March 15, 2019, Hallim, Jeju-do-
Emerging from Ssanyong-gul had, momentarily, an other-worldly ambiance.
We were re-entering a place with the sense of Paradise, and one taking the shape of 2/3 of a heart. This was appropriate, given the theme of this journey.
Some observers liken this piece, at the entrance to the Stone and Bonsai Garden, to an eagle. To me, it seemed a mighty angel.
This is so very true.
A patient and long-suffering mother comforts a squawling child, just shy of the Gift Shop.
I found myself looking at Dino, from “The Flintstones”.
This wind-polished basalt presents several smug-looking likenesses, especially on the top front.
Despite the chill and drizzle of the past several days, the cherry and apple trees are starting to fully bloom.
So, too, are the camellia bushes.
The incredible range of the sculptures in the Stone Collection could enchant a visitor for days.
This piece evokes Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”.
The superimposed basalt here reminds me of likenesses of Queen Nefirtiti, of ancient Egypt.
As is common in water parks, koi have a considerable presence, here in Hallim Park
As in Seong-eup, preserved thatched-roof homes of old Jeju are found here in Hallim. There seems to be a tighter binding of the thatch, among those homes of the western part of the island. This style is specific to Hallim, Hyop-jae and Aewol villages.
Peacocks abound here, especially in the area designated Bird Park.
Ostriches cap the offerings of Bird Park, and it is fascinating to watch the great birds eat.
A faux waterfall invites visitors to consider going to Jeju’s authentic cataracts.
This Peace Monument expresses the hope of the Korean people for eventual unification of the peninsula.
Thus, we caught a snapshot of Hallim Park, which could easily have occupied a full eight hours. There was, however, a plane to catch, back to Busan. My final day in Korea, on this trip, will take in some of the port city’s highlights-around Marine City and Haeundae.