jeju
13. Seopjikoji
14. Phoenix Island
15. Sinyang Seopjikoji Beach
16. Maze Land (Maze Park)
17. Bijarim Forest

C : Seogwipo City
1. Jeju Herb Garden
2. Jeju Folk Village
3. Heart Citrus Orchard
4. Jeju Citrus Museum
5. Seosokkak Beach for Kayak
6. Jeongbang Waterfall
7. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
8. Saeyeongyo Bridge and the seaview
9. World Seashell Museum
10. Eongtto Waterfall
11. Jeju Worldcup Stadium
12. Oedolgae
13. Jeju Waterworld
14. Yacheonsa Temple
15. JTO. Jeju Duty Free Shop
16. Jungmun Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff
17. Jungmun Saekdal Beach
18. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall
19. Seognimyo Bridge
20. Yeomji Botanical Garden
21. Teddy Bear Museum
22. Believe it or not Museum
23. Alive Museum
24. Mount Sanbangsan
25. The Museum of Health and Sex
26. Yeongmeori Coast
27. Jeju Submarine Tour
28. Marodo Island Ferry Pier

D :West Jeju
1. Jeju Chocolate Museum
2. Jeju Glass Castle
3.  Jeju Circus World
4. Jumbo Village - Elephant land
5. O'sulloc Tea House Museum
6. Innisfree Cosmetic Park
7. Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art
8. Bangrimwon Wildness Botanic Garden
9. Fishing Ground - Sangmo
10. Jeju Pirate Submarine Tour
11. Hallim Port for Biyang-do
12. Hallim Folklore 5 days market
13. Hallim Park
14. Gwakji Hwamul Beach

E : Mount Hallasan
1. Mysterious Road
2. Jeju Loveland
3. Roe Deer Observation Center
4. Jeju Tourism Horseback Riding Ground
5. The Angle and Woodcutter Theme House
6. World Natural Heritage info center
7. Jeju Mini Land
8. Magic Land
9. Sangamburi Crater
10. Mount Hallasan 1100 meter point rest area
11. Saryeoni Forest Park

Jeju-do has so many things to offer..i would recommend you to stay here more than 3 days...even 3 days is not enough..anyhow, its up to you..

B 11. Seongsan


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