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Bus Trip with Pippi to the Northeast - Part 1

 

Jeju, Romantic tour by bus _ ➀ 

Bus Trip with Pippi to the Northeast


 

Hiya, this is Pippi, your Jeju travel buddy!
As a local, I almost always take a bus to go somewhere on Jeju Island. For tourists too, the bus is the most convenient and affordable form of transportation, at a cost of only 1,200 KRW (equivalent to 1.1 USD).

But can they be a little confusing? Well, sometimes. Buses along the coastline of Jeju come quite frequently, so you can conveniently hop on; however, transfers can get a little tricky if you want to head inland. But there's always Google Maps, right?  Yes, but if you put 100% faith in Google Maps, you might end up in tears, as it only provides the traffic information based on GPS and may lead you on a 2-hour detour for what should be a one hour trip!

So how to get the most out of Jeju's bus system? Don’t worry! This is where Pippi comes in to guide you through it. Let’s start our ‘Romantic tour by bus’ with the Eastbound from the Jeju Bus Terminal to Seogwipo Bus Terminal via Seongsan Ilchulbong. In this itinerary, you don’t even need to transfer once from the terminal yet will see every corner of Jeju towards the east.

 



Towards Seongsanilchulbong (Eastbound Bus no. 201)


  Tip 1

What is Eastbound Bus Route?  


 

Express No. 101 and Main line No. 201 start from the Jeju Bus Terminal going east of the Island. These stops are similar; however, the express bus stops mainly on the intercity transfer points whereas the main line takes you to every corner of the village, including the transfer points. At the Jeju International Airport, only Express No. 101 stops, so if you would like to transfer to main line No. 201, you need to transfer at the Jeju Bus Terminal. The majority of the buses from the Airport stop at the Jeju Bus Terminal so don’t worry about missing the stop.
Starting from the Jeju Bus Terminal, if you hop on the Main line No. 201 (Eastbound) to Seogwipo Bus Terminal, you will arrive at the SeongsanIlchulbong Tuff Cone via major beaches in the East, and Seogwipo Centre via Sincheon Ranch, Namwon Keuneong Promenade, and Soesokkak in the South. Today’s tour starts from the Jeju Bus Terminal.

 



Express 101

Mainline 201

 Airport → Terminal → Donggwangyang → 

 Jocheon → Hamdeok → Gimnyeong →

 Sehwa → Goseong (Seongsan) → Sinsan

 → Pyoseon → Namwon → Seogwipo Registry

 Office → Seogwipo Terminal

 Jeju Bus Terminal-Donggwangyang-Ohyun Middle&High School-HwabukSouth Gate-Samyangdong

 Community Center-Shinchonri-Jocheonri-Hamdeok Seoubong Beach-Bukchonri-Dongbokri-Gimnye

 ongri-Woljeongri-Haengwonri-Handongri-Pyeongdaeri Office-Sehwari-Hadori-Siheungri-Seongsan Port

 Entrance/Ojori-Seongsanilchubong Entrance-Goseongri Nonghyyup-Honinji Entrance-Sinsanri-Samdal

 Intersection-Shincheonri-Pyoseonri Office-Gama Elementary School-Songcheon Bridge-Sinheung Inter

 section-Namwoneup Office-Sinseongdong-Wimi-1ri Office-Gongcheonpo-Biseokgeori-Old Seogwipo

 Bus Terminal-Seogwipo Girls’ High School-Seogwipo Bus Terminal

 · Interval: 25-35 min  

 · First (Airport) 06:35, Last (Airport) 22:00

 · Price: based on distance

 · Interval: 15-30 min  

 · First (Jeju Terminal) 05:35, Last (Jeju Terminal) 21:40 

 · Price: Cash 1,200 KRW, T-money 1,150 KRW



  Tip 2

What is Eastbound Bus Route?  

