Waterfalls on Jeju-do (Jeju Island) in South Korea

This morning I dragged myself off the floor (there are no beds at jjimjilbangs) at 5:30, ready for what I expected to be a nine-hour round-trip hike climbing Hallasan (Mount Halla) on Jeju Island (Jeju-do). Then about 30 minutes later while picking up supplies (i.e. water and calories) I learned there is currently snow on Mount Halla. It's cold enough on the ground floor of Jeju-do. I do not have the appropriate clothes for snow. So, unfortunately, no Hallasan for me. Apparently Jeju-do has the warmest average annual temperature in all of Korea. I do not believe it.

Instead I saw four of the major waterfalls on Jeju-do, and because I got started at six in the morning I was able to beat the crowds. I started with Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, then Jeongbang Waterfall, followed by the nearby but much smaller and arguably forgettable Sojeonbang Waterfall, and then backtracked west to Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, which despite the similar name to Cheonjiyeon is its own place and is actually a family of three waterfalls. All of these waterfalls are on the southern portion of Jeju-do, in Seogwipo.

Afterward, in the late afternoon/early evening, I visited Yeongmeori Coast, where more than 350 years ago Dutch sailors shipwrecked and were held captive for 13-14 years in Korea. The captain of the ship, Hendrik Hamel, eventually returned to Europe and published a journal about his experience. As tribute to his captivity in Korea, there is a small (very small) Dutch museum on Yeongmeori Coast. It is actually more like a Dutch-inspired gift shop, where in awkwardly translated English you can learn about the legalization of prostitution in the Netherlands, and if necessary purchase trinkets and souvenirs shaped like boobs or penises.