Wonderful Korea – Jeju

Aug 12, 2017 | Views: 1,163

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(By Tsem Rinpoche)

Korea’s first and only Special Autonomous Province, Jeju Island, or Jejudo in Korean, is known as the “Island of the Gods”, formerly called Cheju Island. Located on the southern coast of South Korea in the Korean Strait, it is the largest volcanic island off the peninsula with a population of over 580,000 people.

Jeju Island is sometimes called ‘Samdado Island’, meaning ‘three many’, referring to its winds, rocks, and women that are in abundance on this island. Due to its past volcanic activities, the island is scattered with many unusual shaped of black lava rocks.

Jeju City is its capital and the island is famous for its many natural World Heritage sites like the world’s largest lava tunnel. Besides that, the island is a famous honeymoon spot for newlyweds, featuring beautiful beaches, amazing hiking trails, majestic falls, some unusual theme parks and wide range of fun activities. The northern coast of the island is densely built, hence it is not considered very attractive, whereas the southern part has been developed specifically as the island’s tourist destination.

 

History

One of the 41 paintings in the Tamna Sullyeokdo illustrating the inspection tours that took place on Jeju. Photo courtesy of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

One of the 41 paintings in the Tamna Sullyeokdo illustrating the inspection tours that took place on Jeju. Photo courtesy of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

Jeju Island used to be called many names, such as Doi, Juho, Tamna, Quelpart, Joonwonhado, and Taekseungnido. Besides its unique reputation of being an ‘Island no three kinds’, it is also reputed to be an island with no thieves, beggars, or locked gates.

Legend has it that three demi-gods appeared from Samseong, north of Mount Halla and became the ancestors of the people of Jeju and founders of the Tamna Kingdom. King Taejo of the Goryeo Kingdom tried to establish a close relationship between the Tamna and Goryeo, but it was refused by Tamna. This led to an unfortunate event where Goryeo troops were dispatched to force Tamna to submit, and eventually caused the island to become a district of Goryeo, called Tamna-gun. Later on, during the rule of Gojong of Goryeo, Tamna was changed to Jeju, meaning ‘province across the sea’.

During the Joseon Dynasty (1392 – 1910), the people of Jeju Island were badly treated as if they were foreigners in their own land. The island became a place for horse breeding and exiled political prisoners. During the 17th century, Injo, the 16th King of the Joseon Dynasty, implemented a law where Jeju islanders were prohibited from travelling to the mainland. This created huge uprisings, such as the Kang Je Geom Rebellion in 1862, the Bang Seong Chil Rebellion in 1898, and the Lee Jae Su Rebellion in 1901.

 

Japanese Occupation

17,000 strong Haenyeo or ‘sea woman’ protested against the Japanese-controlled Divers Association from 1931 to 1932

17,000 strong Haenyeo or ‘sea woman’ protested against the Japanese-controlled Divers Association from 1931 to 1932

During the Japanese invasion of Korea, Jeju Island underwent a time of depression, hardships and deprivation. The people of Jeju were very much involved in the Korean independence movement when Japan was ruling, and the peak of resistance arose from 1931 to 1932, when the Haenyeo, or ‘sea women’ protested. This strong women’s group came from six eastern villages, and grew to about 17,000 protestors who protested against the Japanese-controlled Divers Association. Although they were later brutally crushed by the Japanese, it was the largest protest known in history that was led by women and fisheries workers.

Jeju Island went through yet another uprising on the 3rd of April to May 1949, when the South Korean government conducted a brutal anti-Communist campaign to suppress any attempt of an uprising. The main reason for the rebellion was because of the election on May 10th, 1948, which was to create a new government for all of Korea. Because the elections were only for the southern part of the country, and the other half would be under United Nations Temporary Commission on Korea, this created fear of further division, which led to a violent reaction from the South Korean Labour party’s guerrilla fighters who attacked the local police and rightist youth groups that were on Jeju.

There can be no doubt that both sides committed atrocities, but it was said that the methods used by the South Korean government to suppress the rebels were extremely cruel. Later on, American soldiers discovered the bodies of ninety-seven men, women, and children, killed by the government. They also caught the police executing some seventy-six villagers, including women and children.

A mass grave near Jeju International Airport was discovered in 2008

A mass grave near Jeju International Airport was discovered in 2008

As a result of this, around 14,000 to 30,000 people were killed, which was 10% of the island’s total population. This horrific incident in Korean history was brutally suppressed by the Korean government, and strict punishments were implemented. It was only 60 years later in 2006 that the Korean government apologised for the killings. Compensations were also promised but nothing has been done since. In 2008, a mass grave near Jeju International Airport was discovered, and in it contained the bodies of victims of the massacre.

 

Location

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Map of Jeju Island

Map of Jeju Island – click to enlarge

Located in the Korean Strait, on the southern part of South Jeolla Province, Jeju has two major cities. One city is on the central northern coastline and the other on the southern coastline.

The capital city is Jeju city, where visitors fly into. All the major attractions and places of interest lie outside of the city. Hence, it is recommended that you arrange your own transport to move around. Otherwise, it would be best to stay in the city where it is convenient. Seogwipo is the second city and it is to the south of the island, closer to all the tourist sites.

Smaller villages can be found dotted all over the coastline as well as the eastern and western parts of the island. Below are a list of the villages starting from Jeju city, moving clockwise down:

  • Gimyeong Village – The closest village to the Manjangmul Lava Tube
  • Seongsan Village – A village with several good seafood restaurants, located on the east side of the island that connects to Udo Island, Seongsan Ilchubong, and a volcanic crater
  • Udo Island Village – A tiny island off the coast of Seongsan, it is a great for place for hiking, biking, or riding all-terrain vehicles
  • Gangjeong Village – Located just west out of central Seogwipo
  • Hallim Village – This village is close to many of the inland theme parks and golf courses

 

Climate

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Due to its location, Jeju Island has a humid subtropical climate which makes it warmer than the other parts of Korea. This is probably the reason why it is a very popular destination for tourists from Asia, as well as South Koreans. Like South Korea, it has four seasons but with a milder winter temperature that hardly goes below 0 °C (32 °F).

In South Korea, spring is from March to May, summer from June to August, autumn lasts from September to November, and winter occurs from December through to February.

 

When to Visit

The best time to go to Jeju is during its beach season from July to September, during the summer, when temperatures are about 26 °C to 33 °C. Autumn is also a good time to visit, as it is still not too cold and dry, while winter months are short and mild. Sometimes you may experience snowfalls in the northern part of the island and in the highlands. The southern part of the island is where tangerines are harvested. Outside of the summer months, the island can be very windy, so be prepared.

 

Getting There and Around

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There are 23 different airlines with direct flights to Jeju international airport: 13 local and 10 international flights. A majority of the flights are from Seoul’s domestic airport, Gimpo or Busan, and from Incheon, where there is also one direct flight per week. Check with your travel agents, as Jeju airport is undergoing expansion, and more convenient routes could be added in.

The main mode of public transportation in the island is bus and taxi. Hiring your own car is probably the best option, but you will need a valid international driving license. Most of Jeju’s attractions are within two hours of driving distance, but may well exceed to three hours if you are travelling by bus.

 

Culture

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Being somewhat isolated, Jeju Island has developed a culture distinct from the mainland. It is an island known for many local legends, and this can be seen in their artefacts. One very distinct artefact that can be seen all over the island is the basalt rock dol hareubang, or ‘stone grandfather’ sculptures.

The famous Haenyeo sea women of Jeju Island

The famous Haenyeo sea women of Jeju Island

Jeju people’s matriarchal family structure is another distinct cultural aspect found in the Haenyeo, or sea women, who are considered the head of the family. This is because when the Jeju men disappeared for weeks on their fishing expeditions, the women had no choice but to take over and find ways to put food on the table.

Since the island’s windy climate is not suited for planting crops, the women learned deep sea diving to obtain their daily meals. Today, these powerful ‘sea woman’ are still going strong, with some of them are in their 60s and even 80s. These women can free dive to 20-metre depths without any breathing equipment, and earn a living from the various marine life they gather. Today, they are considered an icon of Jeju Island, and you will see them all around Jeju’s coastline.

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A Haenyeo female deep-sea diver at work

A Haenyeo female deep-sea diver at work

Besides being renowned for the Haenyeo, Jeju is also well known for bangsatap, which are tower-shaped stones that can be seen everywhere on the island. No one seems to know who built these bangsatap or when they were built, but it is believed that these stone carvings protect the villages from bad luck, and they are built according to divination. A rice paddle is placed inside the bangsatap as it is believed to help gather lots of money, and an iron pot is placed to avoid disasters in the village.

