Tuesday, May 19, 2015



We woke up to this grey, wet rainy morning with strong gust of wind too 

Buffet breakfast was included but the foods look more like lunch... so much food and kimchi! 

Rainy days are made for visiting museum....

The Osulloc Tea Museum - everything you need to know about Korean tea culture... 

creative hand-drawn papercups.. 

We were glad to be out of the rain... 

as seen from the observatory on the 2nd floor... 

beyond the carpark are the tea plantations..

beautiful porcelain teacups sets on displayed at the museum 

the history of tea culture in Korea 

Sun, rain, water and rock -the vital ingredients for tea growing 

blended tea leaves... green tea with tangerine peel..

Spring is the season for tangerines in Jeju and we saw plenty of them along the roads and the tangerines here are plumb, sweet and juicy and are also a popular souvenir from Jeju.... 

my kind of tea..

Of course there is the shop for you to buy all things green tea, green tea latte, green tea powder etc.  

interesting map showing the products on the spot but as it was raining, we just wander around inside the complex... could be nice to go around the attractions on the huge grounds. . 

Innisfree Jeju House- its a cosmetics brand using natural and organic products 

create your own organic soap by paying a small fees 

the wonderful world of fragrances and aromas of the various plants 

and fruits... 

the rolling green tea plantations.

The rain stopped to a drizzle and we took a quick walk of the gardens... 

the statue of Seo Seong-hwan- founder of Amorepacific, a leading Korean cosmetics industry.

Finally we have to made a move even though it was still raining... the Yongmeori Coast and Mt Sanbangsan 

There is a entrance fees for the walk along the Yongmeori coastline. 

Yongmeori Coast
The rock formation are called Sa-am stacks built up million of years ago, layer by layer produced by volcanic explosion. 

They braved the rain and wet slippery walk to see the awesome rock formation while we chickened out. 
Jeremy told us that they came across some women sea-divers having their lunch along the cliff and of course selling their fresh harvest from the sea too. 

The sea looked cold and treacherous and I really marvelled at those skillful  women sea-divers 

Mt. Sanbangsan is a lave dome ... seen here partially covered in the mist... 

vast fields of canola flowers..

the Hamel Castaway Memorial
Hendrick Hamel was a Dutch East Indian Company book-keeper who shipwrecked to this place on his way to Japan.  He was kept prisoner under the Joseon Dynasty for 13 years 

Mysterious Mt. Sanbangsan  and the Buddhist temple at its foothill, famous for the golden Buddha statue and the golden prayer bells.    

out of the rain and relaxing with a good view 

rain-drenched pine trees. 

By the time they finished the walk, everyone were cold and hungry... so the most obvious choice of our next destination, a homely Korean restaurant.....

this is an old fashioned heater- using coals!

cold taufu with kimchi and behind is the preserved sesame leaves.. 

seaweed, kimchi and a fruit salad.

"Fook" - our blessings and I really felt so blessed to have this warm meal together with all my loved ones.

See, see... they are still alive....

fresh seafood hotpot-haemul-jeongol ... a pot of bubbling broth with prawns, crabs, sea squirts and vegetables but the creme de la creme is..... 

live abalone... fresh, tender and succulent not chewy at all.. 

my favourite- grilled mackerel ... so fresh and delicious. 

what a picture - the extent we go for a good photograph... hahaha.  We were too busy eating to help her anyway.

this is preserved sesame leaves... quite strong flavour but acceptable with wrapped with kimchi.

Next on....


  1. I very scare of rainy days during travelling as can't go much places...

  2. aiks..raining ah... :(

    But the food are just nice for a rainy day

  3. Hi ladies,
    the most frightening part was the flight itself back to Seoul... really scary!