|Gimpo airport, 2nd |
As we walked into Gimpo airport, the security was tight. Many policemen were about, and we saw a policeman walked towards our way with an Alsation dog leading the way, slinging a M16 machine gun across his shoulder. He just look ahead as he walked with a stony face. As the dog came to us, Little M tried to reach out to pat the dog, as he will always do when he saw a dog, but I quickly pulled him back. We looked around but could not see any commotion or raucous in the airport. Maybe it was just a routine exercise. Anyway, as we are waiting for check in, little M pulled me to a nearby Dunkin' Donuts chain, his favourite snack. We bought half a dozen and snacked on it as we waited for to board Jeju Air flight, to Jeju Island, also spelled as Cheju Island and also known as Jeju-do. Jeju-do (Korean for Jeju Province, short form of Jeju Special Self-governing Province or Cheju Island) is the special autonomous province of South Korea, situated on the nation's largest island. Jeju-do lies in the Korea Strait, southwest of Jeollanam-do Province, which it became a separate province in 1946. Its capital is the city of Jeju.
At the Gimpo airport, there were a couple of exhibits on display. Among them that caught my attention was a colourful Korea drum and a Palanquin (Korean - Gama) that was placed strategically at the centre of the airport, complete with description what it is, what it the use and who used it. It is a good way to educate the public and tourists alike. The flight to Jeju-do took about 1 hour and we arrived there at about 4.38 pm. Jeju was a little bit warmer than Seoul, about 12 degree C. Once we exited Jeju airport, we saw Jeju-do's famous tree - Jeju tangerine trees, everywhere. As it was its fruits season, the trees were laden with yellow and orange coloured fruits and they looked mouth watering. Welcome to Jeju-do, the honeymoon land.
Here are some information and pictures I took on the way to Jeju-do:
Jeju Air Website: