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South Korea: there and back again

Friends, I open a series of multimedia articles about his travels in the land of morning calm – South Korea.

After spending about three years in this amazing corner of the earth, and you might start to want more people learned about the wonderful things that I was lucky to see with my own eyes.

His first trip we will do to the South Korea’s famous Jeju island-before (제주도). It is the largest island and the smallest province of South Korea. located in the Korean Strait. to the South of mainland Korea.

Due to tropical climate, stunning landscape and gorgeous beaches, the island became a major tourist destination not only for the Koreans but also for many foreign tourists, mostly from Japan, China and other countries in Southeast Asia.

The lion’s share of tourists traditionally make up couples and newlyweds spending their honeymoon. This has played a major role in the creation and development of numerous romantic places to stay, such as special parks, attractions and even a Museum under the open sky – “Love Land”.

Interesting fact about the life of the island inhabitants matriarchal family structure, common mostly in coastal areas. The most striking example of such a structure — the Han , (해녀) or “sea women,” who are the heads of their families.

They make a living by diving to great depths without scuba gear to collect shellfish. sea urchins and many other sea products. I managed with this swim to go to and even listen to old Korean songs that women sang before every dive into the ocean. The oldest of them are under the age of one hundred years, feel great and are engaged in daily labour with the rest of the women, the youngest of whom was over 60. In response to my bewildered question, the Koreans are laughing to notice that seafood, fresh air and physical activity are the secret of their youth. The island itself is very different from mainland Korea in many aspects: such as flora and fauna, cultural heritage, and even language!

Many of my friends in Korea often complained that they are sometimes incredibly difficult to understand what they’re talking about the people originally from Jeju-do, despite the fact that they use the same language. This is due to very specific local dialect and pronunciation, developed over centuries of life in the distance from the main part of the Peninsula.

The most well-known cultural artifact of Jeju-to is famous heriban (“stone grandfather”) carved in the lava. My friends said that his need to touch on the nose, and then luck will certainly come to me. And the truth is – our stay on the island was surprisingly easy and pleasant, despite the spontaneity of the trip.

To get around the island in his car is not only convenient (just$ 5 per day per person), but also incredibly easy – all thanks to the modern navigation system integrated into the dashboard. We managed to visit all places of Jeju in just 3 days! By the way, we rented a separate house and not a hotel room.

View of the patio

Despite regular downpours, we managed to cook classic Korean BBQ

We also visited the famous mountain-the volcano Halla

Lifting which we saw here of this ancient statue the size of a house

Much remember evening walks along rocky cliffs

And of course alley Alekel – in which you can observe how the trees are formed in the shape of the Peninsula of Korea

A special impression was left walking on the pier along ocean night. In the dark hearing becomes aggravated, and the sounds of the mighty ocean instilled a great sense of the power of nature

When the time came to leave the island, we were not disappointed. While we stayed at Jeju for three days only, we will keep the impressions for all 3 years!

Even at the airport felt the local cultural flavor

Small plane airlines — low-Coster was ready for takeoff