We made it from our house to Gimpo airport in good time for our 9:45 flight. The subway ride was only about 30 minutes, an easy one-transfer journey. Our flight was delayed 35 minutes, but we eventually set off and were on our way to Jeju Island. Once we landed, we went to the exit where the rental car shuttles were supposed to be, and there was a Sixt shuttle there waiting. Picking up our car was easy and fast, and the company gave us a detailed instruction sheet on how to use the Korean GPS (which spoke to us in English, conveniently). The best way to navigate on Jeju is to enter a location’s phone number.
Our first step before leaving Jeju City for our hotel in Seogwipo was lunch at Maguro Shokudo (726-5242), known for their raw tuna rice bowls. The restaurant was easy to find, but parking proved to be a total nightmare! Eventually, we found a space several blocks away and Domingos did a fabulous job maneuvering the car through the crowded, narrow streets. We had a short wait for a table (always a good sign), and when we finally got our food it was delicious!
Before continuing on to the hotel, we stopped at a coffee shop I had heard about, a la papa (725-8204). We lucked into a parking space right in front, and ordered lattes and dessert cups (D – tiramisu, me – a berry custard item).
It was an hour’s drive to the Hyatt Regency in the Jungmun Resort area of Seogwipo. The hotel was fine, but I think I was spoiled by our Tokyo Park Hyatt stay last June! I think the Hyatt Regency Jeju is overpriced; we used points + cash, which is a much better deal than their regular rates.
After being made to wait 30 minutes to check in (we arrived after the stated check-in time), we unpacked and then set out to explore a little. We ended up at the Jusangjeolli Cliffs, which were gorgeous even on an overcast, drizzly day.
We tried to make it to Jeongbang Falls before it closed, but didn’t quite make it. Apparently, this is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. We never made it back, but did catch a glimpse of it through the trees.
We had dinner at Narnia (801-9070), the Bayhill Resort hotel restaurant. No one else was there the entire time we were dining, but the food and service were impeccable. I had a shrimp and crab burger that was out of this world.