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Jeju Island-Oct 24, 2011.

by on October 28, 2011

Jejudo is a volcanic island, 130 km from the southern coast of Korea. The largest island and smallest province in Korea, the island has a surface area of 1,846 sq km. A central feature of Jeju is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano, which rises 1,950 m above sea level. There are 360 satellite volcanoes around the main volcano. This was my second visit to Jeju island. I was there for the AsiaSense 2011 meeting that was held in the Shilla Jeju.


Dr. Marc Madou with Prof. CheolGi Kim (on the left).

Besides the fertility symbol shown below (and above on the right), Jeju island is also known for its oranges. Everywhere you look there are orange orchards. This was the right season to pick them.

I am everywhere on Jeju island.

The creature above does look like something that should wear a hat.

Sweet Jeju Island oranges.

The view from the Shilla Hotel. This is an expensive Hotel (> 200 US dollars/night). Luckily the conference was paying for my stay.

Around the Shilla Hotel.

I did not have much time to explore the island but I did visit Ecoland and Miniland with Vijaya (a UNIST colleague). In Miniland we saw this famous Belgian detective. Not sure what Tintin was doing here?

Tintin with Dog.

The place is mostly for children and the miniatures of the famous places around the world looked very AVERAGE. I was wavering between going to Rio or Agra. But neither looked very much like the originals.

Between Agra and Rio.

Some macho US men. They all looked very stoned.

Ecoland was especially disappointing. Perhaps in summer when the rose garden is open it is better. Right now it is basically a train ride in the forest. Perhaps again with children it is great fun.

Why is this windmill here? It is cute I guess.

Lesson: next time take some children when you go to Jeju island.

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