Jeju Olle

Jeju after the walk

We had planned to travel to Chuja-do Island, about 1.5 hours by boat, to walk Route 18.1. Concerned that the strong winds might delay or even cancel the return ferry we decided to spend the extra days in Jeju City instead.

Day 1 – R&R

First thing we did was head to the market for freshly made sweet pancakes

First thing we did was head to the market for freshly made sweet pancakes

Dakgalbi - stir fried chicken, cabbage, sweet potato, rice noodles and spices

Dakgalbi – stir fried chicken, cabbage, sweet potato, rice noodles and spices

Day 2 – Jeju Stone Park

A Korean lady told us “Jeju is known for 3 things – wind, rocks, and women (divers)”. Jeju Stone Park was constructed on reclaimed land (opening in 2006) to display Jeju’s cultural heritage in rock. They’ve done it well on a massive scale – it took us a couple of hours to work our way around the 3 sections sprawling out through the forest. ┬áThe Park is 40 minutes by bus from Jeju City.

This tower commemorates the opening of the Stone Park in 2006

This tower commemorates the opening of the Stone Park in 2006

Dolmen - stone tomb - from Western Jeju, possibly 1st century AD

Dolmen – stone tomb – from Western Jeju, possibly 1st century AD

Traditionally pigs were fed on human excrement - in bowls like this

Traditionally pigs were fed on human excrement – in bowls like this

Stones used for foot placement in traditional toilets

Stones used for foot placement in traditional toilets

Dongjaseok, simple child like stone images ...

Dongjaseok, simple child like stone images …

... placed around graves ...

… placed around graves …

... reveal what Jeju people thought about the afterlife

… reveal what Jeju people thought about the afterlife

Traditional villages had high stone walls and ...

Traditional villages had high stone walls and …

... thatched-roof houses

… thatched-roof houses

Sublime simple beauty of Jeju earthenware

Sublime simple beauty of Jeju earthenware

Day 3 – Lava Tubes

UNESCO World Heritage Natural Monument Manjanggul Cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world. It’s 13.5 kilometers long but only 1km is open to visitors.

Manjanggul lava tube is huge but only 1km is open

Manjanggul lava tube is huge but only 1km is open

In places it's nearly 30 meters high

In places it’s nearly 30 meters high

Also known as the Snake Cave, it winds around

Also known as the Snake Cave, it winds around

At 7.6 meters high this is the largest lava column in the world

At 7.6 meters high this is the largest lava column in the world