 

 

T-money Card is a transportation card that can be used on public buses in different metropolitan cities and locations throughout the nation (Think of Hong Kong’s Octopus or England’s Oyster Card). In Jeju, you can transfer up to twice without additional costs within 40 minutes each interval meaning you can go anywhere in the Island at the cost of 1,150 KRW. Please click HERE for further information. There are four types of buses – Express, Main line, Feeder line, Tourist bus. As the name itself indicates, the express bus stops only at the major stops used rather as a mode of transport to shorten the commuting hours. Itineraries of the express and main lines can overlap. When you get off of the airport to go to your hotel, take the express and hop on the main line bus when you are ready to venture out to the beauties of the Island.

 



Eastbound Main Tourist Attractions


  1. Samseonghyeol & Jeju Floklore and Natural History Museum (삼성혈, 제주민속자연사박물관)

  

Do you know how the state of Tamla was born 4,300 years ago? According to legend, three demigods emerged from the ground to become the founding fathers of Tamla and its descendants bear the family names- Go, Ryang and Bu. You would be able to find your answer to the origin of the myth of Tamla State. Next to the Samseonghyeol, you can check out the birth of the Jeju Island from volcanic activity, as well as lifestyle of the old Jeju folk at the Folklore and Natural History Museum at first glimpse.


★ stop at “Donggwangyang”: 8-min. walk for Samseonghyeol (500m), 12-min walk for Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum (734m) See the map

 



  2. Samseonghyeol & Jeju Floklore and Natural History Museum (삼성혈, 제주민속자연사박물관)



Jeju National Museum, an archeology and history museum, offers a variety of exhibitions and educational and cultural programs in relation to volcanic activities  on the Island. The museum preserves and displays historical and cultural artifacts from prehistoric era of the Island.

Next to the Museum is a Sarabong-Oreum, Oreum being a Jeju dialect for “a small volcanic mountain”. At sunset, you can catch the reddish glow of the horizon glittering off the ocean. Sunset at Sarabong is such a beauty that there is a four word idiom ‘Sabongnakjo’ meaning picturesque sunset at Sarabong and it is known one of the ‘12 beauties of Jeju’. Training centre of the Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut, a ritual held in the second lunar month for calm seas registered as intangible heritage at UNESCO, is also located at the Sarabong.


★ stop at “Goenimor" : Jeju National Museum in right in the opposite part, 10-min. walk for Sarabong Oreum (707m) See the map

 



  3. Deokindang Barley Bread& Dakmeoreu Coastal Walkway (덕인당빵집, 닥머르해안산책로)











★ stop at “Deokindang Barley Bread”: 17-min. walk for Dakmeoreu Coastal Walkway (1.1km) See the map

 

Barley pastry is one of the local specialties of Jeju Island. In particular, Deokindang Barley pastry adapted their artisanal processes, handed down for three generations, always cherishing the ingredients, craft and technique. Jeju’s traditional rice cake, Sangae-tteok has been modified to become the modern barley pastry. A bag of barley pastry will be a sufficient energizer on your tour around the Island. If you happen to come towards the end of October, don’t forget to get off the bus and walk along the Dakmeoreu Coastline Walkway. Gentle sunlight, charcoal like basalt, emerald blue ocean and dancing silver grass… you would be sorry to have missed such a scene.




  4. Hamdeok Beach, Seoubong, Hamdeok Mendorong Flea Market (함덕해수욕장, 서우봉, 함덕멘도롱장)








★ stop at “Hamdeok Transit Center": 5-min. walk (300m) See the map

 

Hamdeok Beach is the only beach in Korea where you can enjoy the kayaking. Even if you are not a big fan of water sports, the simple glimpse of soft sand and emerald ocean will make you want to stop and join the scenery. If you drop by on the weekend, Mendorong Flea Market is held at the Hamdeok Ocean every Sundays. Did I say it is one of the two most hip flea markets in Jeju? Next to the beach is another Oreum, Seowoobong. If you stroll up for five minutes along the path, you can take in picturesque Hamdeok Ocean.




  5. Gimnyeong Beach (김녕해수욕장)


 

Located in between the Woljeongri Beach and Hamdeok Beach, the two most popular destinations for tourists, Gimnyeong Beach is relatively quiet and perfect for those who would like to stay away from the buzz and hustle of the crowd. If you are concerned it may not live up to the standards of other more popular beaches, the minutes you step onto the beach, you will notice that just like any of the magnificent beaches on Jeju, it offers its own varying colours that will not disappoint.


