Jeju has been listed as one of the 7 Wonders of the World and if you are visiting Korea, you should take 2-3 days visiting this wonder! Jeju is an island surrounded by beautiful waters, with the highest dormant volcano, Hallasan, standing at 1950 metres tall. There are promising views, especially during the Autumn season where trees on the Hallasan turn into a bright colourful canvas.
The island itself is 3 times bigger than Seoul so you can be assured that there is enough for you to explore on this island. For the nature lovers, we bring to you the top 5 scenic places you should visit in Jeju!
1. Seongsan Sunrise Peak
Located at the east coast of Jeju Island, Seongsan Ilchubong, which means Seongsan Sunrise Peak in English, is a crater which rose from the under the sea 100,000 years ago. It has a magnificent view of the horizon and if you wake up early enough in the dawn, you could have a breath of the Jeju sunrise. Beautiful views demand determination, so be mentally prepared for a 90m climb up the stairs to the peak!
284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
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Udo is a small island located in the same area as Sunrise Peak. Udo actually means Cow Island as the top view resembles a cow laid down. It is largely agricultural and you could have a summarised view of the entire Jeju by just going around Udo alone. You would have the chance to see the famous Women Divers who can stay underwater for a long time gathering seafood without oxygen tank. You can go around the island either by bus, or renting the ATV, which are mini jeeps. Be sure to try the Peanut Ice cream and Abalone Porridge which Udo boasts of!
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3. Sangumburi Crater
Sangumburi Crater, is especially beautiful in Autumn when all the Eulalia Flowers on the slope turn it into a golden brown field. It is extremely magnificent with the view of mountains and the Hallasan in the background. You could see the crater from the viewing platform and you would be surprised by how deep and wide it is. There are trails around the circumference of the crater where you could find a variety of plants and even the Roe Deers which reside in it.
San 38, Gyorae-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
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Hallasan is the pride of Jeju as it is the tallest mountain in Korea and it is one of the must-visits for the avid hikers. There are multiple courses for you to take to enjoy Hallasan. Yeongsil and Eorimok courses are the easiest and shortest, taking only about 5 hours to complete for the slow-paced beginners. Despite being the most beautiful routes in Hallasan, it stops at only about 1700m and it does not lead you to the highest point on Hallasan. If you are more adventurous for the full course that brings you to the Baengnokdam crater at the top, you could attempt the Seongpanak or Gwaneumsa trails which generally takes about 8 hours two-way at the least due to its length. Hallasan is suitable for climbing in every season but be sure to check the weather report before visiting as some routes would be closed upon bad weather for safety reasons.
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Jeju-si Haean-dong 2
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5. Hyeopjae Beach
There are numerous beaches around the island and amongst them, Hyeopjae Beach could easily be the most beautiful beach in Jeju, and arguably in Korea. It boasts white soft sand and clear blue waters with the view of an adorable island at its front. You can spend some time idling on the beach and playing with the water or chill at a cafe nearby to enjoy a real vacation.
2497-1 Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
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