Korea Travelogue: Songan Sunrise Peaks and Seongeup Folk Village

Super busy this week, hence the lack of posts!

On the 2nd of the tour, we visited Songan Sunrise Peaks, a parasitic volcano which rose from the sea about 100,000 years ago. The huge crater at the top measures 600m in diameter and is 90m high.  At the foot of the volcano, there’s a shop which houses a small café and a tangerine confectionery. Jeju Island is famous for harvesting delicious tangerines, and hence tangerine confectionery products are popular among both Korean and foreign visitors. Hubby and I are not fans of tangerines, so we didn’t buy any. We had over-priced drinks at the café though.

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For someone who doesn’t work out at all (ie me, haha), this is a tiring climb. But it’s worth it!

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Some pictures of the scenery from the top.

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Pity we didn’t get to see the Haenyo(diving women) performance. These women (mostly aunties and grandmas) free-dive for seaweed, shellfish, abalone and sea urchins with nothing more than goggles and a wetsuit.

At Seongeup folk village, where government assistance and tourism encourage the preservation of traditional homes and lifestyle. Many villagers are involved in bee rearing activities and gathering Ling Zhi. This is also the one of the locations where K-drama hit, Jewel in the Palace, was filmed.

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Tool used for grinding flour…

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“Pig toilet” where villagers poop. This is just for show only; there are modern toilets in this village so no worries if you need to use the toilet.

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Our guide showing us some of the tools villagers use daily. Women used to carry water home using heavy water jugs.

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According to the guide, in the past, men in this village do little work. Women were the ones who worked and cared for children. While working with their hands, mothers use one of their feet to rock baby cots.

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A traditional thatched house.

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We were brought to a hut where the guide talked about unprocessed wild honey and Wu Wei Zi tea (Omija Cha) produced by Seongeup folk village. Some of our tour mates bought cartons of these organic products.

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Hubby got arrowed for a demonstration which showcased how good their honey is.

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Spicy (non-dung eating) black pig for lunch. Uber yummy!

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