Jeju Island is known as the ‘Hawaii of Korea.’ It is the largest off-shore island of the Korean peninsula. The island is best known for its volcanic landmarks, multiple waterfalls, white sand beaches, and other natural wonders. All these places make Jeju Island feel like a piece of heaven on Earth.
It is recognized as a UNESCO natural heritage site. The island is famous for its natural sites and black pork if you are a meat-eater.
It has something for every kind of tourist. If you are active, you can hike up South Korea’s highest mountain, Halla-san, or if you want a relaxed trip, you can chill near the beach. For a less demanding nature-filled trip, you can wander the trails of Jeju Olle Trails. If you are a solo woman traveler, you can read more about traveling to Jeju here.
About Jeju Island
There is a beautiful volcano right in the middle of the island. It gets covered in colorful cherry blossoms during spring, and in winter, it looks sublime, covered in snow.
Everything on the island is sort of tailor-made for travelers, be it natural or human-made. Many tourist destinations include the Teddy Bear Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Osulloc Tea Garden, and many more. All of these are unique and different, but the natural beauty of Jeju Island is simply unparalleled.
It is the highest peak in South Korea. Halla-san is the dormant volcano that has fundamentally shaped Jeju Island. This volcano is located in the middle of Mt. Halla National Park, which has miles and miles of trails for explorers to enjoy. Mainly five distinct trails initiate from Mt. Halla in the middle. You can enjoy the magnificent foliage and awesome rock formations on this 9 km hike.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
The peak is the best place to watch the sunrise as the sun rises very close to Jeju Island. It’s a 30-minute hike to the top, and when you reach the peak, you can sit on the crater ridge and enjoy the sunrise.
Jeju Island’s most picturesque beach is on the island’s northern coast. It is the most tropical and beach-like, with clear waters and a perfectly carved white sandy beach. You can also observe the sunset on this beach and relax.
It is one of the best ways to explore rural Jeju. In the Jeju dialect, ‘Olle’ means a narrow path that runs from one’s front door to the pedestrian street. In present times, ‘Olle’ is the integrated network of properly-marked pathways for hiking that are spread over the island. These trails vary in length ranging from seven to 23 kilometers.
These lava tube caves were created centuries ago when hot magma from Mt. Halla melted through the island’s surface. Manjang-gul is the main access point to these caves. They are the world’s longest lava tube caves measuring 7.4 km long and varying heights. Although only a stretch of 1km is accessible, it is still a sight to behold!
Also check out:
- Solo Woman Traveler’s Guide to Jeju
- Jeju Island’s hidden gems that you shouldn’t miss out
- Feeling Stuck at Home, Now You Can Visit Jeju Island Virtually via UNESCO Media Campaign
Essential Tips for Traveling to Jeju Island
If you are well prepared, your trip will be fun! And it is not too far from the Korean mainland. It’s just 1-hour flight away from Seoul. Here are some things that you need to consider before making the trip to Jeju Island.
How to reach Jeju Island?
Many flights connect most major international airports to Jeju International Airport. If you like to travel via water, there are ferries and boats from Korean cities like Busan, Incheon, and others.
Usually, the island offers visa-free entry, but in the light of the coronavirus, visa-free status is suspended for many countries.
You can rent a self-driving car with an international driving license. Most cars have navigation tuned to the English language setting, so driving around is convenient. Along with this, there is an option of using public transportation. Buses and taxis are common within the city limits, but they are less frequent as you start moving away from the city. There is no subway system on the island.
Korean Won mainly. Most credit cards are accepted, but sometimes it might not work in smaller stores.
So, plan your trip to South Korea and don’t miss out on visiting the Hawaii of South Korea! It’s a beautiful place with magnificent sights and natural beauty to appreciate!