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Busan - the second largest city in Korea is southeast of Seoul. It took less than 3 hours on the high speed train to get there. I was hoping to see some countryside of Korea but a large portion of this journey was through tunnels. I didn't realize Korea was quite so mountainous. The five beaches of Busan are scattered along the coast line and quite difficult to visit without a car. Ms. Cho, an alumin from Mizzou met us at the station and gave us maps ...
They say it's Hawaii here but…where is the sun? Well the weather was not great but not that bad either. The first couple of days I could go around the island. Then, when it rained too much I stayed at the hostel and got some rest. I was actually pretty tired, I would almost say a little bit travelled-off, so it was a good thing.
Jeju is a volcanic island. The main crater stands in the middle but there is lots and lots of small ones all over the island. I went to ...
... to Udo island just off of Jeju.
We rented a few bicycles and biked around the small island. It was a very pretty island with great cliffs which black and white sand beaches.
While at the black sand beach we took a boat ride to see some caves in the cliff. The boat ride was so bumpy due to the giant swells that it was like a roller coaster. It was a lot of fun.
Our second full day on Jeju we went to see ...
... had been covered in lava and solidified so they were hollow tubes. I also saw a parakeet brutally attacking a dove for who know what reason, I guess they just had beef or something. They also had about a dozen ostriches, which I now believe to be about the scariest creature in the world. When did they get so ugly? They are like a hybrid between a peacock, a goose, and a dinosaur.
In Segwipo I first went to Cheonjiyeon Waterfall that has been nestled into its own little cove ...
... On the way between the falls though you walk on a boardwalk that follows an irrigation canal from the early 1900s. This canal, as the placard says, was constructed with a lot of effort to allow irrigation and transformation of the downstream plain into rice paddies. Now, of course, it's been converted once again into a resort complex with hotels, museums and casinos, and the canal's been reduced to a water feature. Gotta love ...