Bangsatap stone pillars are believe to protect the village from bad luck and the location they are placed on is very important

Bangsatap stone pillars are believe to protect the village from bad luck and the location they are placed on is very important

 

Jeju Dialect

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Jeju islanders have a distinctly different dialect from the people of South Korean mainland. It is a dialect spoken and understood only by older generations, and less than ten thousand natives speak this language today.

Most of the people on the island speak the standard Korean language, but since Jeju is a popular tourist destination, most services in the city such as taxi drivers can speak in English, Japanese and Chinese. However, if you go beyond the city, you will find most of them only speak Korean, so do prepare yourself with a Korean language guide book.

 

Etiquette

For a general guideline on Korean etiquette and table manners, visit https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/wonderful-korea-seoul.html

 

Festivals

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival

The Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is a huge prayer festival held yearly to pray for good harvest and good health for the coming New Year. It was originally started by the farmers of Jeju, who would set fire to mounds of grass during the end of the winter season. This was to eliminate any harmful insects that would have emerged during the harvest season in the summer. Since 1997, this festival has been held annually on the 15th day of the first lunar calendar month, which is usually in February.

Address: San 59-8, Bongseong-ri, Ayeol-eup Jeju-si, Jeju-do
How to Get There: Take a 50-minute bus ride from Jeju City Bus Terminal to Saebyeol Oreum area

 

Visas

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Being a Special Administrative Province, Jeju’s visa policy differs from the mainland of South Korea. All passport holders except those from Afghanistan, Cuba, Ghana, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Macedonia, Nigeria, Palestine, Sudan, or Syria can stay in Jeju visa-free for up to 30 days. This applies even to the countries that would normally require a visa for entering the Republic of Korea mainland.

If you are taking a domestic flight, you do not require any identification. Only those entering the mainland of South Korea from Jeju Island are required to bring their National Citizen ID Card or their passport with a proper visa.

 

Food

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Being an island famous for its deep-sea diving women, Jeju Island is obviously the best place to sample some of the freshest seafood, usually eaten raw. Besides that, pork from Jeju’s black pigs and pheasants are also a popular delicacy.

The island’s windy conditions do not favour the growth of rice, so instead its main staples are beans, millets, barley, buckwheat, and dry-field rice planted on the upper lands.

Jeju is well-known for its unique tangerine fruit called the hallabong, which has been grown here since the time of the Three Kingdoms. Along with abalone, the hallabong were offered to the kings as precious gifts from Jeju.

Jeju’s hallabong tangerine fruit

Jeju’s hallabong tangerine fruit

Saltwater fish, vegetables, and seaweed, seasoned with soybean paste are the main ingredients of Jeju islander dishes. Soups and porridge are made with salt water fish, and pork and chicken are used for pyeonyuk (sliced boiled meat).

Jeju food usually does not require a lot of seasoning and ingredients, as the locals like the natural flavour of their food, but can be a little salty due to the warmer climate here, where food tends to spoil easily. Below are a few delicacies you must try while on Jeju Island.

 

1. Black Pork BBQ

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While the mainland prefers beef, Jeju prefers pork, specifically pork from black pigs. Being the island’s main meat source, you can find this meat being cooked in a variety of dishes, one of the most famous dishes being black pork BBQ.

Apparently, black pork contains less saturated fats compared to regular pork meat, which reduces the chances of heart disease. All Jeju BBQ restaurants have this meat on their menu, and you can grill it to on a charcoal burner and eat it on its own, or wrap it up with some leafy vegetables and dip it in some delicious sauce.

 

2. Buckwheat Noodles

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Buckwheat noodles are a very popular dish in the summer and the locals will usually have it cold. The hot summer heat makes this dish a refreshing treat. You can have it warm or cold, on its own or with other sides such as cuttlefish.

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The noodles can also be served in warm pheasant broth, a dish once enjoyed by the king. Different in taste and texture from the cold buckwheat noodles, where the noodles are similar to the thickly sliced kalguksu, and the soup is rather thick with pieces of pheasant meat.

 

3. Abalones

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Jeju is one of the best places to have abalones, as they are in abundance here. Grilled abalones and abalone porridge (jeonbok-ju) are most popular local favourites. Abalones are also cooked in a variety of stews and soup dishes.

Jeonbok-ju abalone porridge

Jeonbok-ju abalone porridge

 

4. Gulfweed Soup (Mom-gook)

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Gulfweed soup or Mom-gook is a unique Jeju delicacy. The soup is made from gulfweed that grows between the rocks in the sea, pork broth, and vegetables. This soup cannot be found anywhere else in Korea. It came about due to the hard life the locals had to endure and the island not being conducive for growing much vegetation. Hence, the natives had to find other sources of nutrients for their diet, such as seaweed.

This dish is a must-have in all Jeju’s family gatherings and village feasts. Mom-gook has quite a distinct taste and smell, and even Koreans may find it challenging to eat. It is an acquired taste, but a must-try local delicacy if you are in Jeju.

 

5. Hairtail Fish Soup

Jeju Hairtail

Hairtails are slender, long fish that are prepared and grilled or boiled in a soupy clear broth or kimchi stew with lots of vegetables. The fish is similar to an eel, and because their freshness is quite hard to preserve because they die rather quickly once caught, it is best to consume it as soon as you’ve purchased it from the markets. Otherwise, there are plenty of restaurants in Jeju serving this delicacy.

 

6. Seafood Hotpot

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For those who are not into to raw seafood, which is what Jeju is famous for, this is a great alternative. The locals use a stone pot to cook an assortment of seafood and shellfish that are filled right to the brim. The freshness of the seafood gives the soup broth a deliciously sweet taste.

 

7. Raw Seafood from Haenyeo

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Jeju’s renowned female deep-sea divers, the Haenyeo, often catch fresh clams, spoon worms, oysters, octopus, seaweed and more. Most of the Haenyeo women are in their 60s and there are only 20,000 Haenyeos left. Their skill will be eventually lost as the new generation are not willing to pick it up, so before they are gone, you can support them and their hard work by buying their wares from them. You can find them in places such as Sungsan Harbour and the JeongBang Waterfall, where they sell their fresh catches.

 

8. Osullok Green Tea Desserts

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Osullok is a famous brand of fabulous green tea, famous for making delicious green tea desserts such as ice cream and Swiss rolls, and many other fantastic desserts and drinks that are not very sweet and have an aromatic green tea taste. Osulloc Tea Museum café is a place to visit for all green tea lovers, and many of its desserts are sold in the Osulloc chain of cafés, found even in Seoul and Busan.

 

9. Mugwort Bread & Barley Bread

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Jeju Island makes these specialty buns that gives you a full-bodied aroma of Mugwort. These mugworts are home grown and the locals recommend trying these buns at Deokin-dang Bakery that has been baking them for three generations.

 

10. Omegi Tteok

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Omegi Tteok is a traditional Jeju desert which are round-shaped rice balls that literally melt in your mouth. They are made from rice cakes based on glutinous millet dough that is mixed with mugwort. The rice balls are then stuffed with adzuki bean paste and covered with sweet adzuki beans on the outside. It has a semi-sweet flavour and is made without artificial preservatives or flavouring.

 

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1. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

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Due to a series of volcanic eruptions over 100,000 years ago, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, also known as Sunrise Peak, rose from under the sea. Standing at 182 metres, it is located at the east end of Jeju Island. The top of Seongsan Ilchulbong is a huge crater, about 90 metres high and 600 metres in diameter. Surrounding the crater are 99 sharp rocks that form the shape of a giant crown.

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Hilly verdant pastures are seen on the southeast and north sections of the cliffs, connecting them with the village of Seongsan. The site brings to mind an old fortress on a coastal cliff. Sunrise from the peak Seongsan Ilchulbong provides one the most magnificent views on the island. The ridge around the crater is ideal for walks and horse riding, and in spring it is surrounded by beautiful bright yellow canola.

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How to Get There

You can take a direct Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan, from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get down at Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop. The journey is about 2 hours.

Another place to catch the bus is from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal. Take the direct bus, Dongilju bus bound for Seongsan, and get down at Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop. The journey is about 2 hours 30 minutes.

You will be able to see Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak from Seongsalliipgu Bus Stop itself. Take a walk for about 1km towards the peak and you will reach your destination.

Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-7923

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults (Age 25-64) 2,000 won 1,600 won
Youth & Children
(Age 7-24)
1,000 won 800 won
Adults age 65 & above or children age 6 & under Free Free

Opening hours: 1 hour before sunrise until sunset
Website: english.jeju.go.kr (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, English)

 

Accommodation

There a several accommodation near Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, ranging from luxurious hotels to modern guesthouses. We recommend you do further research to find one that fits your budget and requirements. Here are two suggestions.

1. Ilchulbong Hotel
Address: 244, Hando-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-782-8801
Website: www.ilchulbonghotel.co.kr (Korean only)

2. Co-op City Hotel Seongsan
Address: 28 Seongsandeungyongro, Seongsan-eup, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: +82 64-780-0051
Website: https://goo.gl/RRUXrh

 

2. Manjanggul Cave

Designated as a natural monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Manjanggul Cave is the second longest lava tunnel on Jeju Island. More than 13 km long and between 5 to 10 metres high, the lava tunnel was formed some 2.5 million years ago, presenting an impressive interior that is unlike anything seen on earth.

There are several interesting structures inside the cave including stone pillars and 70cm stalagmites. However, only 1km of Manjanggul Cave is open for visitors. What is interesting is the ‘stone turtle’ that looks like Jeju Island.

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The temperature inside of the tunnel is between 11 to 21℃, making it a comfortable experience. Animals such as bats can be found living in the tunnel, making it a valuable environment for researchers.

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How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 990 from Jeju Bus Terminal, bound for Gimnyeong and get down at Manjanggul Cave Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour 10 minutes. Then walk for about 20 metres and you will reach the ticketing booth.

Address: 182, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-7903

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults (Age 25-64) 2,000 won 1,600 won
Youth & Children
(Age 7-24)
1,000 won 800 won
Adults age 65 & above or 7 & under & persons with disabilities with one companion (levels 1-3), persons with disabilities (levels 4-6) Free Free

Opening hours: 9am – 6pm (last admittance at 5:10pm)
Website: jejuwnh.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / english.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Indonesian, Cambodian)

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodation near Manjanggul Cave, mostly lodgings or whole houses to rent on a daily rate. Below are two examples, however, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Jeju Woljeongrie
Address: 82-5, Woljeong 1-gil, Gujwa-eup, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/RH9Xqq

2. Jeju Hanul Land Pension House
Address: 458, Dongbaek-ro, Deokcheon-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jocheon, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/f9dkxx

 

3. Cheonjiyeon Falls

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The name refers to the waters from Cheonjiyeon Falls, ‘sky connected with land’ because they appear like they are pouring down from the heavens. The waterfall pond is also often referred to as ‘God’s pond’, and legend has it that there were seven fairies who came down from heaven on stairs of clouds to bathe in the pond’s clean waters. This is how the Seven Fairies Festival came about and is now held yearly in May.

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There are many wild Dampalsu trees and wooded areas consisting of various types of rare foliage, such as Songyeopnan, Gusiljappam trees, Sanyuja trees (Chinese lemon trees), brambles, and camellias, which are all natural monuments.

Just by taking a stroll along the path leading towards the Cheonjiyeon Falls and you will be able to hear the soothing sound of the falls. The 22-metre high waterfall, with a depth of 20 metres, a width of 12 metres, and crystal clear waters, is designated a natural monument. It is also home to many Mutae eels.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 516 from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal which goes to Seogwipo and get down at the last stop. Then catch a taxi to Cheonjiyeon Falls, which is only about 3 to 4 minutes ride.

Address: Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82 2 1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) or +82-64-760-6304

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults (Age 25-64) 2,000 won 1,600 won
Youth & Children
(age 7-18)
1,000 won 600 won
Children
(age 7-24)
700 won 500 won
Adults age 65 & above or children age 6 & under Free Free

Opening hours: From sunrise to 10 pm (last admittance at 9:10 pm)
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation near and around Cheonjiyeon Falls ranging from simple hostels to luxurious hotels. Here are just two examples. However, we recommend you do further research to find the right accommodations that suit your needs.

1. Jeju R Hotel
Address: 14, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-733-5477
Website: www.rgeho.com

2. Tae Gong Gak Inn & Guesthouse
Address: 369, Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-762-2623
Website: www.lepotel.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

4. Hallasan National Park

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Right in the heart of Jeju sits the great Hallasan Mountain at 1,950 metres high. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002, and a World Heritage Site in 2007, this dormant basalt volcanic mountain is the highest in Korea, making it a notable landmark of Jeju Island.

Selected as a national park in 1970, Mount Hallasan is also known as Mount Yeongjusan which means ‘mountain high enough to pull the galaxy’. Due to its geological value, the mountain attracts many scientists from all over the globe. So far 368 Oreums (peaks), or parasitic volcanoes, can be found around the main mountain, creating a spectacular landscape. There is also a crater lake called Baengnokdam, which is 500 metres in diameter with a circumference of 3,000 metres.

Baengnokdam crater lake

Baengnokdam crater lake

The mountain’s vertical ecosystem, with various temperatures at each height, allows for a unique and diverse plant life on each altitude. Because of this, Mount Hallasan is a Natural Conservation Area with over 1,800 species of plants and 4,000 species of animals, and is a hiker’s paradise, with well-developed hiking trails. Hikers can climb up to its peak and down in a day but should be well-prepared, as there are heavy winds which can create a constant change in temperatures.

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How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 740 (Jeju, Yeongsil, Jungmun) from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal to Eorimok. Get down at Eorimok Trail Entrance Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 45 minutes.

Another option is from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal in Seongpanak, take Bus No. 781 or 781-1 (Jeju, Seongpanak, Seogui), and get down at Seongpanak Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 40 minutes.

Address: 2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-7903

Eorimok Office +82-64-713-9950
Seongpanak Office +82-64-725-9950
Yeongsil Office +82-64-747-9950
Gwaneumsa Office +82-64-756-9950
Donnaeko +82-64-710-6920~3

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all year
Website: www.hallasan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)/
www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are several of accommodation near Mount Hallasan. Below are two suggestions. It is recommended that you do further research to find the right accommodation to fit your needs and budget.

1. Pause in Jeju
Address: 2, Injeongoreum-ro 86 beon-gil, Halla Mountain National Park, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-730-9300
Website: https://goo.gl/uHr7zN

2. Healing Town Hotel
Address: 30-8 Topyeong-dong, Halla Mountain National Park, Jeju Island
Phone: N/ A
Website: https://goo.gl/sP9zae

 

5. Teddy Bear Museum

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One of the more unusual places of interest on Jeju Island, this is the place to go to for all teddy bear fans. To many in Korea, teddy bears are not seen as just another toy, but as best friends and part of the family. Hence, this museum dedicated to teddy bears was opened in April 2001, in the Jungmun Tourism Complex.

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There may be many Teddy Bear Museums around the world, but Jeju’s is one of a kind, boasting a wide and unique range of teddy bears from different parts of the world. There is also the museum café, restaurant, a park with a stunning view of the Jungmun Sea, and, of course, a museum shop where you can get all your teddy souvenirs.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Gyeongju Train Station that goes along Hwarang-ro Street, and then switch to bus 10 or 11 from the bus stop in front of the post office. Get down at Bulguksa Temple Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour.

Address: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-738-7600

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (20 or more)
Adults 10,000 won 8,000 won
Teens 9,000 won 7,000 won
Children (Age 7-24) 8,000 won 6,000 won
Senior & people with disabilities 8,000 won 6,000 won
Infants (under 36 months) (up to 2 infants per 1 accompanying adult) Free Free

Note: Proof of age via ID card is required for special discounts

Opening hours: 9 am -7 pm
Peak Season (summer) 9 am- 10 pm
Note: Last admittance is 1 hour before closing

Website: www.teddybearmuseum.com (Korean, English)

 

Accommodation

Below are two recommended hotels near the Teddy Bear Museum. However, there are many other hotels ranging from five-star accommodations to the more budget motels near the museum. We recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits you.

1. Daemyung Resort – Gyeongju
Address: 402-12, Bomun-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-1588-4888
Website: www.daemyung.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2. Gyeongju Tourist Hotel
Address: 645, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Phone: +82-54-745-7123/8 (Korean)
Website: gthotel.co.kr (Korean only)

 

6. Yeomiji Botanic Garden

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Yeomiji Botanical Garden is located within the Jungmun Resort, and has a southern atmospheric environment. It houses around 2,000 rare species of tropical and subtropical plants scattered throughout the garden.

The outdoor gardens consist of Jeju’s Native Garden, Korean, Japanese, Italian, and French folk gardens. If you are too tired to walk, you can always hop on the train that tours both the outdoor and indoor gardens. There are also a few green houses with different themes in each house, such as the Jungle Garden, Flower Garden, Water Lily Garden, Succulent Garden, Tropical Fruits Garden and Cactus Garden.

