The Beauty of Jeju Island
I’ll take all of you in the special tour around beautiful island. I inspired by the Korean fever, because most of teenager in my country love everything about Korea. Such as: Korean drama, Korean songs, including Korean culture. From this hub I’ll share the information about Jeju Island. Actually several hubbers have written about this island. But I want to peel completely about Jeju Island. Why do I write about this island? One of the main reasons is Jeju island as the new of seven wonders and Jeju island has more attractive places, what you didn’t know about. We can easily found many tourist attractions here. There’s one things make me impressed through the video below. It said that “The driving on tree makes you feel great” and it’s true. This island contains the natural world heritage site. Such as: Parasitic volcano, Halla Mountain, waterfalls, etc. You will discover all about Jeju Island through this hub. One of the main attractions for me is the flowers as the background of the island. The yellow flower makes me feel very refresh after that.
The original name of Jeju Island is Jejudo. Jejudo itself is transliterated Korean for Jeju Province. Jeju Island is also known as “the island of Gods”. Jeju Island situated in the Korea Strait, southwest of Jeollanam-do Province and became a separate province in 1946. Jeju-do is a volcanic island located 130 kilometres off the southern coast of South Korea. Jeju Island as the country’s largest island, home to its tallest mountain (Halla-san/mount Halla is a dramatic-looking dormant volcano) and smallest province. The people of Jeju Island have developed a culture and language which are distinct from those of mainland Korea. The people who make a living from the sea to harvest marine products.
Jeju Island is very well known as a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese and I heard that this island also popular as the honeymoon place and wedding destination. Most of people said this island similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. Because of the temperate climate, frequent rains and the mixture of volcanic rock. Don’t worry about tourist attractions. It separated by several categories and all of them are beautiful. Such as:
- Amusement park: Jeju Glass Castle
- Cities and Towns: Jeju City
- Buddhist Temples: Yakcheon-sa, Cheonwhang-sa
- Beaches: Hamdeok Beach, Geumneung Beach, Hyeopjae Beach
- Historical Areas: Residence of Kim, Samseonghyeol, Jeju Folk Village, Cheong-hi
- Landmarks: Cheonjaeyeon Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Jeongbang Waterfall, Geumneung Seokbul-won (Stone Garden), Daepo Coast, Jeju Culture and Art Center, Gimnyeong-gul and Manjanggul (Caves), Yongdu-am (Dragon Head Rock), Sarabong Peak, Sanbang-san Mountain, Hangpadu-ri Fortress, Seongsan Ilchubong (Sunrise Peak), Sangumburi Crater.
- Museums: Jeju Education Museum, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum, Folklore and Natural History Museum, O'Sulloc Tea Museum, Jeju Independence Museum and World Automobile Jeju Museum.
- Parks: Halla Arboretum, Mok Seok Won, Bija-rim Forest, Sinsan Park
- Miscellaneous: Coastal Highway, Tap-dong, Bunjae Yaesulwon, Yomiji Arboretum, Jungmun Resort Complex
- Shopping Areas: Jeju Folk Arts Complex
- World Cup Venues: Jeju World Cup Stadium
Teddy Bear Museum
Sunset in Jeju Island
Halla Mountain (Halla-san)
Hallan Mountain is located in the centre of the island. The volcanic peak with altitude about 1950 meters is South Korea's highest point. Unfortunately the peak is often hidden by clouds, though the mountain can be seen from all points on the island. Halla Mountain is one of three notable mountains in Korea. It provides beautiful scenery during all four seasons and brings people close to nature. This mountain is a home to endemic plants and also the houses as many as 1,800 species of flora. With the natural condition is perfect for enjoying various activities. Halla Mountain retained its natural beauty, the solemnity and its mystery can be felt through its scenery, including unusual rock formations standing along valleys, the cliffs and slopes. It surrounded by all outstanding sites, such as: Orimok Valley, Paengnoktam, snowscapes, Songpanak, Wangkwannung and Yonsilkiam with Ohbaknahan. If we talk about Paengnoktam, it’s the name of the lake that has formed inside the crater at the peak. It also challenges the visitors to walk around the large volcanic lake (about 2,000 meters in circumference and 100 meters in depth) with five different trails of varying lengths will gave them new experience.
