Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sangumburi Crater in Jeju Island, (산굼부리)

We needed to cover as many places as possible in Jeju Island, so we rushed to Sangumburi Crater, designated as a "Natural Monument" and the filming site of 2 dramas "Love Wind, Love Song" and "Goddess of Marriage" both of which, alas, I have not seen!
Entrance is 6,000 won for this natural attraction,

It is a beautiful crater which according to the pamphlets look like a man made stadium from the top.

Saw this girl perched on the ledge of a building made of crater rocks.
With strange sculpture too, made of mud from the crater.

And so we started out climb up the was pleasant, as it was autumn and the Eulalia flowers on the slope are supposed to turn it into a golden brown field.
This is a map showing the crater which measures about 650 meters wide, 100 meters deep amnd 2,070 meters in circumference (I got that info from "Imagine Korea" website)

We stopped every so often to admire the scenery and enjoy the nippy autumn air.

The hike is not so difficult as there are lots of huts and rest stops for you to rest and continue at your own pace.
Lots of other tourists are also making the trek round the crater too.

Beautiful scenery which you can get only in Autumn

This must be the highlight of our walking trip here....Since it is autumn there is a sea of pampas grass swaying in the breeze on the slopes of this volcanic crater

We are going to walk up a little to get an amazing view of Halla Mountain and take some great photos

Yes! we have reached the top!!!
It is really a relaxing ascent and what an exhilarated feel when we reached the top!!!

Now we begin our descent!

There is a variety of plant-life on the crater.  According to the leaflet, on the north side, Nandaeseong vegetation such as red-thorn tree, magnolia trees along with rare winter strawberries. On the south side of the crater, Ondaerim vegetation such as evegreens, maple cover the area. and beacuse madny different kinds of trees and plants grow in such a limited space, it attracts the attention of researchers.

Sangumburi Crater is indeed one of the highlights of our trip in Jeju island.  The view and scenery is breathtaking.  The hike to the top is easy as there are paved walkways and we get to take as many pictures as we like along the way as we are not in a group tour.

These Korean girls are always asking me to take pictures of their back! It must be trending for them!

A final picture of me among the grass!!!!
I got lots of lovely scenes with reed plants called eoksae (flamegrass) swaying in the background. It is touted to be a special wonder of nature!

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