Go on to the 38 metres high observation platform to a clear breath-taking view of the breath-taking coast of the Marado Island and the majestic Hallasan Mountain.

 

How to Get There

Take a bus from Jeju International Airport Bus Stop 1 and hop on Bus No. 600 to Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Walk straight for about 50 metres and turn left. Then proceed another 150 metres to reach its ticketing office. An alternative is to take a taxi.

Address: 93, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-735-1100 (Korean only)

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (30 or more)
Adults(age 19-64) 9,000 won 6,000 won
Teens (age 13-18) 6,000 won 4,000 won
Children (age 3-12) 5,000 won 3,500 won
Seniors (age 65 and over) 7,000 won 6,000 won

Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Note: Outdoor Garden opens until sunset. Last entry is at 5:30 pm. Last entry during winter is at 5 pm (November-February).

Website: www.yeomiji.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodation near Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Below are two examples based on good reviews. However, we recommend that you do further research to find the right accommodation that suits your needs and budget.

1. Lotte Hotel Jeju
Address: 35, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-731-1000, +82-1577-0360
Website: www.lottehoteljeju.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2. Jeju Hana Hotel
Address: 53, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-7001/11 (Korean only)
Website: www.hotelhana.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

7. Jeongbang Falls

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In Asia, Jeongbang Falls is the only waterfall that falls into the ocean, and is one of the top three waterfalls in Jejudo. On the wall of Jeongbang Falls is an inscription that says ‘Seobulgwacha’, referring to a servant of the Emperor of the Chinese Qin Dynasty (259 -210 BC) named Seobul, who had passed by the area. Legend has it that the Emperor instructed Seobul to find him a special substance that would help him become immortal. It seems this is how Seogwipo got his name, which meant ‘Seobul Headed Back West’.

The cliffs of Jeongbang Falls rise high above the sea, and on its edge, there are lush green trees and plants. There is one particular tree that leans out quite out as if it is about to fall into the ocean. On top of the cliff is an observatory where you can view the vastness of the ocean and its surroundings.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 600 from Jeju Airport, and get down at Paradise Hotel. Then take a 5-minute walk, following the signs directing to the waterfall.
Another place to catch the bus from is Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Take Bus No. 780 or 730 to Seogwipo-si and get down at Dongmun Rotary (roundabout).

Travelling time to the waterfall is about 2 hours.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the airport, which is approximately 1 and a half hours away.

Address: Chilsimni-ro 214 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-733-1530

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults 2,000 won 1,600 won
Children 1,000 won 600 won

Opening hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Note: Timing is subject to change without prior notice as it is dependent on weather conditions, the timing for sunrise and sunset.

Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are quite a few accommodation near Jeongbang Falls, ranging from luxurious 5-stars to the more budget one. Below are two suggestions, but it would good for you to do more research on your own to choose one that suits your requirements.

1. Hotel Sun Beach
Address: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Seogwipo-si Taepyeong-ro
Phone: +82-64-732-5678 (Korean)
Website: www.hotelsunbeach.co.kr (Korean)

2. Little France Hotel
Address: 18, Taepyeong-ro371beon-gili, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-732-4552, +82-64-732-4662
Website: www.littlefrancehotel.co.kr (Korean only)

 

8. Yakcheonsa Temple

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Popular amongst Buddhists as well as tourists, the impressive architecture of Yakcheonsa Temple presents the style of the early Joseon Dynasty’s traditional Buddhist temples. Yakcheonsa means ‘temple where medicinal water flows’, and it was built in 1981 by a monk named Hae-in. Today, it is considered the largest Buddhist temple in the east. The main temple stands majestically at 30 metres high, and a total build-up of 3,305 square metres.

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The moment you enter Yakcheonsa Temple, you will be greeted by an intricate 16-foot tall Vairocana Buddha. This statue of the Buddha is said to be the tallest in Korea now. On the left and right rise of the altar walls are murals of the Buddha. A huge temple bell weighing 18 tons sits in front of the Dharma Hall.

The main temple has multiple floors and balconies overlooking the grand Buddha statue. There is also a 3-story accommodation building for their resident monks. Other significant sites include the Gulbeopdang, a unique shrine built inside a natural cave, the Samseonggak Shrine, and the Sarira Pagoda.

Gulbeopdang Shrine built inside a natural cave. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Gulbeopdang Shrine built inside a natural cave. Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 600 from Jeju International Airport (Bus Stop 1) and travel to the Yakchunsa Temple bus stop. Then proceed to walk for another 300 metres and you will reach the temple.

Address: 293-28, Ieodo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-738-5000
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open all year
Website: www.yakchunsa.org (Korean only)

 

Accommodation

There are several luxurious accommodation, as well as budgeted ones near Yakcheonsa Temple. Below are two suggestions, but we recommend you to do your own research to find one that suits you best.

1. The Island Blue Hotel
Address: 3, Taepyeong-ro 431 beon-gil, Seogwipo, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-762-6532
Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g297892-d7053738-Reviews-The_Island_Blue_Hotel-Seogwipo_Jeju_Island.html

2. Benikea Jungmun Hotel
Address: 166, Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-802-8889
Website: https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g297892-d8358810-Reviews-Benikea_Jungmun_Hotel-Seogwipo_Jeju_Island.html

 

9. Jusangjeolli Cliffs

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Located 600 metres southwest from Daepo-dong, at the end of the pine tree forest, you will discover the Jusangjeolli Cliffs, which are made up of rectangular, black stone pillars, piled up along the coast.

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The famous Jusangjeolli cliffs were formed when Mount Hallasan erupted into the sea of Jungmun, and the lava from that eruption created pillars of many different sizes. These pillars look as if they were carved by stonemasons, making the 20 metres tall cliffs a popular site to visit especially during high tide when the powerful waves crash onto the side of the cliffs. The view is just as spectacular during rough weather, when the waves can go up as high as the cliff itself. These cliffs are designated as Jeju Island’s cultural monument, and it highlights the awesome power of Mother Nature.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 600 to the International Convention Centre Bus Stop, which is about a 50-minute ride. Another option is to go on the Jungmun Express Bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal heading to Jungmun Tourist Complex. Travelling time is about 60 minutes.

Another alternative is to take a taxi direct to Jusangjeolli Cliff.

Address: 216, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-738-1393

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults 2,000 won 1,600 won
Children 1,000 won 600 won

Note: Free admission for children (age 6 and below), seniors (age 65 and above) and people with disabilities (includes one companion for level 1-3).

Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are quite a number of accommodation near Jusangjeolli cliffs. Here are two references of the nearest accommodations. We recommend that you do further research to find the best hotel that suits your needs and budget.

1. Hyatt Regency Jeju
Address: 114, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-733-1234 (Korean)
Website: www.hyattjeju.com (Korean, English)

2. The Shilla Jeju
Address: 75, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-735-5114, +82-2-2233-3131
Website: www.shilla.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

10. Cheonjeyeon Falls

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Called ‘The Pond of God’, Cheonjeyeon Falls has three sections, and to the east is a cave with cold water pouring from its ceiling, which creates the first section of the waterfall. The water here collects into a pool and falls again twice, creating the second as well as the third section of the waterfall, which flows into the ocean.

There is a wild variety of flora thriving all around the waterfall, some of them rare species, like ‘solimnan’ reeds.

Located at Cheonjeyeon Valley is an arch bridge called Seonimgyo Bridge that has seven fairies carved on its side, and an octagon shaped pavilion called Cheonjeru Pavilion. The Seonimgyo Bridge, also known as Chilseonyeogyo or ‘Seven Fairies Bridge’, connects the falls with the Jungmum Tourist Complex.

Seonimgyo Bridge with seven fairies

Seonimgyo Bridge with seven fairies

When you are on the Cheonjeru Pavilion, you will discover a painting that tells the legendary story of Cheonjeyeon’s seven fairies and the mountain god. During the month of May, over every even-numbered year, the Chilseonyeo Festival is celebrated here. If you so happened to be travelling during that time, it is definitely something worth experiencing.

 

How to Get There

Take the Limousine Bus No. 600 bound for Jungmun from Jeju Airport to Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Travelling time is about 50 minutes. Then walk for 5 to 10 minutes to the entrance of Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Tickets can be purchased on site.

Another alternative is to take a taxi from the Jeju Airport straight to the falls, which is about 30 to 40 minutes away.