Manjanggul is known one of the longest lava tubes in the world. This cave is situated 30 kilometers east of Jeju City (Donggimnyeong-ri). Manjanggul is created by spewing lava and it looks very beautiful like the art of Gods. There are very rare species live in the cave. It was designated as natural monument. This cave is stretching nearly 13km and created some 200,000 – 300,000 years ago. The visitors are treated to natural works of art by the gods inside the darkness, though only 1km of the total length is open to visitors. As the first impression while we entering the mouth of the lava tube. So, we don’t need crawling around to enter this cave. This cave has temperature 11oC to 21oC with humidity between 85% and 100%. Better to wear jacket and comfortable shoes, because of a little chilly in the damp darkness and the terrain is a bit uneven. I heard that walking the lava tube can take anywhere between 40 and 90 minutes.
Jeju Island has three most famous waterfalls. All of them offer a stunning panorama and unique natural beauty. There’s a legend, mystical healing powers, good and nymphs which are attract many tourists to visit these waterfalls.
Cheonjaeyeon Waterfall. Cheonjaeyeon means the ponds of Heaven’s Emperor. It’s a three-tier waterfall. This waterfall cascades from a 22-meter cliff into a 21-meter deep pond and the water continues over two more waterfalls until it reaches the ocean. There’s a small pavilion located above the pond, it called Chonjelu. Another attraction is an arch-like bridge called Sonimkyo. It has seven nymphs sculpted on it. This bridge as the symbolize the legend of Cheonjaeyeon.
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. Cheonjiyeon means air in the soil. It is one of the three most famous waterfalls in Jeju Island. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall has 22 meters high and 12 meters wide. One made this waterfall looks beautiful because of this area is lighted at night. So, it made a romantic escape for lovers. We can see migrating ducks, Mutae eels and several other animals live in the ponds. T'ae-u also attracted tourists. It a traditional type of boat used for fishing and gathering seaweed. We can find this boat near the park entrance.
Jeobang Waterfall. It’s one of the three most famous waterfalls in Jeju Island. This waterfall located near Seogwipo city. It has 23 meters high and is very close to the sea. A legend says that there’s a servant of Emperor Jin of China tried to find the magical herb of eternal, though he didn’t met the herb but he met this waterfall.
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall at night
Jeju Glass Castle
It’s a glass art theme park. We can see many glass art products in everywhere. It produced by professional glass artists from such places as the Czech Republic, Japan and Italy. This park has the team consisting of glass specialists over several years. The visitors will get the experience of making their own glass products. Of course, the fee of short course separate from the entrance fee. This place is divided into two sections. The first section is outdoor theme park and the second is indoor modern glass model center. The outdoor theme park consists: many colored flower beds made of glasses, fish made from recycled bottle, a mirror lake consisting of white rocks, a large glass coffee set floating on the lake, a glass bridge, a glass fall, a large glass coffee set floating on the lake, etc. The indoor modern glass model center consists: a large glass harubang created with Pyrex glass, magic mirror room, a large beanstalk (from the "Jack & The Beanstalk" fairy tale), etc. Jeju Glass Castle provides a wonderful photo spot for visitors.
Gimnyeong Labyrinth Park
Gimnyeong Labyrinth Park is located between the two major tourist destinations of Gimnyeongsagul Cave and Manjanggul Cave. It was designed by Adrian Fisher Minotaur Maze Designs (the world famous company). This maze park contains foliages from all over Asia, including 1232 Leylandii trees and two Gold Leylandii trees from England. This park was opened to the public in 1997. But it has been personally maintained since 1987, by Dr Dunstan. Gimnyeong Labyrinth Park has area about 3300 square meters with the overall length of labyrinth is 932 m. The maze is actually the famous symbols or landmarks of Jeju Island. There’s an observatory and three skywalks called “gureum dari”. They offer wonderful views of the entire maze. There are four ways to enter the maze, but if we use map. It will take only 5 minutes. Without a map, it can take up to 20 minutes. Based on the experience, some of visitors spend up to 50 minutes lost in the maze before giving up.
Mysterious road in Jeju Island
This road is actually located about 7km from Jeju International Airport. It was called “Mysterious Road” or “Ghost Road”. Why does this road called like this? Because when a car in neutral (N Gear), the car will moves uphill instead of downhill. The conclusion is the car roll uphill with the engine turned off. This phenomenon was first discovered by a taxi driver who was giving a driving tour to the newlywed couple in 1980. How to prove this phenomenon? Try to roll an empty bottle. The bottle will roll uphill instead of downhill. We can easily many empty bottles along the road. Koreans have done great job marketing to this "Mysterious Road" into a tourist spot. Are you curious? Please watch the video below!
Jeju island offers visitors a wide range of activities. Such as: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak), enjoying the sunsets over the ocean, catching sunrises, riding horses, viewing majestic waterfalls or just walking around and lying on the sandy beaches. Sorry I can’t write all the beauty of Jeju Island because of limited space. But I hope this information useful for us and you can add this island on your travel list as good option for travel destination.