South Korea Travelogue 2: Jusangjeolli Cliff and Museums in Jeju

We woke up bright and early, so early that nothing was opened! Hence, we decided to walk around the area and take some pictures while waiting for breakfast places to open.

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We went to Starbucks at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum for breakfast. I decided to have a Croque Monsieur and Chocolate Banana Ice Blended for 9,800Won (SGD$11.70). Did you know that they have really interesting flavours here in Korea like Avocado Yoghurt Frappuccino, Lemon Meringue Frappuccino Light and Cranberry Fizzio with Grapefruit Foam?

After breakfast, we headed to Jusangjeolli Cliff (entrance fee 2,000Won), a cultural monument of Jeju, for some sightseeing. The rugged cliff formation was formed when lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea. The hexagon rock pillars reminded me of the Giant Causeway!

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I got myself a Peanut Butter and Peach Ice Cream J Cone (3,000Won = SGD$3.60) from a store at the entrance/ exit of Jusangjeolli Cliff. Initially I was worried that the cone would no longer be crisp as it was just hanging there, but it was still good. The ice cream was more icy than creamy, therefore it melted really quickly and caused quite a mess.

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While mum and dad went to Sanbanggulsa Temple, a famous cave temple, sis and I went in search of a cafe. We found this really cute cafe and shop called Lazybox.

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The cafe sells unique Jeju souvenirs and sis and I spent quite a bundle here. I also tried Organic Sudachi Tea (4,500Won =SGD$5.40) for the first time! It is made from a small green citrus fruit that is proven to diminish effects of allergies and lower the glucose levels in diabetic patients!

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We planned to visit Yongmeori Coast but it was closed due to weather conditions (“high waves all day long”), which was a downer!. However, we got an Octopus Cheese Pancake (2,000Won = SGD$2.40) out of it. The pancake contained dried octopus in the tentacles and cheese in the middle.

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Following that, we made our way to Osulloc Tea Museum, where we had a fun time smelling their teas and deciding what to buy.

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The cafe at the museum was really crowded. We ordered the signature Green Tea Roll Cake (5,000Won = SGD$6) and newly introduced Hallabong O Freddo (7,500Won = SGD$9). The mandarin orange  one was very refreshing, but I felt that the roll would have been much nicer with green tea filling.

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We then walked to Innisfree Jejuhouse, which was located at the same compound as Osulloc Tea Museum. I think this was the most enjoyable part of my trip thus far, as it was fun and very interactive. We got to design our own postcards for free using stamps provided and also make our own soaps for 15,000Won (SGD$18 per packet, good for three pax).

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After exerting our strength, we needed to replenish energy and moved to Organic Green Cafe on the other side of the building.

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Before visiting, we have read about how yummy their Jeju Tangerine Oreum Shaved Ice (12,000Won = SGD$14.40) was. However, it came to a surprise, how good their savoury food was too! We ordered Brunch Capturing the Taste of Jeju’s Nature (15,000Won = SGD$18), which came with freshly made panini, spinach salad, grilled mini-cheese stuffed bell peppers, baked potatoes, scrambled egg and homemade yoghurt. Everything on the tray was delicious!

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The tangerine shaved ice. This has got to be the prettiest and largest (it is humongous) dessert we had so far! This is a fresh combination of homemade tangerine peels, sweet tangerine syrup ad fine shaved ice. I highly recommend this!

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We went to the Citrus Museum, which honestly is something that you can give a miss. We found out that prices of items in the gift shop were much higher here!

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Similar to Yongmeori Coast, Seogwipo Five Day Market was not opened of the day. The name of the market is very misleading.Apparently it is opened every five days! So if you are going, remember that they are opened only on the 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th and 29th of each month.

We then used Google Maps to search nearby food places and came across this traditional  Korean restaurant called 안거리밖거리 (I have no idea what it is called in English). The restaurant is very popular with the locals. It sells a fixed menu for 8,000Won (SGD$9.60) per person, comprising of 17 refilliable side dishes, a meat and a fish.

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We walked across the road to Cafe Mechicka Boola for some coffee and drinks before heading back to our hotel.

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Surprisingly, for such a good cafe, it did not really draw a crowd. We were really impressed by the smoothies, which were blended with real fruits (strawberries and blueberries), with no artificial flavouring added. I could not remember the exact price for the smoothies, but I remembered thinking that it was very reasonable.

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