Jeju Island is one of the highest visited tourist destinations in South Korea. It is situated in Jeju Province. This island contains the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and longest Lava Tubes in the world. It also gives good economic activity from civil/naval bases. Its national park stretches over 224 kilometers and it is amazingly beautiful.
You really need to have at least 4-5 days to enjoy its beauty and to visit all top attractions. There are many reasons to visit Jeju Island when you are visiting South Korea, in which few I am going to list below:
As I said above, this island contains a natural world heritage site. Because they have retained their unique culture, so many centuries have passed but you will find Jeju symbols everywhere. The statue is stone carved and it was demanded in 1774 by a former Korean leader. You will find in total 48 statues all over Jeju Island.
THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN SOUTH KOREA
The Dormant Volcano Hallasan is almost 1950 meters above the sea level and if you start early in the morning then you will be able to hike up and down in a day. This mountain remains covered with snow in the winter season and at that time only trained hikers are allowed to hike.
There are more things to do like: alpine plants with all colors of flowers, woodpeckers, birds and if you remember the chipmunks movie, yes you will find chipmunks here. There are around 368 parasitic volcanoes and hiking clubs regularly hike on those slopes.
Lava tubes are another UNESCO Geopark, the manjang cave is more then 8 km long and they are open for visitors. It is something amazing and you can walk inside the passageway. They formed by cooling lava, these ones are dark with bats up, they are cold and slippery with some water and often narrow. This place is not for claustrophobics.
In past years Jeju’s men disappeared for weeks in their fishing boats and women stuck to those rocks waiting for them over dinner. As rice won’t grow on this windy and wild island. Then women learned to dive to catch octopus, squid and seaweed. And it continued, women do deep diving to catch the fish. And they are all aged 75 and they catch the fish from sea bare-handed.
Jeju Island is famous as a honeymoon destination for Koreans and Foreigners. Cute Cafes, restaurants and even the theme park called Love Land. Jeju Island is so famous that there are more daily flights than any other tourist destination in the world.