The next day, I woke up around 7AM South Korea time (that’s 6AM Manila time). According to my weather app, it’s 8˚C outside. With that kind of weather, who doesn’t want to sleep in longer? But I forced my sleepy butt because we’re exploring Jeju Island that day! YAY!
After fixing myself, I went to the hotel restaurant at the 21st floor for breakfast. They have a nice selection of food, but what’s really important is that they have bacon and eggs. And some bread. Hehe. The restaurant has a 360˚ view of the city but it was so foggy that you can barely see anything. :(
Apart from being a popular honey destination, Jeju Island is also packed with a colorful array of specialty theme parks and attractions. They have museums about sex, glass, teddy bears, and even chocolates! They have A LOT of museums that it’s nearly impossible to visit all within 4 days, but here are the places we’ve visited, in chronological order:
First Stop: Alive Museum
Alive Museum wasn’t part of the initial itinerary given to us, so I had no idea what this attraction offers. I thought it was a museum about the human body! I was already picturing myself walking through a gigantic rib cage and beating heart. Hehe.Alive Museum is all about optical illusions. At first, I wasn’t impressed but the artworks became more intricate and bigger as we go along. I’ve never been to a museum like this before and I had so much fun pretending I’m falling off the cliff.
Second Stop: Teddy Bear Museum
If your kid loves teddy bear, then they will enjoy this museum filled with teddy bear exhibits. First, a little history tidbit about teddy bears. Back in Mississippi 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt went on a hunting trip but unable to find a bear. Roosevelt’s supporters caught a bear cub, but he refused to shoot it. The event was documented in the Washington Post and received a huge positive response from the public. The story inspired Brooklyn toymaker, Morris Michtom, to invent the Teddy Bear. And the rest is history.
Now the museum is divided into different sections: The History Hall, the Art Hall, and the Project Exhibition Hall. The History Hall demonstrates the 100-year history of teddy bears including famous scenes and personalities of different eras. While the Art Hall features artworks of world’s famous designers and animation characters. The museum also features the Mona Lisa teddy bear and the $190,000 Louis Vuitton bear.
Spotted this little girl touring the museum wearing this cute costume
Third Stop: Hello Kitty Island and Cafe
Of course, our museum-hopping trip wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t visit the Hello Kitty Island & Cafe. It’s a four-story museum dedicated to the famous British
feline personality. Visiting the Hello Kitty Island and Cafe in Jeju is like watching MTV Cribs, except everything is pink and cute. Although I’m not a big fan, I couldn’t resist the excitement as I explore her house. I particularly loved the table and cabinets because its French-inspired only painted in pink!
They also have a cafe, though I’m a little disappointed not everything on their menu are shaped like a cat.
Website: Hello Kitty Island and Cafe
Opening Hours: 9AM to 11PM
Fourth Stop: Love Land
Up next was Love Land, an outdoor sculpture theme park about… SEX! You have to be at least 18 years old (with an open mind) to visit this place. The park also has a gallery filled with sex toys and dioramas featuring different sex scenes that may or may not have happened in real life. Now, I know not everyone will enjoy this portion of my adventure, so I posted the photos on a private post.
Website: Jeju Love Land
Opening Hours: 9AM to Midnight
Fifth Stop: The Painters: Hero Show
When you’re in Korea, this is a show you wouldn’t want to miss. For 90 minutes, a group of artists will present various ways to express art using simple materials. In this production, Team Picasso presented us their talents in creating one of a kind art using Rubik’s Cube, charcoal, paint scribbles, oil and water, and so on. Watching them perform is proof that art is also a skill one needs to master. At the end of the show, we had a ‘photo time’ where we could take photos of the boys and the artwork. You can also get souvenirs signed by the group outside the theater. Here are some of the non-blurry photos that I took:
Last Stop: Korean Dinner
To end the day, Sunny took us to another restaurant to taste the culture of Korea. I must’ve been very tired and hungry because I forgot to ask the name of the restaurant. But one thing I noticed about these Korean restaurants is that they never run of leafy greens and colorful array of side dishes and sauces. And given the serving, Koreans eat a lot!
It’s been a long day, but the weather was starting to get a bit better. So when we got back to the hotel, we took this chance to wander around the city and buy *ehem* makeup! Our first (and only) stop was Etude House and even if I had no plans of buying anything, I ended up with a small bag of beauty goodies because makeup is really cheeaaaaap in Korea. But I’ll be discussing that in another post. :)