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Beautiful, Unique, wonderful seafood, some good beaches
Too many tourists from the mainland....
In a nutshell
. Cheju is famous for food – seafood, horsemeat and, apparently, pheasant. Our chef took us out to the backyard and let us watch as he expertly caught and beheaded a large bird for our dinner. Our meal came in courses – or stages, as the owner’s son (a Japanese major at university) proudly explained. It started with all the usual side dishes, plus some raw pheasant heart (tough and pretty tasteless), and then strips of meat were brought out for us to cook ourselves on the table grill. We wrapped the meat in lettuce and ate it like samgypsal. Then a pot of salted water with onions and mushrooms was placed on the grill and we were given thin shavings of raw meat to dip into the boiling water to cook. Each piece only took a couple of seconds and then we were to dip it into a mustard sauce and eat it with lettuce. Our third course was probably the best. Suejebee (a kind of thick, glutinous rice noodle) and buckwheat noodles were added to our pot of water, as was any leftover meat from the previous two courses. We let it cook for a while and then ate it like soup. Yummy, yummy, exploding tummy!
Favorite Dish: "Kkwong" = pheasant
Updated Oct 10, 2003
You can't go to Korea without sampling soju (Korea's answer to Japan's sake or Mongolia's vodka) and you certainly can't go to Cheju without trying the local brew - it's so strong that apparently they can't even export it to mainland Korea! For proper atmosphere, head to the scummiest-looking soju tent you can find, and make sure you have to use the bathroom at least once (you might wanna bring along a flashlight and some tissue).
Remember, Koreans will think you're weird if you don't order "anjew" (snacks) with your drinks, so you might wanna also get a fruit platter (and that way you can also try Cheju's famous mini-oranges).
Updated Oct 11, 2003
Downtown Jeju-si is a good place to find unusual local souvenirs, or whatever else interests you. There are plenty of stores, so shop around before buying anything major. You can just browse, as I did.
What to buy: All kinds of merchandise.
What to pay: Know how to bargain.
Written Dec 1, 2006
Most of the points of interests in this island seems to be geared for tourists....The one I was so disappointed with was The Shinyoung Cinema Museum. I was expecting a "micro" universal studio type theme and it didn't even come close. Mostly posters and photos of past and present korean starz....This site is more suited to the older local tourists and local movie buffs....
Unique Suggestions: Don't hang too long inside not unless you really are in to Korean movie stars. Go out the back because a really nice setting awaits you there....Find yourself a spot, open up your drink and soak up some sun....The view of the ocean is outstanding....
Ignore the other tourists armed with cameras shooting pics. They are unavoidable anywhere in the island that's been written up as places to see.
Updated Jan 16, 2003