Good day, poker players! Have you booked your flights for WPT Korea 2016 – October yet? If not, head on over to Part 1 of this Jeju Travel Assistance Kit for Flight and Visa Information.
If you’re up and ready for the upcoming festivities, then read below for dining, transportation, and language information you would very much need once you set foot onto the beautiful island of Jeju!
Name: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
Capital: Jeju City
Language: Koreanic Silian Jeju
Currency: Korean Won (KRW)
Getting Around Jeju Island
There are many ways to get around once in Jeju. Public buses and taxis are the main methods of public transportation, though one may also choose to rent motorcycles and bicycles and ride them out to the many paths when the weather allows for it. Below are some basic transportation information of Jeju:
Regular Fare: ₩1,500 going up ₩100 every 213 meters. The night-fare (from midnight to 04:00 AM) will cost 20% more.
Getting around by taxi in Jeju is the easiest option from point A to point B, though many of the drivers may speak only limited English, if not at all. For half or full-day tours, there are tour taxis available who will act as driver, tour guide, and photographer for about ₩80,000 – ₩120,000 per day.
By Public Bus
Regular Fare: Around ₩1,000 fee per adult.
Public inner-city buses are reliable, yet not the most effective way to travel around Jeju, though it may add the local touch to your trip. There are public buses to almost every tourist destination, though others may still require a short walk or hike. Below is a list of buses routes and destinations:
Jeju Trolley Limousine Bus Tour
One-day Pass Fare: ₩35,000 per adult
Two-day Pass Fare: ₩55,000 per adult
This climate-controlled bus tour is the most comfortable and quickest way to get a feel for the island of Jeju for short-term tourists. There are two courses: one from the east side of the island (Seong-eup Folk Village – Manjang Caves – Seopjikoji, includes option to Elephant Land for an extra ₩12,000), and one from the west side (O’Sulloc Tea Museum – Soingook Theme Park – Cheonjieon Waterfalls, includes option to Seogwipo Ferry for ₩16,500). Reservations must be made at least one day before by calling 064/763-8879.
For the adventurous types, renting a bike to drive around Jeju may be the best choice to take in the scenery. Some English-speaking options (will also be able to provide English rental agreements) include: Mr. Lee’s Bike Shop and Scooter & Free Zone.
Dining around Maison Glad Jeju
Maison Glad Jeju is a posh, 5-star hotel situated in the heart of Jeju City, and the third-consecutive venue for the ever popular WPT Korea event. For this segment of the travel assistance kit, let’s look at some famous dining options one can find close to the hotel – both local and international fares available:
This homey café is situated at a stand-alone complex about three minutes’ walk from the hotel. It serves delicious Illy-brand coffee, as well as a selection of both cakes and savory snacks. Address: 10-1, Jewon 4-gil, Jeju, Jeju Island 690-813, South Korea (690-813제원4길 10-1) | T: +82-064-711-8876
Jiang BBQ (짱 숯불갈비)
Have a taste of Korean barbecue at this famous Jeju establishment, only a 10-minute walk away from the hotel. Make sure to try their renowned marinated pork BBQ. Address: 282-34 Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea (연동 · 제주특별자치도 제주시 연동 282-2) | T: +82 64-749-1023
Marado Sushi (마라도 횟집)
Craving for some Japanese sushi? Marado Sushi is a famous local sushi joint for the Japanese fix, only 13 minutes by taxi from the hotel. Address: 82, Sammu-Ro, Jeju, Jeju Island 63124, South Korea (63124삼무로 82) | T: +82-064-746-2286
Jjui Bbang (쭈이빵)
Finally, we have Jjui Bbang, a local seafood restaurant, well-known for its famous king crab dishes. Only four minutes away from the hotel. Address: Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea (제주특별자치도 제주시 연동 273-18) | T: +82-064-745-8888