Friday, June 24, 2005
Place I would like to visit in Korea #1
I am a big fan of islands and am always keen to visit them. There are a heap of islands around Korea and the one that fascinates me the most is one of the east coast, in the so-called Sea of Japan or as the Koreans like to call it, the East Sea (동해). The island is called Ulleung-do 울릉도 and is quite beautiful. Islands interest me mainly for the isolation. The culture is different from the mainland because of the hardships they face and islanders tend to be both resilient and very hospitible. As you can tell, the geography of this island means that they have to be very creative with their building and the capital Dodong 도동 up in the the island set in a valley. I have heard that Juneau in Alaska may be similarly placed in a valley, but that I don't know about.
Ulleungdo is famous for its' squid. They catch them from around the island and I have seen many classic photos with the lines of squid hung out to dry. Koreans are crazy about squid so I imagine this island would be their Mecca. For me the trip there (2 hours by ferry) and just meeting the people would be enough. I will leave the squid eating to others, hopefully there is enough to feed the demand.
This is the place I would like to visit most in Korea. It is therefore Place I Would Like To Visit In Korea #1 ...
San Nakji for President!