MelBen Honeymoon Day 1 - 3 Jeju, Korea

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It has been ages since our last blog entry and our lives have changed so much ever since! Before we get to that, we thought that it would be good to share our Korea Itinerary (Seoul Itinerary and Jeju Itinerary) from our Honeymoon Trip back in 2016. We actually documented all of it down in Dayre but since it might disappear soon, this seems like a better place to share the places we visited, food we ate and photos!

Have also embedded the vlogs that we created within the post!

Disclaimer: our trip was from Oct - Nov 2016 and we are unsure if any of the routes we have taken or places we visited has changed since then. It is advisable for you to double check :)

Day 1 - 25 Oct 2016
We took the 1:10am flight to Seoul via Korean Air (think we paid about SGD1500 for 2 way journey for 2 pax when we booked it 3 months before the trip!) and made our way from Incheon Airport to Gimpo Airport to take a different plane (Jeju Air) to Jeju. We paid about SGD270 for 2 way journey for 2 pax.

There are several ways to head from ICN-GIMPO but after doing our research, we felt this would be the easiest, cheapest and shortest way there:

Getting to Gimpo

At Incheon Airport, go to the Airport Railroad Station at LEVEL B1.
Follow signs to the Airport Railroad.
ALL-STOP-TRAIN: Take this train to Gimpo Airport. Follow signs in BLUE to take All stop
train. Gimpo Airport is station number 7 from Incheon Airport for ALL-STOP-Train.

*Do not take the AREX non stop train!*

BUY YOUR TICKET at the Automatic Ticket Machine or Customer Information Center.
Buy the SINGLE JOURNEY CARD (500Won deposit which will be refunded to you upon returning this card to the automatic ticket machine when you reach Gimpo Airport).
Make way to the platform

Arriving at Gimpo

Use the escalator to go up to Gimpo Airport departure hall.
After you left the train station through the autogate, surrender SINGLE JOURNEY CARD to get refund of KRW500 deposit at the automatic ticket machine at the exit.
Look up for signboard: turn left to take a domestic flight at Gimpo Airport. Find the escalator going up.
Go to the 2nd Floor for Check-in before going to 3rd floor for domestic flight departure.

We rented a car from AJ Rental for our 3D2N adventure in Jeju. The reservation can be done online via their website (in English not to worry) and it didn't cost us much for the rental and petrol (there was also a discount going on at that time so we paid about SGD60 for 2 days!).

AJ Rent a Car
Yongdam 2-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do,
Korea 723
Contact: 02-862-2847 (+82-2-862-

After clearing immigration at the Jeju airport, you can find the AJ Rent a Car booth and follow instructions to take the free shuttle bus by AJ to the car rental location. Here are some questions you may want to ask the car rental place:

- number to call in case of emergency
- cash card for parking
- where to top up cash card
- how to enter locations into GPS
- what petrol to pump

The car we had gotten, a Kia Morning, was perfect for the both of us and our luggages (not advisable if you have more than 2 pax cos of limited boot space) and till today, every time we come across a similar Kia car, it would remind us of the little white car that brought us safely from destination to destination during our short Jeju stay! :)

In-built GPS was a lifesaver and all we had to do was to key in the phone number of the location we were heading to (not always accurate though especially for restaurants!) or to type out the location name.

Because our Korean Air and Jeju Air flights were both delayed, it was already late by the time we collected our car and plans to get lost in the Gimnyeong Maze Park (김녕미로공원) had to be cancelled! It's great to have back up plans though! We made it in time for entry into the Manjanggul Cave instead. Last admission was 5:10pm but we managed to make it there by 4:50pm!

Admission was cheap at 2,000krw per person and there's ample free parking space at the location. There's a restaurant just outside the cave but it closes around 5pm when tourists are not allowed to enter anymore.

Manjanggul Cave
182, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도제주시 구좌읍 만장
굴길 182 (구좌읍)

Note: Manjanggul Cave is not recommended for the elderly, young children or pregnant women!!!

