Tag Archives: South Korea

An yong hi hasayo

As I reflect on my three weeks in South Korea, I have to thank my friend Seungju who patiently helped me learn some basic Korean before my trip. It made a huge difference — not so much in Seoul — but everywhere else. Continue reading An yong hi hasayo

Cactus Grove habitat

Along the shore line of Wollyeong on Jeju Island’s western side grew the only wild cactus in Korea. No one knows for sure how cactus first grew in this location but one theory was that seeds arrived by warm Kuroshio currents from Mexico. Continue reading Cactus Grove habitat

An en-chanting trail

One hundred metres from Chunwangsa Temple within Hallasan National Park was Seokgulam Trail leading to a hermitage. Situated in the Aheumanhopgol Valley, this was only a 1.5 kilometre hike one way, but it was steep and the steps were often amongst tree roots. Continue reading An en-chanting trail

Hovering prayers of autumn

Chunwangsa Buddhist Temple was tucked away in one of the nighty-nine valleys of Hallasan National Park. I might never have entered the grounds except for the time of year. Continue reading Hovering prayers of autumn

My final search for an oreum

I had driven almost full circle around Jeju Island and arrived near the western half of Hallasan National Park. I was ready to find an oreum that had so far evaded me within the park’s eastern side. Continue reading My final search for an oreum

One of the three god’s mountains

I headed to Mara Provincial Marine Park to circuit the coastline. This was only a three kilometre trail running along the high cliffs above the East China Sea. I hoped for a better view of its highest point. Continue reading One of the three god’s mountains

An unexpected encounter

As I headed towards a hike to Mt Songaksan, I spotted a group of women climbing into the back of a pick up truck and knew what I was witnessing — the Haenyeo. Continue reading An unexpected encounter

Nature’s artwork — Yeongmeori

About 1.8 million years ago, Yeongmeori meaning dragon head was formed by an underwater explosion. I descended steep steps through a chasm over the oldest rock on Jeju Island. It was a fight to watch where I stepped when the weathered basalt rock formed unique shapes. Continue reading Nature’s artwork — Yeongmeori

A taste for Jeju

Jeju Island was my favourite place to eat in South Korea. It was seafood heaven, and if you’re a fan of the delights from the ocean, this is the island to head to for variety and freshness. Continue reading A taste for Jeju

Sanbangulsa Grotto

Jeju Island’s Sanbangsan Mountain was a large lava dome formed about 800 000 years ago that rose 395 metres above sea level. I hoped to climb this mountain, but the steps only went up 150 metres to the Sanbangulsa Grotto. Continue reading Sanbangulsa Grotto