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What to Do in Jeju

May 29, 2015

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Welcome everyone, to the first of many videos we’re going to publish from our annual Eatyourkimchi Road Trip! And, oh boy, do we have a lot of videos to share. Our first video up is our basic WHOAAAAAA OMG JEJU IS SO AWESOME kind of video but I promise we’ll have more detailed food and adventure videos coming up soon. Like the famous Jeju Black Pork…which is now our record holding best pork meal ever.

We realize that for last year’s road trip, we went to places that might be a bit inaccessible for most people. If you don’t want to stay in a hotel, Korean cottage/rental homes are called “pensions,” and you have to book them via Korean websites. It can be challenging if you’re not fluent in the language, so for this year we wanted to go to places that you could go to as well. The easiest way, we think, is by using Airbnb. We’ve used it all over Europe, USA, Japan, Korea and we’ve never had a problem. In Korea we primarily spoke with our hosts in Korean but we also spoke with them in English, and they’re comfortable with that since they’re used to international travellers, so you can book the same places we went to if you’d like as well!

So…much…information! Okay, so let’s begin with the amazing container home we stayed in. The host was ADORABLE and her sister owned the coffeeshop below the place.

If you’re heading to Jeju, you can book the place here. Here’s a $25 coupon if you feel like signing up and starting your adventure.

So our place in Jeju was right in the Hyeopjae 협재 beach area, which is totally up our alley, considering the kinds of places we hang out in in Korea, and – really – in other parts of the world as well. It was located in the most perfect location for us, right in hipsterville. Like, whoa. It’s hipster central. And, let me just say, I thought I knew Korean hipsters, with their diaries that they write in, unassuming clothing, nice but not too nice cameras with leather straps and housing, Harry Potter glasses, and listening to soft guitar music on oversized headphones. But the hipsters we met in Hyeopjae were different. So different. Lots of beardos we saw. My beard wasn’t as impressive in Jeju as it is in Seoul. Lots of overly baggy dashikis. People dancing at the beach to the music of bongo drums, even in rainstorms. The vibe in Jeju was different, and we loved it!

A lot of the people we met in Jeju spoke fluent English. FLUENT. Better than the English we encounter in Seoul, and it got us wondering why. It seemed like the places we went to were run by people that had amassed a reasonable savings account overseas, then came to Jeju, bought some property, and opened up their own shop. Pizza shop. Ice Cream Shop. Coffee Shop. Whatever. They all spoke fluently. They all were relaxed. No rushing. Lots of casual conversations. It was…different.

Jeju, to me, has the best of Korea and gets rid of some of the worst parts of it. The driving in Jeju is so relaxed. We arrived at a four way stop with a delivery truck. And you know what he did? He stopped, and waved for us to go through. AND SMILED. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! At four way stops in Korea, nobody four way stops. Nobody stops even one way. Everyone squeezes through as quickly as they can. It should be that one person goes through, then another person goes through from another direction, but in Seoul three cars will go through without letting anyone else in. It’s…angering. In Jeju, every place we ate in had the friendliest, most passionate restauranteurs. Every single place we ate in had the owners come up to us, explain what we’re eating, and sit down and – you know – chat with us. There was a lot of passion put in the food, and the friendliness of the owners was shocking.

We totally fell in love with Jeju. Great weather, different food, friendly people. We asked some of the owners what real estate costs there, and – holy snap – we can buy land there for cheaper than it costs to rent it here. WHAT?! It’s tempting, very, very tempting. We’ve been in Seoul for a while now. We might be ready for a change :D

Anyhow, we’ve got loads of pictures that we took from our time in Jeju. We like taking pictures, and we really like putting them in these weird galleries below. Check em out. Each picture has a description in it as well, if you’re interested :D

And now for some more info, here’s a list of some of the places we went to in our video, as well as a couple of other spots we really liked and recommend:

Bing-ddeok: The place is called 비자림꿩요리점. The address is 제주시 이도2동 422-5. You can find a blog post with more pictures here so you can see what the outside looks like! It has a set menu so prepare for either bingddeok or pheasant!

