제주 Jeju → 부산 Busan
Cost: 123,000W (Business Class)
At the airport:
Jeju Airport has an information desk where you can pick up a map and some tourist brochures. Get a map and ask for bus numbers to get around to where you need to go. The map will also help you spot sightseeing areas you’ve not considered. Jeju has a bunch of museums and has these awesome walking trails called Olle trails.
Go to the Olle desk next to the Information desk to inquire about the trails. Having a map of the various trails up front will save you much angst figuring out online. Most local buses will announce trail stops but you need to pay attention.
There is an airport shuttle bus that will drop you at various locations in Jeju City, Jungmun and lastly, Seogwipo. I think it’s 5,000Won. The bus is a coach bus with AC and comfortable seats.
A bit about Jeju:
Jeju City is the most cosmopolitan you’ll get when it comes to restaurants and stores. Seogwipo falls second as one of the tourist destinations, but has less variety. Restaurants will be mostly Korean and much seafood. Jungmun is the resort area and it’s worthwhile to see the backlots of some of these posh hotels. Not only are some hotels the shooting locations of K-dramas, but offer a unique look at luxury Korea. I visited teh Shilla in winter and it had gorgeous cabanas you could rent and … a camping area on astroturf with tents and BBQ’s set up! Most line the cliff and overlook the ocean and the sights can be gorgeous.
Food in Jeju: hope you like seafood
Unless you’re staying in the little urban dwelling of Jeju City, the island offers a lot of seafood and the standard Korean platter. This isn’t a problem if you know what you want to order your sushi or plate in Korean; you’ll be hard-pressed to find English menus! For back-end survival, typical cheap eats like bibimbap or kimbap (recognize and learn how to order from one here) are generally loved by foreigners. If you’re a very picky eater or have dietary concerns, you can do what I did and bring your own stash of instant oatmeal, power bars, dried fruits and nuts! Another option: shop at local stores or larger multi-shopping chain stores such as Homeplus and Emart (read my post & view pics here), where you can get groceries or see your menu in plasticized casings.
Getting Around Jeju Island:
City Bus, bike, taxi, scooter and car rentals. These are the options. I chose to use the bus transportation with the occasional taxi and it was fine. The bus routes are fairly simple to spot on the map but you’ll still need occasional help with knowing which number to catch. The bus is efficient, cheap and will give you a nice ride around the island. However, if you know what you want to see, have little time and want to take point-to-point trips, definitely rent a car.
Scooters & Jeju (read Solo Jeju: Riding a Scooter around Udo Island)
Jeju Hiking Inn (booked through Hostelworld)
587-15, Seogwi-Dong, Seogwipo City
p. +82-64 763 2380, +82-10-3294-0878
Cost: 15,000W/night (double private ensuite- 30,000W)
What to do/see:
Hike Mt. Halla
Dragon Head Rock (Yongduam)
Loveland (read here)
Ride a Motorbike on Udo Island
Teddy Bear Museum
Jeju Ollie ( read here)
Jungmun Resort area
Jeju Gimnyeong Maze Park
visit the *many* kitsch museums Jeju has
Haenyeo Museum (read about haeneyo)
Jeju Ollie ( read here)
Jeju Gimnyeong Maze Park* (read Photo Essay: Lost in Jeju Island’s Gimnyeong Maze Park)
From Daegu, you can fly out of Daegu, Busan and Seoul or take the Busan ferry.
How to book Jeju tickets when they’re “Sold out” for Chuseok?
1) call Korean Airlines (one of the main airlines carriers for that route) direct
2) Ask for Business Class seats. (* it’s a 30,000W upgrade difference)
3) Book point-to-point travel vs round trip (you have more control over cities you fly out of & can mix the economy seating with business class.
With Korean Air you can cancel up to 24 hours in advance and still receive a partial to full refund. The penalty is under $20 (maybe even less)
From Jeju Airport to Jungmun or Seogwipo
Catch the airport shuttle bus. It makes major tourist stops and runs every 1/2 hour. Cost: 5,000W
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- Jeju Island: Top 6 Things to Do (grrrltraveler.com)