Jeju-do, Korea’s “Honeymoon Island”

Jeju-do is the largest Island of Korea. It is also the ONLY Special Self-Governing province of South Korea which means that the government of Jeju is allowed to make its own rules about the medical and education policy to encourage foreign investment. 

Jeju-do is known also with these 3 Words:

  1. Samda-do means there is abundance of Stones, Wind and Women.
  2. Sammoo-do means there is no stealing, no beggars and no front gates.
  3. Tamna means Island that holds its mysterious 1,000-year history.

New 7 Wonders of Nature, Jeju Island

Awarded last December 2011, Jeju Island accomplished as one of New 7 Wonders of Nature based on the 7 preliminary standards that only Jeju Island fulfilled. These are Islands, Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Beaches, National Parks, Caves, and Forests.

7 Wonders of Nature that will make you fall in LOVE in Jeju

Islands

Jeju Island homed some small Islands including Udo Island which is famous for their peanuts and peanut flavored ice creams.

Hyeongjeseom Island is an inhabitated Island. One island is big and the other is small, so they look like brothers that are facing each other.

Chujado alone is made up of 38 inhabitated islands 45km off the northern coasts of Jeju. Chujado is dubbed as “Angler’s heaven” because of their rich fish reserves.

Another tourist destination Islets are Marado and Gapado. Marado is designated as a Cultural Heritage Protection Area and a carbon-free island means, cars are banned here. On the other hand, Gapado holds the Green Barley Festival in April to help usher in the coming spring.

Volcanoes

According to the history, Jeju Island was formed when Mt. Halla errupted about 2 million years ago. 

Mount Halla or Hallasan stands at the center of Jeju Island and it is the island’s most memorable landmarks.

So, Hallasan is not just a mountain but it is a Volcano, an inactive volcano that is easy to hike and famous for its vertical ecosystem for plants and different species of animals and insects.

Waterfalls

Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls is one of the most visited place in Jeju Island specially during summer. Cheonjeyeon means “The Pond of God”.

Another famous waterfalls is called Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls, this one means “Sky connected with the Land” and famous for the Natural Habitat for Giant Mottled Eels.

Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls is located in Namseongjung-ro, Seogwipo-si while Cheonjiyeon Waterfalls is located in Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo-si.

Beaches

There are a lot of famous beaches around Jeju Island. 

Beaches are the most visited place during summer that goes around July to early week of September.

Here are some of the best beaches around the Island.

  • Jungmun Beach
  • Woljeongri Beach
  • Iho Tewoo Beach
  • Geumneung Euddeum Beach
  • Aewol Gwakji Gwamul Beach
  • Hamdoek Beach
  • Hyeopjae Beach
  • Samyang Black Sand Beach

National Parks

When I first came here in Jeju Island I noticed that people really loves to walk.

One of the famous National Forest in Jeju is the Jeolmul Natural Forest Park is filled with cedars and Japanese pine trees planted along the trails. This park was created with some attractions that is good for family outdoor activity and one of the reason is to prevent further environmental damage to Hallasan from overuse by offering another location of nature hopping and hiking. 

Caves

Since Jeju Island was formed when Mount Hallasan, a volcano erupted million years ago, one of the most famous caves here in Jeju is the Hyeopjaegul Cave is one of the Lava tubes in Jeju Island. This cave contains both lava and limestones caves. 

Manjanggul Cave is a 7.4km lava tube and one of the largest lava tubes in the world that contains stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, lava tubes, lava shelves, and lava raft.

Another one is Yongcheondonggul Cave which is unique in terms of its geological value and beauty.  It has a unique topology and rich limestone formations such as lava terrace, lava shelves, lava waterfalls, and 140m of lava rolls. It appear also that there are people who lived on the island long ago because of the items that can be found throughout the cave such as pieces of pottery, animal bones, ironware, charcoal and other substances.

Forests

Due to the rich soil in Jeju, nature lovers can enjoy places that Jeju Islands have it at its best and this is the forest

One is Bijarim Forest and is designated as Natural Monument No. 374 and composed of about 2,800 nutmeg yew trees between 500 & 800 years old and it also home to many rare orchid species. 

Did you know that the oldest cedar tree grows in Saryeoni Forest? If you want remedy for stress, go out and head to Saryeoni Forest Path and take a walk.

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