Tag Archives: South Korea

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

Sanbangsan Bomusa Temple

The location of this temple was part way up Mt Sanbangsan on the south-western end of Jeju Island. The view of the coastline was stunning and a welcomed cool breeze washed over me. Despite feeling hot, almost everyone else wore jackets. Continue reading Sanbangsan Bomusa Temple

Seongeup Folk Village

South-west from Seongsan was Seongeup Folk Village. I was hesitant about visiting this site because I’d already seen Jeju Island’s traditional houses when I entered Stone Park. But the difference was Stone Park contained replicas, Seongeup was the real thing. Continue reading Seongeup Folk Village

A taste of Korea

One of my greatest pleasures in travelling is food, but on my first two visits to South Korea some ten years ago, I was strictly vegetarian and disappointed in what was on offer. Perhaps I wasn’t prepared enough. Before my recent trip, I’d changed my diet and discovered the rewards of Korean cuisine. Continue reading A taste of Korea

The other side of the mountain

There were two trails — one to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak summit that I had already climbed with a $5 entrance fee, and a free trail. I headed to the latter. Continue reading The other side of the mountain

Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

As I relive my trip through these posts, I’m forever thankful that my three weeks in South Korea were back in October/November last year before our world changed. I’m following the situation in Korea as much as my own country, and marvel at Korea’s latest adaptation I heard on CBC news this morning — Seoul set up a drive-in movie (remember those?) that sold out in ten minutes! Continue reading Jeju Island’s Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

A beckoning bridge

Less than a kilometre from Cheonjiyeon Falls was South Korea’s longest pedestrian bridge from Seogwipo Wharf to Saescom Island that I couldn’t resist. Opened in 2009, this unique bridge’s architecture was inspired by traditional Jeju longboats. Continue reading A beckoning bridge

Cheonjiyeon Falls

Jeju’s Seogwipo had a second waterfall that may not have been as dramatic as Jeongbank Falls, but the setting was more picturesque. High cliffs enclosed the valley where lush vegetation fringed the clear waters from Sombancheon River. Continue reading Cheonjiyeon Falls

Jeju’s Jeongbang Falls

Within Seogwipo City along the waterfront on the southern coast of Jeju Island was Jeongbang Waterfall, claimed to be the only waterfall in Asia to plummet directly into the sea. Continue reading Jeju’s Jeongbang Falls

Jeju herb dongsan

This herb garden was half way between Seongsan and Seogwipo on the south-east coast of Jeju Island. There were not only gardens of herbs and fragrant flowers, but accommodation available for those seeking natural treatments. I sampled herbal tea that was one of the best I’d ever tasted. Continue reading Jeju herb dongsan