Monday, October 9, 2017

Jeju City, South Korea

Jeju City제주시, is the capital of the Jeju Island Province and is home to more than 587,000 people.

Samseonghyeol is a historic site.  Legend has it that this is the place where the three demigods who founded the island first appeared.

The Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum opened in 1984 and is well worth a visit.  There are over 3,000 exhibits which are divided into four exhibition halls.

Sinsan Park was opened in 1988 to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic torch to South Korea for the Seoul Olympic Games.

Olympic sculpture

There's a Korean War memorial and a sculpture dedicated to the '88 Olympics.

The Jungang Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Mary serves the local Roman Catholic community.  Its status was raised to cathedral in 1997.
Jeju City Hall

The Arario Museum is down by the seafront and has an impressive collection of Western and Asian contemporary art.

The Buddhist Bodeoksa Temple dates back to the 17th or 18th century.

The Dongmun Traditional Market was established in 1945.  The market burned down in a fire in 1954 and moved to its current location but kept the original name.  There are more than 300 vendors here selling everything imaginable.

There are several active Buddhist temples in Jeju.

Here's one at Donggosan.

Here's another temple we stumbled across at Sinseong.

A random obelisk found in the city centre.  No clue what the Chinese characters on it say and the dedication was only written in Korean.

No visit to Jeju would be complete without trying the Jeju Black Pig BBQ.  It was quite tasty, especially with the grilled kimchi.

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