Jeju Island is the largest island of Korea and is located on the southwest of the Korean Peninsula. This island has excellent natural views and abundant entertainment for travelers. It is a small island with the renowned Hallasan Mountain in the center. The island houses 77types of mammals, 198 species of birds and many other animals. This island is also very popular among young couples for a romantic escape. Entirely formed from volcanic eruptions, Jeju Island is also one of the new seven wonders of the world. Due to its isolation, the island’s locals has developed a different culture and language than mainland Korea. This island has also gained titles like Biosphere Reserve, World Natural Heritage, and the Global Geopark award.
You can get direct flights from Seoul and Busan to Jeju Island. There are also direct flights available to Jeju Island from several other Asian countries. There are more than a hundred daily flights within Korea alone that fly to Jeju Island. You can get the flight for as low as 55000 won for a one-way ticket to Seoul.
You can also take a ferry from Seoul or from Busan. However, flying to Jeju Island is often more convenient, and the price will be almost the same and sometimes even cheaper.
As Jeju Island is the honeymoon capital of Korea, you will find some of the finest hotels on this island. The two of the most popular destination for tourist accommodation are Seogwipo and Jungmun.
Seogwipo is the second popular tourist destination on Jeju Island but has less variety of accommodation. Seogwipo is at the southeastern base of Jeju and the final stop on the Jeju Airport Shuttle Bus.
Jungmun is the resort area and has the best and most luxurious hotels on the island. Even if you don’t plan to stay here, you must visit this place. Here are many hotels that are shooting locations of K-dramas and also offer a unique look at luxury Korea.
You should stay in Jeju Island for at least three or four days. But, a week is enough to cover most of the attractions and activities of the island. Jeju island has many unique museums and theme parks. If you want to get active, you can hike to the top of Mt. Halla, golf, or walk Olle Trails. You can also enjoy the beaches in Jeju Island and relax in the serenity of the gorgeous beaches.
Mount Hallasan is the highest mountain in Korea and is located in the center of Jeju Island. It is a dormant volcano and is also a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. Climbing this volcano is one of the major highlights of the island. Even though the volcano has a high altitude, you can easily climb to the peak and climb down within a day. From the peak of Mt. Hallasan, you will get the gorgeous view of a huge crater lake and the whole Jeju Island. The mountain is also home to more than six thousand species of plants and animals.
Jeju not only has beautiful beaches and outstanding rock formations, but it also has breathtaking waterfalls. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, one of the most attractive waterfalls in the whole of Korea, also lies in Jeju Island. This waterfall is also renowned as the Pond of God. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall begins from the ceiling of a cave where it falls into three sections. Around these beautiful falls, you will also get to see some unique plants and flowers. Here, you might even spot the rare Solipnan reeds and Skeleton fork ferns. In May, there is also a festival called Chilseonyeo Festival held here where many gather to swim in the falls.
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Jeongbang Falls is Asia’s only waterfall that directly falls into the ocean. Jeongbang Falls is also one of the most famous waterfalls on Jeju Island. The wall of the waterfall is inscribed with the words “Seobulgwacha,” which refers to Seobul. Seobul was a servant of the Chinese Emperor Jin, who once passed by this incredible wonder. Here, you can also purchase some fresh catch from the sea. One unique delicacy you will find here is raw sea urchin sashimi.
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Manjanggul cave is one of the longest lava tunnels in the world. This cave was formed more than 2.5 million years ago and housed different kinds of natural formations including 70 cm long lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels, that looks even more beautiful when illuminated by the soft colored lights.
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After some exciting hiking of Jeju Island, you can relax at Jeju Waterworld. Here, you can enjoy herb saunas and Jiujiang that will do wonders for your aching muscles. Samda Water Tangerine Spa is also one of the specialties of Jeju Waterworld. Its waters contain the extract of Jeju's local tangerines, which helps to keep one from cold sclerosis and hyperpiesia. This place is also great for kids as there is a waterpark. Here, your children can enjoy the man-made Wave Poor or ride down the water slides. Jeju Waterworld also celebrates Herb and Mud Festival during the months of July and August.
Visiting Jeju Folk Village Museum feels like traveling back in time to the 1890s. In this cultural village lies more than 100 traditional houses and 8000 folk artifacts. Within the museum, grounds lie four villages: Hill-Country Village, Mountain Village, Shamanism Village, and Fishing Village. There are also exhibitions that display the artifacts used in farming and fishing. You can also visit the Fortune Teller’s house and get your fortune read. Visiting the Jeju Folk Village Museum gives you the chance to enjoy plenty of unique experiences.
Teddy Bear Museum is one of the most popular museums in Korea. This unique museum showcases thousands of teddy bears from all around the globe. Here, you will also find teddy bears that are designed and created by hand. In the History Hall, you will get to learn about the history of teddy bears and also find bear versions of famous historical figures such as the Mona Lisa. The art hall contains the latest artworks and animation characters that you can marvel on. This museum also houses the smallest teddy bear in the world that measures at just 4.55mm.