44 Photos - Dec 28, 2012
Photo: We took a bus from the airport north of Jeju all the way to the south. Got off the bus with no clue where the exact location of our apartment was, except we were told that it was near. Fortunately, Korean people are friendly and helpful. Found our apartment within walking distance, pleasantly delighted by the sea view.Photo: After viewing the rooms on the second floor and one floor above, Cynthia has picked the lower floor, with a better view. Our bedroom looked like this.Photo: The living room came with panels of floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, there was a balcony overlooking a restaurant specialized in Korean BBQ (closest to our apartment), a tangerine plantation across the road (covered in white ceiling), and a huge rock at the sea.Photo: We took a long taxi ride from our apartment to Seongsan Sunrise Park (UNESCO site). Then Cynthia's shoes broke. OK, that's a story for another day!Photo: Seongsan Sunrise Peak is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago.Photo: We thought Jeju Island would be warmer than Seoul. Still, it can be chilly in winter.Photo: See the rainbow? That's right. It rained.Photo: By the spot where I took a picture of the rainbow was this unusual looking rock that points skyward.Photo: As we scaled up the 182 meter high hill, the weather alternated between light rain to heavy rain. Luckily there are shelters along the way.Photo: Finally, we've reached the peak!Photo: This is a view of the cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions. It reminds me of the one we have visited in Bandung, Indonesia. I thought the one in Bandung is more exciting as we could see sulfuric smoke leaking from the ground.Photo: Despite the rather disappointing weather condition, Cynthia and I were happy.Photo: After some confusing taxi ride (totally my fault and again, another day for storytelling), we have arrived at Museum of Women Divers.Photo: Jeju Island honors women divers. According to local tradition, a long time ago, women worked as divers while men ... I don't know what Jeju men did. It was a hard life as a woman diver and the tradition - albeit dying - still continues today.Photo: We have the whole park for ourselves!Photo: And a boat too. So I asked Cynthia to climb up and do the Titanic thing. The solo version. She did just that.Photo: Museum of Women Divers ahead.Photo: Inside the museum are exhibits of stories and traditions related to women divers.Photo: There is a tool used by the women divers.Photo: Final itinerary of the day was to visit Manjanggul lava tube (another UNESCO site).Photo: Manjanggul Lava Tube is one the the largest in Jeju Island and is 7,416m long. The main passage has a width of up to 18m and a height up to 23m. One of the largest in the world.Photo: This marks the beginning of a 1km journey into the lava tube section that is opened to public.Photo: Guidebook says that this cave is cold and damp all year long. In winter though, we found the cave rather warm. At least there was no wind.Photo: The lava forms many interesting shapes. These look like animal skulls to me.Photo: As we journeyed into the cave, the pattern of the ceiling kept on changing.Photo: It is one dark cave. I felt as though I was a dwarf living underground, or exploring a dig site in a video game.Photo: To imagine that this was created by nature 300,000 to 100,000 years ago is mind blowing.Photo: This particular formation resembles a side view of a Turian head (Mass Effect fans would understand).Photo: I saw an animal pattern on the wall rather large in size and that intrigued me. My interpretation of course but this is a work of nature.Photo: Another intriguing piece of stone by the sidewalk.Photo: This looks like a dog's head to me.Photo: A rather unique texture, something I have not seen in other parts of the cave. I stared at it for ages. Many patterns came into my mind.Photo: The local named this stone a turtle.Photo: Detailed patterns on the sidewall.Photo: This one looks like a line of workers moving from left to right.Photo: I saw a hand on the ceiling.Photo: There must be a reason why I took picture. I must have seen a pattern or something. Unfortunately, I can't see anything from this picture now. For future reference.Photo: This piece is quite large, must have been 3 to 4 meters in dimension. It looks like an ancient animal with its head on the left, a long neck, and four short legs.Photo: This is the floor. Some parts of the cave can be uncomfortable for walking. Wait, did I just see a shadow from a distance?!Photo: In this pattern, I saw a mask. This piece is decorated with quartzite fragments.Photo: Lava toes formed when the lava flowing through the upper-level tube below. The poured-down lava flowed in a series of elongated and entangled lava lobes, each of which is reminiscent of an elephant toe, giving it its name.Photo: We crossed a small bridge lit up with blue signs for the final leg of the journey.Photo: Lava flowstones form as the heat of lava melts the ceiling and walls inside a lava tube. The melted lava flows down the walls and take on various sizes and shapes depending on the temperature and amount of lava. Lava flowstones also form when liquid lava inside the wall seeps out through small holes.Photo: A lava column forms when lava pours down from the ceiling to the floor and congeals. Lava columns are found in many lava tubes elsewhere around the world. However, the 7.6 meter high lava column in Manganggul Lava Tube is the largest lava gest known. The lava poured down from the ceiling spread across the floor of the lower passage and made well-developed lava toes.