We experienced our first snow in Jeju during that trip to the Sangumburi Crater, and also our first snow storm experience. It was beautiful at first, like the wind, the snow in the air, flying about.
At some point it also was flying in our faces, but we enjoyed it nonetheless because, SNOW! Walked all the way up to see the crater, which was SO beautiful in the winter because of all the snow that had fallen all around us. It was quite thick I wasn’t even sure what we were stepping on. My face pretty much was about to freeze up from the wind.
Isn’t the landscape so pretty?! *-* I couldn’t stop snapping photos when I was there, also snapped until my camera froze and went out of battery… (this is why you need spare batteries for winter holidays)
The reality of the snow storm kicked in once we tried leaving the place though… It was still snowing SO heavily and we had to brush all the snow off ourselves before trying to get into the car. And then we worried if we could get down the mountain roads before sunset.
We even got stuck in a snow ditch at some point and I had to help pressing the accelerator while my parents pushed the car. After that we skidded on the road for a while which I SERIOUSLY thought we were going to die there and then. Think my heart almost fell out of my mouth. We then had to stop to put on the snow chains onto the tyres (well my dad did), which were given to us when we rented the car because snow was predicted.
We then made our way down the mountain roads at 20-30km/h speeds because it was so slippery and the snow was still so heavy. Now we understand why people in other countries dislike the snow 🙁 What a scary experience…
768, Bijarim-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Opening hours: 0900 – 1800 (Closed on 1700 from Nov – Feb)
Admission fees: 6,000 won (Adults); 3,000 won (Youths, Children, Seniors)