Monday, April 2, 2012

Jeju Experience In Korea

Once we arrived Seoul, we had transferred to Jeju from Gimpo airport. Little information regarding Gimpo airport, it was the largest international airport before replaced by Incheon International Airport in 2001. Now, Gimpo Airport is second largest airport in Korea and function mainly for domestic flight. This was my first time to fly with Korea Air. In my opinion, the seat was comfortable and this airline provided delicious meal. 

Mysterious road is one of the famous tourist spot in Jeju which located at Dokkaebi Road. What makes this road interesting? According to our tour guide,  the car will move downhill in "N' gear even though it seem like going uphill. Furthermore, this was first discovered in 1980 by a taxi driver with couple. After that, We tried to do an experiment on this extraordinary road. First of all, we tried to use a water bottle rolled to the direction which look like downhill. However, we realized that the water bottle came back to the opposite direction. Again, this was a great place to experience the amazing optical illusion.

YongDuam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) is located at western end of Jeju Island. This was naturally made by volcano rock 2 millions ago. Furthermore, this is 10 meters high and 30 meters long. A lot of legends describe about this place. One of the story is explained as a dragon shot by god because it stole a precious jade from Mountain Halla. Moreover, its body fell into ocean and its head frozen immediately in the position of looking to the sky.

Another amazing UNESCO spot in Jeju is Seongsan Sunrise (Ilchulbong) Peak which located in Songsan-ri Eastern town. This vertical cliff was built by volcano eruption 100 thousand years ago. For more information, diameter and high for this cliff are 600 meters and 90 meters respectively. Furthermore, this is a ideal place for walk. However, this place is not allow to enter during bad weather condition. I felt the wind blow strongly when I was standing on this peak even though this was a good day. The entrance fees for adult and youth are 2000 won and 1000 won respectively. If check in with a group which more than 10 people, you can get 800 won and 400 won discount for adult and youth respectively. This place is opened one hour before sunrise and closed by 8pm during winter and 9pm during summer.

For those who like Korean Drama, Seopjikoji may be is a familiar place for you. The meaning of "Seopji" and "koji" are "area" and local language of sudden bump on land respectively. This place is located at the end of the Eastern shore of Jeju Island. A popular drama name as All in House which acted by Lee Byung-hun and Song Hye-kyo in 2003 was filmed in this beautiful place. Furthermore, green filed on this cliff grow without a single tree. And, there is a light house at the edge of the cliff. I felt this place was soooo comfortable when I was standing on the cliff and blowing by the wind.

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