Address: 27, Saekdal-ro 189 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (10 or more)
Adults 2,500 won 2,050 won
Teens & Children
(age 7–24)
1,350 won 850 won

Note: Free admission for Children (age 6 and below), seniors (age 65 and above), and people with disabilities (includes one accompanying guide (level 1-3) and more.

Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm
Note: Timing may change depending on the sunset.

Website: www.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There are several accommodation available near Cheonjeyeon Falls. Below are two examples. However, we recommend that you do further research to choose an accommodation that suits your needs.

1. The Seaes Hotel & Resort (Traditional Style Hotel)
Address: 198, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-735-3000
Website: www.seaes.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

2. Corea Condo Jeju
Address: 29-29, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-9101
Website: www.coreacondojeju.com (Korean, English, Chinese, French)

 

11. Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock)

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For thousands of years, strong winds and the ocean waves have created a rock shaped like the head of a dragon known as Yongduam Rock. There are numerous myths and legends about how this dragon head looking rock came about. One was that a dragon came to steal some precious jade from Mount Halla, and a mountain God shot him down with his arrow. As he was falling down, his body sank into the ocean and his head, looking towards the sky froze on the rocks. Another legend was about a white horse who dreamt of being a dragon and as he was ascending to the sky, he was caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.

Located to the north of the city of Jeju, the area has become a popular tourist spot with many village cafes, restaurants, and bars set up all along its coastline. It is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the scenic landscapes while having a cup of coffee or sampling some fresh seafood. You will also be able to witness the famous Haenyeo women divers working along these shores, gathering their catch for the day.

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Apart from that, you can also take a coastal drive and visit nearby beaches, such as Iho Beach, famous for its contrasting black rocks against the emerald-blue sea, or check out the scenery of fishing boats coming in and out at Aewol Port.

 

How to Get There

Take the bus bound for Jeju-si Jungang-ro from Jeju International Airport to Yongdam Rotary. Once you have reached, take a 5 to 10 minutes’ walk towards the beach.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi from Jeju International Airport, which is just 10 minutes from Yongduam Rock.

Address: Yongdamroteo-ri Yongdam-2 dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-728-2753
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: NIL
Website: english.tour2jeju.net (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Russian)

 

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation near Haeinsa Temple. Below are just two suggestions, but we recommend you to do some research to look for an accommodation that suits your requirements.

1. Jeju Oriental Hotel
Address: 47, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-1588-1235
Website: www.oriental.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

2. Jeju Palace Hotel
Address: 9, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-753-8811
Website: www.cjpalace.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

12. Jeju Folk Village Museum

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One of the island’s main tourist spots is the Jeju Folk Village Museum. Here you will get a glimpse of Jeju’s traditional culture, and how Jeju folk used to live back in the olden days. There are altogether 117 houses and facilities, and some parts of the village have been restored to that of the 1890s. Some of these restored villages are Hill-Country Village, Mountain Village, Fishing Village, and Shamanism Village.

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Jeju Folk Village Museum land is more than 40 acres, and there are many long-term research by experts in progress. On display are an extensive collection of folk items such as 1,627 woodenware, 1,699 earthenware, 1,046 bamboo-ware, 1,544 porcelain-ware, 921 ironware, 765 wax candles, and much more.

 

How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 100 from Jeju International Airport to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Then from Jeju Terminal, take a bus (bound for Bunyoung Road) right up to Jeju Folk Village. Travelling time is approximately 60 minutes.

Address: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-55-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-787-4501/2

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group
Adults (age 19 and above) 10,000 won 8,000 won
Seniors
(age 65 and above)
8,000 won 6,000 won
Teens
(middle-high school)
7,000 won 4,500 won
Children
(4 to elementary school)
6,000 won 4,000 won

Men of national merits and people with disabilities:

Category Price
Adults 7,000 won
Seniors 5,600 won
Teenagers 4,900 won
Children 4,200 won

Note: Related documents are required for those under the seniors and men or national merits category

Opening hours:

Period Price
October to February 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
March 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
April to July 15th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
July 16th to August 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
September 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Website: www.jejufolk.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many different types of accommodation near Jeju Folk Village Museum. We recommend that you do some research on your own to find the one that suits your plans, budget, and requirements. Here are two examples.

1. Rezion Hotel
Address: 263 Pyoseondongseo-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-16-615-968
Website: https://goo.gl/8QyCkn

2. Healing Pension Badamaru House
Address: 1159-1 Pyoseon-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/N1iFW3

 

13. Jungmun Beach

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Jungmun Beach is a popular beach among the locals and tourists. The arch-shaped beach has a beautiful mixed of coloured sands in shades of black, red, white and grey (jinmosal). It accentuates Jeju Island’s Hyeonmuam black stones around the area. The beach is about 560 metres in length, 50 metres in width, and it has an average depth of 1.2 metres, which makes it quite shallow and nice to swim in.

The beach is also lined with magnificent cliffs, which are a habitat to numerous rare species. There is also a naturally formed 15m-long cave called Haesikgul Cave, making the area a great spot for ecological exploration.

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The waters are warm and there are plenty of fun things to do at Jungmun. From scuba diving, parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing, rafting, to a luxurious yacht tour, making Jungmun Beach an exciting vacation spot during summer.

Many famous Korean dramas and movies have been filmed here due to its scenic landscapes. It is best to enjoy the beach early in the morning before the crowd gets in especially during weekends. There are a few restaurants around the area if you are feeling hungry while enjoying your day at the beach.

 

How to Get There

Take the Bus No. 600 from Jeju International Airport to Play K-pop Bus Stop. Travelling time is about 1 hour 30 minutes. Then walk along the main path for another 13 minutes leading you to the beach.

Address: 29-51, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-760-4993
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open All Year
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation near Jungmun Saekdal Beach you can choose depending on your budget. Hence, we recommend that you do your own research to see which ones suit you best. Below are two examples for you to start with.

1. Corea Condo Jeju
Address: 29-29, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-9101
Website: www.coreacondojeju.com (Korean, English, Chinese, French)

2. The Suites Hotel
Address: 67, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72 beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-738-3800
Website: www.suites.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

 

14. Hallim Park

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Located along the beach in Hallim-eup, 33km west of Jeju City and Mount Hallasan is Hallim Park. The park overlooks the scenic beauty of Biyangdo Island, Geumneung Beach and Hyeopjae Beach. When the park was first discovered, it was just a barren land. Later on, in 1971, tons of soil was brought in to cover the area, and all kinds of subtropical plants were planted to develop the area.

Map of Hallim Park - click to enlarge

Map of Hallim Park – click to enlarge

Hallim Park is about 24 acres consisting of various themed gardens that can be enjoyed all year round such as; Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Water Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden, Palm Tree Road, and more.

Hyeopjaegul Cave, a lava tube inside Hallim Park

Hyeopjaegul Cave, a lava tube inside Hallim Park

Perhaps the most famous sites of all are the Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Caves. They are the only two-dimensional caves that exist in this world. There is also the folk village, and for the kids, a children’s amusement park. There are also outdoor resort facilities that can be explored once you are done with the various adventures around the park.

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How to Get There

Catch a bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Hop on the westbound express bus and get down at Hallim Park Bus Stop. The journey is a 50-minute bus ride.

If you are taking the bus from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, hop on the westbound express bus to Hallim Park Bus Stop. The journey from here is a little longer, about 80 minutes.

Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-796-0001/4

Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (30 or more)
Adults (age 19-64) 11,000 won 9,000 won
Teens (age 13-18) 8,000 won 5,500 won
Children (age 3-12) 7,000 won 5,000 won
Seniors
(age 65 and above)
9,000 won 8,000 won

Note: Group Fee is applicable to people with disabilities, men of national merit and Jeju residents.

Opening hours:

Period Price
March to September 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
October to February 8:30 am – 6 pm
July 15 to August 20 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (peak season in Summer)

Note: Last entry is 1 hour 30 minutes before closing. This is subject to change depending on time of sunset.

Website: www.hallimpark.co.kr (English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese)

 

Accommodation

There are many hotels and resorts near to Hallim Park that you can choose from. It all depends on your budget, so we recommend you do some research on your own to find one that suits you best. Here are two suggestions to start you off.

1. Harmony Resort
Address: 963-1 Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eub, Jeju-si, Hallim, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-796-8441
Website: http://harmony-resort-kr.book.direct/

2. Ebbnsae Pension
Address: 2082-2 Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eub (68-5 Hyeopjae-ro), Jeju-si, Hallim, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-796-8120
Website: https://goo.gl/12Vz97

 

15. Soesokkak Estuary

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Soesokkak Estuary used to be known as ‘Soedun’. ‘Soe’ means ‘ox’, and ‘so’ means ‘a pool of water’, while and ‘Kkak’ means ‘the end’, and so ‘Soesokkak’ means ‘a lying down ox’.

