Best things to do in Jejusi and sightseeing in Jejusi
Hallasan - Jejusi
Hallasan Mountain 한라산- Hallasan Mountain, is South Korea’s highest mountain reaching 1,950m and is also considered a representation of Jeju Island. Hallasan Mountain한라산 is also one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World. There are 5 trails but only 3 reach the summit – Seongpanak Trail 9.6km, Eorimok Trail 6.8km, Eoseungsaengak Trail 1.3km, Yeongsil Trail 5.8km and Gwaneumsa Trail 8.7km. We took the no.100 bus to the Jeju Bus Terminal and then took the bus no.780 to the entrance of the Seongpanak Trail. Entrance was free. The hike up Seongpanak Trail has 3 stages, Grade A (Difficult), Grade B (Normal) and Grade C (Easy). What’s great about this Trail, is the fact that all difficulty levels are available, if you are a rookie hiker, like us, at the start of the Grade B Trail, you have the opportunity to seek left to Hallasan’s Crater, with an observation point, which totals to a 13km hike. We do suggest that you go with proper hiking shoes, as the route has a lot of rocks that form the path, and the path runs through beautiful scenery.
Dongmung Market - Jejusi
We decided to do a short trip the afternoon we arrived from Jeju-si to Samyang-dong 삼양 with bus no.100 to the bus terminal, and then got onto bus no.700 to the Samyang Black Sand Beach 삼양 해수욕장 and there after visited Jeju Folk Museum 제주민속박물관, which is up the road from the beach. We had our first taste of Jeju-do’s rich ocean life, when indulging into a hot bowl of Spicy Angel fish stew – Agwitang. That evening we visited a market called Dongmun Market Place, which is a big market, with loads of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and fermented side dishes.
Yongduam-gil - Jejusi
Walking to Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) 용두암 we discovered a Confucion Shrine -Jeju Hyanggyo 제주향교 – which has the purpose of educating the local people, while we were there, students were busy studying. As well as on our way home we found a Buddhist Temple, which name we could find. Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) 용두암 – there are plenty of other stories of how it came to be. One legend has it that a dragon stealing precious jade from Mt. Hallasan was shot down by an arrow from the mountain deity. When he fell down on Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze looking at the sky. Another legend has it that a white horse, who dreamed of being a dragon and ascending to the sky, came to be caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.
Jeju Haenyeo Museum - Jejusi
There after we took the no.700 bus to Heonyeo Museum 해녀박물관(Mothers in the Ocean) and the Anti Japenese Monument of Jeju Woman Divers, which is a celebration of the woman of Heonyeo. The ticket prices for entrance at the Heonyeo Museum was ₩1100 ($1.1), and it was money well spent! You get a detailed insight into the lives, workplace, equipment and children of the Heonyeo woman.