August 6, 2014
Today we took it easy and decided to go to a beach! We got up a little bit later and took our time getting ready.
We took a bus over to the Jungmun Resort area which has a lot of hotels, stores, strange museums (Teddy Bear Museum, Museum of African Art, Ripley’s Believe It or Not), and a nice beach. We have been lucky because there were back-to-back typhoons in this area and we think a lot of people may have cancelled their trips. So the weather has been great – maybe a little too sunny – and the crowds have been minimal by Asian standards. The beach was fairly uncrowded so we were able to get a nice spot on the edge of the swimming area. Unfortunately, the umbrellas and chairs were more than we were willing to spend ($40) so we just had to rough it with our towels and rain umbrellas. The beach was pretty and we could cool down without getting all the way in! The waves came up to the shore and drenched us a couple of times as we were trying to get in. We stayed out for a about an hour and a half and then decided to pack up.
Zach wanted to check out the Hyatt Regency on the hill above the beach so we walked up to the hotel and ended up having lunch in their casual cafe. It was definitely a splurge lunch! We got two glasses of Mondavi wine (what! California wine!) and split a tasty club sandwich with fries. It was very relaxing.
We caught a cab at the Hyatt to go see one last thing on this side of the island – Jusangjeolli Rocks. The Jusangjeolli Rocks are really cool, but are a major tourist attraction – too big of a tourist attraction in my opinion. It costs roughly $2 just to look at them. The rocks – really a stretch of coastline – were formed when lava flowed into the sea and cooled rapidly forming perfect hexagonal columns of rock. It reminded me of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. I thought it was beautiful, but unfortunately the sun was right in our faces and there were busloads of Chinese tourists when we went. Oh well.
We were very fortunate to catch a cab from Jusangjeolli – until we got in and the driver didn’t understand where to take us! We have David’s address written in Korean and Zach pulled it up on a map but he ended up dropping us off in the center of town. So we walked the rest of the way and were quite tired. We showered and rested a little bit before meeting up with David, his girlfriend, and her daughter for some dinner nearby. Dinner was excellent – sorry, we forgot what it was! – and now we’re discussing our plans for our final full day on Jeju.