Sunday, November 25, 2007

Jeju Island

I spent Thanksgiving weekend on Jeju Island (or Jejudo, in Korean). It was nice and warm there and the island is known for tangerines, which were right in season when I was there. It was fun to get to see all the tangerine trees full of the fruits. Jeju is also known as a big tourist destination for Koreans and others, so there are a bunch of different museums on the island. I went to a folk museum, 2 lava tubes, a botanical garden, a waterfall, a citrus museum, and a sex museum! Regarding the last one, Jeju is also known as a big honeymoon spot and there are 3 sex museums on this little island! So it was a very educational trip, all the way around.

Here are some pictures from the trip, from the top to bottom:

  • The view from Seongsan Ilchulbong out over the South Sea/East China Sea. Ilchulbong is an extinct volcano that is shaped like a punchbowl, but doesn't have any water in it because the volcanic rock is so porous.
  • Kimchi pots at the folk museum
  • The view of Mt. Halla, in the middle of the island, after a 2 and a half hour hike. I enjoyed some lovely ramon (ramyon in Korean) up there!
  • At Hallim Park, a botanical garden that was set up in 1971.

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