Adventures and small things - South-Korea and Jeju Island

After months of anticipation we left for our trip to South-Korea and Jeju-Island In the beginning of June. After traveling for over 24 hours with several connecting flights, we arrived in Jeju-si. Here we had the opportunity to get to know the local history seen through the eyes of one of the most funny local guides. Not only did he tell us about local folklore and spiritual stories about how certain parts of the island came to be, he also gave us some tips about local restaurants and hot spots. Our day was packed with visits to Jeju Stone Park, a small historical village by the foot of Mt. Hallasan and we even hiked up Seongsan Ilchulbong or Sunrise Peak, which is a tuff cone that was formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions several thousands of years ago.

Child tombstones or Dongjasok are placed on each corner of a grave.

Child tombstones or Dongjasok are placed on each corner of a grave.

The drying of garlics was a common sight on the streets of Jeju-Si. 

The drying of garlics was a common sight on the streets of Jeju-Si. 

Dongmung market, placed in the city center of Jeju-Si, was filled with tiny stalls where local traders sold everything from freshly caught fish to dried mushrooms and vegetables.

Dongmung market, placed in the city center of Jeju-Si, was filled with tiny stalls where local traders sold everything from freshly caught fish to dried mushrooms and vegetables.

After we spend some good days on Jeju Island we travelled further to Seoul city. Here we got to experience the big contrast between the country side and the metropolitan city. Seoul showed us diversity and each part of this enormous city comes with its own special quirks and atmosphere. One can walk for hours and hours in this city and you dont stop getting surprised everywhere you look. We spend our days getting lost in tiny filled up alleys, wandered amongst grand buildings and palaces, and had just a little too much coffee in many of the small modern coffee shops which could be found everywhere if you looked well enough! This is a city to get lost in and one that requires time to be discovered. 

Seoul looked a little bit different than Jeju-Si. Small alleys are jam-packed with signs of different sizes and colors and electric cables almost serve as roofs for sudden rain showers. 

Seoul looked a little bit different than Jeju-Si. Small alleys are jam-packed with signs of different sizes and colors and electric cables almost serve as roofs for sudden rain showers. 

A local artist using a side walk to handpaint folding fans.

A local artist using a side walk to handpaint folding fans.

One of the many fine buildings around Gyeongbokgung Palace.

One of the many fine buildings around Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Right on time and lucky enough to witness the change of the guards at Gwanghwamun Gate.

Right on time and lucky enough to witness the change of the guards at Gwanghwamun Gate.

On our last day we hiked up to N Seoul Tower which is located on Namsan Mountain and surrounded by a beautiful park with botanical gardens and ponds filled with lillies.

On our last day we hiked up to N Seoul Tower which is located on Namsan Mountain and surrounded by a beautiful park with botanical gardens and ponds filled with lillies.