Seongsan Ilchulbong

Ilchulbong3Ilchulbong2One of the iconic images of Jeju is the aerial view of Seongsan Ilchulbong, a circular volcanic island (almost) that rises steeply out of the sea on the Eastern edge of Jeju. Lacking the means to take a photo from above, I’ve had to make do with some ground-level shots. That really is second-best, but they’re interesting nevertheless.

It was formed from a volcanic eruption a mere 5000 years ago. Since then, erosion has sculpted the current shape and joined it to the mainland with a low, narrow spit of land. It’s a draw for tourists and coachloads climb the steps to the top to look down into the shallow crater and out to the sea beyond.

Do my posts sound like a series of geography lessons? It’s difficult to avoid in a place like this.Ilchulbong1

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