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A Walk in a Jeju Village: Summer in Sehwa-ri! (Part 1)

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A season that calls for rest to blow away the body and mind fatigued by everyday life. It already feels refreshing just by imagining a summer in Jeju that awaits us with blue skies and a cool breeze, transparent ocean, and green forests. It’s always good to look around popular tourist sites. But this time, how about staying in a random village that you come across in your journey? You will be able to rest as much as you want in this tranquilizing village. <A Walk in a Jeju Village - Summer Edition > introduces you to Sehwa-ri, a village on the east side of Jeju, in two parts. The first stroll course will take you to the beaches and mountains synonymous with the summer in Jeju, and popular restaurants where you can experience seasonal cuisine. Let’s take a visit to “Summer in Sehwa-ri!”

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A Walk in a Jeju VillageSummer in Sehwa-ri! (Part 1)

A season that calls for rest to blow away the body and mind fatigued by everyday life. It already feels refreshing just by imagining a summer in Jeju that awaits us with blue skies and a cool breeze, transparent ocean, and green forests. It’s always good to look around popular tourist sites. But this time, how about staying in a random village that you come across in your journey? You will be able to rest as much as you want in this tranquilizing village. <A Walk in a Jeju Village - Summer Edition > introduces you to Sehwa-ri, a village on the east side of Jeju, in two parts. The first stroll course will take you to the beaches and mountains synonymous with the summer in Jeju, and popular restaurants where you can experience seasonal cuisine. Let’s take a visit to “Summer in Sehwa-ri!”

A peaceful seaside villageSehwa
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)


“Sehwa,” a somewhat familiar name. Sehwa-ri was originally called “Narrow Got Forest.” It meant “got,” which translates in English narrow woods, leading from Akkeundarangswi Oreum Volcanic Cone down to the south of Sehwa-ri. Then “got” had evolved into “kkot,” which means flower in Korean, to give a somewhat pleasant impression, and that has been reflected in its current name “Sehwa,” in which “hwa” is another name for flower. Unlike Hamdeok, Woljeong and other parts of the east coast, Sehwa is comparatively less crowded. It’s a perfect place to trail off as you can see and experience the natural side of the village –the indigo blue ocean and oreums, or volcanic cones– and more of a modern side with cute little shops lined up along the trail. A neighborhood where you can feel the slow pace and peaceful atmosphere of a typical seaside village. This is more than enough to justify why we should visit Sehwa for a much-needed rest in the summer.


The trip beginsJilgeuraengi Tourist Center
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)


What used to be a Sehwa-ri Welfare Center has been newly renovated as “Jilgeuraengi Tourist Center” and opened in January this year. This was part of a village project aimed at creating space where local residents and visitors can freely interact. Jilgeuraengi means “gently” in Jeju dialect. It is an everyday space where locals come to fill in and enjoy. It embodies the hope that the center becomes the village’s landmark that every Sehwa-ri’s visitor can stay in comfort and come back later at any time. The center has a total of four floors (from 1F to 4F). Each floor is set up with Sehwa-ri community office, Café 477+, Gujwa Community Travel Agency, and Sehwa Stay (in preparation) respectively.


제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)


“Café 477+,” on the second floor, is quite impressive for its large space and full-sized window that gives a wide-open view out to Sehwa Beach. The place offers healthy yet tasty snacks made of local produce like bread made of rice powder and beverages made from seasonal fruits. If you want an even more special and meaningful experience, try out various activities offered by Gujwa Community Travel Agency. We recommend “Make a Tewak with a Haenyeo Uncle,” and “Make a Bulteok Mood Lamp” among many other available programs. One activity takes about an hour and a half. You can get the specifics of the program schedule and reservation from the Village PD Yang Gunmo, who is taking care of the business of Jilgeuraengi Tourist Center. (010-4928-9298)


In Sehwa-ri with a Village PDSehwa-ri Trail Map for a Summer Stroll
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉


[Download Map]

We looked through the nooks and crannies of Sehwa-ri with Village PD Yang Gunmo of the Jilgeuraengi Tourist Center. In the map, we added sights to see in the summer, activities to enjoy, and places to eat. A description of each spot is continued below.  


