Heather wasn't happy with her original package accommodation, which didn't look anything like the internet advertisement. So she cancelled our booking with them and moved us to another place which was a little on the steep side, but much nicer. For short weekends away I don't mind staying in a $10 koshiwon, but I couldn't complain about our new lodgings.
I dropped off my bags in the room and we headed out to find some dinner. The first oddity we came across were these large sea cucumbers in a restaurant tank. They sell sea-cucumbers in Busan, but I've never seen them in a tank like this before. Curiously enough, when sea cucumbers feel threatened they are able to self-eviscerate and eject a portion of their internal organs into the water to confuse the predator while they escape. The organs will then regrow over a couple of weeks.
And in Japan, they are called 'sea-mice'.
I think they are more cucumber-like myself.
This is a dol-harubang, which literally translates to 'stone grandfather'. Jeju people have made thousands of these throughout history, carving them from volcanic rock. They are supposed to protect villages from ethereal mischief, as well as bring fertility. The phallic resemblance is entirely deliberate, though it isn't a source of humour here.
They remind me of the Easter Island moai statues. That guy on the ground to the left was having a nap. I guess he felt safer with the harubang there.
Heather makes the waterfall look nice.
If you stand too close to the edge, the water might fall on your head, as it did with this bumbling tourist guy.
Next we went to Il-Chul Land which is to the east of the island. It's famous for its gardens, statues and caves. We caught another bus from Saguipo and saw some good views of the island along the way.
This is what Heather was looking at in the previous photo. Carp are common in the temples and parks of Korea. These guys reminded me of those doctor fish that nibble your feet.
Deeper in the caves, far away from the entrance are some ferns that have started growing on the walls and roof, in response to the sodium lamp lighting. There are even a few insects floating around. Life is a curious thing.
It's always nice to escape the city you live in, even for a short while. We had a good weekend there and I'd recommend it to anyone who's thinking of visiting.