Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jeju Island - Day Five (Yesterday, 2/20/2012): Last Sightseeing

Our last Jeju Island day arrived yesterday, so we packed up our things and packed in as much sightseeing as possible, beginning with an early morning short trip from our pension to Bird Island (Saeseom). Here's the ship-shape walking bridge, seen looking back from the island itself:

Next appears a detail of Bird Island, upon which we didn't see many birds, probably because they were frightened off by the very, very loud music playing songs about the natural beauty of Jeju Island:

But we did see a lovely view of Mt. Halla, the volcanic center of this island volcano:

Following our Bird Island excursion, we rushed along the coast to reach the ferry to Mara Island (Marado), which you can see below in a parting photo of this southernmost territory of Korea:

Before leaving, however, Sun-Ae took some photos of Mara Island from on the island itself. Here is a scene of me, Sa-Rah, and En-Uk approaching a small Catholic chapel near the southernmost point of the southernmost territory of Korea:

Followed by a similar scene of the three of us heading uphill toward a lighthouse, away from that southernmost tip of Korea:

After returning to the mainland, we gave the kids what they wanted most . . . an ATV experience. But since Koreans emphasize safety at all times, we first had to learn the rules, as you can, too, by clicking on the image below:

I was particularly concerned about the rule concerning "character education," namely: "ATV rental ban for attempted character education." I had been hoping that the experience of driving and riding an ATV would help build character in Sa-Rah and En-Uk, but that sort of thing wasn't allowed. After this enlightening Engrish-of-the-Day experience with baffling signs, Sa-Rah and En-Uk were ready for their actual ATV adventure:

But all good things must end, and as time passed, the kids took one last chance to dance on the beach:

And as shadows began to noticeably lengthen, we took our leave of Jeju Island, as you see below from Sun-Ae's shadow . . . or would see if it weren't stubbornly refusing to lengthen:

We had a great experience and plan to visit a third time in another seventeen years . . .

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At 11:38 AM, Blogger Kevin Kim said...

I think this is the first time I've ever seen Google Translate used to translate Korean into English for signs. That English wasn't even your typical sign-Konglish: it was Googlish.

Seems that you all had fun. Safe return!

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

The sign certainly had me goggling!

We're now safely back in the Seoul of Korea.

Jeffery Hodges

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