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Monday, December 10, 2012

Our World - Dragon Head Rock, Jeju Island

As the name implies, the unusual rock formation is said to be the shape of a dragon’s head that lies on the beautiful seashore at Jeju Island in South Korea. There are many legends associated with the origin of this rock, but the one I find most fascinating was that a dragon was sent to Halla Mountain to gather bullocho, a herb of eternal youth, but unfortunately, he was struck with the arrow of the enraged mountain god. This turned him into stone, his head looking up towards heaven and his body submerged in the sea.

Also known as Yongduam Rock, it is one of the nine sites in Jeju Island that has been awarded the status of UNESCO Global Geoparks. According to my tour guide, the unique landscapes were the result of volcanic eruptions and thousands and thousands of years of wind, water and lava forming them into different shapes today.

It was drizzling and windy when we first arrived and taking sharp pictures were rather difficult as the only sources of light were spot light bulbs placed along the pathways.

Despite of the strong wind and cold weather, I was glad I was able to get a few good shots in such circumstances.

A great place to spend time with your loved one, enjoy the beauty and solitude and sound of the waves.

Our World


  1. Beautiful shots!
    Have a good time!

  2. Wow, you managed to go on the Jeju Island too! These shots are wonderful, in spite of bad conditions.

  3. Wow nice capture of the dragon head rock. We were told by our tourist guide we cannot take the rocks home they are protected item.

  4. If not mistaken is there one little lonely mermaid statue somewhere in the middle of coastal shore?

  5. what nice!!))I must google that story!!love things like did a good job!!Still envy you staying down there..we could share.eheeh,you have a little snow an d I a little asia!!thanx for sharing!!♥..•*¨*★ ☆.love☆¸¸.•♥

  6. Bonza photos, i can't pick a favourite one this time round.

  7. Hi Bananaz,

    i didn't visit the mermaid due to time constraints. i was more focused on capturing the dragon head.:)

  8. What a beautiful place and your captures are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing them with us today! Hope you have a great week!!

  9. HeLLo,

    Many of my friends are going to South Korea for a vacation. They said it's a nice place. Hopefully someday I will be able to go there and share your adventure.

    I'm trying to find the Dragon from your photos but I couldn't. Can you circle it and show to us? But the legend is very interesting, I wonder who sent the dragon to collect the flowers.

    p/s: Nice photos despite the strong wind and cold weather.

  10. wonderful shots of this great place!

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  11. Wow these are spectacular shots, I wonder where the light source come from! I love all of them, really fantastic.

  12. nice shot!!! I explored seoul from 8th - 17th Nov 2012 but miss Jeju. Maybe next two years planning to Jeju and Busan.

  13. Hi Willie,

    thanks for appreciating my photos. your friends are absolutely right. South Korea is a great destination to visit. there's so much to see and do. Highly recommended. as requested, i've made a circle around the object in my photos. i know it's hard to see a resemblance between a real dragon and the rock but it's good to see what people can do with a bit of imagination.

    Hi Andrea,

    thank you. glad you like my photos. as far as i can tell, those coloured lights are placed along the pathways and walls, reflecting on water surface and rocks.

  14. It's an interesting rock. I want to climb them.

  15. Those rocks make the most amazing shapes. Great photos.

  16. Lovely photography ~ of such a beautiful place ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol

  17. What beautiful scenery and shots!

  18. You can almost hear the crashing waves...what a great capture.
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

  19. Looks very interesting! Even though the weather was bad, it seems still lots of people were there:)

  20. You did a great job with the photos despite the low light. Such a lovely area and interesting legend.

  21. Impressive photos! Is the area hard to get to?

    1. Hi YTSL,

      Thank you. It takes around 10mins by taxi from Jeju International Airport to the designated area.

  22. I regretted so much for not visiting Jeju Island. My Korean friends told me it was a boring island!

  23. Even with minimal light source, your photos turned out clear and awesome as always, so fret not! :)