The season where nature becomes more vividThe Sea and Oreum (Volcanic Cones)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)


①  Sehwa Beach

While beaches in Jeju are beautiful all year round, they become even clearer and more dazzling under the summer sunshine. You will only want to jump into the water as soon as you come across Sehwa Beach replete with a variety of dazzling colors, from cobalt blue to emerald. We recommend “Shaka Surfing” for anyone wanting to experience water activities in Sehwa. You can take surfing lessons and rent paddle boats. You can even go out and ride electric kickboards. There are 20 Olle trails, and Section 8 of the Hwansang Bicycle Trail passes along the seaside. Enjoy the summer however you like it there.


 

 

제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)


②  Darangswi Oreum & Akkeundarangswi Oreum Volcanic Cone

Darangswi Oreum Volcanic Cone has a neat and balanced slope. That is why it is called the queen of  the oreum. It’s quite high, but you can reach the summit in just 30 to 40 minutes. It may not be easy to climb up the endless steps and slopes in the scorching heat. But once you get there, you will be able to see the natural landscape shaped by nature more vividly than in any other seasons such as Akkeundarangswi Oreum Volcanic Cone right before you, as well as Jimi Bong Peak, Udo Island, Yongnuni Oreum Volcanic Cone, and Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak to the back of Akkeundarangswi Oreum. Another option is to take the Darangswi Oreum Dulle-gil trail, which is a little easier to climb. Visiting the hiking information center and getting a pamphlet and necessary information will make your hiking experience even more fulfilling.


 

Sehwa’sSummer Delicacies
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)


① Sehwa Five-day Folk Market

A market where you can easily find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and fresh fish. Even if you don’t have anything to buy, you will find your spirit lifted from just taking a quick look around. They don’t just offer food ingredients. There are so many snacks to satisfy your hunger. The beautiful scenery that naturally follows by the seaside is a bonus. It opens on each day that ends with 0 and 5, so keep an eye out for the date.


제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
(Top: Sehwa Haenyeo Village, Bottom: Dada Siktak Restaurant)


②  Restaurants for Seasonal Cuisine

What cools down the summer heat better than ice-floating mulhoe? In “Sehwa Haenyeo Village,” you can taste cuttlefish mulhoe along with damselfish mulhoe. Just one spoonful of the sour soup is enough to get your appetite back. If you want a healthy meal like you would have at home, we recommend “Dada Siktak.” It is a restaurant famous for cuisine prepared with seasonal ingredients. You can check out the menu of the month on Instagram(@dada_siktak). Its main dish is filling and side dishes appetizing. There are other options. Try “Modajeong,” which sells traditional Jeju dishes like momgook and jubjak bone soup. There is also “Hallasan Mountain Doyaji,” “Jeonghan Garden,” and “Hadodaek,” which all sell Jeju black pork. You will spoil yourself with so many choices you could choose from. 

 

※ Dada Siktak closed from October 23, 2020.


제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
제주마을산책 〈여름, 세화리〉 (상)
(Top: Dabok Dabok, Bottom: Miel de Sehwa)


③  Summer Desserts

It is natural that you want something cool and sweat when the weather gets hot and humid. Maybe that’s why the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of summer dessert is a teeth-chattering bowl of bingsu (shaved ice with toppings). The injeolmi rice cake bingsu at “Dabok Dabok” presents a flavor in perfect harmony with their handmade rice cakes and red bean paste cream. What is more, the portion is big enough to go around for three to four people. Note that oil fried rice cake is another popular dessert that goes well with ice cream.

“Miel de Sehwa,” a café loved by Sehwa visitors for seven years on, offers whipped cream cake and a juice menu that includes fruits such as peaches and watermelons. Its menu varies a little by season as they use seasonal fruits. We highly recommend its newest dessert croffle (croissant + waffle) served with ice cream and fruits. You’ll find your plate empty before you even realize it.



Photos : 문성주  |  Illustrations : 조구만 스튜디오  |  In Cooperation with : 질그랭이 여행자센터 


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