Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jeju City Night Tour

If you stay in Jeju City area, you can enjoy something more special places to experience authentic Korean cultures and hidden places which local people enjoy culturally in the night, before leaving from Jeju island or during your tours.  Although you arrive at late afternoon, you can enjoy Jeju in the night for 2~3 hours too.

Most of places are near by local publc bus stops, so you can reach them to get in and off public bus and walk in 5~10 minutes. Also T-money card for public bus is free transferring within one hour half minutes. It means the cost of transportation is around just USD 3~4 for this (Single ride is USD 1).

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Let's check out night tour spots together.

1. Dongmun Market 
Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market was established after the liberation in 1945. Due to  a big fire that broke out in March 1954, the whole market and the nearby area was reduced to ashes. The market then  moved to its current location and kept the original name. As one of the most popular traditional markets in Jeju, Dongmun has served countless customers, selling diverse items at inexpensive prices.

2. Jungang Underground Market
Located in Jungangro of downtown Jeju, Jungang Underground Shopping Center is a modern underground shopping arcade that recently re-opened after a major renovation. Stretching over Jungangro, Seomunro and Dongmunro, the center has over 280 stores selling clothing, shoes, accessories, glasses, watchers, jewelries, bags, hats, flowers, etc. There are also many amenities such as restaurant, fast food chains, as well as rest lounges scattered across the shopping center. It is the only underground shopping arcade in Jeju Island, and offers a pleasant shopping experience.

3. Kwandukjung
One of the oldest standing architectures on Jeju Island, Gwandeokjeong Pavilion was built by Pastor Sin Suk-Cheong in the thirtieth year of King Sejong's reign (1448) as a training ground. For its historic contribution to strengthening the mind and soul of soldiers ("Gwandeok" literally means an exercise of mind and virtue), Gwangdeokjeong was designated as National Treasure No. 322 in 1963. Today, the pavilion serves as a model of excellence in soldier training.

4. Yongyeon
Yongyeon is where the saltwater and freshwater meet. The legend goes that an envoy was sent to the pond frequently by the Dragon King. The pond is flanked on both sides by eight rock walls that look like folding screens. Also called as Yongyeon Yabeom, the pond is one of the twelve best scenic sites in Yeongju. Yongyeon Yabeom refers to the beautiful sight that is created when the full moon is reflected on the clear waters of the rocky cliffs. Hence, many people come to visit the pond at night for the beautiful night scenery.

5. Yongduam
Situated to the north of Jeju City, Yongduam was created by strong winds and waves over thousands of years. However, there are plenty of other stories of how it came to be. One legend has it that a dragon stealing precious jade from Mt. Halla was shot down by an arrow from the mountain deity. When he fell down on Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze looking at the sky. Another legend has it that a white horse, who dreamed of being a dragon and ascending to the sky, came to be caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.

Okay. It's the basic night tour course. But, you are not tired to coninue Jeju's night, I recommend Jeju City hall area - many restaurants, bars and gaming zone crouwed by Jeju's young people called by "University Avenue" specially in weekend night. It takes just 10 minutes walking from my house.

If you're not familar with the first Jeju night, don't worry about that. If you stay my home, we'll let you know information how to do for you too.

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