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Photo essay: Wando to Jejusi (or Cheju)

   

Morning ferry, afternoon exploring Jeju City
Points of Interest: Jeju Folk and Natural History Museum, Samseonghyeol, Refugee Ship Exhibit, market

  Boardwalk with public art, along the seawall in Jeju City, Jeju Island The waterfront in Jeju City, Jeju Island, is a beautiful, broad, promenade along a seawall.  For the length of the wall there were a variety of decorative treatments and sculptures based on local themes.  It is an excellent car-free space.
  Human figures hold up the bridge support Human figures hold up the bridge support.  I didn't investigate enough to determine whether this was purely artistic or at least partially structural.
  Buddha, Jeju This Buddha over looks a temple on the edge of Jeju City -- not far from Samseonghyeol, which brings up one of Korea's most intriguing legends: 

According to legend, the forefathers of the Ko, Yang and Boo clans emerged from caves near the center of what is now Jeju City.  The became the original Jeju islanders.  They supposedly lived by hunting until they married three princesses of the Byeongnang Kingdom, who taught them agriculture.  It is said that they founded the Tamna Kingdom.  In 1526, King Jungjong, had an altar, a crimson gate and a wall erected around the caves and began offering spring and autumn memorial services.  This ceremony for the founders of the island continue to this day.

  dolhareuban stone statues These dolhareuban stone statues, unique to and the symbol of Jeju, are also called Useokmok, Museokmok, or Beoksumeori.  There were originally places at the entrance to fortresses on Jeju, playing the role of guardians.  At present, there are 45 true dolhareubangs on Jeju Island -- and thousands of miniature copies available for purchase by tourists.  The stone statue is commonly adorned with a helmet-style hat with bulging eyes, a fat nose, clenched lips and two hands on the upper and lower part of the belly.  Most of the original dolhareubang are estimated to have been made in 1754.  You can also buy new ones in the size of your choice.
  shopping district of Jeju City The shopping district of Jeju City is right out of Europe; narrow streets, large picture window, brightly lit, groups of young people shopping and all the recognizable Western brands.
     
 

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