Fall in love with the island that is considered to be one of South Korea
’s most beautiful. It is found in the Korean peninsula’s southwest sea. This volcanic island offers the visitor an enthralling mix of nature, culture, leisure and beauty. Dive the depths of the surrounding waters and see all the vibrance and splendor underneath – corals and a host of colorful fish. Hike up the mountains and hills, foremost of which is the Halla mountain, which used to be a volcano that rose up to about 2,000 meters above sea level. Go on a nature trip and feast your eyes on the subtropical and polar plants that exist in abundance (there are 1,800 species!). Come spring the flowers bloom at the foothills of Mt. Halla. These flowers (particularly the yellow rape flowers) grow in such profusion that it will seem that flowers have rained down upon this beautiful island.
Feast on sumptuous abalone, octopus and oysters caught by haenyo (local woman divers). Get insights on the island’s culture by visiting the thatched-roof houses of the locals. Bask in the warmth and hospitality of the island people as they welcome you to a vacation you are not likely to forget.
Mount Halla, an extinct volcano and the tallest mountain in Korea, has gifted the island with unique topographical features that include pillars and tunnels formed by its lava flows. The mountain covers a large part of the island and is a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna. Along the way, you can see the island’s stone grandfathers – statues formed by black lava and are considered guardian deities of the island. There is also Sungsan’s Sunrise Peak, which is famous for its jaw-dropping sunrises. Climb up the summit early in the morning to witness the wonder of the sunrise. It is quite a refreshing sight. But even without the sunrise, the peak still enchants with its natural loveliness. It looks like a castle when seen from afar due to the 99 peaks that surround its volcanic crater. Also, consider a hike up Mt. Sanbang with its enticing blend of mystic and natural splendor.
Other attractions include the Samsonghyol Holes (in the middle of Cheju City). It is from these deep holes, according to legend, that three demigods (namely, Ko, Pu and Yang) emerged. They went on to establish the city. There is also the Chejudo Folklore and Natural History Museum, which boasts of extensive collections of flora and fauna specimens, folk handicraft and black volcanic rocks. You can also visit Sangumburi Crater. Also, take a look at Mok Suk Won Park, with its gorgeous storm-polished wood and collection of unusual rocks. Ever saw a waterfall that flows directly into the sea? Chungbang Waterfall provides you with this amazing sight. There is also the Chunjeyun Waterfall, which is composed of three waterfalls that are surrounded by dense forests – a killer combination in terms of natural sceneries. Be sure to also tour Manjanggul Cave, which is the world’s longest lava tube. It houses a number of fascinating lava pillars and stones.
On the northern shore are a number of Korean inns as well as Western-style hotels for your accommodation needs. Other modern amenities include golf courses, resort hotels and casinos and racetracks.
Cheju-do Island, with all the beauty and attractions its offers, is a favorite tourist spot drawing more than four million visitors annually. Its unique attractions include its sandy beaches, unspoiled environment, semitropical climate and unique volcanic landscape. Its beauty has earned for itself the name “Emerald Isle of the Orient”. It is also considered as among the world’s top ten tourist attractions. This is also a favorite place for honeymooners who enjoy the romance and beauty of the island.