Rich Mango: It’s where we have some pics above, as well as the final shots where we’re playing dominoes together and signing off. It’s a gorgeous area! You can get to it by driving on 애월 해안도로. They blend fresh mangos and serve it in a bottle. They also do all other types of mango dessert. It’s very close to the big Angel-in-us, which isn’t good so don’t go there. You can park at the Angelanus and walk over to the juice place if it gets busy…I mean Angel-in-us… :D

All That Jeju: You see the picture of the fried chicken up there? Well, it’s from this place, and it’s GREAT! They have a menu of the day with local ingredients and imaginative items. They have more than just the fried chicken. They had a bulgogi kalguksu, which is a thicker noodle made with a refined beef broth. They also had a really great seafood pasta tossed in olive oil and fresh local clams. And all of it had Korean flavour, but a lot more refined cooking skills. Korean food is usually “PUT ON A BIG FLAME FOR A LONG TIME AND SERVE DEATH HOT!” This food, though, was a lot more controlled and clearly made by a passionate chef. It’s in 제주시 간입동 중앙로 1길 33 1F. The number is 064-901-7893. You have to call for reservations but after 9PM they are no longer required. Also, no children allowed!

Donato’s 협재화덕 도나토스: It was a rainy windy night and we didn’t want to drive our car anywhere. We waddled across the street to a gorgeously lit pizzeria and were shocked to discovered a REAL wood burning stove and potted herbs gentle swaying in the wind. The chef is obviously passionate about his food and spoke English fluently. I had the BEST pizza I have ever had in Korea. It’s actually up there with my all time favourite pizza ever and yes, I’ve had pizza in Italy too. I seriously recommend this place, you can also find them on Facebook. 제주도 제주시 한림읍 협재리 2512-1, Jeju City 064-796-1981

Cafe Taehee 태희 Located right beside Gwakji Beach 곽지과물해변 is a little fish and chips place. Simon and I ran into it by chance and after peeking our heads inside and we decided to stay immediately. Simple menu, tons of import beers, everyone speaks English, and just fantastic fish lightly battered and served with huge slabs of fries. Like a potato cut into six pieces. The only downside was that there was no tarter sauce BUT they served it with ranch so Simon was on cloud nine. They only had their address in English but you can find them on facebook too! 1575-3, Gwakjiri, Aewol-eup, Jejusi, Jeju City South Korea 064-799-5533

Yeah! So that’s it. We’ve got a load of footage from this trip, much of which didn’t make it into this video, but did make it into the bloopers. Check it out!

Lastly, we brought back some goodies to give away from Jeju. Head on over to our giveaway page and enter the draw, if you’re Nasty :D

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  1. Gods…this place…..I actually bookmarked this post because I one day plan to go back to Korea and visiting Jeju just got so much higher on my list because of the amazing things you showed here.

    I’m glad you guys had a chance to get away and enjoy the slow relaxing life!

    4 years ago
  2. It’s nice to read about your adventures while on the beach :)

    4 years ago
  3. Honestly, this is one of my favorite videos ever! I’ve always wondered what it was like compared to the rest of Korea. Not that I’ve been to Korea personally. It was really artsy and awesome! :D

    4 years ago
    • Ack, also forgot to add. Really love all of the pictures that you’re adding now!

      4 years ago
  4. It’s so beautiful! I thought it would be overrated but it’s not. I love the café as well. I feel you Simon, I could live in a place like that. And the container is so great!
    I like the artsiness. Could you tell us what music you used for this video?

    4 years ago
  5. Lo

    Kinda reminds me of home… (Newfoundland)

    4 years ago
  6. You guys are like my brother in law. Every time he and my sister come back from a vacation he spends the next week looking up real estate there.

    4 years ago
  7. Jeju sounds perfect for you guys~

    For me too! *starts packing bags* see ya Wisconsin…

    4 years ago
  8. Looks like you guys had an awesome time. The pictures came out great.Martina, you look so incredibly beautiful.

    4 years ago
  9. Looks like you guys had an awesome time. The pictures came out great.Martina, you look so incredibly beautifu.

