It was a long bus drive to Jeongdongjin a town in the east coast of South Korea, a gloomy Monday evening. Just as we stepped from the bus, the hotel caught our view. It looked like a big ship hoisted on a raised cliff. It was about 500 feet long and 150 ft tall- a fairly immense hotel constructed next to the beach looking out over the sea. We however had to walk all the way to the top of the cliff. We were exhausted, all of us, Jim was hungry and Tammy kept complaining that she needed to take a shower. We had been in South Korea for two weeks and personally I couldn’t wait to take a swim in the salty sea.
My husband Jim and Tammy’s husband Phil went ahead to book a room as Tammy and I stayed back to have a better look of the hotel surroundings. The site was awesome, thanks to the surrounding mountains. A guide informed us that there was a park neighboring the hotel and a lake. We walked back to the hotel and found that the guys had booked a cozy two-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette and balcony with a view of the sea. We freshened up and went downstairs to eat.
We had planned to stay a week but I was beginning to have second thoughts; this place was breathtakingly beautiful especially the sunrises and sunsets that we couldn’t miss each dawn and evening. The food was mouth watering ranging from Korean to European sea food and the best thing is we would enjoy the view from the rotating bar on the topmost floor.
On Wednesday, Tammy and I decided to visit the hotel’s fitness club for the better part of the morning as the guys took on some golfing. Afterwards we went for lunch, ordered some delicious crabs and set off to the beach. Being a moderately sunny day, the warm water felt great. I had not gotten a chance to see the legendary “Hands of Promise” and we made plans to visit the following day.
Overall, it was a splendid week although the prices are a little bit overstretched especially the internal restaurant which the administration insists visitors should use. It is also advisable to go with a personal car as buses are a bit scarce and you would have to walk several kilometers a day. I would however recommend it as travel destination as there is so much to see on the way and within.