Jeju Island, also known as the “Island of the Gods”, is blessed with natural attractions such as Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (Sunrise Peak), Manjanggul Cave, (the longest lava tube in the world), Mount Hallasan (the highest mountain in South Korea) etc.
Many of these famous spots are well visited by tourists, and our guesthouse owner was nice enough to tell us their little secret chill out spot near Podo Hotel, a thirty minute drive away from where we stayed (Tae Gong Gak Inn & Guesthouse). And here are the hidden jems!
Designed by famous Korean-Japanese architect Itami Jun (1937 – 2011) in 2007 and completed in 2009, Bangju Church (Address: 427 Sangcheon-ri, Andeok-myeon, Sogwipo, Jeju island) was given the name “Church of the Sky” for its location overlooking the southern coast and Mount Sanbang.
从民宿出发，开车大约三十分钟，我们抵达了地图上没注明的方舟敎堂 (Bangju Church)。
Resembling the Noah’s Ark, the church stands silently within a rural landscape and is surrounded by a tranquil pool, traversed by stone walkways. Itami Jun was known for incorporating Korean traditional aesthetics into contemporary designs which existed in harmony with the natural surroundings. Podo Hotel was also designed by Itami Jun, then the master architect of the government-sponsored Jeju Gobal Education City project.
Directly opposite Bangju Church sits Olive Cafe, an antique coffee mill gallery which serves drip coffee. Over 30 types of antique coffee mills are displayed in the cafe, most of which were part of the owner’s collection.
The owner of the cafe was surprised by the visit of two Singaporean girls on a weekday in Jeju, and she offered us a traditional Korean cake for tasting, a very kind gesture indeed.
我们点了芝士蛋糕与热可可，而热情的主人也送上了传统韩国糕点让我们品尝，真是让我们受宠若惊！糕点里有类似绿豆沙的馅料，甜而不腻，外皮口感Q，有点像中式的红龟粿（Ang Ku Kueh）。
The cake was filled with bean paste which reminded us of our traditional Chinese sweet cakes.
Ordered our favourite cheesecake too
We spent about 3 hours here, immersing ourselves in the afternoon sun and enjoying the peace in the cool weather, easily one of the most awesome afternoons in the past 10 years of travel.