    4 years ago
  10. Lee’s hair looks so cute <3!
    I hope you had a lot of fun (:

    4 years ago
  11. Holy snap, Jeju is freaking beautiful! Definitely one of the places I need to experience before I die. I loved that funky container home. Thanks for the showing us Jeju’s beauty! :D

    4 years ago
  12. Jeju’s charm, for me, comes exactly from what you guys notice at that four-way intersection. The “Bali Bali” culture makes like a tree, leaving you with more time to realize that everyone has stuff to get done, but no burning hatred for those who prolong your task. In fact, sometimes helping someone to an unexpected hand will yield high fives, smiles, and other awesome aspects of life which often are overrun in Seoul and its satellites.

    Out of curiosity, how did you manage to find the black boar restaurant?? During my last trip for a work retreat, a group of coworkers and I tried five different locations (spent hours on this Odyssey and after try #3 had to call in a designated driver). Any tips for TEH BEST Jeju pork outlets?

    This is (embarrassingly, since I love EYK content) my first post and I want to rant for just a moment. My first week in Korea was almost four years ago. I was absconded to Hongdae by coworkers where we met Simon and Martina in the park. No idea who you were, why people were flocking around you, or the reason for my friend to sprint over and take a selfie with Martina. I’ve got to say, I get it now. You’ve got an amazing talent for bringing out the best, happiest moments and sharing them with total strangers.

    Here’s to you guys! Keep up the great work!!

    4 years ago
  13. Cu… Cu… Cumbia at 2:40! Guise congrats on this amazing video. Great filming, great soundtrack and great editing. I remove my hat and salute you masters!

    4 years ago
  14. *raiseshand*
    I know what that machine does.

    4 years ago
  15. loved the editing, loved the music, loved the scenery. this vid cleansed my soul..get it ? no ? anyways, please let me be cargo and sit in your trunk the next time you guys go to jeju :D

    4 years ago
  16. Loved both the video and the blog post~! I really enjoyed the feeling that the video gave off. You can totally tell that everyone had a blast! And Simon’s comments on the blog photos were really cute~

    Can’t wait to see more from your road trip :)

    4 years ago
    • Awesome! I’m glad you liked it. It’s really different from our other videos, and we weren’t sure how people would respond to it :D

      4 years ago
  17. I just got back from Jeju a coupe days ago, and I wish I saw your video sooner!!! The anthracite cafe looks amazing!! I’ll probably be back over in Jeju in a couple weeks, so hopefully then I’ll be able to find it!

    4 years ago
  18. Yeah now it totally makes sense how those kids would have thought you were on a rapping show lol. Also how did you guys come across Anthracite? It looked really cool but you guys didn’t really explain where it was or how to get there… and how you found it lol

    4 years ago
  19. Wow! Looks like we will have to make a trip to JeJu when we come to Korea next year. It looks so beautiful and the food looks freakn delish!!!! I will agree with these comments, my list just keeps getting longer for our trip.

    4 years ago
    • If you’re interested in food, I think Jeju had the best food I’ve eaten in Korea. Better…everything.

      4 years ago
  20. Oh my goodness! That coffee shop was frickin’ awesome!!!! Then those oranges! I want to try them so bad! Everything looked so great and beautiful. :) Oh, and loved the sudden rap scene.

    4 years ago
  21. Man if I ever do end up going to Korea the list of places I would want to visit just keeps on growing.

    4 years ago
    • Jeju, to me, is my new favorite part of Korea. It’s not really like Seoul, and Seoul is definitely an experience if you’re a traveler, but Jeju is where you fall in love for life :)

      4 years ago
  22. I really love when you guys are able to make videos like this, they’re so beautiful and especially enjoyable to watch.

    Also, I read the comment about Simon saying something to the extent of not taking great photos but Jeju making every photo look great–and I just want to say I disagree because despite Jeju being gorgeous, the photos you guys take look to be very thoughtfully composed and edited, and really capture the love you have for both the island and those you are photographing. So there, sir. :I

    Thanks for the Airbnb coupon too, by the way! :D

    4 years ago
    • That’s really kind of you, thank you! I’d like to be a better photographer. I’ve seen lots of professional photographer’s photos, though, and they definitely have something to them that I don’t have. I don’t have the vocabulary to understand what it is, though.

