Trip To Jeju (Part 3)

It sure took me quite a while to complete my posting for the Jeju trip in October 2014. Guess I got distracted by other stuff and before I know it, it’s already the beginning of 2015.
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Boating along the Soesokkak Estuary in the Seogwipo area.
On our 3rd day, we had gone to this lovely stream above with the plan to do some boating but unfortunately the queue at the ticket booth was too long. There is no prior internet booking available and one can only get tickets on the spot, so in order not to waste time waiting in the long queue, we decided to forgo this activity.  Before proceeding to our next destination the Jeongbang Waterfall which was located nearby, we decided to take a walk along the nearby rocky beach.
As the queue at the ladies toilet was long and there wasn’t anyone in the man’s toilet next door, I decided to sneak into the latter.  When I was done, I dashed out after washing my hands quickly and avoided looking at a man who must have entered just after me.  Sorry …. I didn’t see anything really.
2014-10-07 10.38.57At the rocky beach, we made a pebble stack, just like what we see in the Kdramas and snapped a pic with our foot around it. That’s my sneakers in white with tan colored pants at the bottom of pic.

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Next stop was the Jeongbang Waterfall which is said to be the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean.
2014-10-07 11.08.23This pic was taken at the top of the steps which leads down to the waterfall.  We could see some people gathered around a small sheltered area and decided to go over to investigate.
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Fresh seafood sold by a couple of ladies who were busy cutting them up on the spot. I’m not sure what is that shellfish in the center basin. As I do not take raw seafood, I didn’t try these.

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One has to be careful stepping on all these rocks to get over to the waterfall.
Next destination was the Jusangjeolli Cliffs with its unique and beautiful hexagonal columnar joints and stone pillars formed by the cooling and solidification of lava flows from 140,000 to 250,000 years ago.
It’s designated as one of the national monuments of Jeju.

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After lunch, we proceeded to the Osulloc tea museum for our tea appreciation course.

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Tea appreciation course at the Tea Stone House which is a room with glass walls on 3 sides and gives a nice view of the surrounding greenery outside.
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Each of us were given a set with 3 types of tea and we were given a lesson on the correct way of making a good cup of tea.  It seems the water temperature is crucial and one should not use boiling hot water. The water should be cooled slightly, which is what that large cup next to the teapot is used for.
We were told to select one of the tea leaves which was placed into the teapot. The hot water from the flask was first poured into the large cup to cool it slightly before pouring into the teapot. To serve into the 2 tea cups, pour from left to right.  The first cup (on left) is filled up to half and then the same for the 2nd cup. Then repeat with the first cup followed by the 2nd one. In this manner, the tea is more evenly distributed in its taste.  The first cup on the left is for the guest while the 2nd cup is for yourself.
After that we served our prepared tea to the one seated beside us. The remaining tea would be packed for us to take home.  We were served some delicious green tea cheese rolls with ice green tea which tasted great.  Yummy! I think this should be one of their signature rolls.  Fortunately, there is one Osulloc cafe in Insadong where we were staying in Seoul so I had some of this again after Jeju.

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2014-10-07 15.28.36The various tea blends on display. The one among the 3 types which I had selected for tea making was the Jeju Tangerine Flower blend which was really fragrant.
2014-10-07 16.13.13After the tea making session, we took a stroll around the place.  These are rows of tea bushes.
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A soap making workshop inside the Innisfree House which also houses a cafe.
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Time for our barbeque dinner. I love eating this wrap with barbeque meat and spicy side dishes.
This would be our last dinner together as we would be departing Jeju the next morning.

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2014-10-08 09.07.09Taking a final shot of the garden outside our hotel the next morning just before our departure for the airport. This was where we had our barbeque dinner on our 2nd night and we had a lot of fun playing games and drinking makgeolli. I don’t drink usually so I was surprised that I could take it quite well.
2014-10-08 12.17.40Goodbye Jeju, we had a great time.  Hope to be back again in the near future.  I would be staying for another day in Seoul before leaving for home.
The end …..
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