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Jeju Island, South Korea – Day One

Jeju Day 1 Cover
As I sit to write this blog post on days one and two of my Jeju Island, South Korea trip, I’ve allowed myself to transport back through time. I’m pretending I’m back in my quiet hotel room with the TV on a Korean channel neither I nor my roommate can understand, and outside my window sits a foggy view of Jeju City. I miss it there, despite only spending 4 days in the cold, slightly gloomy, yet beautiful city.

But this isn’t where my trip begins, it starts back home here in sunny hot Philippines on April 5th Easter Sunday at 8 AM in the morning. I’m on the way to the airport with Gab in the driver’s seat, his eyes still groggy despite sleeping earlier than I did the night before.

I packed last minute and had some luggage troubles (I accidentally locked the luggage I borrowed from Gab’s mom and neither of us knew the code but when we needed to ask she was already sleeping – of course something like this would happen to me. Of course.), which didn’t help with my excitement for the trip, hence not being able to sleep much the night before – An issue I always have before a big trip. I think this is why I prefer midnight flights so I can sleep on the plane.

So I arrive at NAIA Terminal 2, go through the usual check-in and immigration lines and I’m done in about an hour, leaving me with two and a half more hours wait before boarding the plane. I never really mind, because the airport is my happy place. I love waiting around knowing that eventually I’ve a way out of there, I love people watching, and I love watching planes fly by every 2-3 minutes or so.

 A cute kid I randomly took a photo of while people watching

Flying with Philippine Airlines

We finally get to boarding and getting settled into our Philippine Airlines chartered flight to Jeju. I’ve been lucky enough to be placed in a window Choice Seat. I would like to note that the PAL’s Choice Seat for Economy Class is awesome. It’s spacious, clean and comfortable and I would recommend it to anyone who will ever fly long haul in economy. I’ve never tried their Choice Seats before but now I know that if I fly PAL to Europe later this year, then definitely Choice Seats all the way!

 Bye, Manila!

I killed some time on the plane by watching Julie & Julia while I ate the yummy Korean food served to us on the flight. We were given a choice of beef or seafood marinara pasta, and I chose beef because it’s always my safe choice. It’s pretty hard to mess up beef, you know? After my lunch, I continued watching my movie but decided to stop because the turbulence was messing with my head. I started feeling nausea and I think the lack of sleep the night before was starting to get to me. I think I was able to sleep 30 minutes tops and the rest was just me wishing in vain that I’d get a decent nap in.


Hello, South Korea!

Before I know it, I hear our captain’s voice flowing through the speaker telling us we’re about to begin out descent into Jeju City. Cue the excitement once again. I mishear what the captain says about the weather, he says it’s a chilly 30 degrees and I look down at my thick fur lined parka thinking how I may have exaggerated the cold a little. My friends did say to just bring a light jacket and I’ll be fine. Nope. They were wrong. It was a chilly THIRTEEN degrees in Jeju and the chilly weather greeted me right smack in the face the moment I stepped out of the plane. It was such a wonderful greeting to Jeju though! I think we all know how much I love cold weather. I would rather freeze to death than die in the heat.

Sonny, our tour guide for the entire trip, hiding behind her sign because she’s so shy. Haha

 Outside the airport, walking to our tour bus, a necessary photo moment — just because.

Our first stop upon arriving was getting settled into our hotel rooms at Lotte City Hotel. It was already past 4 in the afternoon when we landed, and because of the one hour time difference we really did lose a lot of time that day just traveling to Jeju.

Lotte City Hotel, Jeju Island, South Korea

Lotte City Hotel, Jeju Island, South Korea A foggy view of Jeju City from our hotel room

My roommate Irish, Cai from Rakso Travel and me :)

After getting settled in, we all made our way to our first stop in Jeju City: A restaurant called Neum Bom that served the ever so famous black pork! Apparently, this type of meat coming from a breed of black pigs is so famous that you can find it almost anywhere, so you need not to worry about trying it in specific restaurants. There’s an entire street in Jeju where restaurants are famous for having black pork as their main dish!

