Holiday on the Island of the Gods
Things to do: Jeju
Explore a UNESCO biosphere reserveYou can’t miss Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island – it’s the highest mountain in South Korea. It’s a dormant volcano set within a designated UNESCO biosphere national park and the views from here are spectacular. There are five hiking trails lacing up the mountain, a crater lake at the summit (created when magma underground caused the top to collapse), alpine plants, bird life and the island’s oldest temple, Gwaneumsa.
Go tunneling undergroundYet another UNESCO star, the underground Manjanggul Lava Tube is almost 9kms long – and hundreds of thousands of years old! Go down into the deep, dark depths below and explore a one-kilometre section of it, where lava stalactites, stalagmites, columns and ropes create a darkly magical setting. It can get damp and slippery and the lighting is dim, so wear sensible shoes!
Walk the coastFor a more gentle activity, the Olle coastal trails are delightful, winding through the landscape around most of the island. The whole circuit around the island is over 400kms in total, so pick a section and take your time, ambling along elevated paths that overlook the ocean to passing through small villages, clambering over rock formations or getting deep into the lush greenery of the island.
Snap the ultimate sunriseSunrise Peak, also known as Seongsan Ilchulbong, is a massive, volcanic structure that rises from the sea, with an enormous, emerald-green crater on top. You can make your way out to this natural wonder via a bridge where, as you can imagine, the opportunities for a jaw-dropping sunrise photo is unbeatable. It rises 182 metres above sea level so the vantage point is excellent. Sunrise too early for you? Aim for a golden sunset instead.
Go on a Teddy Bear SafariOne for the kids, Teseum is a showcase of teddy bears and stuffed animals – only this goes to the next level. The exhibitions are themed – there’s a Safari Zone, the Amazone and an underwater zone, with stuffed toys and teddies taking centre stage against the setting. Kids can go bouncing on an oversized bear in the play area or get a quick history lesson with bears dressed as gods from Greek mythology.
Jeju International Airport opens in new window
Distance to Jeju Island 4kms
Bus Intra-City Bus run several routes from the airport
Airport Limousine There are numerous airport limousines that will take you to most major hotels and venues.Back to top
When to go
Weather-wise, temperatures can vary drastically, so don’t expect tropical island weather all year round. Spring and summer are definitely the most pleasant times to visit. Autumn is cool and tends to be wet, and winters can be decidedly chilly.
Jeju has a busy festival calendar, but if flowers are your thing, you’ll hit the jackpot in March, where Jeju hosts its Cherry Blossom Festival, the Norimae Plum Festival, the Seogwipo Canola Flower International Walking Festival, as well as a Fire Festival and Tulip Festival!Back to top
There is a well-organised, colour-coded bus system that covers Jeju – look for the yellow buses that are tourist-friendly and stop at the major tourist sights. Red buses are express ones, city buses are blue and buses going further afield are green.Back to top