Also known as the “Island of the Gods”, Jeju Island is Korea’s largest island and one of it’s most popular holiday and honeymooning destinations. It is also home to some incredible natural wonders and Unesco World Heritage Sites. If you’re looking for more than just a beach from your island holiday, then we have 7 reasons why it should be beautiful Jeju.
#1 Jeju’s Waterfalls
There are many beautiful scenic attractions in Jeju and the Korean island is well worth a visit to discover them all. A few of the highlights though include a couple beautiful waterfalls, both easily accessible from Seogwipo City. Jeongbang Waterfall, which is 23 meters high and depending on the amount of rainfall can stretch to 8 meters wide. This waterfall goes straight off a cliff and is unique in Asia as the only waterfall that plunges directly into sea. Nearby to Jeongbang Waterfall is Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, illuminations make this waterfall especially popular to visit in the evenings.
#2 Glass Castle
The Glass Castle in Jeju, is part theme park, part museum, dedicated to glass works. There themed areas full of glass models and artwork both indoor and outdoor. Some of the attractions include a glass maze, glass towns, glass gardens and the world’s largest glass diamond.
#3 Seongsan Ilchulbong
Staying in Jeju, Seongsan Ilchulbong, or “Sunrise Peak” is located on the islands east coast. The site was formed due to hydrovolcanic eruptions in shallow waters, creating this almost perfectly bowl shaped crater, Seongsan Illchulbong became a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2007.
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Standing proud and tall, right in the center of Jeju is South Korea’s tallest mountain and ancient volcano, Hallasan. At almost 2000 meters high Hallasan can be seen from anywhere on the island, it’s peak often buried into the clouds. There are a few trails to choose from if you wish to hike around the mountain, of the trails, 2 can take you to the summit, Seongpanak Trail and Gwaneumsa Trail, be sure to take one of these if you wish to climb to the top.
#5 Jusangjeolli Cliff
Along the southern coast of Jeju, Jusangjeolli Cliff formed as a spectacular result of Hallasan Mountain’s volcanic eruptions meeting with the sea. The cliffside is covered with square and hexagonal shaped stone pillars of varying sizes. It is impossible to look out over the cliff, with the mountain that caused this wonder of nature behind you, and not find yourself in awe of the whole thing.
#6 Manjanggul Cave
Manjanggul Cave is network of long tunnels, or tubes and stretches 13km. Formed again, thanks to the help of lava bursting through the Earth. Reaching heights of up to 30 meters and as wide as 23 meters in some places, Manjanggul cave is one of the largest lava tubes in the world. Of the 13km only 1km is open to visitors, along this 1km however you can see some fascinating rock formations, including Turtle Rock, named for it’s resemblance to a turtle of course! And a little further into the tunnels, the largest know lava column in the world. Keep your eye out for sightings of bats and insects including the Jeju Cave Spider!
#7 Mysterious Road
There is a road in Jeju named Mysterious Road, at first glance it doesn’t seem very mysterious at all, on closer inspection however it seems to defy the laws of gravity! The great mystery is actually an optical illusion, nonetheless it is fun to take your foot off the pedal and still somehow continue to roll uphill, or pour water and watch it stream in the wrong direction!
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