What the Volcano Built


Magma, magma, magma.

Photo by Michael Johnstone

Photo by Michael Johnstone

Jeju Island was born when Halla Mountain (Hallasan)¬†erupted a few million years ago. Magma from the eruption cooled around the volcano, giving birth to one of the new 7 Natural Wonders of the World, an island made purely from cooled molten rock. The island is so unique and breathtaking that I have been forced to write about it in more than one post–and even those that I do write don’t do the island justice.

Almost every attraction on the island is a direct result of this single, earth-shaking eruption. Rock formations that seem¬†eerily unnatural, underground lava tubes, and at the center of the island, Halla mountain itself. Photos, of course, are inadequate. It’s something you need to see for yourself.

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