Do you want to cycle along Jeju’s glorious coast with the wind in your hair (or helmet)? Then join The Jeju Weekly’s second bike trip from Jeju City to Pyoseon in southeast Jeju over two nights and three days.
This is a fun trip and open to all fitness levels as The Weekly wants to encourage local residents to jump on their bikes through regular bike trips around the island. Cycling is not only kinder on the environment, but it allows you the freedom to explore the coast in all its glory up close — you will also get fit and make new friends!
Day 1 Jeju Tapdong-Hyeopjae (32 km)
Purun Bike Sharing 푸른바이크쉐어링
This is a social enterprise that rents bikes for Jeju residents and tourists. There are six ‘Blue Stations’ around the island where people can rent and return bikes anytime they want, and there will be six more bike stations by the end of 2014. You can reserve the MTB or hybrid (MTB + cycling) bikes on the website and helmets, lamps, padlocks, and maps are also provided.
21, Jungang-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si
Hallim Park 한림공원
Fantastic nine theme parks on the 80 acres! Hallim Park was created by President Bong-Gyu Song in 1971 when Mr. Song began planting palm tree seeds across 80 acres of wasteland, dreaming of a green paradise. Along with the palm trees, numerous species of plant grew abundantly and now Hallim Park is visited by more than 1 million tourists every year. The park has nine fantastic themes, including the Palm Tree Avenue which is famous for its magnificent panoramic views and the Korean Natural Monument, Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul caves.
300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
Gwakji Gwamul Beach 곽지과물해수욕장
Gwakji Gwamul Beach beautifully contrasts white sand against turquoise seas. It has a tranquil atmosphere and moments of blissful peace. There are camping and bbq areas next to the shore, plus smaller beaches along a coastal walk to the northeast.
Gwakji 9-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si
Curry Wala 커리왈라
Set amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Gwakji Beach, Curry Walla is Jeju’s newest curry spot.
Owner and chef Dawa - trained in India after leaving his Tibetan home - offers a satisfying menu of a chicken curry, chapati, naan, and chai tea set that is sure to satisfy your curry cravings. Watch this space for traditional Tibetan "momo" and kebabs in the near future, too! Curry sets are 10,000 won and makgeolli (rice wine) shakes go for 5,000 won
Tues-Sun: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6015, Iljuseo-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si
Hyeopjae Beach 협재해수욕장
Hyeopjae is famous for its calm tides and exciting water leisure sports in summer and attracts many tourists each year. There is a beautiful vista of Biyangdo Island on this 200-meter-long beach with fine, crushed shell sand. The beach is a favorite for families as the waters stay shallow far out to sea.
Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si
Day 2 Hyeopjae-Daepyeong (40 km)
Moseulpo Harbour 모슬포 항
This is the southwestern corner of Jeju and people can catch passenger ships to Gapado and Marado islands from here. There is a weekend fish market every Saturday.
Hamohanggu-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si
Mt. Songaksan 송악산
Songaksan is one of many oreum, or secondary volcanic cones, around the island, and this one is famed for its clues to the geological formation of Jeju. Songaksan is rare in having a double crater and the area around has Japanese airfields used during world war two. The nearby Mt. Sanbangsan, Yongmeori Coast and Mt. Dansan make for a stunning sea and landscape.
421-1, Songakgwangwang-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si
Yongmeori Coast 용머리 해안
This is one of Jeju’s Geopark sites and the name means “Dragon’s Head Coast” as it resembles a dragon raising its head as it enters the sea. Walking along the coast there is also a monument to Hendrick Hamel to honor the Dutchman who was shipwrecked here and who went on to publish a famous journal about his predicament.
Sanbang-ro Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Andeok Valley 안덕 계곡
Named as the most beautiful valley in Jeju, Chusa Kim Jeong-hee, a renowned Joseon-era scholar, used to visit here for contemplation. In spring and fall, you can do light trekking and in summer, you can swim under the cool shade of the forest
Gamsandong-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si
Day 3 Daepyeong-Pyoseon (50 km)
Oedolgae Rock 외돌개
Oedolgae is a 20-meter-tall pillar-shaped rock in Sammaebong, Seogwipo. It was created 1.5 million years ago by a volcanic eruption, although according to legend it is known as “Halmang Bawi” (Grandmother Rock), as an old woman was turned to rock here while waiting for her husband to return from fishing at sea. The area is popular for cliff jumping and fishing.
56, Namseong-ro, Seogwipo-si
Saeyeongyo Bridge and Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls 새연교 다리 및 천지연 폭포
Saeyeongyo is a bridge linking Seogwipo Harbor to Saeseom Island. The bridge is shaped like a Jeju traditional boat, the Tewoo. The bridge is lit until 10 p.m., attracting many people here to take a walk and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
Cheonjiyeon means a pond created by “the meeting sky and land.” The white column of thunderous water falling from the cliff is a magnificent sight. It is 22 meters in height and 12 meters in width. Around the waterfall are dampalsu trees (Natural Monument #163) and the giant mottled eel (Natural Monument #27) is active at night.
179, Buntowat-ro, Seogwipo-si
Seogwipo Submarine 서귀포 잠수함
Opening in 1988, this is the world’s third and Asia’s first tourist submarine. The submarine goes to Munseom islet to explore the pristine marine ecosystem and soft coral reefs, regarded by many as a scuba-diver’s paradise. It also stops by a 40-meter-deep shipwreck and a beautiful red soft coral reef wall.
40, Namseongjung-ro, Seogwipo-si
Jeju Folk Village 제주 민속촌
The sprawling village site was developed through a long archaeological and restoration process to restore Jeju thatched roof houses and artifacts from the end of the Joseon Dynasty.
There are over 100 traditional houses and 8,000 folk items, including household items, agricultural tools, fishing tools, furniture and stone works. There is a concert hall for folk performances, a restaurant, market, folk craft room, souvenir shop, traditional wedding room and horseback riding.
631-34 Minsokhaean-ro Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo City
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