Jeongbang Pogpo, a waterfall, on the South Korean island of Jeju, where a legendary Chinese alchemist was said to have landed while in search of the elixir of life some 2,000 years ago. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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Was Japan’s first emperor an ancient Chinese alchemist? Like many legends, flashes of truth penetrate foggy details

Xu Fu is said to have sailed east in search of the elixir of life for China’s first emperor. Accounts of his adventures vary greatly, but most agree on one thing – that he never ultimately returned to his homeland. So, where did he end up?

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Jeongbang Pogpo, a waterfall, on the South Korean island of Jeju, where a legendary Chinese alchemist was said to have landed while in search of the elixir of life some 2,000 years ago. Photo: Alamy
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