|The North Coasts of Jeju-do
drier, a bit desolate, but with some interesting sites
|the San-shin paintings of Yeonhwa-jeongsa (left) and Dodu-sa (right), small temples in the Dodu-bong [Dao-head Peak] area, the closest temples to the west of Yongdu-am. The leaf-fan and white-crane-feather-fan motifs are depicted in fine style. Three donja boy-attendants, with one sitting on the tiger while offering fruit, is quite unusual. That's a Mushroom-of-Immortality in the Dodu-sa San-shin's left hand (see pages 62-63 in my book).|
|This is one of the symbols of Jeju-do and one of its most-visited tourist sites. It's an unusual basalt (lava) formation just west of Jeju City on the north coast, shaped by wind and waves for centuries.
Yongdu-am Rock has long been said to look like a dragon's head. A popular old myth says that the Yong-wang [Dragon King of the Waters] sent a young dragon to steal the elixer of immortality from the Spirit of Mt. Halla. He stole a flaming pearl and tried to fly off into the sea, but was shot with an arrow by the angry Halla-san-shin and fell onto the coast and turned into stone, with his body submerged but his head facing up.
|This photo courtesy of KNTO.|