Korea Day 7: Jeju Island pt. 2

Day 7 was a busy day of Jeju sightseeing and yummy seafood. We visited a bunch of places, including various parts of the coastline, Hallasan National Park, and a Buddhist temple.

Inland sights

Hiking in Hallasan National Park

Hallasan National Park is the primary park in Jeju, and is home to the tallest mountain in Korea, Mt. Hallasan. It is both a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We went on a short hike inside the park on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, it was quite hazy while we were hiking, so visibility was poor. But even so, it was a great view from the top.

Deer sighting on the way up

The hike up was uneventful except for this deer we spotted eating a short way off the trail.

Mountains

View of the mountains. The haze makes it a cooler looking shot, in my opinion.

Me at the top of the trail

Celebrating my victory at the top of the trail.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is a small but very serene waterfall near the coast. There was a very pretty walk along the stream up to the falls, with clear and slow-moving water along the entire way.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall.

Little falls

One section of the stream leading up to the falls.

Wishing well

Clear, slow-moving water makes some great reflections. At the bottom of the shot is a wishing well, where you can see the glitter of coins.

Koi fish

Wild koi fish swim through the waters.

Jeju Coastline

The coastline of Jeju Island is beautiful. Like I said before, it really reminds me of California--the rocky coast, clear blue water, tall cliffs.

Dragonhead Cliffs

The first bit of coast we saw was called Dragonhead cliffs, so named because the land leading up to the cliffs looks like a dragon.

Dragonhead cliffs, main

See the dragon's back?

Dragonhead cliffs

Not sure where the head went, though.

Dragonhead cliffs, coast

Dragonhead cliffs, view of mountain

From the coast you can get a view of tall mountains in the background.

Basalt Columns

Because the entire island is volanic, a lot of the coastline consists of basalt that fractures into hexagonal columns when the lava cools. It's a really cool effect that you don't really see in the states.

Coastline

Basalt Columns

Basalt Columns.

Closeup of basalt fractures

Closeup of hexagonal basalt fractures.

Boat on the water

Coastal bridge

Near the end of the day we walked over a really cool coastal bridge. It was a great opportunity for photos of both the bridge and coast.

Bridge

Closeup of Bridge

Me on the bridge

It was really windy.

Mountain view

That mountain in the back of the shot is off the coast, like a mountain-island thing.

Lunch: Seafood from Jeju

For lunch we had all sorts of local seafood from the island. The main course was a spicy seafood stew. There were also live abalone, but I wasn't adventurous enough to eat them.

Seafood stew

Banchan

Buddhist Temple

After lunch, we briefly visited a Buddhist temple nestled on a mountainside.

Temple statue

Golden Buddha Statue

Lanterns