Korea Diary | Last of the Jeju Field Trip (Day 5)

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South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Jusangjeolli Cliff, Dol Hareubang
Onward to the last day in Jeju-do!
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Teddy Valley Golf & Resort, Breakfast buffet
Before the busy morning of packing and checking out, we had another breakfast buffet to fill our tummies. Yes yes that is quite a plate full for the morning but I wasn't keeping a track of our itinerary. Better to stuff myself incase lunch was late, right?

Tip: Must try the Jeju tangerine juice! I think the brand that we had was Lotte. (Click here to see what it looks like.)
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Jusangjeolli Cliff South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Jusangjeolli Cliff
Jusangjeolli Cliff (주상절리) or Daepo Jisatgae (대포동지삿개)
2663, Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주 서귀포시 중문동 2663
The first stop of the day brought us to Jusangjeolli Cliff. The rocks near the water is the sight to see. Apparently the hexagonal shaped rocks were made as a result of the lava from the Halla Mountain. Nature for ya~
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Jeju Circus World South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Jeju Circus World
Jeju Circus World
214 Donggwang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
To be completely honest, I think I dozed off for a majority of the show. Tired me, dark setting, and comfy-ish chairs didn't go well together. The bits of the show that I did catch were interesting. I vaguely remember a motorcycle act where performers rode around a metal cage sphere and various acrobatics performances.
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Mysterious Road South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Mysterious Road South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Mysterious Road
Mysterious Road or Dokkaebi Road (신비의도로)
2894-63, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Nohyeong-dong)
제주특별자치도 제주시 1100로 2894-63 (노형동)
When our tour guide told us to look outside, we were confused.
When she said water flows uphill here, we couldn't believe it.
When we all filed off our buses and watched the demonstration, we were intrigued.
The uphill seems slight but noticeable. Water didn't roll upwards quickly but it definitely happened. I have forgotten her explanation but the Internet says it's all but an optical illusion.
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Mysterious Road, Dol Hareubang
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Mysterious Road, Dol Hareubang souvenirs
Many of us lost interest after we saw the evidence of water trickling uphill. Luckily there were food stands and souvenir shops set up to keep visitors' attention.
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Halla Arboretum South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Halla Arboretum
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Halla Arborteum
Halla Arboretum (한라수목원)
72 Sumogwon-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Yeon-dong)
제주특별자치도 제주시 수목원길 72 (연동)
The last attraction in Jeju that we visited. After taking a commemorative group photo we all went off in different directions to explore the arboretum. My newly acquainted friends and I chose to hike upwards. While it wasn't a long and strenuous stair climbing session like Sunrise Peak was, this trek was a pretty difficult one for me. I remember huffing and puffing the whole way up while everyone else was many many many steps ahead.
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Samgyetang South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Samgyetang restaurant celebrity autographs
Chicken ginseng soup - Samgyetang (삼계탕)
Celebrity autographs
Even though I was super hot and sweaty whilst eating this lunch, it was too delicious to stay annoyed. This was actually my first time having samgyetang and I came back from Korea wishing I had more. Samgyetang is supposedly a really popular summer dish to help beat the heat. If I had to pick, I would gladly choose this dish to help me cool down over something super spicy.
South Korea, Jeju Island, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Samgyetang restaurant ginseng wine Insamju
Ginseng Wine - Insamju (인삼주)
Our meal even came with a little tasting of the ginseng wine the restaurant makes. I am not sure if I disliked the ginseng taste or the alcohol taste but it felt strong! Then again I am a weak sauce when it comes to alcohol. The other tables in our group actually asked others to have theirs as well. To each their own?
South Korea, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Jeju to Seoul South Korea, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Gimpo Airport
On our way back to Seoul~ Gimpo airport was the first airport that I experienced walking on the tarmac. We exited via the moveable stairs instead of the typical boarding bridges. There were even shuttle buses to take us back to the airport gates. It's the little things that get me excited!
South Korea, Seoul, Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014
Nice to see you again Yonsei
South Korea, Seoul, Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, SK Global House double dorm room South Korea, Seoul Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, SK Global House double dorm room
While this was day 5 in Korea for me and Bestie, this day was day 1 for many other YISS summer exchange students. Dorm check-in was pretty hectic and we couldn't wait to settle ourselves in for the next few weeks.

Since Bestie and I were in SK Global House, our room had an en suite. I think all rooms regardless has a twin bed, desk, and small closet. The separate toilet and shower/sink area was a little weird to me but got to make do. We were glad to be rooming with each other since there was only a shower door and no separate "room" door.

Once we got acquainted with the new surroundings and bought some toiletries, our friends and I headed to explore Sinchon for dinner.

Tips: 
  • Toilet paper is not included in the en suite style rooms. I packed a roll in case we needed to go right away. There are convenience stores downstairs of the dorms and nearby but since there are so many people at the dorms it could be difficult.
  • Internet is accessed via LAN cable inside the rooms. Bring that extra one you have lying at home with you or buy one from the convenience store at the dorms for a few thousand won.

South Korea, Seoul, Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Parmi Italiano Pasta & Pizza
Since everyone was pretty worn out and hungry, we didn't go very far until we found Parmi. I was hesitant since Western foods in Korea tend to be altered to Korean tastes but Parmi was pretty good. Everyone agreed that even if it wasn't 100% authentic Italian food, it definitely wasn't Korean-Italian cuisine.
South Korea, Seoul, Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Wangffle stand South Korea, Seoul Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, Wangffle stand, Waffle and ice cream
We spotted a street food stand on our walk back to SK Global House. Waffles? Ice cream? Together? How can we say no! This dessert cost ₩3,000 each for your choice of flavor. Looks like I went classic with cookie ice cream.
South Korea, Seoul, Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, SK Global House entrance South Korea, Seoul Sinchon, Yonsei University, YISS 2014, SK Global House male laundry room
Home for my summer of 2015
Laundry pile in the male laundry room
I think the Spring session's international students must have left not long before we arrived. Snippet of what the end of our time at SK Global House would look like.

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