- Healing tour for travelersHealing Tour with Refreshing Food & Relaxing Walks
There is a Korean saying “Going sightseeing in Geumgang Mountain comes after eating.” This means that even though the beautiful Geumgang Mountain is famous across Korea for its wonderful view, it is best enjoyed after having a delicious meal. Eating is really important, after all, and you can find all sorts of yummy foods in many places on Jeju Island. There is something revitalizing about having a tasty meal before a slow walk through a beautiful landscape. The restaurants listed below don’t use any artificial seasonings or flavors and cook their dishes in a traditional and natural way reflecting the natural beauty that surrounds this area. They will help to cure your stress and worries. The delicious and healthy food satisfies your tongue and stomach while a nice walk provides you with amazing and peaceful scenes.
- Traditional food with a serene seaside walkFrom Mulmegol to Aewol Beach
Mulmegol is located in a quiet residential area and was converted from a local house into a restaurant. It has many earthen pots in the garden which contain traditional Korean sauces and pastes. This garden and inner interior with wooden furniture give a unique traditional Korean vibe. The owner of this restaurant believes food is life, and she only uses seasonal and fresh materials from nature. Food in this restaurant may not be stimulating and salty but its wholesome and simple scent and taste will leave a pleasant aftertaste. Don’t miss the free sweet and sour beverage only available in Jeju called ‘Shindarimul’, which is made from rice. Yeonipbap Jeongsik (연잎밥정식) is steamed rice wrapped in a lotus leaf and served with a variety of side dishes. Yakcho Deulggae Sujebi (약초들깨수제비) is small pieces of dough in a soup with herb and perilla seeds. The perilla seeds give this dish a rich aroma. Ma Bibimbap (마비빔밥) is a Chinese yam with mixed vegetables on rice. A sticky and slippery Chinese yam makes for a fun dish. There is a special menu for children. Eorini Gamgyul Jumeokbap (어린이감귤주먹밥) is mandarin riceball for children using mandarin fruit, one of specialties of Jeju. Children will enjoy this sweet and sour dish.
Mulmegol (물메골) Address 67, Beondaedong-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-713-5486 Hours Daily 10:00~19:00 (Closed Monday) Price 5,000~10,000 won
Aewol Beach (애월해변)
In winter, although it is a bit too cold to go swimming or snorkeling in the ocean, it’s a great time to admire the lovely view from Aewol Beach and the popular cafes nearby. This beach has become very popular even among Korean tourists and has been featured on TV. If you keep walking along the seashore through the silent and amazing Aewol Handam Coastal Trail, you’ll discover another beautiful beach called Gwakji Gwamul Beach.
Aewol Beach (애월해변) Address 22, Aewol-ro 1-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Aewol Beach)
11, Aewol-ro 11-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Aewol Handam Coastal Trail)
How to get there It takes about 30 min by public transport (about 8km). Near Mulmegol restaurant, there is a bus stop named Susan Jeosuji Entrance (수산저수지입구). From there, take bus number 270 heading to Aewol Hanaro Mart (애월하나로마트). Get off 2 stops later at Gueomri (구엄리). At this stop, transfer to bus number 202 heading towards Seogwipo Bus Terminal (서귀포버스터미널). Get off at Handamdong (한담동) bus stop. It is only a short walk (300m, 5 min) to Handam Beach.
- A café next to a botanical gardenFrom Yeonwoone to Halla Arboretum
This restaurant is not only close to the city but also a park, an arboretum, and an oreum (volcanic cone). It has such a great location, and has a modern café feel. If you order Dolsot Jeongsik, you’ll be given rice in a hot stone pot (Dolsot means stone pot.) With this you can make the unique traditional scorched rice soup called ‘Nurungji’. Normally this is served with a pork side dish however you can request a different side dish if you want. There is a main menu and a side menu. Nokcha Deulggae Sujebi (녹차들깨수제비) is small pieces of green tea dough in a soup with perilla seeds. Dolsot Bibimbap (돌솥비빔밥) is mixed vegetable on rice in a hot stone pot. A hot stone pot will keep the food warm until you’re done with your meal. Dolsot Jeongsik (돌솥정식) contains mugwort pancake, acorn jelly salad, boiled pork wrapped in greens, rice in a hot stone pot. (Please note this dish is not vegetarian.) Dotori Mukmuchim (도토리묵무침) is acorn jelly salad.
