Places To See: Jeju Island In South Korea

The picturesque Jeju Island, the largest island in South Korea is also undoubtedly the top island destination in the country. The tranquil beaches, lush foliage and wild volcanic landscapes all make it a treasure trove of natural wonders bound to enthrall nature-loving travelers. When on a trip to Jeju Island there are several one-of-a-kind destinations that you shouldn’t miss. We are here with a treat with our succinct guide on how to spend your time to the fullest where you’re in this Korean dream.

Places To See: Jeju Island In South Korea
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Best time to travel to Jeju Island

Are you wondering when the best time to visit Jeju Island is? If you love to experience the Island when the climate is the driest and temperatures are mild, then November to May is the best time to visit Jeju Island. Winter is the best time to try fun activities, including hiking and gastronomy, while Spring is the best time for sightseeing, especially the Manjanggul Cave, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You’ll love Jeju Island If…

If you are an adventure lover, you should plan your Jeju itinerary to get an island experience with beaches, caves and forests. Jeju Island is famous for its beautiful landscape scenery and also offers several sightseeing experiences and things to do. The destination has something in store for everyone, be it hiking, walking tours, parks, nature walks or wildlife watch.

How to get to Jeju Island?

The quickest way to get to Jeju is via airplane to the Jeju International Airport, located in the northern part of the island. You can get a bus or hire a taxi to travel to various destinations from the airport.

Where should you head to?

Jeju is an attractive island which remained a local favorite for a long time, and has now become a popular destination for international tourists for its outdoor activities and mild climate all year around. Jeju will add to your travel experience with its beautiful parks, clean and crowded markets and stunning beaches. Here are some of the places that make it a top pick for travelers:

Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls

The  Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, also known as the Pond of God, is one of the top attractions in the Jeju Islands. Cheonjeyeon consists of three sections, with the first waterfall separating to form the second and third waterfalls that eventually merge into the sea. This is a true botanical paradise with an abundance of flora and fauna including the rare and unique soliman reeds and skeleton fork ferns around the subtropical falls.

Seonim Bridge

You shouldn’t miss visiting the bright red Seonim bridge, also known as Chilseonyeogyo (Seven Nymphs bridge) over the cascade on your venture to the cave at Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. You can click some gorgeous photos with this arch bridge as the perfect backdrop. The bridge got its name from the seven nymphs carved on both sides of the bridge as the symbol of seven beautiful and legendary fairies that descend from heaven at night.

Manjanggul Cave

Formed more than 2.5 million years ago, the Manjanggul cave is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Jeju Island. One of the finest and longest lava tunnels in the world, this cave gives you a magical view of a variety of natural formations such as long lava stalagmites and lava tube tunnels illuminated by soft coloured lights.

Seogwipo Healing Forest

The 11-kilometer trail surrounded by decades-old cypress and cedar trees in the Seogwipo Healing forest makes it one of the top attractions for slow travelers looking for a tranquil space on Jeju Island. You can enjoy a cool and pleasant trek under the forest canopy regardless of the season. You can also join a guided healing program led by a forest healing therapist for an absolute healing experience. These programs include activities designed to promote peace and rejuvenation, including tree exercises, meditation, and tea ceremonies.

Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff 

Formed when Mount Hallasan erupted into the sea of Jungmun, The Jusangjeolli cliff lines the Hostage coast with its incredible hexagonal stone pillars. The cliff, which is a designated cultural monument of Jeju Island, is a popular spot for sea angling, especially during high tide.

You shouldn’t miss…

Jeju Island offers a lot of activities to keep you soaked in absolute fun and frolic. If you are already on Jeju Island or planning to visit, here is a list of things to do on Jeju Island, to make your holiday more memorable.

Enjoy Jeju Woman Diver Show

You shouldn’t miss watching the UNESCO Intangible cultural asset, the Jeju woman diver show, where women dive into the ocean water without any underwater diving equipment to gather seafood. You should plan in advance, as they perform only twice a day, (1:30 pm and 3 pm daily) at Seongsan Ilchulbong.

Watch NANTA Show

NANTA Show is a fascinating 90-minute kitchen-based performance that will entertain you with the comedic culinary experience of four cooks under pressure. The show leaves you amazed with the combination of music, acrobatics, martial arts, and culinary.

Enjoy a thrilling cart riding experience

It will be a fun and memorable experience to ride one of the classic vintage carts at Wind 1947 Jeju Extreme Circuit. You will get the opportunity to get a view of Mount Hallasan while riding alone on one of the longest kart-riding tracks in South Korea.

Trek Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

If you love trekking, then you shouldn’t miss out on hiking up to the peak of Seongsan Ilchulbong. You can do this before or after watching the Jeju woman diver show, and a comfortable 20-25 minutes climb takes you to the gorgeous views over the sea and island.

Look out for

Trekking groups and packages

To make your trekking experience fuller and more fun, look for groups and packages. You’ll meet people from around the world on your trek.

Are you ready to pack your bags and head to this Korean blessing?

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