Travels in Asia
30 Jan 2012 11 Comments
I’m living in Asia now – have lived here for over 5 months. And yet I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface, since I have only been to South Korea so far. I am excited to begin my exploration of the rest of the continent in about a week and a half (which reminds me, I should really plan that trip).
So far, the coolest place I’ve been in Korea is Jeju Island, and I just now went there. Michael Hodson has a great article about how the New 7 Wonders competition was a total scam – I highly recommend you read it. Jeju was a recipient of the award, and many people scoffed at that before they even knew about the scam part. I’m here to tell you that fake prize or not, Jeju is worthy of a visit. Maybe it’s not one of the world’s top natural wonders but it is certainly incredible in its own right. It’s not really on the Western tourist radar yet because it requires a flight from Seoul, but it should be.
The island was made by volcanic eruptions 2 million years ago. Therefore you have a lot of really cool natural formations to see in a relatively small area.
The island has three sites that are recognized together as a UNESCO World Heritage site. These are Seongsan Ilchulbong (aka sunrise peak), Hallasan (the volcano in the middle of the island, and Korea’s highest mountain), and finally the lava tube system.
Jeju’s lave tube system is regarded as the finest in the world. While I can’t compare it to any others I can say you should absolutely take a walk through a lava tube, as it was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Perhaps if you’re visiting South Korea you will consider a visit to Jeju, as it is absolutely worth your time.
As for the rest of Asia, there are many places I am really excited to see. A short list would include: Angkor Wat, all of Thailand, and taking a horse trek in Mongolia. I think those things are on the radar for the not-too-distant future.
Where in Asia have you been that you loved, or where do you most want to go?