You know you have never completed your Korean Tour without coming to see Jeju Island. This world class island is known for its timeless beauty and culture.
Jeju Island is located on the coast of South Korea. It is three times as large as the main City, Seoul, and it offers the wide array of natural beauty and tourism spots.
Also known as the Island of the Gods, Jeju Island preserves a great deal of the culture of their land.
It is a popular tourism spot in South Korea. Most travelers are newlyweds going for a honeymoon or students going on class trips. The peak days for the tourism of the island is April-June of each year. After which, the island is as peaceful and calm as it always has been. Just a place perfect for relaxation and healing time.
If you are wanting to get the most out of your experience in Jeju Island, I say you should prepare yourself for a lot of walking.
For one the most popular sight is the sunrise at Jeju where you can perfectly witness on the peak of Seongsan Ilchubong. This is the best spot on the island where you can see the sunrise at its most beautiful. This spot got the name “Sunrise Peak” because of that. Climbing up the peak would require you an 182-meter walk. So we suggest you start your way to the peak about 90-minutes before sunrise to perfectly catch Mr. Sun.
Another famous peak you must try climbing in Jeju Island is the peak of Halla Mountain. Halla-san is the highest mountain on the island. The mountain itself made this obvious because it is visible in almost all parts of the island. It is not only the highest peak in the island but it is also the highest mountain in South Korea. With this in mind, facts have it that it runs a 1920 meter trail or a 9km summit. Taking the Halla Mountain Challenge would require the traveler one day on his or her itinerary in the island. This is because it takes roughly 5 hours to climb and about the same to come back down.
Coming up the peak would actually be a good experience; I say. This Mountain presents you with beautiful natural scenery that you would never forget. The mountain is home to alpine plants, chipmunks, butterflies, and woodpeckers. So the next time you plan on going to Jeju Island, remember to pack up some hiking gear and take the Halla Mountain Challenge.
One more of the hiking challenges you would want to take in Jeju Island is taking the Lava Tubes. The Jeju Island Lava Tubes stretched to 8km. The temperature inside the caves goes form 11-21degrees C. What you would love to see inside these tubes are lava formations that would definitely entertain you.
And if you love the water, you might want to get up and go see the Cheonjaeyeon Waterfall. This Waterfall is composed of three falls. The first one stretches down to 22m high falls and the two other falls continues down to the ocean. The pond also stretched down to a 20m depth. What is very unique about this falls is the legend it beholds. It is said that in this falls lived seven nymphs who assisted the heaven’s emperor every night when he descends to the falls and take a bath in the clear waters of the pond. In today’s setting we can see an arched bridge has been constructed across the pond of the waterfall. The bridge is designed with seven nymph sculptures that represents the ones in the legend.
In Jeju Island, culture is also a very important thing. The people of the island evidently preserved such cultures. One of the most significant custom in the island that has been preserved throughout the years are the Deep diving women. The Haenyo, as they are most popularly known, are the deep sea divers of Jeju Island. these are middle-aged or older women who are strong enough to dive deep waters to fish. What’s very significant about these women is that they are able to dive deep waters without the help of a breathing apparatus. Simply say, they are capable of holding their breathes longer. These Women are actually one of the reason why we are able to indulge on Jeju’s delicious seafood.
Another of the cultural preserves you can witness in the island are the folk villages in Jeju. Some of the most popular folk villages in Jeju Island are the Jeju Folk Village and Seungeup Folk Village. In these villages still, stand the native clay houses that folk people used to have in the old days. Still, a lot of villagers live in these villages. Though some have already added modern amenities to their homes, the fact that they still preserve the traditional look of their village is very amusing.
Jeju Folk Village
Seungeup Folk Village
If you are really into seeing the customs and culture of the people in Jeju Island, We also suggest you go and take the Olle trails. The Olle trails are the integrated trails that give anyone taking the trail a glimpse of the farm’s lives and the urban villages of the island.
There are a lot to discover on this island, but one more I would suggest you go and discover is the U-do. This is another island northwest of the main island of Jeju. As a traveler, you are required to take a 15minute ferry ride from the main island in order to reach the destination. U-do presents you with a few spectacular delights. Some of the specialties in the island that you must try before coming back are the peanut butter ice cream, their own take on the seaweed soup and their own recipe of hamburger.
Going back to the main island of Jeju; there are a lot of museums on the island. However one of the most popular is the Teddy Bear Museum. Rings a bell? I bet if you are a K-drama addict you might know this from the drama Princess Hours. This very entertaining museum houses a great number of teddy bears dressed in different costumes. Surely the kid in you will be wakened up with this museum.
One more of the must see things in Jeju Island are the Dolharubang or the “Grandfather stones”. To date, there are still about 45 stones that stand to exist. The Dolharubangs are re-made into small figurines or frames sold as souvenirs for tourists who wants to take home a piece of the island with them. Though it might be just a myth, a number of tourists come to these grandfather stones and touch the stones’ noses asking for a baby. Yes, they say these grandfathers grant couples with children. How true? Not sure really. hihihi
Of course, when we say Jeju Island, their beaches can never be forgotten. One of the beaches we would suggest you is the Hyeopjae Beach. It presents you with a 9km stretch of white sand. Coming to this beach you should never let the opportunity of seeing the sunset pass. Yes, this is the best spot to see and amuse yourself with that golden sunset. So after seeing the sunrise at Seongsan Ilchubong, come down to the beaches of Hyeopjae to see the sunset. The perfect combination for an unforgettable Jeju Island trip.
And of course, in all trips, you should never forget the food especially served in each place. Jeju Island champions its rich seafood reserve. Thus seafood in this island is a serious killer.
If you are no seafood lover, then the island also specializes their black pork. Yes, this meat is taken from black pigs which raised on the island.
From all sights, the activities and food you get in Jeju Island, indeed a trip to this beautiful place would be worth all your time(and money. *wink). It is very obvious that you will have the best time of your life in this Island. Indeed Jeju Island is a place where its timeless beauty and culture is preserved throughout the years.