We stayed at Seogwipo (the southern part of Jeju island) during our 4D3N self-drive trip around Jeju island. Hotels are not cheap at Jeju – thankfully we found one that cost only about S$100+ per night (for 2 persons) – Feliz Telcon Hotel. The Jeju GPS coordinate for Feliz Telcon Hotel is 7492008. Driving from the Jeju airport to Feliz Telcon hotel will take about 1+ hour.

You can take a No. 600 airport bus from Jeju International Airport and alight at the New Kyungnam Hotel stop – the bus journey will take about 1 hour 20 minutes. From the New Kyungnam Hotel stop, you can cross the road to take a taxi (approx fare: 3000 KRW) to reach Feliz Telcon hotel. Please note that I didn’t take the airport bus – these are instructions from Feliz Telcon hotel. You can also take a taxi from the airport to Feliz Telcon hotel (fixed fare: 35000 KRW).

Important Point to Note: When booking a room at Feliz Telcon Hotel via third party sites like Agoda, Booking.com or even directly with the hotel, make sure you explicitly indicate you are booking the room for 2 persons and have it on the written/printed on the hotel booking confirmation form. When we checked in, they saw that we booked 2 rooms and have 4 persons and tried to ask for payment for 2 persons (on top of what we have already paid Agoda – the full hotel rate for the 4 nights we will be there). Thankfully, we have it on the record with Agoda that we have 2 persons staying in each room (and they have that on their record too). I saw a few reviews on Agoda complaining about the additional payment so do take note. Having your hotel confirmation indicated as double room is not enough – it must show that you have paid for 2 persons to stay in the room.

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Don’t expect a Shangri-La for Feliz Telcon Hotel – this is perhaps a one or two-star hotel (if it even has a hotel star classification system). There is an elevator and overall the hotel is quite clean and tidy. No breakfast is provided.

The rooms are basic but very very clean. Quite spacious too. There is a fridge, TV, table and chairs in the room – you can also boil water with the in-room kettle. There is also a hairdryer so I would say the room is quite well provided for. The bed is ok – quite comfortable.

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The bathroom is quite spacious. Toothpaste, Shampoo and Body Wash are provided. I think Toothbrush is not provided so bring your own and if you need hair conditioner and your own type of shampoo, bring travel sized ones along.

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Towels are provided but they are really small – more than hand towels than bath towels. That is the only complaint I have of Feliz Telcon hotel. Other than that, I think it is quite value for money and location (in terms of where it is located in Seogwipo) is quite good too.

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There is free parking along the road outside Feliz Telcon hotel. Do note that it can be quite challenging to find parking in the evenings. Feliz Telcon hotel is located right in the middle of the food street but do manage your expectations on what does a food street in Jeju mean – it doesn’t mean cheap roadside food stalls and eateries. There are a number of restaurants – BBQ pork, seafood and other Korean food in this food street – I will recommend where to eat in Jeju (for good Jeju Pork Ramen, BBQ Black Pork and Ginseng Chicken) in my next few blog posts (but not here in this food street outside Feliz Telcon hotel).

The Seogwipo Olleh market is very near to the Feliz Telcon hotel – about a 10 minute walk away – ask the reception for help and a map of the area and Seogwipo. The Feliz Telcon hotel reception speaks passable English – it depends on who is rostered to be at the front desk – for some staff, I was able to have a basic conversation of the best eating places in Seogwipo and the GPS coordinates to get there; for others, it is quite challenging to start a conversation even.

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This is a picture of the coveted plate of Seafood White Beehoon 海鲜白米粉 served at the famous Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 coffeeshop (also known as You Huak (友发餐室) restaurant).  People drive from different parts of Singapore to wait for hours during dinner at Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 coffeeshop just for this plate of Seafood White Beehoon 海鲜白米粉!

The plate of Seafood White Beehoon 海鲜白米粉 pictured here is the large serving S$12.  It comes in small (S$4.50); medium (S$8) and large (S$12) – if you have 3 persons – medium size would do; for more than 4 persons – order large.  But sometimes even a large serving is not enough because this white bee hoon is so so delicious!