And if you hate puddles or drops of water dripping on your hair occasionally, this is not the place for you as well. Haha! It's pretty dark throughout which is why we wouldn't recommend it to the above group of people.


We had fun though. It was a tiring walk in and out of the cave and it made us hungry! Had shortlisted 3 places for dinner and at the top of the list was Dongbok Haenyeo Shikdang which stated it was open for lunch but not stated if it was open for dinner. We still made our way there in hopes of trying out some highly recommended Sashimi noodles (hwoe-guksu) cold noodle dish with spicy sauce and some hot sea urchin noodles soup (seongge-guksu) garnished with sesame seeds, chives and shreds of carrot.

Dongbok Haenyeo Shikdang 
1647, Dongbok-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju,
Jeju Island, South Korea

Sadly, they were closed :(

So we made our way to another restaurant that was recommended on Running Man by Haha and it was en-route to our accommodation any way. Caught the sunset along the way there.

There are parallel parking lots just outside the restaurant.

Sik-Dang(김녕제주흑돼지식당 )
103, Gimnyeong-ro,
Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Korea(제
주시 구좌읍 김녕로 103)
Phone : +82-64-784-1007

We tried a little of everything and having hot kimchi soup on such a cold night was super comforting for our stomachs (but not our throats!). Everything was good about the kimchi soup. It had this tomato base flavour and also had pork in it. Only 6000krw. In total, we shared black pork samgyupsal, pork collar BBQ and also a bowl of kimchi soup.

Total bill was 39,000krw (approx SGD48) and the shop owners are really nice! So that's a plus point!!!

Grabbed bottles of water and next day's breakfast from CU convenience store and headed to our accommodation for this 3D2N trip.

CO’OP City Hotel Jeju Beach
(Now also called Jeju Beach Hamdeok Hotel) 
제주시 조함해안로 474
474, Johamhaean-ro Jocheon-eup,
Jeju, Jeju-do, 63333 South Korea
Tel: 82 (64) 7800051, Fax: 82 (64)

We chose the Ocean Blue - Couple Room (Ocean View) which includes: Free Breakfast, Free Parking, Free Wireless Internet. We paid SGD231 for 2 nights but never ate the breakfast provided because we left the hotel early in the morning before breakfast even started! So we are unable to provide reviews about the breakfast unfortunately. They also had free flow beer every night at the hotel lounge but Ben was sick and I was having my period so we gave that a miss as well.

What we loved about the hotel was that we could hear the waves coming from the ocean if we left the balcony door open and there's also a convenience stall just at the entrance of our hotel, making it easy to grab snacks and water any time we wanted. There are some restaurants and many other hotels just surrounding where we stayed but they don't open early and yet some close early too!



We also liked how the room was big enough to fit 2 big and 2 small luggages of ours, the bathing area was separate, there was a closet space for us to hang our coats and clothes, and even a small pantry area. Bed was comfortable as well and we had a great night's rest despite having to wake up 4 hours later!

Day 1 vlog: Annyeong Drunk Ajumma (Jeju, Korea Honeymoon Vlog)

Day 2 - 26 Oct 2016

Intended to wake up at 4:15am this morning to leave at about 5am for our hike up to Hallasan Mountain. The ever confident Ben assumed his phone was Singapore time and set it at 315am since Korea is 1 hour ahead of SG. I was quite shock when I woke up and wondered why my phone didn't ring! Then I saw that it was only 3am not 4am. Too early!!! His phone had already been auto-set to Korean time! Haha. We went back to sleep for another hour of course!

Armed with some store bought coffee and tuna kimbap, we started our journey to Mount Hallasan at around 5:30am.

