Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My trip to Ulleungdo (one of the South Korean magic Island)

I guess our beautiful trip start with these wonderful starters. Sharing,helping and working together was the motto of the trip and to discover the hidden beauty and magic of this beautiful island.

I was so fascinated with the beauty of the island and the people..which was beyond my expectation..

Ulleungdo is one of the beautiful island of South Korean in the East Sea. Formerly it was known as 'Dagelet to the Europeans', Ulleungdo is about 120 km (75 miles) east of the Korean Peninsula. Volcanic in origin, the rocky steep-sided island is the top of a large stratovolcano which rises from the seafloor, reaching a maximum elevation of 984 metres (3,228 ft) at Seonginbong Peak.

This island consists primarily of trachyandesite rock. A major explosive eruption about 9,350 years ago reached a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 6 and deposited tephra as far as central Honshū over 800 km (500 mi) away, while producing pyroclastic flows on the island and decapitating its top to form a caldera.

The island of Ulleungdo has an area of 73.15 km2 (28.24 sq mi) with about 10,000 inhabitants according to our Guide. It makes up the main part of Ulleung County, North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.

The main city of Ulleungdo is the port of Dodong, which serves as the main ferry port between Ulleungdo and the Korean mainland. Ulleungdo is a popular tourist site may be right nest to the famous Jejudo Island.

The most crowded sea food market near the sea port of Ulleungdo.

The famous "o-zingo or the squid of Ulleungdo.

The guide told us that the main economic activity is fishery, including the harvest of cuttlefish, which can be seen drying in the sun in many places on Ulleungdo. Most Koreans know the island for its cuttlefish. We tried , it was really really tasty...!

A little facts about the place : Archaeological evidence indicates that the island has been inhabited since the 1st millennium BC. The first confirmed historical reference to Ulleungdo is in the Samguk Sagi for the year 512. In that year, the Silla general Kim Isabu conquered the island, which had previously been the autonomous nation of Usan-guk.

Usan-guk did not remain under the Silla yoke, however, and the island did not become a permanent political part of Korea until 930, when it was annexed by Goryeo. Remote as it is from the Korean mainland, Ulleungdo was a recurrent security headache for the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties.

It was devastated by Jurchen pirate raids in the 11th century, and by Wokou pirate raids in the 14th century. A clash with Japan over fishing rights in the 1690s was precipitated by the Korean fisherman An Yong-bok. In response to these difficulties, Joseon adopted an "empty-island" policy which however proved impossible to enforce. The empty-island policy was officially rescinded in 1881, after which the government sought to encourage additional settlement of Ulleungdo.

The precious Thodok , looks like zinseng (one of the Ulleungdo's precious item).

Favorite activities for tourists are hiking, fishing,digging out the roots of thodok and eating hoe (a Korean raw fish dish). Sightseeing boats make regular three-hour circuits about Ulleungdo, departing from the harbor at Dodong and passing by all the points of interest along the coast, including many interesting rock formations and the small neighboring island of Jukdo.

Other scenic sites are Seonginbong, the highest peak on the island (984 m); Bongnae waterfall; the "natural icehouse"; and a coastal cliff from which Liancourt Rocks can be discerned in the distance.

But the most interesting part is that, Ulleungdo people still thanks the foremer Korean president Park Chunghee because he was only president who visited Ulleungdo and does various activities to upgrade the Ulleungdo as the place is away from the mainland Korea. Throughout the journey Mr. Diver keep thanking the late former president Mr. Park Chunghee.

The breath taking scenic view.

You know what travelling with group of people have different ways to enjoy ourselves. You never get bored nor left out, this is the best part I have inculcates from this trip.

I learned from the guide and the driver who ride us with his humorous jokes in every possible part of this magic Island . Ulleungdo have its own unique qualiteis that make different from the others i.e the cleaniest environment and preety womens , kind hearted people , the scary wind which can washed away the houses , the thodok one of the precious herb which is abundently available in Ulleungdo, The dried O-zingo or the squid and of course one and only Ulleungdo people life line the Bokpo waterfall an only fresh water where the 10,000 people are depending on.

We explore around the corn field on the way and even learn the technique of making traditional steam corn

Making topiary for ourselves (the special memoir from the organizing committee)

Friends, seriously I was so mesmerized by this place because after the Dokdo issue Ulleungdo became famous, through this the government transformed this island and made the transportation very good. Now it is so good even if its miles away from the crowded mainland Korea but it does have its own beauty and charm that cannot be faded by the other city of Korea.

Colorful delicious sticky rice in the bamboo container..

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