Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jeju-do, Korea, the Island of the Gods

jeju Island is a volcanic island created entirely from volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago and is dominated by Halla-san (Halla Mountain): a volcano 1,950 meters high and the highest mountain in South Korea.

Because of the relative isolation, the people of Jeju have developed a culture and language that are different from those of mainland Korea, with many local legends and mystic beliefs. They even named it the “Island of the Gods”, taking after a legend that tells the story of demi-gods that lived on the island, considered to be the progenitors of Jeju people. Distinct cultural artifacts and stones with different shapes that are considered protective for the locals can be found here.

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