Camping and hwe 회 (raw fish). Sounds like the perfect combination, right? Right! With the new year just around the corner, I wanted to introduce a few of my favorite places on Jeju Island that I regularly take friends visiting from the mainland. One is an awesome caravan camping place near Hamdeok Beach called Camping Star and the other is a fishery (수산) serving up fresh caught fish sliced into hwe pieces to-go. Ironically, the latter was recently introduced to me and a group of close friends by the owners of the camping place.
The camping site is located at the edge of Seoubong Peak and is part of Hamdeok Beach, which is well-known for its white sand beaches and clear blue waters. At the top of Seoubong Peak (which takes a leisure 10 minute hike), you have sweeping views of Jeju’s coastline and makes for an ideal spot for sunrise/sunset seekers. As for the caravan camping, the term “camping” might throw some people off, but I assure you the place has everything you need with minimal preparation—a clean bed, extra blankets, heater/air conditioner, TV, small kitchen, shower, fridge, and free wi-fi are just a few of the amenities. There is practically nothing you need to prepare other than food (unless you choose to eat out at one of the many nearby restaurants) and extra clothes. Even better, the costs are very reasonable compared to the more expensive hotels, pensions, and resorts in the area. Original prices are reflected in the graph below, but mention Mykoreaneats (or Jason) to get the following discount rates: 25% off during high and peak seasons / 40% off during off-season. ^^
I am not a big fan of hwe 회 or anything raw for that matter. However, when my friends come from the mainland in search of quality raw fish, I skip the expensive hwe restaurants and take them directly to a fishery/fishmonger a few kilometers from the Hamdeok area in Jocheon. Here you can get fresh caught seafood like gwangeo (flatfish), ureok (rockfish), muneo (octopus),bangeo (yellowtail) and at a fraction of the cost. On one particular visit, our group of four had three large yellowtail meticulously prepped for carry-out at 50,000 won (approx. $50 US dollars). It was nice not only saving all that money, but seeing my friends trying to finish off the huge platter of yellowtail hwe was quite a sight. By the way, I did try a few pieces and it had a unique taste and texture—slightly chewy, tender, and meaty come to mind. For serious hwe-lovers, I highly recommend this alternative way to get some super fresh seafood.
It’s okay to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings. ~ Kurt Cobain
Camping Star 캠핑스타
San 4, Hamdeok-ri, Jocheon-eup (제주시 조천읍 함덕리 산 4)
Phone: 064-782-0053 (for English, ask for Justin)
Click here for the official website (in Korean): http://campingstar.kr/
For an interactive map: http://me2.do/FfCdwFwt
Jocheon Fishery 조천수산
2714-5 Jocheon-ri, Jocheon-eup (제주시 조천읍 조천리 2714-5)
Phone: 064-782-1426 or 017-693-1426 (Korean speakers only)
Hours: Open every day 10am ~ 6pm, calling in advance highly recommended for availability and quote
For an interactive map: http://me2.do/xPyL2aFK
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