Hallasan National Park [UNESCO
World Heritage] (한라산국립공원 [유
네스코 세계자연유산])
246, Yeongsil-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-
제주특별자치도서귀포시 영실로 246

We intended to take the Yeongsil trail and keyed in the number in the GPS system. Who knew it brought us to a different starting point instead! The security ahjussi kept insisting it was correct and we had to start from the Eurimok trail before coming to the Yeongsil trail. We followed his instructions and it was a hell damn difficult route! Haha. So we hope you will never make the same mistake as we did, especially if it's your first time hiking a mountain!

Remember to visit the toilet as much as you can before starting on the trail because you won't have another chance. We packed light and prepared some drinks and refreshments. It will start off cold at the foot of the mountain but once you've reached the top and the sun shines, you will start to remove your outer wear one by one like we did! Haha.

All ready for our hike! 

The never ending upward climb. Tip here: go early like we did! We started our climb at 730am. Start at 630 or 7am if possible! On our way down we saw people starting their climb at 10 plus 11am and the sun was already scorching hot!

The difficult part is now over! Time for a photo break after 2.5 hours of hiking!

The above photos were taken from our GoPro and a tripod stand. Pardon the lens mark which spoilt the photos :(

We hiked for another 1 hour from here and couldn't make it further due to time constraints! Here are photos from the highest point that we were on..

Ben was such an awesome hike buddy. This was our first ever hike trip and will certainly not be our last!

Intended to head to Jeongbang waterfalls but we were hungry and it started raining. So we settled for lunch at Kuk Su Ba Da, recommended by someone from Dayre, and it didn't disappoint at all! There are car park lots just outside the restaurant as well. But parking space is quite limited so preferably if you could skip the peak hours of lunch and go slightly earlier or later. Not sure if they open for dinner.

국수바다 (Kuk su bada) 
982, Iljuseo-Ro, Seogwipo, Jeju Island 63534, South Korea
+82 64-739-9255

The green chili is super spicy! You have been warned!

This was Gogi Guksu (pork in broth). Very tasty. Not sure if they used msg though. We felt quite thirsty 1-2 hours later. We also had Spicy cold noodles with pork. Loved it!

Bill came up to be about SGD20, very worth it because it was so tasty and we were really full from it! It rained even more and was about 2:30pm when we ended lunch. So we changed plans and went to Innisfree house and O Sulloc tea museum, since they were side-by-side and both closed at 6pm.

Innisfree Jeju House (이니스프리 제주 하우스)
425, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-
myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 안덕면 신
화역사로 425 (안덕면)

O’sulloc Museum (오설록티뮤지엄)

The cafe at the tea museum was crowded with tourists and we didn't bother to buy any tea or sit cos we intended to do the soap making at Innisfree instead.

We were given an iPad with English instructions on how to do it step by step and it was easy to follow. We took our time and probably spent 1 hour here. Ben was a real pro at this cos of his strength! 


Loved every part of this experience. Not sure if all couples would though. The Korean guy accompanying his gf opposite us didn't want to participate and kept yawning. Haha. If you're bringing kids there, you definitely will have to help them with some of the steps like the kneading and moulding!

Other items you might want to get here would be the essential oils as they only sell it here at Jeju. We bought 2 to try and they work really well on our skin even back in SG!

As for other skincare items, we heard that it's not worth it to get them here since we can always find better prices in myeongdong back in Seoul. However, there's an instant tax refund for tourists as long as you spend 30,000krw and above and show your passport.

The staff here can speak Mandarin as well, so no problem with communication.

We grabbed drinks before heading back to the car and it was such a pity that the hot latte machine was out of order. Would have been great for this cold and wet weather! So we settled for Jeju Island Green Tea Milk (only available in jeju) and Hallabong Alfredo.

Both were good! But we feel that the drinks plus dinner that night caused Ben to have such a sleepless night with all that phlegm accumulation! Oops.

Still full from lunch, we moved onwards to Cheonjiyeon waterfalls (there are 2 waterfalls with similar names - Cheonjiyeon and Cheonjeyeon) since it closes at 10pm and its lighted up at night time. It was still raining and the only day it didn't rain during our trip was on the last day!

Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포)
Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 남성중로

The GoPro doesn't take good photos when it's dark so we had to settle with photos from our iPhones. 

The waterfall was beautiful and there weren't many people crowding there. I think most tourists come here during the day time. We spent only about 30min there because it was late and we had to drive back, which would take an hour.

If you're heading to this waterfall, most people would head to the following 2 locations as well as they are all somewhat close by. We didn't have the time to so we had to choose only 1:

Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포 )
37, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 칠십리로
214번길 37 (동홍동)

Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff
(주상절리 (대포동지삿개 ))
216, Jungmungwangwang-ro,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 중문관광로
216 (중문동)

For dinner, we intended to have the Haemul Seafood Bibimbap but it was closed. We checked on NAVER that it closes at 9pm but seems like a lot of restaurants near the beach close early during this season since the beach doesn't attract tourists with this cold weather. What a pity! We didn't get to enjoy the fresh seafood Jeju boasts about again, on our second day of this trip!

So we headed to Neulbom for some black pork BBQ, highly raved online and it also didn't disappoint. It's a really touristy location for a meal so we thought the food would be mediocre but it was good, not too expensive and also big so we didn't have to wait long for a table.

Neulbom 늘봄
2343-3 Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-
do, South Korea

Upon the waitress' recommendation, we chose 2 orders of marinated black pork. It was so good!

Can't remember how much the bill came up to but don't think it was very expensive. Would have ordered some soju or beer to go with our meal but Ben was still coughing badly.

We got back to our hotel after dinner and soaked our feet in a bathtub of warm water. Felt so good cos our legs were aching from the morning climb. Found out that our air-con wasn't working so we called the staff and they said they have turned off the hotel's air con for the night cos of the very cold weather outside and they encouraged us to open our balcony door.

Love the sound of the waves crashing since our hotel is just by the sea. But thought that this initiative would be pretty dangerous since there isn't a lock! Anyone could climb over and into our room!

Day 2 Part 1 vlog: Hiking with Jay Chou (Jeju, Korea Honeymoon Vlog)

Day 2 Part 2 vlog: My Wife Chut Pattern (Jeju, Korea Honeymoon Vlog)

Day 3 - 27 Oct 2016
Ben was coughing so badly and 30min after we fell asleep, he woke up and puked all his dinner out :( Prepared some medication, warm water, rubbed vicks for him and made him lie down on several pillows instead so that his nose won't be blocked and the phlegm wouldn't travel upwards. Nothing quite helped. Even diffused some RC essential oil that we brought along from home too.

Was quite traumatised from what happened and couldn't fall back asleep so I kept checking on him every few minutes. He didn't want me to call for a doctor so we just prayed that he would feel better.

I finally got to sleep at around 6:30am but woke up 2 hours later to check on Ben and wanted to check on food that was available at the hotel so that Ben could fill his stomach first before taking another round of medication. Went out to the balcony and was greeted by this lovely of Hamdeok Beach. Funny how we only got to enjoy the day time view on the last day of our trip and only for a few hours before we needed to check out!

Got down to the hotel lobby to find out that we just missed breakfast timing. I got down at 9am and they were really strict with closing the kitchen at 9am sharp (I believe last orders were earlier than that) and since they didn't have any in-room food service, I was quite desperate to find out where I could get some clear soup or porridge for Ben.

Thankfully the hotel staff were helpful in helping me to call nearby restaurants and hotels to find out if they were already open (because remember, the cafes and restaurants don't really follow their stated opening hours!) and with my subpar korean language, I finally found a place that served porridge (죽)! They even printed out a map for me on how to walk to the restaurant and wrote on a piece of paper to show it to the owner on what I wanted to order!

Knowing that Ben would not allow me to walk there alone, I dropped him a whatsapp and quickly made my way there so that at least he would know where I disappeared to for more than 30min!

I was told to walk along the beach path and look out for this restaurant after about a 15min walk. The restaurant wasn't difficult to find but the cold wind was rather unbearable (and having to make a few detours cos of seagulls and birds. Haha!).

