We took the number 780 bus. It stops at various points around Jeju City and we thought the stops were all well marked. The only problem we encountered was knowing where exactly to get off once we reached our destination, but the bus driver made sure to let us know. There is an automatic route callout system on the bus, and it does so in English as well as Korean, so that helps as well.
It was about an hour drive on the bus and it cost 3,300 won ($3.60) each.
Bus route 780 from Jeju to Seogwipo.
I had already looked up a couple of reasonably priced places to stay. It turned out that I had slightly inaccurate directions to one of them, so we were thankful for the iPhone that our friend June had lent us. Plus, it was very handy to have our cellular internet device from Wi-Fi Korea so that we could double check the address and use the GPS mapping system in the iPhone. Great to be well connected when you're on the go!
We decided on the Jeju Hiking Inn in Seogwipo near the waterfront. It was 30,000 won ($33.00) for a small double room with private bathroom. The place is a little dated, but for the price it's great value. Everything is clean, and we're happily booked in for two nights. Maybe three!
Our room at the Jeju Hiking Inn.
The manager sat down with us and explained how to get to see some of the various things in the area. We decided our first stop would be the Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, just down the road from our hotel!
Heading for the falls.
Lots of flowers on this bridge!
It's a pretty spot.
Ruth, at the Cheyonjiyeon Falls.
It cost a reasonable 2,000 won ($2.20) to get in to see the falls and the park area surrounding the falls. Tough to get the above picture without other people in it...it was pretty busy. I'd hate to see it at high season!
The falls are 22 meters (70 feet) high and would be fairly impressive with more water going over them. Maybe we'll have to come back in 24 hours after the typhoon!
They have a really nice photostop rock, but it was so busy it would have been tough to get a photo of one of us standing on the rock.
Here's the crowd.
This guy was having a snooze on the only log in the middle of the water!
Lots of greenery. Almost jungle like.
I was trying to get a shot of this bird with it's big yellow feet! This was the best I could do. Ruth tells me this bird is called an Ibis. (Edit: You can see from the comments below that Ruth was actually wrong. This is a snowy egret!)
After the waterfall, we just went for a walk around the waterfront.
Various varieties of mandarin oranges are for sale here, and are popular all over Korea. You can buy them for about 25 cents a piece, but we have found a wide variety of pricing and of course tourists will easily pay more than they have to if they're not careful.
The harbor if full of boats equipped for anchovy fishing.
The sea on the other side of this wall is really rough!
We'll go for a walk over this bridge before we leave.
See how windy it is? Love the wild hair look, Ruth!
So, you might have heard there's a typhoon heading this way. Yep, Typhoon Vongfong is actually headed this way, but is expected to veer off towards Japan, just skirting Jeju Island. But they are calling for up to 60 mm (2.5 inches) of rain. It was cloudy and spitting all day, but it never really bothered us. Tomorrow might be a different story!
Current location and expected route of the typhoon. You can see on the left where Jeju Island is.
We had some fun watching the waves crash to shore.
The view from the rooftop of our hotel.
Our room is actually on the sixth floor (not bad, for $33 huh?) and we have essentially the same view, but there are some wires in the way that take away from the photo.
Tomorrow, we've got more exploring to do. Rain or shine!
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