When you arrive at the Jeju Island, deciding whether to stay in Sinjeju(신제주, I prefer Shinjeju since Jeju never committed a sin but Sinjeju is the official title) or Gujeju(구제주, Old-Jeju) depends on your choice. If you prefer the newly built uptown area, Sinjeju would be your choice. On the other hand, people who’d like to feel what Jeju City had been like in the past should go to the Gujeju(Old Jeju). These two sections of the Jeju City are totally separated.
There are several Guesthouses you can book in this area, but most of the famous GHs are place in the Gujeju area(because rents are cheaper, and many motels were renovated to GHs. Greenday and The Forest are the GHs I recommend in the Gujeju area.
After unpacking your luggage, you might wanna take a look at the Shinjeju Newtown. I will tell you which part of the Shinjeju you should visit.
As lots of coffee shops can be found in the area marked in the map, I would just point out some of the famous cafes where locals favor. So-called ‘Cafes’ which I’ve mentioned below are placed along the streets near the mark ‘출발’ above in the DaumMaps.
Now it’s time to take a walk to the hillside park named ‘한라수목원(Halla Arboretum).’ You are not too faraway from the back gate of Halla Arboretum from these cafes. Walk for 10 minutes and you’ll soon find the signboard places at the back gate of the Halla Arboretum.
After taking a walk in the Halla Arboretum, you can head to the Coffee Shop Area near ‘제주한라대학교(Jeju Halla College)’ from the outside of Halla Arboretum with ease. Go downhills and turn left, you will soon find yourself there.
As you’ve seen from the photos above, Shinjeju Area is more about city experience rather than nature itself. But one thing that makes the Shinjeju special is that it’s like a Seoul city next to the parks and forests with clean streets! For those who would want more modern version of the Jeju city should definitely visit Shinjeju. Since most of the foreigners who visit Jeju go to Gujeju, visiting Shinjeju would certainly be a great experience, and hope you could spend your night here and prepare for your travel.
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