Popularly known as the Island of the Gods, Jeju Island is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, and the main island of Jeju Province of South Korea. It is primarily known for its dormant volcanoes, hearty seaside fare and an array of hiking trails.
The island's vibrant combination of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very equivalent to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S.
There's an array of things tourists can choose to do here: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea's highest peak), viewing sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, watching majestic waterfalls, horse-riding, or simply lying around on the sandy beaches.
Jeju Island is regarded as a popular vacation destination and is one of the top honeymoon destinations even for Korean newlyweds.
Climb a volcano by following the path to the peak of Seongsan Ilchul-bong, a dormant volcano on the east coast of Jeju. Walk any of the Olle trails to explore the rural face of Jeju or take the Halla Mountain challenge that remains visible from every corner of the island.The historical park Jeju Stone Park, Dragon Head Park and Dongmun Market are worth exploring if you want to take the Jeju North Coast Tour.
Do visit Manjanggul Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world. Other attractions include Love Land, Teddy Bear Museum and various activities like Jeju yacht Tour, Submarine Tour and Kayaking.
Jeju Island is covered with stores featuring unique local products. Fresh tangerines and other Jeju specialties are readily available for purchase in tourist shops and traditional markets such as the Five Day Market. Crafts, specially-dyed clothing and cosmetic items using natural ingredients are other popular souvenirs that embody the unique cultural flavour of Jeju. Most tourist attractions on the island are coupled with their own souvenir stands, featuring products specific to each site in addition to Jeju favourites.
The coastal city of Jeju has a thriving culinary culture which possesses world class gastronomy as well as local delicious food. Jeju Island is the home to many deep-diving women, or Haenyeos who put on their wetsuits to dive into the sea for the freshest octopus, clams, squid, seaweed and other kinds of seafood.Black Pork, Jeju Island's most famous dish is something you can't afford to miss here. Nothing beats a refreshing bowl of cold buckwheat noodles that provide best respite from the sweltering heat.Dive into an impressive range of exotic seafood from spicy Hairtail Stew to Abalones and Seafood Ramen. Do make it a point to pay a visit to the O'Sulloc Tea Museum and sip some special Jeju Tangerine Tea!
Since there are no trains or subway in Jeju Island, buses and taxis are the two main public transportation modes on the island. There are inner (intra-city) and outer (intercity) city buses and Airport Limousine Bus available and these buses cover almost all of Jeju Island. The bus system in Jeju is a bit complex and if you don't hold an international driver's license, opting for the taxi can be a great option too!