      4 years ago
      • I can totally understand that, so I really hope you’ll get to that point someday!

        4 years ago
  23. Oh man, this video is gorgeous, like the music and editing, it’s so perfect. And all of those pictures look super good and professional. Everything is so lovelyyyyy oh my gosh.

    4 years ago
  24. i love the photos you took and posted here – they feel so real and personal, and not posed. even the ones that are clearly of a specific object feel realistic, and like they tell a story just by themself. i’d probably set the container pic or the ‘city on fire’ pic as a background, they’re just so beautiful.

    4 years ago
  25. You guys are so cute, it hurts. That coffee house was gorgeous! I want the plants, the stones, the noms… *drools*

    However, question for the record: And around what video recording did you notice your ability to feel shame become damaged? ;-P
    I am, of course, referring to your “I’m on a Boat” pantomiming. You guys are glorious, absolutely glorious. If I saw you randomly, I’d think you were having the most amazing silent conversation/argument ever. The flip-flop wiggling part probably confused people so much. Like whaaa? (Or so I’d like to think.) HAHAHAA
    [on a side note, I think it would be hilarious if Leigh and Soozie kindergarten-whispered, “Mom, Dad, you’re embarrassing meeee.” in the middle of a take. Assuming they haven’t already. ;-P]

    Martina, thank you for keeping “Totes Magotes” alive…and for reenacting how the palm trees were swaying in the wind. hahah You guys are all too funny. Much love from a gal who’s grateful that you and your videos exist. <3 <3

    4 years ago
  26. I so loved this video, not least because it was deliciously long. Also enjoyed the cool coffee house and major face stuffing footage. I look forward to the upcoming additional videos from the trip.

    4 years ago
  27. It definitely looks like the perfect place for you guyz to live!!~ Beautiful and artsy fartsy and DOGS!!! : DDD Simon don’t you make fun of Martina’s dress-her style is always on point! <3

    Also, thanks sooooo much for the airbnb credit!! My friend and I want to use airbnb for a place to stay when we drive to the Atlanta Meet Your Kimchi event!! : DD Can't wait to meet the crew!

    4 years ago
  28. That container home reminds me of my brother’s place. He went to one of the local Plants (power, chemical, manufacturing…those kind of plants) and bought an old office trailer then refurbished it into a home.

    4 years ago
  29. Martina, you are incredibly gorgeous. I just love all the pictures of you. Vibrantly beautiful^^

    4 years ago
  30. I loved this! I’m getting ready to make the move in August to Jeju! I can’t wait for the food, beautiful views, and loveland of course! Thanks for sharing! :D

    4 years ago
  31. I started the video with the automatic CC on, and instead of Jeju, it said “WE ARE HERE ON JUDGE YOU ISLAND”,, which made me fall over laughing given the described hipsterdom of the place :V

    4 years ago
  32. wooow, so awesome O.O real paradise. Cant to wait more video and special from that “special love place” hem hem ;D

    4 years ago
  33. I think you can get your korean citizenship if you invest enough money on Jeju.

    4 years ago
  34. You guys should totally come to Brazil!!! You’d love the different foods here, so many beautiful places…

    4 years ago
  35. Awesome video! I want to visit!

    4 years ago
  36. Wow, Jeju looks so relaxed and wonderful! Must have been great with that nice weather! I’m looking forward to the other videos (especially the weird one lol).

    BTW: Simon, your Sailor Moon + Batman t-shirt is amazeballs. I approve (I bet Martina loves it).

    4 years ago
  37. Waaah Jeju island looks gorgeous. I only have seen pictures of Jeju on a travel book and thought it looked beautiful. Also heard Hello Kitty island was there…

    I find that when you’re away from the stress of an urban city, the people are mostly happier and more at ease with their lives. People are willing to have some small talk with you, or a nice old lady gives you a banana for free while you’re waiting at a bus stop. It’s similar to what I saw when I went to VIctoria for school. Being on the island and being in a smaller urban city than Vancovuer, I saw much more friendlier people than I do in Vancouver.

    4 years ago