When the Korea trip was being planned, one thing that had caught our attention was the Seogwipo Submarine. The possibility of being able to board a submarine and actually go under sea water surface was something that caught all our imagination. Therefore, Seogwipo Submarine was definitely an item on our agenda. Although we read mixed reviews on the internet, we decided to go ahead.
Getting a seat in the submarine was expensive. We spent around 300 Brunei Dollars for the ticket. Was it worth it? It depends on the individual. For people like us who have no experience scuba diving or any kind of diving under the sea, this was definitely a novel experience. However, I suppose those who are used to more adventurous underwater activities might find this not worth the trouble and the money.
As we dipped under the sea surface, a diver swam by the side of the windows and fed the fish. We saw some coral and what looked like a shipwreck. The commentary was all in Korean, which we really did not mind. The trip managers took our photo and we could buy it for a price once it was framed. A couple of photos were given free. All in all, it was a memorable experience.
The evening was spent at the Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, sampling delicious street food. Korean street food is, in a word, great. As with Korean food in general, very filling too. We bought some mementos from there.
Jungmun Daepo Coast & Jusangjeolli Cliff
The next day, we travelled to Jeju city, and on the way visited a truly remarkable place, Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff. It is a spectacular volcanic rock formation at the southern coast of Jeju Island. It was created when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. The coast is dotted with blackish, rock pillars of rectangular or hexagonal shapes. The shapes are exquisite, as if carved by stonemasons. This is a must-see attraction in Jeju Island, one that is very popular among tourists. The park near the cliff is well-maintained with majestic trees and some stone structures. We left the place with great photos and memories of the extra ordinary rock formations.