“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb
The hike itself was relatively easy, as the mountain is an extinct shield volcano with a conular shape and a steady, easy climb. This isn’t a peaceful hike with a steady stream of Koreans chattering and there is even a monorail type system to deliver food to the top running alongside large portions of the trail.
The summit delivers pleasant and impressive views of most of the island and if you’re lucky enough to do the hike after a little rain shower, the lake at the summit will be present, which provides an added little touch to the charm.
Being an island, the sea is of course never far. The smell of salt in the air, the fishing boats with their fishermen plying the waters and the copious amounts of seafood, tackle shops and the nautical leftovers from rotting ships to rusting rails give the island a unique atmosphere.
The food we had on Jeju ranged from the wholesome to the exotic-at least for me. Hardy fish based stews were the standard and we had our fair share.
On the more exotic side, we searched out and located a horse meat restaurant, which turned out to be an excellent 5 course meal with soup, tar-tar, sashimi, dumplings and bbq meat-all of which was horse and all of which was delicious and well prepared.