We wanted to walk around after dinner but the weather wasn’t cooperating much, it started to drizzle and temperatures started dropping to about 7-8 degrees – It actually felt like our fingers were going to fall off!

We headed back to the hotel instead to get a good night’s rest for the upcoming day ahead, and besides, most of us were tired from the long day we spent just getting to Jeju.

My first impressions on Jeju so far:

  1. Coming from a tropical country, the weather is perfection.
  2. The food is promising, before this trip I’ve only been exposed to Bulgogi and Japchae
  3. Jeju has so much to offer I doubt you could see everything you’d want to see in 3 days!

Big thank you to Rakso Travel for this experience! The first day was great despite it mostly just traveling to Jeju!

Stay tuned for days two, three and four of my Jeju Island trip! <3

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18 Comments

  • Reply Mimi 22 April 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Camie! Just wanted to ask if your flight to Jeju-do was a direct flight, or did you fly to Busan/Incheon first? Thank you! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 22 April 2015 at 6:03 pm

      It’s a direct flight, chartered flight actually, through Rakso Travel Agency! :)

  • Reply pmaquino 22 April 2015 at 6:00 pm

    “I would rather freeze to death than die in the heat.” I totally agree! The cold never bothered me the same way heat does.

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang 23 April 2015 at 12:24 am

    If I only had more time, I would’ve gone to Jeju Island and other parts of South Korea when I went there last year! I loved the cold back then because it was autumn! Is it always that cold in Jeju, though?

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 12:38 am

      I believe it’s always cold since the position of the Island’s mountains also brings a lot of wind. If the temperature gets higher, I doubt it’ll be anything less cold than Baguio weather in the summer!

  • Reply Jae 23 April 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Your first day sounds interesting! We had a layover in Incheon on our way to LA last weekend, but didn’t really get the feel of the weather outside the airport. I assume that it’s cold because most people at the airport were wearing the same outfit as yours [in the photo above]. :)

  • Reply Daria 23 April 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Aaah I love travelling posts and you document it so well! Can’t wait for the next posts x

  • Reply Darlyn 24 April 2015 at 8:59 am

    This is such a great post, and the weather sounds like heaven. All foggy and cold. Le sigh. Looking forward to your post about Day 2. :D

  • Reply Cyndrel 24 April 2015 at 5:04 pm

    “…airport is my happy place” haha! love that one Camie!!! so happy for you!!! will be waiting for days 2,3 and 4! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 12:34 am

      Thanks Cyndrel! Btw, every time I hear your name, it sounds like a Marvel superhero’s name. Haha

      • Reply Cyndrel 12 May 2015 at 4:44 pm

        haha! welcome! and I’ve seen your posts for Days 2, 3 & 4! I was worried but kinda laughing at your ‘story time’…when your work was vanishing right before your eyes! Glad you were able to save half of it!!! Gosh! I would so freak out if that was me! ;)

        Marvel super hero huh? interesting!..hahaha~ should I add ‘Super’ before my name then? Actually, people usually tease me as Cinderella, well, that’s because that’s where my family got my name and I kinda lived up to the name coz I got insanely tiny feet even at this age! :P

  • Reply Jam 25 April 2015 at 11:01 am

    Your blog looks a lot like this one. http://www.eleganceandenchantment.com/
    Just with the template though, but not entirely.

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 April 2015 at 11:36 am

      That’s because the template can be bought from Theme Forest.

  • Reply Pat 8 December 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Did they require you a visa prior to entering Jeju? I plan to visit jeju this december. Can I go there without a tour arrangements? Because my boyfriend is U.S military stationed in South Korea and we’re planning to meet in Jeju. Thank you!

    • Reply Camie Juan 8 December 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Nope no visa required. I no longer have the contact details of the tour guide we had! You can try contacting the Jeju Tourism Office and request for Sunny (our tour guide)

  • Reply Pat 17 December 2015 at 9:18 am

    What are the questions that they(immigration) asked you when you arrived in Jeju?

  • Reply Gel 29 August 2016 at 6:44 am

    Where you traveling solo or traveling with friends? I am looking for a travel agency with joined tours.

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