Travel Note – Jeju Day 2 – Manjanggul Lava Cave & Udo Island

Monday, 5 August 2013

Today we went to Manjanggul lava cave in the morning. I was wearing a flip flop and a backless dress but before I entered the cave, the staff told me that it is cold there and when I read reviews on Foursquare, people has been advising to wear laced shoes to the cave. Luckily, I had a knit top from Zara and my sport shoes in the car.

The cave was bigger and longer than we expected. It was quite magnificent when we were in. It will be much better if they put more lights in though.

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The cave’a surface:

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After the cave, we drove to the port and took a boat to Udo island.

We need to fill in this form before buying the boat tickets.

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This is the boat that took us to Udo:

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The boat ticket was around A$ 4 per person.

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The boat from Jeju to Udo took only about 10-15 min.

We were hungry by the time we reached Udo and ate some seafood noodles from a restaurant at the port.

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We had peanut rice wine from Udo. It was the best rice wine that we have tasted so far. We like sweet-ish wine like from the Asti region in Italy. So, this rice wine has the same sort of sweetness to it.

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We are quite surprised to find how cheap alcohol are in Korea. Even in a touristic island as Udo, a bottle of this rice wine only costs 4,000 Won (A$ 4). I can’t imagine what is going to happened when Scoot opens it’s route to Seoul next year, there might be heaps of Aussies get pissed in Korea.

The Koreans use tin bowls to drink rice wine. At first I was a bit surprised because in Indonesia, you use tin bowls like those for washing hands before eating.

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To go around the island, we rented four wheels bikes. They need to see our international driving license and kept our driving license with them until we return the bikes back. The cost for two hours was 20,000 Won for a bike with additional 10,000 Won for every extra hour. We had a ball riding these bikes!!!

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We swam in the beaches of Udo.

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Some photos of Udo island:

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At around 5 pm, we went back to Jeju.

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We were looking for a restaurant for dinner near Seogwipo area and saw there were a happening area by the river side.

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The restaurants there sold fresh squids meals for 20,000 Won (A$ 20) a squid.

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I have never eaten a raw squid before so decided to give it a try. It was an interesting experience not to be repeated again. The body of the squid was nice and a bit sweet because it was cut fresh and we ate it fresh. The disturbing thing was it was still wiggling a bit when we ate. I couldn’t take the tentacle really well because it was still moving and I felt it suck my tongue somehow.

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To help digesting the raw squid, we ordered a cooked squid and it came out like this:

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It was a great experience after all even though I had a bad stomach ache and couldn’t sleep half of the night.

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3 thoughts on “Travel Note – Jeju Day 2 – Manjanggul Lava Cave & Udo Island

  1. Hi Belinda,
    I’m planning to go to the Manjaggul Cave by car.Would you kindly advise how to get there?

    Thanks a lot!

    Tiffany

    • Hi Tiffany,
      Thanks for reading my blog. I used google maps for direction to the Manjaggul cave. If you hire a car that has GPS in English, you can use that too. Have fun theređŸ™‚

      • Thank you for your suggestions! I hope it’s not difficult to get there.
        It’s a nice idea to share your travel experience with others. Thank you for sharing your information and experience! Hope you will have another interesting adventure soon!
        Have a nice day!

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