Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jeju Island: Westside Tour

Jeju-do is a beautiful island.  The pictures pretty much explain themselves in this post.
Here begins my series of palm tree photos.  One of the girls on the trip was from Florida and thought it was hilarious I was taking pictures of palm trees:)
You will find these little guys all around Jeju Island.  They are called, dol hareubang.  They offer protection and fertility.  They are carved from volcanic rock.
Beautiful bridge to the waterfalls.
Being silly...
Jeju Island was created by volcanic eruptions about 2 million years ago.  The volcanic rocks are both really cool and beautiful.
If you click on this one you'll be able to see how detailed the rock formations are...
Jeju-do is known for their tangerines.  If you come to Jeju-do in the wintertime, I was told you can constantly be picking tangerines off the trees because they are so abundant.  They even make a special chocolate with tangerine flavoring in the is surprisingly very delcious.
We stopped at a beach to relax for a bit.

Last stop was a temple.  If I was to do another temple stay, I'd want to do it right here!  How relaxing would it be to meditate with the sound of the crashing ocean waves...

I'm really sad I missed the best part of the temple.  Everyone went up this hill and it looked to me like a forest.  I wasn't really interested in walking around it so I spent my time down below at the temple.  Little did I know, there was a temple up top in a cave.  I took a lot of pictures at this temple because I was waiting for everyone to come down.  I was wondering what was taking them so long...that's what I get for being so lazy!
Thirsty for some natural spring water?
When we arrived at our new hotel on the West Side...we were so excited to try this burger place we heard about.  It was called Giant Burger.  This is a burger for three.  It was a pork burger with anything you can imagine on it...apples, cucumbers, etc...  Served with green tea, of course.  Not what I was imagining a burger place would be...but it was still delicious and probably the most interesting burger I've ever ate.

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