Soesokkak Estuary is located in Seogwipo area of Jeju Island, on the Southern side of Mount Hallasan. It is renowned for its natural landscape located at the mouth of Hyodoncheon Stream where fresh water meets the ocean, creating a wide and gently flowing river.

Unique lava rock formations line the edges of the cliff with pine trees hanging over, giving it a lush greenery landscape, while the inviting deep emerald-blue waters create a mesmerizing picturesque scene.

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The island is also very well known for its tangerines that give out a refreshing, zesty scent all around the area, making Soesokkak a popular site to explore. Other popular sites, like Jusang Jeolli Cliffs, Jungmun Resort, and Cheonjeyeon are also close by if you wish to visit.

 

How to Get There

From Jeju International Airport, get on the Limousine Bus. No. 600 to KAL Hotel and get down at the last stop. Then take a taxi from the bus stop to Soesokkak Estuary which is a 10 – 15 minutes drive.

Another option is to get on Bus No. 100 from Jeju International Airport to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and take an intercity bus that goes to Namjo-ro. Get down at Hyodon Middle School, and continue by foot for around 20 minutes to Soesokkak Estuary.

Address: 128, Soesokkak-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-767-1616
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: NIL
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation around Soesokkak, it all depends on your requirements. It would be good to do your own research to see what you like that is suitable for your budget. Here are two examples.

1. Jeju R Hotel Seogwipo
Address: 14, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-733-5477
Website: www.rgeho.com

2. BENIKEA Hotel Jeju Crystal
Address: 16, Jungjeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-732-8311
Website: www.jejucrystal.com (Korean)

 

16. Hamdeok Beach

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This gorgeous beach with its crystal clear emerald-blue sea is about 14km east of Jeju city, and is popular amongst locals as well as tourists.

Although the beach may not be long, it is famous for its shallow pristine waters and white soft sand mixed with uniquely shaped lava stones. You can enjoy the beach all to yourself if you visit during non-peak seasons around June. Summer time is when the beach gets very crowded.

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You can go on its arched bridge over the black basalt and explore the amazing scenic sites. There are many fun activities you can do here, such as water-skiing, banana boat riding, motor boat riding, fishing, and more. The Seoubong Peak helps to shield the beach from the breezy Jeju winds, making it ideal for kayaking activities. If you go further out, you can enjoy wave kayaking, which is very popular when it is windy.

 

How to Get There

Take Bus No. 38 from Jeju International Airport to Hamdeok Beach. Alternatively, you can take a bus bound for Jeju-si Jungang Rotary. Get down at Jungang Rotary Bus Stop, cross to the opposite side of the road to another bus stop. Transfer to Bus No. 10 that will take you to Hamdeok Beach.

Address: Seoheul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-728-3393
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: NIL
Note: Yaksajeon Hall and Bangsaengteo Site are open all day

Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are many accommodation around Hamdeok Beach, ranging from luxurious 5-star hotels to the more budget ones. Here are two examples, but we recommend you do your own research to find one that suits you the most.

1. Ocean Suites Jeju Hotel
Address: 74, Tapdonghaean-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-720-6000
Website: www.oceansuites.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2. HK Jeju (Hostel Korea in Jeju)
Address: 1192-14, Samdo 2-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-727-0027
Website: www.hkjeju.com (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Thai)

 

17. Seongeup Folk Village

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Go back in time and experience Jeju life as if it was in the olden days when you visit Seongeup Folk Village. Situated at the foot of Halla Mountain, you will find a collection of thatched-roof houses with walls made of the island’s volcanic rocks.

The Seongeup Folk Village is a cultural heritage that has been handed down from one generation to the next and they include these houses, some of them dating back 600 years, which are still home to many.

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Apart from the houses, the village also has Confucian shrines, altars for shamanistic rituals, schools, ancient government offices, large millstones, fortress ruins, and several stone monuments. Most iconic of these are the Harubang stone statues or ‘stone grandfathers’ that are placed all over the village, guarding the area. Even the trees are an important cultural heritage, as some of them, like the zelkova and nettle trees, are hundreds of years old.

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There are also other types of cultural treasures here, such as the village’s folk plays. Hear the locals speak in their unique dialect, watch traditional craftsmanship, and sample some native food to complete your whole experience.

 

How to Get There

Take an Intercity Bus to Beonnyeong-ro from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get down at Seongeup 1(il)-ri samuso. Go around the corner and continue walking for about 200 metres to the village. Travelling time by bus is 1 hour 40 minutes.

If you are coming from Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, catch the Dongilju bus and get down at Pyoseon-ri samuso. Proceed to walk straight and turn left at the intersection and continue walking until you reach the bus stop. From there get on Beonnyeong-ro bus and stop to Seupeup 1-ri. Travelling time is around 45 minutes.

Address: 104, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-787-1179
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: Open All Year
Website: www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

There are no accommodation in Seongeup Folk Village itself, but most of them are from 1 to 6km away, which is relatively near. It all depends on your requirements. Below are two hotels that are quite near, but please do further research to find ones that suit you best.

1. C&P Resort Youth Hostel
Address: 4328-63, Jungsangandong-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-784-7701
Website: www.cnpresort.co.kr (Korean)

2. Thai Story Pension
Address: 458 Seongub-ri, Pyoseon-myeon (118-32 Seoseongil-ro), Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/sZ17ok

 

18. Geomun Oreum

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Geomum Oreum is a parasitic volcano, also known as Oreum in the Jeju dialect. Located in Jocheon-eup with an altitude of 456 metres, Oreum was created by many volcanic activities that occurred between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago.

A unique geographical feature called Seonheulgot was formed when the lava that poured out from the crater flowed along the coastal slopes. The lava also formed a few caves such as Bengdwigul Cave on the left side, and Manjanggul, Gimnyeonggul, Yongcheondonggul and Dangcheomuldonggul Caves on the right, each with their own unique characteristics.

As you enter Geomun Oreum you will come across dense forest with many Japanese cedar trees. Deciduous broad-leaved forest, shrubbery, and an evergreen forest can be discovered as you proceed further.

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Geomun Oreum is also a habitat and breeding ground for many local birds, such as the Korean Bush Warbler, Brown-Eared Bulbul, Varied Tit, White-Backed Woodpecker, Streptopelia Orientalis, and some migratory birds like the Fairy Pitta and Tricoloured Flycatcher.

For nature lovers who would like a good walk in the forest, Geomun Oreum offers trekking paths that allow you to explore the natural wilderness of Jeju. Ever since Geomun Oreum was designated a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, it has been attracting visitors all over the world.

 

How to Get There

Take the bus from Jeju International Airport that goes to Pyoseon. Get down at Seonheul 2-ri (Geomunoreum). Then walk for another 700 metres to Geomun Oreum Tourism Information Desk. Travelling time by bus is around 30 minutes.

Address: Deokcheon-ri, Gujwa-eup & Seonheul-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-710-8981

Entrance Fee:

Geomun Oreum Admission

Category Individual Group
Adults 2,000 won 1,600 won
Teens 1,000 won 800 won
Children 1,000 won 800 won

Heritage Centre

Category Individual Group
Adults 3,000 won 2,400 won
Teens 2,000 won 1,600 won
Children 2,000 won 1,600 won

Note: Adults (age 25-64), Teens (age 13-24), Children (age 7-12)

Reservation Information for Foreigners:

  • Reservations are open and can be made one month in advance
  • Entry is only allowed for visitors who have made a reservation in advance
  • Online reservation: wnhcenter.jeju.go.kr
  • Phone reservation: +82-64-710-8981
  • Foreigners are recommended to make a reservation via phone.

Opening hours: 9 am – 1 pm (based on departure time)
Website: wnhcenter.jeju.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
www.jejutour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

Geomun Oreum’s accommodations range from dormitories to rooms with a mountain view. We recommend that you do your own research to find lodgings that suit your needs and budget. Here are two suggestions.

1. Pino & Cchio Pension
Address: 1853, Iljudong-ro, Gujwa-eup Jeju
Phone: 1800-796-370
Website: https://goo.gl/frHbEB

2. Hanwha Resort – Jeju
Address: 575-107, Myeongnim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: +82-64-725-9000, +82-1588-2299 (Korean)
Website: www.hanwharesort.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

 

19. Maze Land

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Have you ever been in a maze? Well, here is your chance to check out Maze Land, the world’s longest stone maze measuring around 5.3 km in length. The theme park’s maze is primarily built using stones and wood from Jeju Island itself. They represent Jeju’s three principal items or ‘Samda’: rocks, wind, and women.