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The ingredients – prawn and sotong – are quite fresh and you have to eat this with the chili provided at each table.   The chili is unique as it is quite spicy and slightly sour at the same time.  I can’t describe the taste of this white bee hoon but when I tried it for the first time, I know that I will come back many many times it and I immediately understood why people would queue for hours to eat this.

Most people queuing for the Sembawang white bee hoon will be very familiar with this set of chairs as they will likely have been staring at it for a long time – the picture below is a rare sight but totally possible – just come early around 4.30pm.  If a queue for the Sembawang white bee hoon has formed, this set of chairs will serve as the barrier to enter the coffeeshop – you will need to order your food with the Sembawang white bee hoon staff first and then wait for a table to be available.

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Selecting side dishes (the white bee hoon is a no-brainer choice – you just have to decide on the size) at Sembawang White Bee Hoon is really simple as the very popular side dishes are clearly marked on the menu.  For example, this Home Made Fried Bean Curd 自制炸豆腐 (S$10 for small/ S$15 for medium/ S$20 for large) is a recommended dish on the menu and indeed it is very very good – fried to its crispy goodness – dip it in the mayonnaise provided and it completes its yummyness!

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Before we go further to introduce more of our favorite side dishes (of course accompanying our favorite Sembawang White Bee Hoon 海鲜白米粉), let me show you the menu for Sembawang White Bee Hoon coffeeshopclick the picture to expand to see the menu more clearly.

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Another must try is the Meat & Seafood Roll 虾栆 (S$10/ S$15/ S$20).

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For some vegetables – try this Sweet Potato Leaves 番薯叶 (S$7/ S$10/ S$15).

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The Stir Fried Sesame Kampong Chicken (S$10/ S$15/ S$20) is not one of the recommended dish on the Sembawang White Bee Hoon menu.  While it tastes good, I wouldn’t recommend it as it is too much of a hassle to eat – too bony – furthermore, there are so many other recommended side dishes choices in the Sembawang White Bee Hoon menu.

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Here is a picture of me enjoying my Sembawang White Bee Hoon – notice that my Transitions Signature lenses are completely clear indoor so I can see my favorite Sembawang white bee hoon as I savour it!

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Here is a picture of me with my dad in front of the Sembawang White Bee Hoon coffeeshop – while it is known as You Huak restaurant officially – the big 白米粉 cannot be missed!

As you may have now known, my dad and I are both avid fans of Transitions lenses – although his Transitions lenses are an earlier version while mine is the latest Transitions Signature. As you can see in the picture, my Transitions Signature lenses are darker and that’s because they are powered by the exclusive Chromea7 technology that makes the lenses more reactive to direct and indirect light (like those lights bouncing off from the surrounding glass windows).

For more info on the Transition Signature lenses, see: http://www.passportchop.com/travel-articles/transitions-signature-lenses-life-well-lit/

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Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 Address: 22 Jalan Tampang Singapore 758966 – Opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre

Getting to Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉

– Nearest MRT: Sembawang

– Take the Sembawang Shopping Centre free shuttle bus from the Sembawang MRT bus stop or Bus 980 from the Sun Plaza bus stop

Website: http://www.whitebeehoon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sembawang-白米粉/283835041786

They will update their Facebook page when they are closed during their usual opening days so do check it before going to avoid disappointment (furthermore, for some of you – Sembawang is a long long way from home – almost reach Malaysia already :-))

Telephone Contact: +65 98434699 – according to Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 facebook page, don’t bother calling after 5.30pm as they will be very busy during these timings. You cannot call to make a reservation for a table – I think only for tabao (I am not sure as I haven’t tried this option before)

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10.30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Coupon parking available around Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 You Huak coffeeshop but very limited.

Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 do not accept reservations so you will have to make your way down to queue for it. If you don’t like to queue for a long time, go to Sembawang White Bee Hoon 白米粉 at Jalan Tampang before 5pm.

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