Explore Jeju, the island filled with lovely things
Jeju-do is well-known for its magnificent and beautiful nature scenes. However, it is also famous for lots of things to see and enjoy. For those admiring cute and small things, a trip to Jeju-do Island is strongly recommended. Let’s take a closer look at a cute-themed trip around Jeju!
Innisfree Jeju House
Innisfree Jeju House is an experience hall for the Korean cosmetic brand, Innisfree. Instead of a generic display of cosmetic products, Innisfree Jeju House feels more like a pretty café where visitors can take a break within Jeju’s marvelous nature scenery. It is located inside Seogwang Tea Garden of O’sulloc, and has glass walls on three sides, providing perfect views of the green tea plantation panorama. Even Hallasan Mountain can be seen from the exhibition hall on clear days.
Organic Green Café, located inside Innisfree Jeju House, provides healthy foods, made with fresh Jeju-do ingredients, such as guksu (noodles) made out of seaweed, hotdogs made out of sweet and sour tangerine sausage, bingsu made with Jeju’s beans and more. Why don’t you try the sparkling lemonade in the café while you appreciate the view of the green tea plantation?
Another attractive point of Innisfree Jeju House is that it offers a natural soap making class zone. Since there are no fixed class times nor lecturers, visitors can easily experience natural soap making at their leisure. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to make soap. You can watch a simple video and follow the procedure after buying a soap material kit. This zone is popular with everyone. The experience takes 15 to 30 minutes and your trip will become more fun as you make natural soap at Innisfree Jeju House!
Innisfree Jeju House
-Address: 425, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
-Homepage: http://jeju.innisfree.co.kr (Korean)
-Natural soap making experience fee: 15,000 won per kit
Hello Kitty Island
Opened in late 2013, Hello Kitty Island is a character-themed museum. The entire exterior of the building is colored a lovely pink. Hello Kitty, first introduced in 1974 by a famous Japanese character company, has been widely loved by the world for 40 years. Through the decades, the character became a star, with a large number of fans, both children and adults alike.
Hello Kitty Island charmingly shows the history of the character, Hello Kitty. Visitors can see the character’s changes over time, including not only Hello Kitty, but also the addition of her family, baby Kitty and more. Located next to Hello Kitty History Hall is the Art Education Hall, where children can try drawing Hello Kitty themselves or make their own characters. The second floor is a gallery exhibiting Hello Kitty-related items. Kitty Room is also popular, as it is decorated like the princess room of every little girl’s dreams. In addition, visitors can watch a three-dimensional video of Hello Kitty’s adventure on the third floor. They may also have a cup of coffee along with a unique cake decorated with Hello Kitty’s face in the café and purchase various kinds of Hello Kitty souvenirs on the way out.
Hello Kitty Island
-Address: 340, Hanchang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
-Admission: Adults 12,000 won, teens 11,000 won, children 9,000 won
Located next to Taeheung Elementary School in Namwon-eup, Jeju-do is a small, red-roofed building. It is Corea Coffee, a coffee farm, which has been harvesting coffee since even before coffee became a popular drink in Korea. The coffee trees used to make Jeju-do’s Corea Coffee beverages grow in a large vinyl greenhouse next to the Corea Coffee building. Inside the greenhouse, many coffee trees are planted here and there, giving the feeling of being in a coffee forest.
About 1,200 coffee trees grow in the greenhouse and they are all well adjusted to Jeju-do’s climate and soil. Coffee cherries can be harvested in April or May after the trees begin to bloom. Artificial cultivation in the greenhouse increases the production amount to twice that of natural cultivation.
Diverse world of coffee
The scent of Corea Coffee’s brew will take you to a whole new world. The first sip may feel a bit tart, but your taste buds will warm to the smooth and neat aftertaste right away. When importing fresh coffee beans from overseas, it takes four to five months by ship. By the time they arrive, the coffee beans may have gone bad or begin to give off a foul smell. However, as Corea Coffee’s coffee beans are stored in parchment and roasted in small amounts as needed, their coffee has a very fresh and neat, well-balanced flavor which tastes neither weak not strong. Visitors can even sample and compare Corea Coffee’s coffee to coffee brews from other producers.
In one corner of the café, uniquely-textured artworks, made with coffee beans, peels and grounds, are displayed on the wall. What a unique use for coffee! The café operates different experience programs, including coffee sampling, drawing with coffee, and scent pouch making, as well as coffee-related educational classes, such as coffee farm visiting, barista experiences and coffee tree seed planting.
-Address: Next to Taeheung Elementary School/ 907, Taewi-ro, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
-Directions (public transportation): Take Bus 730 (to Namjoro Line) from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and get off at Mudodong bus stop.
*This article is an edited version of a Korean article.
Courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization – Korean website
Original Korean article: http://korean.visitkorea.or.kr/kor/inut/travel/content/C03020100/view_1909802.jsp
Written and photographed by Jung Eun Ju, a travel writer
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