Visiting Maze Land is not just fun, but also good for your health. This is due to the unique stone from the maze that releases high levels of far-infrared radiation and the wood (T. occidentalis) produces huge amounts of phytoncides, a substance released by plants and trees to help protect themselves from harmful insects or germs. Research has shown that ‘therapeutic landscapes’ that releases phytoncides allows for ‘forest bathing’, which may reduce the risk of stress-related diseases, lower blood sugar, and increase concentration.

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The park has many species of trees that are several decades old, and they create a perfect environment for ‘forest bathing’. All you need to do is to surround yourself with nature and trees, breathe, and soak in nature’s healing powers.

After challenging yourself through the three different mazes, you can check out the maze museum, which explains in detail the history of these unique mazes that were built in the 14th century, as well as participate in puzzles and games while touring the museum.

 

How to Get There

Take the Donghae Intercity Bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get down at the Pyeongdae-ri or Sehwa-ri Bus Stops. Then hop on to the shuttle bus and get off at Bijarim Forest Bus Stop.

Note: Shuttle bus services are available from Pyeongdae Elementary School. Reservations are required.

Address: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-784-3838
Entrance Fee:

Category Individual Group (30 or more)
Adults 9,000 won 4,000 won
Teens 7,000 won 1,600 won
Children/ seniors 6,000 won 3,500 won
People with disabilities 3,000 won 2,000 won

Note:

  • Teens (middle to high school students), seniors (age 65 years old and up), children (36 months old to elementary school students)
  • People with disabilities: ID check is required

Opening hours:

Period Price
November – January 9 am – 6 pm
April-May 9 am – 6:30 pm
June-September 9 am – 7 pm

Note: Last entry is one hour before closing.

Website: www.mazeland.co.kr (Korean)

 

Accommodation

There are not many accommodations near Maze Land, but there are a few guest houses for you to choose from. We recommend you do further research to find the right accommodation for your requirements. Below are two suggestions as a start.

1. Art House JejuHouse
Address: 2410, Iljudong-ro, Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Seongsan, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-10-2980-1128
Website: https://goo.gl/KksS5e

2. Red Windmill PensionHouse
Address: 3100 Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jocheon, Jeju Island
Phone: NIL
Website: https://goo.gl/5mRqJe

 

20. O’sulloc Museum

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O’sulloc is a renowned brand for green tea in Korea. Located near Seogwangdawon, the O’sulloc Museum allows visitors to learn all about Korea’s traditional tea culture. The meaning of ‘O’ in ‘o’sulloc’ is to ‘appreciate and enjoy’. This also stands for the ‘origin of sulloc’, ‘only sulloc’, and ‘of sulloc tea’.

Launched in September 2001, the museum opened its doors to tea lovers, and has been a popular spot for both locals and foreigners. The building takes on the shape of a teacup, and there are six different exhibitions inside, where you can view various types of teacups from Korea as well as around the world. You will also learn about various types of tea leaves and how they are selected to create the finest green teas.

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Not only do you get to learn more about the history of Korean teas, you can relax and enjoy a delicious cup of tea by the lotus pond in the indoor garden. Don’t forget to try the popular green tea cake and signature green tea ice cream. You can also check out the observatory deck on the second floor overlooking the fresh green tea fields and surroundings. The souvenir shop is full of O’sulloc tea products that make perfect gifts for family and friends.

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How to Get There

The best way to get to O’sulloc Tea Museum would be by taxi. It is about a 35-minute drive from the airport.

Address: 15, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Phone: 1330 Travel Hotline +82-2-1330 (English, Japanese, Chinese) OR
+82-64-794-5312/3 (Korean)
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm
Website: osulloc.com (Korean, English, Chinese)

 

Accommodation

Here are two accommodation near the O’sulloc Tea Museum. However, we recommend you do further research to find the most suitable lodging to fit your budget and travel plans.

1. Dammora Resort
Address: 734 Sage-ri, Andeok-myeon, Jungmun, Jeju Island
Phone: +82-64-792-6678
Website: https://goo.gl/pxfAWc

2. Mirvill Pension JejuHouse
Address: 846 Sagye-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jungmun, Jeju Island
Phone: N/A
Website: https://goo.gl/ZWivHn

 

Travel Books on Jeju

 

1. Jeju Island – A Slow Travel Adventure Guidebook

Authors: Emma Doddrell Hall and Jarrod Hall

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This guidebook has all the information you need to explore one of the most unique destinations in Asia. The authors have explored Jeju Island by bus, taxi, bicycle, scooter, ferry, and on foot several times, and have explored the back-lanes, visited the island’s nooks and crannies, communicated with the locals, eaten the local food, camped in various locations, and stayed in every type of accommodation imaginable, including hotels, home-stays. This guidebook is their very comprehensive summary of the island’s wonders.

From: http://koreanrooftop.com/downloads/jeju-island-slow-travel-adventure-guidebook/

 

2. Jeju Island – An Island of Sky and Sea

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This 253-page guidebook is published by Jeju Special Self-Governing, and has everything you need to know about Jeju Island, such as the top sites to visit, cultural nuances, foodstuffs, special events, and a whole section on tourist information.

This is an e-book, and can be downloaded from https://issuu.com/jejubooks/docs/jejuguidebook_eng

 

Sources:

  • http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/things-do-jeju-island/index.html
  • http://wikitravel.org/en/Jeju
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeju_Island
  • http://www.tommyooi.com/jeju-attractions/
  • http://www.lifeinkorea.com/travel2/cheju
  • http://www.ijto.or.kr/english/
  • http://www.tommyooi.com/jeju-attractions/#3VQ5MTibjTxo1Jcl.99

 

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  1. Irene Lim on Nov 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I sure would love to visit this fascinating Jeju Island after reading this wonderful article with comprehensive information. I would love to eat their kimchi.

  2. Anne Ong on Aug 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and blog team for this wonderful article on Jeju Island. Reminds me again of the Korean costume drama i used to watch on Astro. It’s always interesting to learn of other country, culture, foods and tradition. Love the beautiful places on the photos and the delicious look foods! 🙂

  3. Lim Han Nee on Aug 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Jeju Island in South Korea is a fascinating place for tourists and holiday goers.It is famous for its many unique lava rock formations, its many natural World Heritage sites and other alluring features like the majestic waterfalls, the largest lava tunnel, crater lakes , lovely beaches, unusual theme parks . With these amazingly natural and beautiful sights, it is little wonder that it is a favourite among honeymooners.

    Other quaint and traditional features include the famous Haenyeo sea women, who are great divers. Jeju practices a matriarchal system where the women are forced by circumstances to be the heads of their families. Also uniquely traditional and ancient is the folk village and museum , where you can catch a glimpse of the traditional culture practiced by th people of Jeju.

    Its falls are majestic and spectacular, such as the Jeongbang Falls, which rise high above the sea and falls over great cliffs.There are lovely shrines ,like the Gulbeopdang Shrine, inside a natural cave.
    Jeju is famous for its tangerines which have been grown there since the time of the Three Kingdoms! Another speciality there is Green Tea desserts and ice cream!

    Jeju is a lovely place still steeped in the traditional and this will continue to attract tourists and holidaymakers.

  4. wan wai meng on Aug 19, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Jeju is very beautiful, interesting to note that a Matriarchal society formed here and it was formed out of practicality. Also know the Mosuo people who live in Sichuan have such a society and so does the Minangkabau people from the islands of Indonesia. Somehow I get the feeling matriarchal societies a lot of less wars and conflicts occur in such societies.

  5. Paul Yap on Aug 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Jeju Island is very beautiful, has a vast landscape and rich in flora and fauna. It has very nice volcano mountain, beautiful water falls, and what I like the most is the very intricate Yakcheonsa Buddhist Temple. I also found that Gulbeopdang, a unique shrine built inside a natural cave has a very calming feel. The Gulbeopdang shrine is perfect for close meditation, away from the busy and noisy crowd. Overall Korean is very clean and neat, they have preserved the nature very well. This shows a very good government and people, who is responsible towards their environment and future generation.

  6. Samfoonheei on Aug 13, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Jeju ,South Korea is known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cavelike lava tubes.Its a main tourist destination with
    unique attractions,natural wonders ,romantic sunrises and sunsets, mild climate and beautiful sandy beaches to excellent food and intriguing museums .
    The women of Jeju have a reputation for strength. The island is famous for its haenyeo, female divers who collects abalone and other seafoods for a living.I have not been to there before or any other South Korea cities but have heard of the beauty of it.Its a place worth to go for a hoiday.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this post.

