Second half of our crazy first day in Jeju 🙂
First, we went to the famous Jusangjeolli Cliffs, which reminded me of the Giant’s Causeway that I saw in Northern Ireland. Definitely a similar type of geographical phenomenon, which is kinda cool because the Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the Top Natural Wonders of Great Britain. In comparison, the cliffs in Jeju are relatively unknown in comparison.
Just a quick geog geek moment for me; the columns are formed due to intense volcanic activity, with fluid molten basalt lava pushing through to the surface and cooling rapidly. This cooling process causes contractions that in turn result in fractures across the surface and downwards, resulting in the pillar structures that you see.
Anyway, after that we went to see the Cheonjiyeon falls, meaning “God’s pond”. The waterfall derives its name from the legend that the seven fairies serving the King of Heaven came down to the pond on stairs of cloud and bathed in its clean waters. Hence the bridge is decorated with statues and carvings of fairies as well!
Our guide then dropped us off at the Trick Eye museum, where we exhausted our camera batteries by taking photo after photo. I actually got tired of cam-whoring, which almost never happens. I think visiting ONE Trick Eye Museum ONCE in your lifetime, is enough. The thrill wears off after about the third or fourth room. Don’t you just love that photo of my with the devil wings though.
Anyway we managed to flag down a cab after along the highway that brought us to a nice place for the famous Jeju Black Pork BBQ! I had to act out where we wanted to go. -cue piggy nose- In comparison, I still prefer Japanese BBQ over Korean. The quality is often better and I like beef more than pork. That being said, this was really yummy hehe.
And that concludes our first full day in Jeju!