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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Seonsang Ilchulbong (Sunrise peak)

Seongsang Ilchubong also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island and said to resemble a gigantic ancient castle, this tuff cone is 182 meters high, has a preserved bowl-like crater and also displays diverse inner structures resulting from the sea cliff. These features are considered to be of geologic worth, providing information on eruptive and depositional processes of hydromagmatic volcanoes worldwide as well as past volcanic activity of Seongsan Ilchulbong
itself.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone is 180 meters high, and its crater is about 600 meters in diameter. 


Getting ready to climb up the crater ..180 m to go..



Me with the Dol Hareubangs

Dol hareubangs, also called tol harubangshareubangsharubangs, are large mushroom-like statues found on Jeju Island off the southern tip of Korea. They are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility and were placed outside of gates for protection against demons travelling between realities.

The dol hareubangs are carved from porous basalt (volcanic rock) and range in size up to 3 metres high. The statues' faces feature grinning expressions and bulging eyes without pupils, a long, broad nose, and slight smile and their hands rest on their bellies, one slightly above the other. In sets of two, one will have a higher left hand and the other a higher right hand. The hat is commonly referred to as phallic or mushroom-like.


view from the peak

Wet and sweating..walking up the crater took me more than 20 minutes// Wasn't that cold but breezy


Finally i've reached the peak


the green crater
The surrounding view is magnificent. A famous korean drama called "My  name is Kim Sam Soon" was once shot here at Seonsang Ilchulbong 
Sunrise peak! We have conquered !!

..to be continued






















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