Yeonwoone (연우네) Address 110, Eunsu-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-712-5646 Hours Daily 11:00~21:00 but closed on Korean New Year’s day holidays (February 15 to 17 in the year 2018) and Korean Thanksgiving Day holidays. Website http://yeonwoone.fordining.kr Price 5,000~40,000 won
Halla Arboretum (한라수목원)
Opened in 1993, it covers an area of 22 hectares. Halla Arboretum is the ideal place for outdoor forest bathing, the relaxing atmosphere and natural environment will heal the body and relax the mind. This park is dedicated to protecting, researching and displaying the wild vegetation in Jeju Island. It also offers learning facilities for the natural ecology which is wonderful as here you can find 1,308 species of plants. You can see many birds flying about and roe deer eating grass. It is a very peaceful environment! This place is perfect for visitors to rest and relax, and the changes of season are very visible as the natural vegetation is deciduous. Entrance is free.
Halla Arboretum (한라수목원) Address 72, Sumogwon-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-710-7575 Hours Daily 09:00~17:00 but closed on Korean New Year’s day (February 16th in the year 2018) and Korean Thanksgiving Day. How to get there It only takes 10 minutes to walk from Yeonwoone to Halla Arboretum (about 630m).
- A cozy restaurant near a peaceful gardenFrom New Jayeoneuro to Ilchul Land
New Jayeoneuro (뉴자연으로)
Its name means ‘To the New Nature’, and it indeed offers a genuinely natural taste, in addition to leading nature into your mouth. You can feel a tidy and unartificial vibe through the interior or a meal. Whatever you order, you’ll be given various side dishes which makes it feel very homey. Shinseonbap (신선밥) is rice with mixed grains and nuts and various side dishes. The mixed grains and nuts make this very nutritious. Wooeong Deopbap (우엉덮밥) is a bowl of rice topped with burkdock. Tomato Bibim Guksu (토마토비빔국수) is noodles with sauce, tomato and mixed vegetables. You can choose between wheat flour noodles (Somyeon/소면) and buckwheat noodles (Memil/메밀). Tongmil Sujebi (통밀수제비): Small pieces of whole wheat dough soup.
New Jayeoneuro (뉴자연으로) Address 4217, Jungsangandong-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Phone 010-9452-2841 Hours Daily 11:00~19:00 but on Friday 11:00~15:00 and closed every Saturday
Ilchul Land (일출랜드)
Located at the east side of Jeju Island, Ilchul Land is a scenic place which gives pleasant rest with trees and flowers. It has various themes so that there are a lot of things to see, rest, do, enjoy, buy, and listen to: Riverside Park, Dolhareubang, Grass Park, Square Pond, Bottom Fountain, Micheon Cave, Fossil Garden, Jeju Jonggajip, Sculpture Path, Sedari Hackberry, Bonsai Garden, Art Center, Zoo of old memory, Cactus Greenhouse, Subtropical Promenade. You would discover wonder in Micheon Cave which is especially famous in Ilchul Land. Admission fee is 9,000 won for an adult. There are some craft activities for you to enjoy such as natural dyeing or making a ceramic plate. Natural dyeing is really unique and highly recommended. You use natural indigo-colored dye grown in Ilchul Land to craft an indigo scarf. There are also other natural colors found in Jeju Island to choose from. Indigo is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color. Indigo is among the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. It has a complicated chemical principle and process. Understanding the process is key for natural dyeing. Because of its complex method, traditional indigo dye has gradually disappeared. If you participate in this program, you’ll listen to a lecture about the process of natural dye. Then, you’ll choose a color to use. After dyeing a scarf, you’ll rinse and wring it out. The next step is to dry the scarf outside. This natural dying activity is a unique experience that you can’t easily do in your daily life. If you have any inquiries, feel free to call the provider.
Ilchul Land (일출랜드) Address 4150-30, Jungsangandong-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Phone 064-784-2080 Hours Daily from 08:30 to one hour before sunset Website http://www.ilchulland.com How to get there It takes only about 10 minutes to walk from New Jayeoneuro to Ilchul Land (about 700m).
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