Saturday, July 13, 2013

The beauty in nature and people at play.

Jeju Island is a beautiful place and there are abundant pictures of the spectacular scenery here.

As I walk around the small town where I live, I have enjoyed capturing some of the local essence of life that is not so often found in the search for Jeju's famous scenery portfolio in addition to the ever popular pictures.

At the end of the pictures is a little Jeju history and information for you as well.

Here are a few of my favorites. I'm sure there will be many more as the months continue.

I love the multi colored rooftops!!

Cliffs edge of Ilchulbong with the sun trying to shine through the cloud.

You can rent a horse on the beach so you can ride through the sand.
All roads lead to Aqua Planet!

Kite surfing, sand castle building, swimming, sun tanning, having fun
all under the sun and the shadow of Hallasan Mountain.
Seongsan Ilchulbong "Sunrise Peak" as the sun peaks through the start of a hazy morning.

Giant spiderweb caught in the evening sun's rays.

A panorama of Seongsan Ilchulbong "Sunrise Peak". 

Hallasan is a shield volcano and is the highest mountain in South Korea at 6500 feet and has it's own national park. 

Ilchulbong is named as such because it looks like an ancient castle and Ilchulbong literally means "fortress mountain" 
or "the mountain the sun rises". The most amazing thing about Ilchulbong is that it was named one of the new 
7 Wonders of Nature!

Jeju Island measures approximately 45 miles across and 25 miles from north to south. It has two cities, Jeju and Seogwipo
and hundreds of villages that belong to either of the two provinces.

One of the neat things about this island are the haenyeo or sea women. These women free dive year round to collect 
abalone, conches and other prized sea life. Their ability to collect these fish creates a hierarchy with the women at the 
head of the household, because they are the breadwinners. This is a fascinating thing in the world of men to witness a 
small island community where the women make the money and are top of the chain!