South Korea's largest island and a typical volcanic island, it is one of the world's new seven wonders of nature. It was formed by volcanic activity 1.2 million years ago. In the middle of the island is the highest mountain in South Korea – Mt. Halla, which is 1950 meters above sea level and was created by a volcanic eruption. Jeju has long been known as the 'Hawaii of South Korea' due to its oceanic climate. Scenic Jeju Island not only has unique beautiful sea-island scenery (Yeongju Ten), but has also inherited the special folk culture of the ancient Tamna Kingdom.
In recent years, an increasing number of people have chosen to visit South Korea. Jeju Island has become a romantic tourist attraction in the minds and hearts of many people. It is characterized by prosperous and splendid scenery, a mentally refreshing natural landscape, a time-honored history and culture, and a modern city scene. Listed below are the must-sees.
Halla, 1950 m above sea level, is South Korea's highest mountain, with a volcanic lake on the top. The lake has the beautiful name of Baegrokdam, meaning White Deer Lake. This mountain is centrally located in Jeju Island, and surrounded by five climbing routes: Kwanǔmsa, Eorimok, Yeongsil, Donneko and Seongpanak (in counterclockwise arrangement). Among them, Eorimok is the easiest route to climb, but only Kwanǔmsa and Seongpanak lead to Baegrokdam.
Address:Mt. Halla in Central Jeju Island.
This is a volcanic vent with a perimeter of more than 2 km and a nature conservation spot. It has quite a few views worth seeing, such as the entrance piled up with stones, Sokdam and the volcanic vent. Looking downwards from above, it is like an artificial circular stadium.
Address:Located on the plain to the southeast of the city of Jeju.
Teddy Bear Museum
The museum was built for displaying toy bears that have been loved by people around the world for one hundred years. Toy bears produced all over the world can be found here. Visitors can also enjoy themselves in the shops in the museum, the Western-style restaurants and the outdoor park with sea views.
Address:Chinese Tourist Park, 2889 Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju Island.
Lilliputian Theme Park
It is a large funfair of dreams, with recreational facilities catering to visitors of all ages. It is a place where both adults and children will indulge in non-stop pleasures. Inside the park, there is a wide range of recreational facilities that visitors will find extremely entertaining and exciting. These include a small zoo, where you can have close contract with animals.
Address:Sangchang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwip, Jeju Island.
Korea Souvenir Department Store
This is an established department store. Open for business since 1973, it was specifically set up for foreign visitors. The department store deals in pottery, leather, Korean souvenirs, seaweed, pickles, clothing, wood carvings and so on. Owing to its closeness to the airport, shopping here very convenient, and the shoppers are mostly Japanese tourists.
Address:908-5 Nohyeong-dong, Jeju City, 7 minutes' drive by taxi from Jeju Airport.
Jeju Airport Duty-Free Shop
This is the only duty-free shop in Korea open to the locals. Anyone who comes to Jeju for sightseeing can shop here. More than 4000 kinds of branded products are for sale, both from home and abroad. However, it does not sell locally produced souvenirs or specialties.
Address:2002, 2-dong, Longtan, Jeju City.
Jeju Shilla Duty-Free Shop
It has a beautiful southern landscape.Prices here are 20% to 30% lower than in duty-free shops overseas. More than 90% of the customers are tourists from Japan, China or other Asian countries. It is also frequented by quite a few Koreans who come here for business, sightseeing or education purposes.
Address:252-20 Yeon-dong, Jeju City.
Once in Jeju, you should not miss the seafood. The marine products in Jeju are not only fresh and delicious, they are also nutritious and healthy. Jeju's seafood cuisines include sashimi, abalone porridge, broiled red snapper and seafood hot pot. There is a wide variety of produce in Jeju, and thus the dishes cooked with them are unparalleled.
The famous black pork is not to be missed. The black pig raised in the fresh air of Mt. Halla and green grassland is the best of its kind for its excellent texture and taste. After seasoning with onion, garlic, sesame seeds, salt, pepper powder and other seasonings, the chewy meat can be grilled on the copper grid iron.
Recommended restaurants:Jeju Mayuan Restaurant
Address:3092 Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju Island.
Abalone was eaten as a tribute to emperors in ancient times due to its high nutritional value and effectiveness in treating liver disease. The sea around Jeju is not suitable for abalone farming because of the strong wind and big waves. As a result, the local abalone are all of the wild variety and are caught naturally. It is the most expensive of all shellfish. Large amounts of abalone can be netted along the coast of Jeju Island. Seongsanpo abalone porridge is the most famous. A bowl of abalone porridge is sold for about 20,000 South Korean won.
Recommended restaurants:Specialty Seafood En Casserole
Address:312-27 Yeon-dong, Jeju City, Jeju Island.
Broiled Red Snapper
Red snapper is a deep-water fish inhabiting the waters surrounding Jeju Island. It has a pure and light taste, without the unpleasant fishy smell. Rich in protein and minerals, it is an ideal food for people with poor health. In the past, it was eaten to pay tribute to the Korean kings. The red snapper is coated with sesame oil, then broiled over a charcoal flame. It will give off a tantalizing aroma while being broiled, and its taste is beyond description.
Recommended restaurants:Manman King Crab Store
Address:273-18 Yeon-dong, Jeju City, Jeju Island.
The bus is the most common and most popular means of transportation in Jeju Island, and there is a great variety. In addition to airport shuttle buses, there are intercity buses, local buses and tour buses. Tourists should be aware that the announcements on the bus are all in Korean, with the exception of the deluxe airport coaches.
Black cabs are the most common. Cabs with colored patterns indicate that the driver is a 'Model Driver' providing better service. Standards of safety are higher when taking such cabs. The boarding fee is 2000 Korean won for 2 km. It is quite convenient to take a taxi.
Currency:Korean won (KRW)
Power consumption: 220 V/50 Hz
Telephone area code: +008264
The climate on Jeju Island can be distinctively divided into continental climate and oceanic climate based on seasonal changes. It is dry in winter with big temperature variations, while it is humid and rainy in summer. The annual average temperature is 16℃, with a maximum temperature of 33.5℃ in summer. The minimum temperature of no less than 1℃ is in January, the coldest month in winter. The annual average rainfall is 1473 mm.