Exploring Village Roads

It had been a long and eventful day. We had explored Sanbangsan and the yellow canola fields. We had also walked along Yongmeori Geo Trail A and got a sneak peek of Geo Trail C. After a quick meal at a local cafe, we walked back to our pension house. The roads of this idyllic coastal village were deserted in the evening. Few cars passed by and fewer people crossed paths with us. This village town was untouched by local tourism and seemed like a passage between important tourist landmarks. I relished the solitude and fresh sea breeze drifting from the coast.

There were quite a few bike rental shops. It would have been nice to cycle along the narrow roads and explore hidden nooks in the neighbourhood.

Pension House

We couldn’t find the reception to the pension house in the morning. We managed to communicate (on the phone) that we were early and had to drop our bags. The person in charge, halmoni (grandma), requested the local convenience store guy to keep our bags inside a storage unit in his store. It was nearing five by the time we reached back and I needed to crash for a bit. We picked up our bags and called the contact number once again. I don’t remember the conversation, but I remember feeling frustrated for being unable to communicate with ease. Halmoni said that Hal-aboji (grandpa) would come with the key. I felt like the cat outside the coffee shop. So near and yet so far.

The Room with the View

Basil decided to enter the pension house and we found a room open. We entered this large family room with a stunning view of the coast. Hal-aboji came pretty quickly with the key and escorted us to our room.

Our room was cosy with a splendid view of the sea and Sagye Port. It was worth the pain of communicating in broken Korean. Pension houses are preferred by most local tourists, but can be difficult for foreigners who don’t speak Korean. In the evening, Halmoni came to take the payment for the room. She was apologetic when she realised that we were actually waygook saram (foreigners) and not gyopos (of Korean ancestory/diaspora). She kept apologising and bowing. She ensured the bed heating was set and we were comfortable. I softened and melted. Her warmth was genuine and I felt guilty for being irritated earlier.

Sagye Port

Many tour companies offer boat rides around Yongmeori Coast. In the evening, most boats were tied and swayed gently with the waves.

Geo Trail

This Geo Trail (not sure if is A or B) was a stone’s throw away from our pension house. The course started at the lighthouse and continued all the way to Yongmeori Geo Trail A. We spotted the faint silhouette of Hamel’s Ship. Sanbangsan rose majestically behind it and the tuft ring of Yongmeori Coast stuck out like a dragons’s head at the tip of the coast.

The Promenade

We wanted to watch sunset before exploring the beach. The promenade is paved all the way to the lighthouse.

Sunset at Sagye Port

It was very windy and devoid of human presence. The clouds created the perfect background for the setting sun. It was nature creating natural mood lighting.

The Lighthouse

We walked the long walk to the tip of the coast. Red lighthouses are quite common in Jeju and it’s possible to enter some of them. This particular one was shut and we focussed on the sun instead.

The Yellow Submarine

We spotted a yellow submarine parked at the port. Submarine tours are also quite popular in Seogwipo (the southern part of Jeju Island).

Sagye Beach

We didn’t wait for the sun to set completely. We didn’t want to lose daylight before exploring the beach. The beach was uneven and had a few glass pieces. Few stray dogs were enjoying the cool sea breeze and the emptiness.

The waves pulled back from the beach — exposing giant volcanic rocks covered with moss. It was quite a sight.

Hyeongjeseom Island (Brother’s Island)

We spotted the faint outline of Brother’s Island. I couldn’t figure how those two islands resembled brothers looking at each other. It didn’t matter because the view of the sea rocks looked stunning with fading light. It reminded us of Seongsan Ilchulbong.


We were woken up by sunlight on the next morning. It was our last day in Jeju and I couldn’t wait to come back again.

Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

38 replies on “Admiring the Sun from Jeju’s Yongmeori Coast

  1. What a lovely visit Cheryl. From feeling like a cat β€œso near and yet so far”, to enjoying those gorgeous views from your room and then the colourful landscape with the lighthouse and yellow submarines, all so beautiful. Your posts always take me on a journey. Big hugs from a very grey and chilly Melbourne. xx

    1. hahah…that kitty was super cute! πŸ™‚ Most Korean cats are adorable. I loved this paradise and wanted to stay back and get back to writing. I love your photos too and they take me to such a different world. Blogging is a virtual gateway into parallel worlds and an opportunity to meet kindred souls. xoxox

    1. Hey Dea! Pension houses are perfect to enjoy the best/hidden places in Korea and also support locals (retired folk) with a source of income. Language can be tricky though and it’s best to carry a phrase book or translator app. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I enjoyed this scenery with it’s air of maritime tang – especially those of the exposed rockpools and the verdant green moss looking toward the gorgeously chiselled head of Sanbangsan. The geology looks beautifully eroded through the grasp of water and wind….

    1. Jeju’s geo-trails are a geologist’s dream come true. Plenty of places for birdwatching too. πŸ™‚ Sanbangsan and the rocks of Yongmeori are remnants of volcanic activity (like so many other places on the island). We loved every moment of being here. πŸ™‚

    1. We love Jeju! I’m so glad you’ve added it to your list. Have you watched ‘Sky Castle’? It’s got the highest rating for a KDrama and was a rage here. Parasite is out in theatres here, but it’s hard to find theatres with English subs. 😦

  3. The coastal mossy rocks and formations are striking, Cheryl. Great photos, Basil. This looks like a special place- thanks for taking me there.

  4. So many wonderful images here. The room with that view! The volcanic rocks and the lighthouse shots!

    Interesting about the pension houses being used primarily by Koreans. Seems like that’s the way to go…

    Lovely post.


  5. Amazing how the sky can go from one opposing color to another with such finesse. Too bad people can’t seem to merge opposing ideas as elegantly.

  6. Lucky both of you to have gotten a room with a view! It’s great to wake up to so much beauty all around. I would love to visit Jeju Island one day! Thanks for bringing me along this journey with you and Basil.

    1. Hey Helen! Hope you’ve been well. Haven’t heard from you in a while. I hope you get to visit Jeju someday. It’s beautiful just like the rest of the country. πŸ™‚

      1. I haven’t posted anything in a while, Cheryl, as I didn’t feel I had anything to write about. When I did start to write something after a “leave of absence” I discovered that WordPress had changed its writing platform to Guttenberg and it was really frustrating to use on the Block Editor instead of the Classic Editor. It was like learning how to blog all over again, so I just stopped posting but continued to read the blogs of other people that I follow.

        Right after reading this post (twice) and seeing the beautiful photos you took, I asked my daughter if she was interested to go to Jeju Island…and she said “yes”. We are planning to make it next year. I was looking at the flights and thinking of 3N/4D in Jeju Island, but my daughter seems to think that it would be too long. So now I am looking at where else to go in Korea before/after Jeju Island. Any advice will help.

      2. I know how that feels! I had saved the classic editor on my browser and still use it. Haven’t started using block editor yet. 😦
        Jeju Island is about an hour and half away from Seoul by flight. Jeju has many beautiful places to visit and 3N/4D might be short, especially if you don’t plan to drive around. Transport in Jeju is a problem. Most tourists rent a car or hire cabs/tours on a day trip. I recommend either option. The local tourism bus services only Jeju-si (the northern part of the island).
        Spring (March/April) and Autumn (Oct-Nov) are best times to visit Korea or Jeju. Timing is everything in either season. Seoul & Busan are two cities that cannot be skipped in any visit to S Korea. Both cities have an efficient subway and are connected by the super fast KTX train. Seoul has palaces, mountains, and nature. Busan has the sea, beaches, and mountains. Avoid winter (Dec-Feb) and summer (June- August). Both seasons can be extreme for a short visit. It’s hard to predict weather with climate change.
        Gangwon Province (Chuncheon, Gapyeong, Sokcho, Pyeongchang, Seoraksan, Odaesan) is know for its mountain views. It’s possible to do an overnight/day trip from Seoul to Gangwon Province. Many buddhist temples are located in the mountains and offer temple stay programs.
        I hope this helps! Feel free to write me a mail if you need more advice. I’d be happy to help in anyway. πŸ™‚

      3. Thanks for all your inputs, Cheryl! Looks like even one week is not going to be enough! You will be the first person I contact if I need some more advice on travel to Korea. 😘

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