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How to plan a vacation to the beautiful volcanic island of Jeju in South Korea


Jeju Island is easily accessible from Seoul, and it is also one of the largest in Korea.

It is common for national vacation destinations to be different from international vacation destinations in the same country. In Australia, Australians camp on the Murray or the Grampians, while international tourists in Australia want to visit Ayer’s Rock and Sydney. In South Korea, most international tourists want to visit the capital, Seoul. While Koreans want to visit the beautiful volcanic island of Jeju. Moreover, during your stay in Jeju, you can taste the best Korean seafood dishes! Jeju is one of the great weekends you can do from Seoul.

About Jeju Island

Jeju is the largest island in South Korea (and all of Korea). It is found off the south coast in the Korean Strait.

Jeju: the facts

  • Population: 670,000
  • Cut: 1,826 km² or 705 square miles
  • Status: Autonomous (Korea’s only autonomous province)
  • The highest point: 1,950 meters or 6,400 feet (highest in Korea)

Jeju City is by far the largest settlement on Jeju Island with a population of around 485,000 and therefore has nearly three-quarters of the island’s population. Jeju is the entry point and has most of the island’s nightlife and urban attractions. The city is known for its great hotels and fantastic casinos.

When to go and what to see and do

What Hawaii is to America is a bit like Jeju is to Korea. While most Westerners may never have heard of Jeju, it is actually a very popular tourist destination in Asia. Although it is home to less than 700,000 people, the island receives around 15,000,000 tourists per year.

In summer, the weather will be hot but humid and ideal for swimming and relaxing. In winter it will be cooler but not too cold. Besides, it is a breathtaking experience to climb the mountain with it covered in snow (ocean effect snow). Many Asian tourists come here in winter, attracted by its relatively warm climate and picturesque beaches. Jeju’s climate is classified as humid subtropical.

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  • Visa policy: South Korea is visa-free for 90 days (180 days for Canadians)

Some of the activities on the island include climbing the imposing volcano in the center of the country, visiting museums, horseback riding, relaxing on its stunning beaches, visiting lava caves, and tasting fruit. fresh sea. The island has a reputation as one of Korea’s favorite surfing destinations.

  • Fun fact: Jeju-Seoul air route is the busiest in the world

The volcano and its lava tube caves are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The volcano is called Hallasan and it is the highest mountain in South Korea. Around the main volcano are some 360 ​​satellite volcanoes. Jeju has been volcanic for a very long time since the Cretaceous and the most recent eruption is believed to have occurred around 5,000 years ago. The island is famous for its vast lava tube caves and these are among the largest in the world.

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The island has a very busy airport which mainly serves the many tourists who flock to the island. You can get to Jeju by plane from a few Asian countries, but by far the busiest route is Jeju to Seoul. There are also other flights to other South Korean cities. As another option, there are also ferries that serve the island. The Jeju to Seoul air route is the busiest in the world, serving around 14 million passengers in 2018. This compares to 3.6 million between Los Angeles and San Fransico or 4 million between Los Angeles and New York (JFK). Even Jeju in Gimhae (Busan Airport – another Korean city) ranks among the top 50 busiest air routes.

Most popular sites

  • Manjanggul cave: A 9 km or 6 mile long lava tube cave
  • Cheonjiyeon Waterfall: A stunning waterfall about 22 meters high (which literally means sky connected to earth)
  • Jeju Loveland: 140 nude sculptures focusing on sexual themes and sexual positions
  • Hamdeok Beach: Picturesque white sand beach
  • Dongmun Traditional Market: Large covered traditional market
  • Hallasan: The volcano that dominates the island
  • Aquatic planet: Large aquariums with many types of marine life
  • Jeju Stone Park: A park with volcanic stone sculptures reminiscent of Easter Island

These are just a few of the many attractions on the island. Jeju is full of things to see and experience on this beautiful island. You have the choice between several circuits. As the island is only small (about 45 miles long and 20 miles wild) most tours are day trips only and any point on the island is easily accessible from the place where you stay.

Jeju is one of the main reasons why you should visit South Korea. While Jeju might not be the primary destination for your Pacific crossing, if you are planning to visit South Korea’s many wonders, be sure to visit Jeju Island. Jeju is considered by Koreans to be one of the most amazing tourist spots and no visit to South Korea is complete without a visit to this volcanic island.

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