Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 18 Jeju City, South Korea (Part 1 of 2)

Arrived to Jeju City to another day of perfect weather.  We got a taxi after leaving the ship and we were off.  We had to make the most of our time since we only have a day port visit.  First stop was to take some photos of Yongduam Rock, a rock formation by the sea in the shape of a dragon’s head.  We then enjoyed a leisurely and scenic ride out to Hallim Park.  Before arriving at the park we slipped into Hallim ‘s fishing port for a few photos….  The first stop in Hallim Park was the Water Garden with flowers and plants surrounding the ponds made from a natural lava base rock.   Took a quick peek in the Jae-Am Stone Exhibit Hall and then checked out the Bird Garden, where an Ostrich took a liking to my camera. The highlight of the day was being allowed into one of the cages with 100s of colorful parakeets. When you opened your palm filled with birdseed, they would flock to you – very cool.  Here they also have the Jae-Am Folk Village which shows what traditional Jeju life was like. We then made it over to the Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, with plants up to 300 years old.  We headed through the Hyeopjae and Ssangyong Caves which were formed by the eruption of Mt. Halla.  The last area at the park was the Subtropical Botanic Garden where in addition to all of the plants we got to see some very strange looking critters….  Just love critters!



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