Do you want to have a providenciales experience? Looking for an island to soak the sun on the white sands and have fun? Then come to Jeju islands, the traveller’s number choice of islands in South Korea. Popularly known as the island of Gods, Jeju Island is filled with many sandy beaches, captivating natural sceneries, waterfalls and beautiful lakes. Located at almost 130km south of the Korean peninsula, it makes an ideal location for any traveller as it has a very temperate climate. Tourists enjoy a lot of activities like watching the sun rise and set, trekking, viewing the majestic waterfalls, horse riding and many others.
It is about an hour from Seoul by airplane.The island has scenery similar to the Hawaiian islands and near tropical climate (bananas and oranges grow there) in autumn. When you come to Jeju, make sure you don’t miss any of the following places of interest. Here are the top ten things and places you can visit in Jeju Islands.
Oedolgae: Oedolgae means lonely rock and it’s a 20-meter-tall pillar-shaped rock in Sammaebong, Seogwipo. The rock was created about 1.5 million years ago by a volcanic eruption. There are several pine trees growing naturally at the top of the rock. Legend has it that an old woman became a rock after waiting for her husband who went to sea to catch fish and didn’t return for a long time. This makes people to also call it ‘halmang bawi’ which means grandmother rock. On the left side of Oedolgae, there is a rock called someri bawi. A large grass area covers the rock, and the surrounding area is great for fishing.
Udo: Udo island is called cow island in Chinese because the shape looks like a cow lying down when viewed from the sky. It s a breathtaking island just 10 minutes by ferry from Jeju Island. If you love the cheerful life of roaming from one sandy beach to another rocky one, you’ll love Udo. This is a little paradise on earth in between with lots of coastal features to be awed by. You can take pictures of the beautiful scenery and eat some delicious sea food. The best way to enjoy the Udo island is to rent a bike and get a view of this island full of small adventures.
Manjanggual: Manjanggual Cave is Lava tube is on the northern coast of Jeju, created by lava streams and goes up to a height of 23 meters which makes you to just wonder at nature creativity. The cave is not difficult to go through, if you can walk and handle a few stairs at the entrance you can handle this attraction. Even though it was dark outside and underground, the cave was lighted for foot traffic and more than manageable. So you need to have
camera able to take photo in low light if you want pictures though. The cave is long so get ready for Long walk, water dripping, uneven and dark pathway. But don’t lose hope, it is beautiful at the end of tunnel and will certainly worth the efforts.
Yeongmeori coast: Yongmeori is a rough and dramatic coastline shaped from lava eruptions. The Yongmeori coastline is stunning as cooled lava rock from the volcanic eruption of Mt. Halla millions of years ago has turned the coast into a stunning walk. You can also eat fresh catch from the local Haneyos, that is Korean women divers. Unlike the Oedolgae which you get to view from a distance, you can actually walk on this rock and walking along this spectacular rock formations is an experience that only Jeju-do can offer.
Loveland: Jeju Loveland is a theme, outdoor, sculpture park which opened in 2004 on Jeju Island in South Korea. This park is focused on a theme of sex, as there are sex education films, and about 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions. This makes some people refer to this place as the world’s sex museum. It also has other elements such as stone labia, large phallus statues and hands-on exhibits such as a “masturbation-cycle.” In the website for this park, the location is aptly described as, “a place where sexually-oriented art and eroticism meet.”
Sunrise Peak/ Seongsan Ilchulbong: If you want to see the sun rise, then get up early and get to Seongsan Ilchulbong. This is a 180m walk to the top but it definitely is more than worth it in the end. This place is a trekkers delight as taking the hike up the steps can be quite a workout, therefore prepare to break a sweat. Seongsan Ilchulbong is very beautiful and you can take pictures on your way down. This is because there are many great picture opportunities. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the climb to the peak. You can get to the peak and view the sun set.
Hallim Park: This is one of the oldest tourist spots of Jeju, located on the western coast of the island.. It is relatively easy to get to (just one change from Jeju City Bus Terminal). The park is beautiful and I’d really recommend taking your time and enjoying the scenery as much as possible. The park contains different areas like bonsai, caves, water gardens, cactus, animals, etc and it’s so hard to believe that it’s man-made. You’ll surely love the diversity here.This park has 2 caves and is divided into 16 botanical gardens, but each of them is different from the other.
Yakcheonsa Temple: The Yakcheonsa Temple is said to be Asia’s largest Buddhist temple. It’s also the newest temple in South Korea, and very beautiful to look at.. The main temple has one storey below ground and five stories above, with a floor area of more than 175 sq m and a ceiling height of 29 metres. The resort is very large and the building lavishly decorated as well equipped. With an impressive collection of 80,000 Buddhas as gift, each donor for the construction of the Temple has a figure dedicated to him. The Main Hall has 18,000 Buddha statues, and receives many worshippers for its medicinal waters. If you are lucky you might find monks praying and chanting while you are- awesome.
Jungmun Tourism Complex: The Jungmun Tourism Complex also known as the Jungmun Resort, is one of the best hotels to stay when you come to Jeju islands. This Resort Hotel has beautiful scenery with nice comfortable luxurious rooms but can be very pricey. Many tourists choose it because it is within walking distance to many tourist attractions. Most of the rooms are good with all facilities and nice balcony overlooking the ocean and the main building. It serves mainly Asian food and what they call a western restaurant is mainly Asian food as well with a couple of steak dishes, hamburger and lobster.
Hyeopjae Beach: Going to the Hyeopjae might be your favourite part of your trip to jeju. This is because the water at the beach is crystal clear and the experience is always amazing. The sand there is soft so its a lovely place for your little ones t run around. Again there is a convenient store located right on the beach for all your necessities and convenient ice cream and restaurants. It can be very cold in winter so try and visit during summer and you’ll see that it will be an unforgettable experience.
Other attraction in Jeju island is the Jeju Fire Festival (Jeongwol Daeboreum) which is annual festival held since 1997 and reflects the different tradition of the island. There is also the Iho beach popular for its two types of sand- the dark grey and the yellow sand. There is also the Gimnyeong maze, jeju Stone Park and Hallasan National park. Going to Jeju Island should be in every family plan this year.