It is already Day 7 in South Korea… wow! How time flies….
We started the day with a quick stop at Seobok Exhibition Hall (서복전시관). As the history goes, Seobok Exhibition Hall (서복전시관) commemorates Seobok who sailed from China back in the Qin dynasty in his quest to search for the plant of eternal youth. Seobok landed near the Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포) on the slopes of Youngju Mountain. He returned home after he left a message on Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포) that is no longer clearly legible, “Seo Bul Gwa Ji” with the plant for eternal youth.
Seobok Exhibition Hall (서복전시관) is very much Chinese influenced and have been visited by numerous Chinese Dignitaries. Seobok Exhibition Hall (서복전시관) is an education place where one would be able to understand the history of Seobok and his quest with his army of children.
Seobok Exhibition Hall (서복전시관) features:
- Seobok Exhibition Room – exhibits ‘Dreams of Eternal Youth and Immortality’, ‘Seobok’s Journey’ as well as bronze chariot and replica of Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin Shi
- Seogwipo History Room – information on the history of Seogwipo, cultural relics, tourism and cultural promotion items.
- Short Documentary Area – a small space where an animated film of Seogwipo and Seobok are available in four different languages (Korean, English, Chinese & Japanese)
After a quick tour of the exterior area, we head off to our next stop…. Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포).
Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포), the only waterfall in Asia that fall directly into the ocean, is also designated as Scenic Spot No. 43 (Designated on August 8, 2008) as well as is one of the top three waterfalls of Jeju-do (제주도). Seogwipo is also said to have gotten its name from this story, meaning “Seobul Headed Back West.”
The walk down to Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포) can be a tiring one especially under the hot summer sun. However, the view of Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포) are simply awesome and definitely worth the walk! It is a great place to relax during the summer. An observatory is available on top of the cliff, from one can command a fine view of the sea.
Now… off we go to our next stop. Stay tune!