Also known as Natural World Heritage Site, Islands of the Gods, Jejudo or Hawaii of Asia, Jeju is a beautiful volcanic island located off the southwestern coast of South Korea, which is a hot holiday spot not only among Koreans but also for honeymooners, beach lovers or outdoor enthusiasts. With stunning beaches, a lush tropical flora, soaring mountains, volcano craters, coastal walking trails and an abundance of museums, Jeju Island must be on your summer vacation bucket list. Here are Asia Senses‘s picks for top things to do in Jeju Island.
Facts about Jeju:
Spring in Jeju falls between April and June, which is considered to be an amazing time to visit Jeju Island, as the days are sunny, the temperatures are pleasant, the cherry blossom blooming gloriously during this period. Jeju is actually created from volcanic activity and eruptions throughout history, until approximately 5000 years ago. Recently, it has won the Global Geopark certificate and has been chosen as the New Seven Wonders of Nature, which are so impressive prizes.
Things to do in Jeju:
1. Hyeopjae Beach
With perfect soft golden sand, fish-filled tide pools, and a small island just offshore, Hyeopjae Beach is an ideal place to enjoy the fresh of sunset. Walking along the water edge, looking for fish in the tidepools, taking sunset photos, and set your foot in the water to feel the cool… this beautiful nature will make you swoon and addicted to it. It’s also one of the best beaches on Jeju Island for swimmers as the water is shallow and there are seldom huge waves.
After that, you can visit some cool bars and coffee nearby which have wonderful vistas to hang out.
2. Mount Hallasan:
Listed UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and the highest mountain of Korea with 190 meters in height, this volcano rises up in the center of Jeju Island and quite the long hike. On the way to reach the peak of Mount Hallasan, you can see the beautiful views of the mountain, valleys, and the river, majestic cliffs, steep slopes, rock formations, and different flora and fauna. The summit itself is gorgeous too in which there is a crater with a bright blue lake. Weather is constantly changing on the Hallasan. While at the bottom of the mountain it was sunny and warm, the weather's getting colder, even snowy and icy when you go up as there were no trees to protect you from the winds.
Remember to prepare warm clothes, snacks, and bottles of water if you do decide to hike to the top. Some people bring their own miniature grills to have Korean BBQ when they finish their trails.
3. Jeong falls
As a tropical island, Jeju is home to some of the most beautiful and unique waterfalls, which are all easily accessible. It only takes you 5 -10 minutes to walk from the parking lots to the falls as walkways to the falls here are paved.
What makes Jeobang waterfall unique and wonderful is that it’s the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the sea. The rocky beach is a great place to relax for a bit, get a better view to watch the waves roll in and escape the crowd.
This volcanic treasure deserves the name Natural Wonder Heritage in the world, doesn't it? Leave your address or contact directly Asia Senses if you are about planning a trip to Jeju Island and want the best travel time!