This morning, we went for a wonderful abalone porridge breakfast and get ready for a tour of this beautiful Jeju Island.
We were told by the tour guide, that were 3 “many” in Jeju Island, which are Wind, Rock and Women. The wind here was very strong.
SEONGUP FOLK VILLAGE 城邑民俗村
The Seongup Folk Villages in Jeju are supported by the Government. The ethnic minority living there and upkeep the village has special privilege. The village showcases the traditional houses in the olden times and their lifestyle.
After the folk village tour, the villager will given a talk to promote their Wild Honey 蜜糖 and Wu Wei Zi tea 五味子茶 both are local specialty of Jeju Island. We have bought a bottle of pure honey (1.2kg at 40K won), packed in a glass bottle in the shape of Jeju’s ‘Dol Hareubang‘ (now is the home of my Money Plant) and a bottle of Wu Wei Zi Tea (1kg at 28K won).
This is the village entrance. These 3 sticks acted as the door and also as a sign of the owner whereabouts.
When all sticks are placed horizontally meant the home owner is not in. If 2 sticks are placed horizontally, the home owner is out but will be back in a short while. When all 3 sticks are put down, it indicates that the home owner is at home and you are welcome.
This particular Folk Village we went was where the famous Korean drama “Dae Jang Geum 大长今” filming spot.
BLACK PIG BBQ LUNCH
We have this delicious Black Pork’s Spicy Marinated and Pan-Fried for lunch. This restaurant is popular to the locals too.
TESEUM TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM 泰迪熊博物馆
Teseum Teddy Bear Museum, where you can find different types of teddy bears and safari animals soft toys on display in a unique museum setting.
The main aim behind the opening of the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum was to supply excellent quality teddy bears to the European collectors.
In the museum galleries, varieties of teddy bear starting from the famous comic strip characters to the normal ones. A history of the advent of teddy bear and its growing popularity over the years are on display.
Teddy Bear Souvenirs Shop is located on the basement, which sells a diverse range of teddy bear souvenirs and greeting cards at reasonable prices.
Another important attraction it’s the Teddy Bear Museum Garden. The entrance of the garden is from the Giant Teddy Bear. Some scenes from the popular Korean Drama “Goong” was filmed in this museum.
Mysterious Road, to experience the phenomenon of going uphill with the vehicle engine turned off.
A gravity or magnetic hill is a place where a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope due the layout of the surrounding land, creating the optical illusion that water flows uphill or a car left out of gear will roll uphill, among others.
It was first discovered in 1980 by a taxi driver who was giving a driving tour to the newlywed couple.
Our driver pulled up the bus to a starting line of this mysterious uphill road, put it in neutral and took his foot off the break. An amazing thing happened – rather than moving backwards, the bus moved forward! It was an incredible sight seeing cars and buses rolling uphill.
Next our tour guide poured some water on the mysterious road, the water flowed uphill too! It is amazing.
There are also many empty bottles along the road, try to roll it, the bottle will roll uphill instead of downhill. Or try running upward the road, you will find it easier than running downward.
Holland Village also famous Korean drama “All In” filming site where you can witness the windmills spinning facing the Pacific Ocean.
It is located in Lotte Hotel Jeju, and it is a beautiful place.
Most popular shopping street TopDong Street, about 10 minutes walk from Hotel. This is an underground Shopping Centre on a busy cross-road junction. It’s something like Singapore Bugis just that is underground.
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