Sun Cruise sitting high and dry on the coastal cliff of Jeongdongjin.
To get to Sun Cruise Hotel and Yacht from Jeongdongjin Beach, I could only walk.
Public transport was out of question as there was only one bus (Bus 109) going
to the Hotel every two hours. Flagging down a taxi was also not easy as empty
taxis were few and far between.
The slope leading to the Hotel was
steep, probably about 50° gradient. I could feel the full force of gravity
acting down on me as I struggled my way up. The fortunate thing was the distance
to overcome was not too long. It took about 15-20 minutes to get to the top but
it was worthwhile effort.
Entrance fee for non-resort guest is
5,000won. The recommended course - panaromic view of the East Sea, bird's eye
view of Jeongdongjin from the Observation Deck and a leisure walk around the
sculpture park. I was most interested in the Observation Deck. I wanted to look
down from the highest point of the ship. 15 more images after the break...
Sun Cruise is 165 metres in length, 45 metres in height and 30,000 tons in
weight. A 1:1 replica of a passenger cruise liner.
Looking out at the East Sea from the garden inside the resort
The Observation Deck is at level 9. To get to the open deck or the Observation
Deck, I have to first negotiate through a souvenir shop. For people who are
afraid of height, the open deck is not a place to be, because the only barrier
that separates you from the cliff below is the guardrails. But for me, standing
at such an elevated height and close to the edge of the ship with absolutely
nothing to obstruct my view, gave me an adrenaline rush.
Looking down on the yacht-like restaurant from the open deck of Sun Cruise.
People with acrophobia, beware.
This is the view that I was there for - bird's eye view of Jeongdongjin.
The bow of the ship. It was almost like the ship was sailing across the East Sea.
The revolving Sky Lounge is at level 10 but it is not served by lift.
You have to walk up two levels (there is an intermediate level between level 9
and 10) of stairs to get there. It is an ideal place to sit down, enjoy a cup of
coffee and the wonderful view outside without feeling acrophobic.
The bridge of the ship was actually a revolving sky lounge.
Inside the sky lounge. The window seats with breathtaking view were all taken
Leaving Sun Cruise and on my way out.
After sunset (about 5:30pm),
temperature dipped sharply. Staying too long outdoor was just too chilly for
comfort. So it was back to accommodation for me to "thaw" a bit before going
back to Jeongdongjin Beach for the "New Year Party". I did not stay for the
countdown. Countdown was done in my room with TV on. At midnight, I looked out
the windows as fireworks lit up the night sky of Jeongdongjin. I could not
remember when was the last time I saw fireworks on New Year's Day.