★ stop at “Gimnyeong Beach”: 2-min. walk (166m) See the map



  6. Gimnyeong Maze Park, Manjanggul Cave (김녕미로공원, 만장굴)


Gimnyeong Maze Park is the first maze park in Korea designed by the world renowned Adrian Fisher. You can take a copy of the brochure that will show you the secret to escape but the brave souls may take on the challenge without the map and reach the bell at the exit! If you walk slightly farther, you will hit the Manjanggul Cave, one of the finest lava tunnels in the world. Along with Gimnyeong Cave, Yongcheon Cave and Dangcheolmul Cave, Manjanggul Cave is part of the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System towards the sea. Unfortunately, they are not open to public except 1km of the Manjanggul Cave.

 

Of course, the lava stalagmites themselves are designated natural monuments but what’s better, the inside of the cave sustains a temperature of 15 degree celsius, creating a comfortable atmosphere regardless of the season.

 

★ stop at “Manjanggul Entrance": 25-min. walk for Gimnyeong Maze Park (1.6km), 34-min. walk for Manjanggul Cave (2.3km) See the map

 



  7. Woldjeongri Beach (월정리해변)


 




★ stop at “Woljeong-ri”: 10-min. walk (663m) See the map

 

You will encounter the breathtaking view of Woljeongri, a half moon-shaped village, where the moon lingers. As you may guess, this coastal village took its name ‘Woljeong’ from the beautiful glow of the moon. It would be ideal to sit at one of the street cafes while feeling in harmony with nature.



  8. Sehwa Beach, Haenyeo Museum, Sehwa Five-Day Folk Market, Bellongjang

      (세화해변, 해녀박물관, 세화민속오일시장)








★ stop at “Sehwa Transit Center”: 6-min. walk (390m) See the map

 

From Sehwa Port entrance to the Hanyeo Museum via Five-day Folk Market… if you get off at Sehwa-ri, you are guaranteed to enjoy a half day at the Sehwa-ri. Although it is not the designated ocean, you can still dip your feet in the shallow depth of the Sehwa Beach. If you walk farther into the village, you can experience the independent spirit of the famous Haenyeo, female divers of Jeju, at the Haenyeo Museum. If you get lucky, you can also check out the Sehwa Five-Day Folk Market (every month on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and 30th) and Bellongjang (every Saturday for two hours) all at once.




  9. Jimibong Oreum (지미봉)







★ stop at “Jongdal-ri": 20-min. walk (1.3km) See the map

 

If you walk along the basalt stonewall, you may experience the distinctive flavor of a Jeju village. When you reach the summit of the Oreum, you can get a panoramic view of Udo Island, Seongsanilchulbong and charming Jongdal-ri Village. Jimibong has a horseshoe shape with false summits and is quite steep to climb so it requires a bit of sweat and energy. However, once you see the picturesque view of at the top, you won’t regret it. Make sure you make a trip on a sunny clear day!

 


  10. Seongsanilchulbong Tuff Cone (성산일출봉)


 

Seongsan Ilchulbong rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 5,000 years ago. There is a huge crater in the shape of a soup bowl at the top. It is Korea’s monumental UNESCO Natural Heritage site, not to mention the ‘must-see’ destination of Jeju Island. If you book your accommodation near the peak, a breathtaking sunrise is an additional bonus.


★ stop at “Seongsanilchulbong Entrance”: 6-min. walk (353m) See the map




  11. Gwangchigi Beach (광치기해변)







★ stop at “Gwangchigi Beach”ngchigi Beach” station: 3-min. walk (183m) See the map

 

Every January 1st Gwangchigi Beach becomes the photographer’s beloved sunrise snap spot as you can see the beautiful view of Seongsanilchulgong from this beach. You can witness floors of canola blossoms every February and March and ride a horse in the field. It is definitely worth strolling down the 1km from Seongsanilchulbong to the Gwangchigi Beach.


 

  → To be continued to the Second Story of Bus Trip with Pippi            


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