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Sunday, March 10, 2013

South Korea Trip: Jeju Island Pt. 1

Late 2012 the little darling and I embarked on a journey to South Korea and Hong Kong. I have to say, the trip to South Korea despite its language barrier and differences in cultures, was every but enjoyable. Food wise, it did not disappoint either. Finishing the Hong Kong trip late at night we flew to Seoul in the wee hours of the morning. Awesome flight on the a380! The highlight was probably Korean airs very demure looking ladies which the darling agreed!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst stop of our trip was Jeju Island! 6am and no place to check-in gave us the opportunity to experience Korea Jijinbang where we slept in the common hall to regain some strength. Never quite slept with that many people around me before! Maybe around 100 plus beds in that hall? Other levels had spas for men and women. But woke up to the most awkward moment with the little darling when there were no one else but us.  Must have snored too loud! *oops*!


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Random bike shop


 


Jeju on hindsight felt like a dead town at first. But walking into their fish market famed for sashimi grade produce, it was super lively.   But we were so hungry we decided to hunt for lunch first and ended up eating the best bowl of Tteokbokki during our trip.  It was filled with delicious Mandu (dumplings) and Odeng(fishcakes). This was absolute joy for $3! Other snacks we had was the doughnuts which were pretty good. They had plain fried ones, some filled with red bean paste and savory ones with vegetables! Pretty damn nice when the weather is 0 degrees!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALater on we walked through Jeju Island’s underground shopping areas which felt more like an emergency shelter due to the size of it! Oh and facial products were everywhere! A girls heaven for sure.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalking out of the shopping place, we soon found ourselves at a little traditional government house turned tourist attraction in the city :)!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe entrance


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMain building grounds


A few pics of the building features :)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPretty good workmanship!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACRaftyyyyyyyyyyy!



And to finish the night, the famous black pig barbecue! The highlight typically revolves around the superior quality of the pork which is identified by small little black pores on the skin but for me, it was the discovery of a new leafy vegetable that carries a beautiful fragrant and buttery taste when ate with the pork. That for me was spot on.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAObligatory Korean Barbecue.  Pictures is the La Galbi of beef ribs!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoes anyone know the name of this heavenly vege? :)! It was superb!!


Keep a look out on this space for part 2!


WenY

4 comments :

  1. Jeju-do is a beautiful place to go to! I went with a tour last time, but I can't wait to go again on my own to explore it more myself. The leaf is perilla leaf (aka shiso or sesame leaf). It's often eaten like that during Korean BBQ, and they also make banchan with it (e.g., perilla leaf kimchi). I'm sure they use it for more since it imparts such a nice fragrance/flavour, like I've had it before in some pancakes and stuff. Looking fwd to part2!

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  2. Hi Dumping love!

    thanks for your comments! I have to agree that jeju is a beautiful place. Would not have mind more time there. In fact, more time in South Korea would have been awesome!

    And that leaf is really fragrant! No wonder sesame oil taste so good!

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  3. We once fell asleep on a ferry over from Spain to Morocco. There were no chairs left so in the dark of the night we tunnelled under a table in the closed cafe. We got woken by bright lights and noise to be surrounded by people lining up around us queuing for their coffee!

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  4. lols that is maddd chomp! Sleeping under a closed cafe is almost too scary! It must have been a very long journey on the ferru!

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