Things to See »

[26 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

As I glanced about, I could see two birds lazily sunning themselves on the outskirts of the trail, unmindful of the silk green forest draped upon them. The leaves were in every shade of green and continued, it seemed at times, as far as the eye could see. Any holes in the greenery allowed for views of the blue hued ocean or the town below. I had heard rumors that when I reached the cave at the top of the path, views of Marado Island and Dragon …

Sport on Jeju, Things to Do »

[25 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

It’s a cold, wet, midweek April night at the Jeju World Cup Stadium. The home faithful have turned out in droves to see the big cup game against Pusan. Despite their wild enthusiasm, the Jeju fans (known as Insane Islanders) have yet to see a home victory this year. In fact they have yet to see a home goal. Jeju once again in this match goes one goal down, but like the great fans that they are, the supporters keep on cheering, never giving up hope. And then, in the …

Things to Do »

[25 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]
Korea’s sexual conservatism absent at Jeju Island’s sex theme land – Love Land, Jeju, South Korea.

Loveland is a bustling arena of sexual irregularities, a place which resonates erotic inhibition by communicating the essence of sexuality into creative and indeed thought-provoking exhibits. It is also a job that this intrepid reporter could not afford to miss.

Coffee Shops »

[20 Jul 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

In 1732 the great composer Johann Sebastian Bach was quoted as saying: “Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine!” If a picture is worth a thousand words then that sentence must be the literary equivalent of a photo exhibit. Coffee is many things to many people, but for this reporter, it is an important and necessary daily ritual. For me, coffee is more than just a drink: it is my own quiet cup of solstice amongst the chaos that is an …

Jeju & Korean Culture, Things to See »

[16 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

The imposing keep of Yakcheon Temple looms over Jeju’s southern coastline, attended to by a cluster of palm and orange trees as it looks commandingly to the sea. It’s said to have been built over a mystical, medicinal stream, from which the name “Yak” (medicine) “Ch’eon” (stream) “sa” (temple) is derived. Local authorities built it on a massive scale, perhaps as much to draw throngs of tourists as hordes of worshippers. At 37,000 p’yong, (122,100 sq meters) Yakcheonsa is the second largest temple complex on the island. Its enormous size …