Abalone porridge,
and a very hungry but sick husband.

The check out timing was quite early at 11am but I managed to get them to give us an hour extension cos Ben was unwell and they allowed! 

Intention for Day 3 was to catch the sunrise at Seongsan Ilchubong (a smaller mountain which wouldn't need us to climb for many hours like Mount Hallasan), which meant we had to wake around 430am and drive towards the location which will take us about 45min. Could hear that it was raining around 5am when I was trying to get to sleep, so maybe it was a blessing we didn't carry out according to initial plans! 

Snapped some photos outside our hotel after checking out! These were taken with the GoPro and the selfie stick...

Weather forecast says it was going to rain so we wanted to head to the teddy bear museum but it's a 1.25 hour drive away! So we decided to go to the maze park near manjanggul cave that we didn't manage to go to on day 1.

It got sunnier and sunnier as we were traveling there and we quickly typed Seongsan Ilchubong on the GPS and re-routed there instead!

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
[UNESCO World Heritage] (성산일 출봉)
351-2 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup,
Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 성산읍 일
출로 284-12
Contact Number to Key in GPS

The hike up was so much easier as compared to Hallasan and it took us 25min get to the peak. We went around 1pm and there were many students on school trips. And needless to say, many many tourists mainly from China and Japan.

The view at the crater.

We managed to spot our car on our way up as well! There's a lot of free parking space here as well so not to worry if you're driving!

Would have been great if we really could catch the sunrise from the peak of the mountain but with such rainy weather, I doubt it would have been possible! 

Got back down to our car and took our last wefie with our beloved car before we headed to return it at AJ Car Rental. The car had a sun roof and we would open it up at times when it wasn't raining.

Sadly we didn't have enough time to lunch at one of the restaurants recommended by Ben's Korean friend :( It isn't far away from Seongsan so please visit it on our behalf if you're heading there and we were recommended to try the Seafood Casserole (approx SGD50 and would feed more than 2 pax) which was filled with lots of fresh seafood:

Han Seong Restaurant 한성식당
287, Ilchul-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do,
South Korea

Ended up buying some pastries and drinks from Paris Baguette nearby the attraction and made our way to AJ Car rental. Stopped by a petrol kiosk along the way there and it only costed us about SGD40 for a full tank.  

Day 3 vlog (just the first 3 minutes): Seoul Poor Thing (Jeju, Seoul Honeymoon Vlog)

Think we would have been able to visit more attractions and try out more food in Jeju if we were not ill and if not for the flight delays. But that just gives us more reason to head back to Jeju in future because I read that they just opened a theme park not long ago (Jeju Shinhwa World) and we would recommend visiting the theme park on the same day as Innisfree / O Sulloc Tea Museum as it's rather nearby!

Other places that we planned to visit in Jeju as part of our Honeymoon (may not be interesting if you're travelling with family / kids):

Dry weather plans:

107, Seopjikoji-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 성산읍 섭
지코지로 107
(For its' Scenery and climb to lighthouse.
Good to visit before or after Seongsan Ilchubong.)

Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포 )
37, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 칠십리로
214번길 37 (동홍동)
(Good to visit before or after Cheonjiyeon Falls)

Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff
(주상절리 (대포동지삿개 ))
216, Jungmungwangwang-ro,
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도서귀포시 중문관광로
216 (중문동)
(Good to visit before or after Cheonjiyeon/Jeongbang Falls)

If it's the right season, we were also recommended to visit Hyeopjae Beach for its fine sand & clear, shallow waters. 

Wet Weather Plans:

Teddy Bear Museum (제주 테디베어뮤지엄)
31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로110번길 31 (색달동)
(Good to visit before or after Shinhwa World / innisfree / O sulloc)

3D2N is sufficient for a trip to Jeju as long as you're blessed with great weather! We are pretty sure you would enjoy your stay there!

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