One day trip at Udo Island

After being for some days on Jeju island, my friends and I decided to visit Udo island (also really famous). To go to this island you should take the ferry from Jeju of about 10 minutes.

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Udo Island is a really small island that is really easy to visit in one day. To do the tour of it you could either take the bus, the bicycle or scooter. I rent a bicycle for the day ( 10 000 won, 9 dollars) and it was the best idea. With it, we could travel all around the island for the day by stopping at the spot we wanted to see.

The first stop we did was at the Hongjodangoe beach. Unfortenulatly, the weather was bad and the beach crowded but the water was extremely beautiful. It was amazing to see!

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From there we decided to do some speed boat to discover more about the island. The boat was really funny and we could appreciate the beauty of the island from the sea. (I have to admit I was pretty scared also).

 

After this stop, we decided to try one of the famous food of the island : the peanut ice cream. You can find some peanut ice cream all over the island and it’s really tasty!

Then, we took the road again to ride a bit more. After some kilometres, we decided to stop at a horse riding place for some of my friends. Udo Island is really famous for its horse rides but it’s more about doing a small tour near the stable than a real ride. In my opinion, it’s not worth it because of the path which is not that pretty. However, my friend that don’t have the chance to do some horse riding really enjoyed it.

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During the rest of our ride, we didn’t stop at some specific points but we preferred to ride until the end. Even if there were not vista point to see, the landscape was really beautiful. It’s the real countryside of Korea. You go into the wheat field, near the sea, in the meadow… A lot of different sceneries in one and only place!

 

To end this day we took back the ferry to Jeju (which leaves early, be careful to not being stuck on Udo island).We spent an amazing day on Udo which is full of many surprises.

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Specialities of Jeju island

As I already mentioned  in my previous post :  Discovering the wonders of Jeju, this island is full of beautiful surprises. Even if it’s in Korea Jeju has some specialities that you can only find there (or almost). For example, the people living there speak Korean but they do have some different words and accent (such as Quebec and France).

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Another distinguish example in Jeju are the Dol Hareubang which are rock status (from volcanic rock most of the time). They are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility. They are also placed outside gates in order to protect people against demons. Nowadays  Dol Hareubang are a symbol of the island. You can actually find some EVERYWHERE! There is also a lot of small rocks for souvenirs. The meaning today stayed as a symbol of fertility.

 

Another particularity of Jeju island is its food. First of all, they are some small oranges called Tangerines that are growing all over the place… You can buy some in supermarkets or other souvenir shops but the best place to buy some are in the street. You can buy some to street sellers and it will be cheaper and so much better.

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Tangerines taste like orange and clementine at the same time. I also really loved to drink Tangerines juice with the hot weather it’s perfect!

The other special food of Jeju is the black pork. The meal is really similar as the traditional Korean barbecue. You’re cooking the meat in the middle of the table but the meat is black pork. Black pork is really traditional from Jeju and if you have the chance to try it you should.

The meat has a particular taste from other pigs, it has a smoked taste. The only thing to know is that black pig is an expensive meal (for Korea). If you want to try this speciality you should first look at the different prices depending on restaurants.

 

So here some specialities of the beautiful Island of Jeju but of course there are a lot more to discover!

 

 

Discovering the wonders of Jeju island

Jeju island also called the Korean Hawaii is not very touristic for foreigners but mostly for Koreans.

This natural island let us see an amazing show of crystal water, huge waterfall, dense vegetation…

From Busan (the second biggest city in South Korea) it’s only 45 minutes by plane and tickets can be really cheap.

In Jeju, you can either spend 3 or 4 days to discover the island or spend a lot more time to enjoy full holidays and stay at the beaches.

I only stayed 4 days but still I could really enjoy the unbelievable beauty of this island.

_DSC7296The first thing that people want to see in Jeju are the many beaches. Indeed the water is transparent, the sand white and it’s not crowded during the scholar year.

The first beach that I loved was Hyeopjae Beach. The beach in itself is not very big and you don’t really want to lay down in the sun there BUT the water is amazingly beautiful ! You have this water that I never saw before, black rocks around you, white sand and another small island in front of you. It really looks like a postcard.

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If you are looking for a big and beautiful beach there is the Hamdeok beach. This beach is _dsc7823not less pretty than the other one. To spend some time there this is the perfect spot. The water is amazingly blue, the sand white, you have some small trials to go on the mountain next to it.

 

If you want to escape people and be in a quiet spot there are a lot of small bays where you can go and enjoy your time.

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Despite its amazing beaches, Jeju also has an incredible flora. It’s genially something that it’s really peaceful and enjoyable. Even on the road, you’ll find hundreds (or thousands) of different species of plants and flowers.

 

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This is why because of its rich wildlife Jeju has some_dsc7371 other surprises. The first one is the Cheonjiyeon waterfall. To go to this waterfall, you have to go through a small park which is really beautiful. You’ll see the end of the waterfall all around the way, a huge wall of plants… Once you go there you see a beautiful waterfall…. but let’s not lie! It’s not extraordinary. The high of the waterfall is not that impressive. What it’s more impressive are the colors of the water, the frame of the place.

This is still a beautiful place to see and visit when you’re in Jeju.

 

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After seeing this waterfall we went by walking to Jeongbang waterfall (about 30 minutes) which is completely different. This waterfall is more impressive by its height and the wildlife is completely different. You’re not anymore in the middle of the green but near the ocean.

Indeed, Jeongbang waterfall is the only waterfall in Asia which falls directly into the Ocean, and it’s true that it’s pretty. The feeling of this waterfall is even more powerful. From one side, you see the waterfall falling and from the other side you see the ocean, large and infinite.

 

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Of course, Jeju is full of other gorgeous spots, natural surprises but I couldn’t explore all the island during my staying. But here a small overview of what Jeju can offers you.