- Location: South Korea
- Time to Visit: All over the year
- How to Reach: It just takes an hour to come to Jeju from most cities in South Korea. The capital city of Seoul is also at an easy distance from the island. Roadways are the most preferred form of transportation in the island. Plenty of buses, taxis, cars and so on are available. Ferry services are also well developed.
- Nearest International Airport: Jeju International Airport
- Time required for sightseeing: 1 day
It is the ‘Island of the Gods’! It is the most popular tourist destination in South Korea — Jeju Islands. A trip to this part of the world will simply mesmerize you by the enchanting scenic beauty, idyllic atmosphere, rich culture and tradition and heritage. Spending a vacation in the Jeju Volcanic Island (World Heritage Site) is an experience of a lifetime.
The Jeju Volcanic Island is listed among the World Heritage Sites in Korea. It is the largest volcanic island in the region and is spread over an area of 1,846 square kms. It is a large shield volcano, which is not so common. The most unique natural feature about the island is the lava tube caves. They are a stunning sight from a distance.
The formation of the Jeju Volcanic Island dates back to the period between the Cretaceous and the early Tertiary period. The last volcanic activity occurred around 800 years ago. The most prominent geographical feature of the island is Mount Hallasan. It is the tallest mountain in South Korea. There is a wonderful volcanic lake located at the crater of the mountain. The crater is known as Baengnokdam.
The lava tubes are a must see attraction in the Jeju Volcanic Island. These tubes used to be the paths from where magma and lava used to flow. They have now become empty caves, some of which rank among the largest in the world. Lots of scientific research is being carried out to know the exact origin of these caves. The most famous among these caves is the Pillemot Cave, the origin of which dates back to the Paleolithic period.
The Jeju Volcanic Island is also home to a wide range of flora and fauna. To conserve their habitat, the Mt. Hallasan National Park was set up in 1966. The park is spread over an area of 800 meters and is located in the central part of the island. The park is home to around 1,565 species of vascular plants. There is a distribution of plants in three different zones: frigid, temperate and sub tropic. Around 17 species of mammals, 198 species of birds, 8 species of reptiles and amphibians and 950 species of insects are also found in the national park.
Being a popular tourist spot, there are plenty of hotels and lodging centers around the Jeju Volcanic Island. The hotels offer pleasant lodging facilities and services. There are luxury hotels as well as budget and economy hotels.
You can easily reach Jeju. It just takes an hour to come to Jeju from most cities in South Korea. The capital city of Seoul is also at an easy distance from the island. Roadways are the most preferred form of transportation in the island. Plenty of buses, taxis, cars and so on are available. Ferry services are also well developed.