The plan started with getting up this morning. At 5:30 in the morning!
We had to pack our things quickly and get out of the hotel. We were trying to make a train that would be leaving Gwangju Station at 6:55am. Sure enough, there was a taxi sitting at the nearby taxi stand and I had already practiced how to say "train station" in Korean.
So we get in the cab and I mumble out my well rehearsed Korean. The guy turns around and says in English "train station?".
Uhh...yep! Too funny. Cab fare was 3,900 won ($4.30) for the 10 minute drive.
Made it to the train station and up to the ticket window. Got our tickets for Mokpo. They cost 5,200 won ($5.70) each for the one hour and fifteen minute trip from Gwangju.
Had about twenty minutes to sit and wait for the train, so the timing was going good so far.
The train left right on time and we were headed for Mokpo to catch the 9:00am ferry to Jeju Island.
We arrived at Mokpo at 8:12, but still had to make our way from the train station to the ferry terminal. We hopped in another cab at the train station and I mumbled the Korean word for ferry..."peli". The taxi driver knew exactly what I meant, and off we went. I had read that it was a twenty minute walk, and sure enough that equated to about a five minute drive. Cab fare was 2,800 won ($3.00).
Arrived at the ferry terminal, found the line up for tickets, and we got a girl who's English was pretty good! Total price for the four and a half hour SeaStar Cruise to Jeju Island was 30,000 won ($33.00) each.
We made it! But with no time to spare. The ship was boarding, and we were on it!
The ticket line for the Jeju ferry from Mokpo.
The city of Mokpo, taken from the top deck of the ferry.
It was still a little chilly at 9:00am. But, a beautiful sunny day!
The port at Mokpo.
We found a bench outdoors on the second level. A few Korean guys were sitting on the bench next to us, laughing and joking. Obviously on a weekend away with the guys. One of them came over and handed us a tetrapak of something...we thought it was juice or some kind of cold tea. But no...it was soju! They were into the sauce already. Remember, I told you that soju is a very popular (and cheap!) alcoholic drink. Apparently you can have it for breakfast too!
Then, he handed us some kind of dried meat to go with it. After all, you have to have a healthy balanced breakfast!
Kevin, with his soju and dried fish!
Our new Korean friends who supplied us with a healthy Korean breakfast!
What a bridge! We went underneath it.
The route took us through hundreds of smaller islands. Really interesting just watching things from the deck. Quite a bit of shipping traffic, as well as fishing boats. Didn't see any sea life.
Oh...we did see this though...!
Now there's something you don't see every day!
Looking back from the top deck.
Yes...they have a beer bar!
Not many people on board. We would guess that it was less than half full. But, this is nearing low season for Jeju Island, and certainly near the end of "shoulder" season. Actually, it's the perfect time to visit!
Going by yet another island.
They have a route map and statistics monitor in the main lobby of the ferry. You can sort of see how many islands I'm talking about!
Here's an interesting one! Look at that boulder sitting on top of the island!
Kevin, enjoying the day.
We then had about an hour and a half where we were out in the open sea. The East China Sea, to be exact!
Oh look, we're here!
Stopped at the tourist office and the guy there gave us directions to get to a hostel. We got a nice private room at 50,000 won ($55.00) for the one night. We might stay here again. It's a little above our price range, but it's a great spot, and we're very happy with the room.
Went out for dinner at a nearby Dakgalbi restaurant. That's where they make a chicken and pork stirfry dish right in front of you. It was delicious, and only 6,000 won ($6.60) each. No tipping of course, so our food bill was 12,000 won. I had a large beer and it was a bit pricey at 3,500 won. I'll stick with water in the future!
All the ingredients in, ready to cook!
Our chef/waiter, hard at work!
Ready to eat! On the left, that's white rice topped with seaweed. The three smaller bowls contain kimchee, and some kind of pickles. The bowl on the right is a pasta salad that we didn't eat.
Another great day in Korea!!
Jeju Island is located in the East China Sea. Right in between Japan and China, and just a little south of mainland Korea. I drew a red line of our approximate route today. Gwangju to Mokpo by train and Mokpo to Jeju by ferry.
We used a lot of different modes of transportation today! Two taxis, a train, a ferry, and a bus!