Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Activities & Seongsan Ilchulbong – Day 4

January 3rd, 2010 3 Commented

After the enjoyable Teddy Bear Museum tour, we proceeded for our next activities, the horse riding and Go Kart racing. It was my first time for both activities.

I’ve never imagined the horse riding to be so bumpy. I really hate to confess this, but throughout the ride I was trying to protect my groin. Could you imagine the situation I was in? Nevertheless, it was an unforgettable one.

Before going to the Go Kart race area, I managed to snap a couple of photos of the horse in a short time. Those horses are sure busy. Next batch of tourists were waiting for their ride.

This Go-Kart shop seems to be very popular. Many local Korean celebrities visited this shop before, see the following photo.

Being on the Go-Kart race was great. I finally understand why Mario Kart is such a popular game. Step the fuel pedal to the max and trying to make that turn, the experience was great! However, it wasn’t an easy task to turn the steering at a very fast speed. I could feel my arms were aching a day later. However, it was amazing, especially for someone like me whom doesn’t have a driving license.

After our morning activities, we had our break and lunch was fried black pork. Indeed, it was yummy.

Next, we visited a Jeju village to gain understanding of the culture and traditions of Jeju. The following image shows a large millstone used by the people in the village.

This is the black pig whose meat I just ate earlier during lunch.

This lady, or auntie, was explaining and demonstrating the Jeju’s culture and traditions to us. She was so focused and enthusiastic. According to her and the tour guide, Jeju is known to have lots of rocks, women, and an ever-blowing wind.

This is a picture of a house in the Jeju’s Village. It is known to be able to withstand the strong wind. Also, there are several ways to tell how many members are staying under the roof by some signs. Well, I wasn’t sharp enough, so I missed it or forgotten about it already.

After the village visitation, we headed to Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) — a volcanic crater offering a splendid view by the coast . We reached there around 2pm. We didn’t manage to visit the peak in the morning due to some schedule changes.

It was a long way for us to get to the top.

I was telling my wife and mum, “Go go go! We can do it!” The path got steeper and more energy was drawn from us. I was perspiring a lot.

Stopping by occasionally to catch some breathe, read the given information and of course, rest a little. :)

The information reads…

Powerful explosions occur when hot ascending magma interacts with groundwater or seawater. About a dozen out of 360 volcanic cones on Jeju Island are hydromagmatic volcanoes formed by this process. They are classified into tuff rings or tuff cones based on their morphology. The Seongsan Ilchulbong is a typical tuff cone with a small crater size relative to its height and with steeply dipping rim deposits.

As we climbed further up, I saw this prominent rock, called Chogwan Rock. There is also a information board near it.

The information reads…

This stone general ranks 3rd among stone generals guarding the eastern part of Jeju. Legend has it that it had a special talent for amassing a vast fortune, and advanced from the ranks to be a general. For this reason, folks believed that those who passed by this rock would be promoted quickly.

In 1597 (30th year of King Seonjo’s reign), Susan-Jin (one of nine military bases) was moved to the top of the Sun-rise peak that was a natural fortress, and military forces were deployed. A great number of forces touched this rock in hopes of their fast promotion, making half of it worn out. In order to protect it, a martial law was imposed and banning anyone from touching it.

For this reason, it is called Geumma Stone (meaning a ban on touching the stone) or Chogwan Rock.

Finally, we reached the peak! I took a few shots and a panoramic photo (will be shown below) here.

On our way down, I saw a few of these Korean kids playing on the slope. They were trying to roll themselves down. It was a scene for me, so I snapped one of them performing his rolling skill.

And of course, this is the panoramic view which I promised earlier. Be sure to click the link below to see the larger version of the image.

[Click on the image for the larger version]

Post on Day 4 – Haenyeo Museum and Jeju Folklore & Natural Museum is up.

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3 responses to “Korea & Jeju Winter Fun – Activities & Seongsan Ilchulbong – Day 4”

  1. Katsura-chan says:

    I’m always amazed by the photos you share with us. I did horse riding a couple of times but didn’t like it.
    I love horses but i prefer to cuddle them rather then riding them :p
    I’ve never tried kart racing but since i have no interest on racing, cars and everything related to motor stuff, i’m not tempted to try it.

    It’s good to see how the people actually live in a country you visit. For me it’s what i call traveling. Staying in a hotel, sunbath and pool for a week without getting out is absolutely not a trip to me.

    Have you considered to talk about your site to the Korean tourism agency ;-)

    Oh and black pigs are cute !!

  2. Lylibellule says:

    always loved horses and i did a little riding when i was young. I know that for mens, it’s a little delicate … LooooL

    The kart is the only 4 wheels vehicle i can drive… i don’t have my license. For driving this kind of machine, it’s not necessary so i take the opportunity … since it’s not a problem i rush on everything :D

    Wonderful and loooong walk to get to the top. Your mother and wife were courageous :)

    I share katsura-chan opinion, you should do promotion to travel agency. You’re gifted to give people the will to travel.

    Thanks for the panoramic. The landscape is magnificent.

  3. chubbybots says:

    Wow excellent photos and detailed descriptions of each place!! I love the last panoramic photo. Kind of scary to have kids rolling down the hills like that haha!! Will look through your earlier parts of your korea trip.

    Like what katsura and lylibellule have mentioned I think travel agencies would love to use your description and photos !!

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