Dubbed the island of the Gods, Jeju Island (locally called Jejudo) is a top vacation destination not only for Koreans but also for international tourists. In lots of ways, Jeju has been groomed to become a tourism hub so it provides something for everyone, families, honeymooners, and outdoor enthusiasts.
You will find two major cities on Jeju that lie on the central northern and southern region of the island respectively; and these are the capital Jeju City and Seogwipo. Most visitors land at the airport in Jeju City. Needlessly to say, it’s a plethora of accommodation options, bars, shops, restaurants and other commercial establishments. But it’s interesting to note that the most prominent attractions on the island are outside Jeju City. From here you’ve options to either book tours to the attractions or rent transport and drive yourself. Seogwipo is a wonderful alternative base for individuals exploring the island. This is the home of several attractions including the Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex and the Jeju World Cup Stadium.
However, if you don’t like residing in the towns, you can even opt to stay in one of many smaller yet charming villages, situated over the island’s coastline or in the island’s interior. Jeju Hopa A number of the most popular villages include Gimyeong, Seongsan, Daecheong and Hallim. While there are lots of 4-5 star hotels on the island, residing at less expensive locally-own lodgings in villages supports the community.
Beaches like Iho, Hamdeok, Hyeopjae, and Geumneung are a number of the main attractions on the island. In the sandy stretches, you can swim, sunbathe, play watersports and watch the dramatic setting of the sun. Hiking is one of many perfect adventure-seeking activities you are able to do on Jeju. A must-conquer hiking landmark could be the Halla-san, the highest mountain in South Korea. The island also features a system of hiking routes called Olle-gil, which leads you to many very scenic places. The most used sites that one to consider visiting on Jeju are the Cheonjaeyeon Waterfall, the Seongsan Ilchubong and Manjangul Lava-tube in the northern coast.
Families are attracted to Jeju due to the quirky theme parks like the Jeju Glass Castle and bizarre themed museums like the Jeju Trick Art and the Teddy Bear Museum. Besides the commercial tourism success of Jeju Island, its local traditional culture has been maintained and is very fascinating. This island is traditionally matriarchal, which is quite opposite as to the is practiced on the mainland. The area women here have played a significant role, including the gathering of seafood as a means of living. Women divers are called haenyo, and you can usually see them on the coastline. Everywhere on the island, you will notice the iconic grandfather statues made of volcanic rock called Hareubang.