Jeju Island, Korea

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Jeju Island
Jeju Island

Jeju Island, also known as the “Island of the Gods,” is a popular vacation spot for Koreans and many Japanese. It remains one of the top honeymoon destinations for Korean newlyweds.
The island’s mixture of volcanic rock, frequent rains, and temperate climate, make it very similar to the Hawaiian Islands in the U.S. The island offers visitors a wide range of activities: hiking on Halla-san (South Korea‘s highest peak), catching sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, viewing majestic waterfalls, riding horses, or just lying around on the sandy beaches.

The Jusangjeolli Coastline on Jeju Island
The Jusangjeolli Coastline on Jeju Island

Although tourism is one of the main industries on the island, many of the hotels and other tourist areas are run by mainland companies, so much of the income never gets put back into the local economy. Also, since the attractions are geared towards tourists, many of the entrance fees can be hefty (although the locally owned and operated ones tend to be cheaper). Similar to Gyeongju and some other areas, local residents can enter most places for free or for a steeply discounted price.
Destinations:
Amusement Parks
– Jeju Glass Castle
Beaches
– Geumneung Beach, Hamdeok Beach, Hyeopjae Beach
Buddhist Temples
– Cheonwhang-sa, Yakcheon-sa
Cities and Towns
– Jeju City
Historical Areas
– Jeju Folk Village, Residence of Kim, Cheong-hi, Samseonghyeol, Seongeup Folk Village
Landmarks
– Cheonjaeyeon Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, Columnar Joints at Daepo Coast, Daepo Coast, Dumunpo Seashore, Geumneung Seokbul-won (Stone Garden), Gimnyeong-gul and Manjang-gul (Caves), Hangpadu-ri Fortress, Jeju Culture and Art Center, Jeongbang Waterfall, Sanbang-san Mountain, Sangumburi Crater, Sarabong Peak, Seongsan Ilchubong (Sunrise Peak), Songak-san Peak, Suwol-bong Peak, U-do, Yongdu-am (Dragon Head Rock)

Jeju Island
Jeju Island

Miscellaneous
– Bunjae Yaesulwon, Coastal Highway, Jungmun Resort Complex, Tap-dong, Yomiji Arboretum
Museums
– Folklore and Natural History Museum, Jeju Education Museum, Jeju Independence Museum, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum, Jeju Trick Art Museum, O’Sulloc Tea Museum, World Automobile Jeju Museum
National and Provincial Parks
– Halla-san National Park
Parks
– Bija-rim Forest, Halla Arboretum, Hallim Park, Mok Seok Won, Sinsan Park
Shopping Areas
– Jeju Folk Arts Complex
Transportation Hubs
– Jeju Port
World Cup Venues
– Jeju World Cup Stadium