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Korea Trip Day 3

December 24, 2011 4 comments


Korea Trip Day 3



This morning, we check out from Jeju Pacific Hotel and get ready for our last itinerary in beautiful Jeju Island.

Jeju Pacific Hotel


Jeju Island Street View



Seongsan Sunrise Peak or Seongsan Ilchulbong (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is one of the most famous landmarks in Jeju Island.

Jeju Seongsan Sunrise Peak is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site


View of Sunrise Peak 

Seongsan Ilchulbong was formed as an under-sea volcanic eruption 100,000 years ago, but what you see today is a 600 stairs climb to the top of the ridge overlooking a grass covered volcano crater.

People Walking up the Crater to Enjoy the Spectacular Panoramic Views of Jeju Island

This tuff cone is 182 meters high, has a preserved bowl-like crater and also displays diverse inner structures resulting from the sea cliff erosion.  The crater itself was about 600m in diameter and 90m high.

Beautiful Jeju Island

These features are considered to be of geologic worth, providing information on eruptive and depositional processes of hydro-magmatic volcanoes worldwide as well as past volcanic activity of Seongsan Ilchulbong itself.

Sunrise Peak View


Colorful Houses in Jeju Island


Steep Cliff form by Volcanic Lava


The surrounding view is magnificent.  A famous Korean dramaMy name is Kim Sam Soon” was shot here in Jeju Island.

The Divers Working at the Shore Areas Harvesting Abalone.



Dol Hareubang, the Gods offering both protection and fertility were placed outside the gates for protection against demons traveling between realities.  You can see it everywhere in Jeju Island.

Dol Hareubang At Holland Village

The Dol Hareubangs are carved from porous basalt (volcanic rock) and range in size up to 3 metres high.  The statues’ faces feature grinning expressions and bulging eyes without pupils, a long, broad nose, and slight smile and their hands rest on their bellies, one slightly above the other.

Giant Dol Hareubang At Opp Black Pork BBQ Restaurant

In sets of two, one will have a higher left hand and the other a higher right hand.  The hat is commonly referred to as phallic or mushroom-like. (Information source from Wikipedia)

Dol Hareubang At Dragon Head Rock

Our tour guide told us that many honeymooners would touch or rub the nose of the statue and they will to be blessed with a son.

Dol Hareubang At Black Pork BBQ Restaurant


Dol Hareubang At Seongup Folk Village



Time to say bye bye to this lovely and romantic Jeju Island, we proceed to Jeju Domestic Airport 济州岛 to take a fight back to Seoul, Kimpo Domestic Airport 金浦国内机场.

Bird-Eye View of Seoul City


Everland Theme Park View from Plane


Seoul City


South Korea Map


Our Tour Guide, Rainbow told us that there is about 3 hours drive from the Airport to Hanwah Waterpia Resort.  Due to time constraint, we only have about 15 mins to buy some sandwich or bread to eat on the bus.

Our Lunch is this Big Cup of Korean Kimchi Noodles


On The Way to Hanwah Waterpia Resort



Tonight we will put up in Hanwah Waterpia Resort and have fun at the Waterpia, one of South Korea’s first indoor water theme park.

Hanwah Waterpia Resort


Hanwah Waterpia Resort Garden


Mount Sorak View from Hanwah Waterpia Resort


Tonight we Sleep on Traditional Style Tatami Bed



Seorak Waterpia offers a wide variety of leisure activities and hot spring facilities, located in Seoraksan National Park of Gangwon Province.

Seorak Waterpia

Seorak Waterpia uses only pure mineral waters from Choeksan.  The mineral water come from the layer formed during the Mesozoic Era which rich in cations (sodium, calcium and magnesium) and anions (chlorine, carbonic acid and sulphuric acid), hot springs water are good for stress release, neuralgia, arthritis and geriatric diseases.

Seorak Waterpia’s Indoor Waves Pool

Seorak Waterpia can be divided into 4 categories /section such as:

1. Waves Pool is for surfing indoors with a life jacket

2. Solar Room is for the artificial light, the same effect of the sun light.

3. Stream Pool is a hot spring flows along the different shaped pools inside and outside.

4. Standard Pool is an outdoor swimming pool shaped like square (length 25 meters).  You can use it during 4 seasons.  Under the street lamps at night, you can swim at any time.  It is one of the great prides Sorak Waterpia has.

Seorak Waterpia – Standard Pool and Stream Pool

Actually, we didn’t prepare ourselves for the water game as the weather was so cold, about 8 degree.  The entrance of the Waterpia is inside the changing room, you can see naked lady walking around.  To them is normal because this is their culture to enjoy hot spring in Korea.  :p

Octopus Seafood Steamboat Kimchi Dinner


Link: Korea (Seoul & Jeju Island) Trip Day 1

Link: Korea (Jeju Island) Trip Day 2

Link: Korea (Mt. Seorak and Yong Pyong Dragon Peak) Trip Day 4

Link: Korea Trip Day 5

Link: Korea Trip Day 6


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