Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Korea Day 3 part 1

Korea Day 3 - A day spend visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone and the various museum located around Jeju. *mds* and I woke up early in the morning to set off towards Seongsan Ilchulbong.

Various wind farms along the road demonstrates Korea's commitment towards clean energy.

Finally, we arrive at Seongsan Ilchulbong yuff cone after an hour and a half of the bus journey. Spotted that this tourist attraction is actually bidding to become 1 of the 7 wonders of the new world!

And may I present to you  Seongsan Ilchulbong yuff cone, which is actually a dead volcano with a collapse cone, forming a caldera in the middle.

The panorama view of the town from the base of the volcano.

Nice view from the side

From the back of the volcano, nice view of the sea.

An interesting mix of nature and man made structure. Can you spot them?

Nice view from the mid volcano slope. I gave up climbing after 20 minutes of climbing up the endless steps to the top of the cone....

A final photo before going down the volcano slope.

Next stop is a visit to the traditional Korean village in Jeju. It was said that these village houses do not need any locks or grills in their house as everyone looks after one another, hence, there are no cases of break in or robbery. There is also a meaning to how many poles are blocking the main entrance. When all poles are down, it means the owner welcomes you to visit him. When 1 pole is up, it means come back later. When 2 poles are up, it means come back in the evening. When 3 poles are up, it means that the owner do not want any visitors.

A view of the traditional houses in Jeju

The internal structure supporting the roof

Rearing of black pigs to catch snakes, which are common in the area.

The Korean wearing the traditional costume and our tour guide

The art of collecting water in the past. (Psss...The water is infested with mosquitoes larvae. To fight it, they put in frogs, a natural predator.)

The stone mill for grinding

Finally, a decent lunch with meat... =)

A berry spotted on the roadside

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