  7. Fong on Aug 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    One read and hear so much about the Haenyeo of Jeju. It will be a sad day when all of them retire due to old age. These ladies are the attraction and the work they do is so tough and not very glamorous but yet they love and continue this tradition. Real women power.

    There is so much information here that even if one does not fly to Jeju for a visit, reading this, one will be transported there. As good as any travel guide if not more.

  8. Datuk May on Aug 12, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Having been to Jeju Island, I noticed that many of the tourist sites mentioned in this article were not visited by me at all.

    With fond memories of my last visit about 3 years ago, the information in this article made my visit complete. Whatever I have missed, the gaps are now filled reading and seeing the contents in this article.

    Before any planned trip to Wonderful Korea, it is highly recommended that you visit Tsemrinpoche.com to decide the places of interest for you in Korea so that you do not miss as much as I did.

    • Joy on Aug 13, 2017 at 1:19 am

      Wow, you have been to Jeju? What you said was just so hilarious ” I noticed that many of the tourist sites mentioned in this article were not visited by me at all.” Glad to know that you found the information provided was helpful 🙂

      I think Rinpoche’s blog is becoming a really diverse and the travelogue is really helpful to anyone who needs a quick guide on where to go when they are heading to the various parts of beautiful Asia.

      Thank you Datuk May for your comment!

      • Datuk May on Aug 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        I agree with you, Joy that Tsem Rinpoche’s blog is not only a great Buddhist cyber temple, it is also an encyclopedia of travel guides, food and even hobbies.

        I am very grateful for this website that offers so much to all needs of the human race.

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    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 10:10 PM
    This is probably the best I’ve ever seen, marvelous creation, very realist with brilliant idea. I like the idea of Julian Beever, working in open air with public attraction. This job definitely takes a lot of patience and hats off to this extraordinary creativity.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing of a talented artist and his amazing art work.
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    With our integrity intact, life is less stressful and far less complicated. This is not applying in secular but also in the spiritual practice. If someone who does not have integrity will surely not earn respects from his peers.
    Integrity is very important in our life. It also a good habit for us to cultivate and take as reminder to ourselves that we need to keep hold to our promises in all aspect of chores we are doing.

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    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:21 PM
    Chatral Rinpoche was one of the greatest meditation masters and most compassionate bodhisattvas in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Chatral Rinpoche explains the purpose and benefit of saving the lives of endangered animals, especially those due to be slaughtered. Great advice by Chatral Rinpoche to develop compassion for all sentient beings . Save animals, save nature, as animal life is precious too. He lived as a humble yogi without the distractions of fame and fortune. He practiced what he preaches without compromise and was beloved , respected by many of all faiths throughout the Himalayan region. He was well known for his compassion for animals through his compassionate action and profound wisdom. He had liberate millions of fish animals and had encourages his student not to eat meat and drank alcohol. It’s a right choice to be on vegetarian , as more animals will be save. It be healthier for us, better for environment and kinder to be a vegetarian.
    Powerful saying by Chatral Rinpoche ……Eating meat in one’s diet is much different than eating flesh to liberate a being through supernatural powers. I am just an ordinary practitioner. I would be committing sin and I would be getting negative karma.
    Thank You for this sharing Rinpoche and Pastor Loh Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/committing-sin.html
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    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:18 PM
    When i first read this article I did wonder too , how this ever happen. Somehow its real, a geological phenomenon where rocks move without human interference. Known as “sailing stones,” the rocks vary in size from a few ounces to hundreds of pounds. One of the world’s strangest phenomena is at Death Valley National Park in Inyo County, California, U.S. Till today, scientists could not have an answer to this strange phenomena where nobody have seen it moving at all.
    Thank you for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/just-what-are-sailing-stones.html
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    Thursday, Jul 2. 2020 01:17 PM
    Animal abuse frequently occurred in a number of area. Its heart breaking looking at the pictures of that extreme animal and neglect case of a dog in this article . The abused dog was packed in a plastic bag and thrown down a trash chute in the 22-story building. So inhuman for someone to do that . Not only that the dog was under un nourishment, thin, dehydrated and looks more than a skeleton. The condition was so bad that the dog needs a blood transfusion. Thanks to the maintenance workers who found Patrick in the neat of time. Looking at those pictures one will be definitely shocking to see his condition. Thankfully, that poor dog named Patrick is recovering well after been nursed by the hospital staffs. Its one of the worst cases of abuse they’ve seen. A dog is men best friends , shouldn’t be abuse or harm them. Give them love, care as if they are one of us.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/extreme-abuse-dog-found-in-trash.html
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    Wednesday, Jul 1. 2020 11:14 PM
    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing the most heartwarming moments of people around the world. Some of the photos were really touching. I believe there are plenty of kind -hearted people around us with faith in humanity.

    Life is all about second chances, always try to care about others because none of us know what tomorrow may speaks. It’s so much true to say photos will make your day much more better with thousand words and I too enjoyed all the stories.
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings with folded hands.

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    Chatral Rinpoche was a Dzogchen master and a reclusive yogi known for his great realization and strict discipline. Beautiful and meaningful poems, all I can say the poem is full of wisdom. All animals deserves a life free from fear and pain. They do have hearts to feel the pain, eyes to see and families to care, just like one of us. Animal should be the right to be here, long before we arrive. If only we understand we care for them , we will help and save them or we can liberate them .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/by-chatral-rinpoche.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this short and powerful teachings . The Four Noble Truths are the most basic formulation of the Buddha’s teaching. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the bodhi tree.
    To cease from evil, To do what is good. To cleanse one’s mind: This is the advice of all the Buddhas. Inspiring saying short yet powerful when we understand it . I will keep this in mind always.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/magic-4.html
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    It is really great to see news write up of factual info like this as evidence and proof that eating meat causes more harm than good. Thank you very much for sharing the informative article.


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    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:17 PM
    Equality before the law is the principle that each individual being must be treated equally by the law and that all are subject to the same laws of justice. Everyone will be given justice by treating them equally nor matter what race and religion or belief, you are. All are equal without any discrimination to equal protection of the law as well. After reading this article I do not agree with Paul Ryan what he commented on the conservative radio show ‘Morning In America’. Racism should not be brought up then, claimed that black men do not want to work and are satisfied with being poor. Remarks involving negative prejudices about people on the basis of race, would spark off misunderstanding and disharmony . It is extremely dangerous to label the rich or poor by skin colour or ethnicity.
    Thank you Rinpoche for the sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-agree-with-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:14 PM
    Lama Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje has been recognized and enthroned as the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa. He is a scholar and meditation master, as well as painter, poet, songwriter and playwright. Listening to his message in Bodh Gaya, tells us all how he felt been under the supervision of Tibetan Leadership. He is then not able to perform well as a spiritual leader, as been used by the Tibetan Leadership involving politics. He spoke with courage, of his difficulties he is facing and own experienced of mistreated by the Tibetan Leadership. When politics get involved with religion it becomes complicated and it causes disharmony and harm to many. May Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje continue with his crusades of spreading dharma in the Kargyu lineage. May the differences between all karma Kagyu practitioners be restored and reconciliation .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/karmapa-ogyen-trinley-dorjes-explosive-special-message.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jun 30. 2020 02:11 PM
    Absolutely shocking Peruvian archaeologist and researchers found strange elongated skull in a massive graveyard containing tombs filled with the remains of individuals. Amazing discovery by them , has revealed that they may not have come from humans, but from a completely new species. Interesting these skulls are such a mystery, have yet to conclude the findings. Recording to reports on the geneticist’s findings said that it’s from a completely new human-like creature. Aliens do exist and we are not alone on this planet.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/initial-dna-analysis-of-paracas-elongated-skull-released.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jun 29. 2020 04:54 PM
    Thank you for your thoughtful sharing. All we really need in life is real love not wealth or material goods. Real love is truly crazy, beautiful and brings so much of happiness, yet it’s one of the most confusing and heartbreaking things in this world.

    The reason it is so rare is because it is so misunderstood. We are not perfect but because we love, we speak, we respect, compromise, care, trust and do our best to make others become happier.

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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
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    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
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    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
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    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
4 weeks ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 month ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
2 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project- new site at Damansara
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
For those who did not manage to join in for our Loma Gyonma mantra recitation, here's the prayer that you can do daily at home as a preventive measure to ward off unwanted infections and illnesses, especially contagious diseases such as Coronavirus & H1N1. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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