Jump into the Natural Beauty of Jeju Island
You might not have ever heard of Korea’s favourite island and top destination for honeymooners, Jeju. Sitting in the Korean Strait, off the coast of South Korea, it is a nature-filled wonderland waiting to be discovered. Jeju has a small population of half a million people spread out over its beautiful coastlines and lush mountains, and these charismatic people have their own language and culture, quite separate from the mainland.
Many come to Jeju for the beauty of its rapeseed fields in April and to hike South Korea’s highest mountain peak, Mount Halla. Standing at 1,950m, the mountain is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and includes a crater and Baeknok Lake at its top. Other scenic nature spots include the picturesque Cheonjiyeon Waterfall and the (similarly named) three-tiered Cheonjeyeon Waterfall.
Common activities on the island are golf, horse riding, hiking, rock climbing, fishing and spending time at one of Jeju’s many beautiful beaches. You might also spot some of the interesting stone structures around the island, such as ‘stone grandfathers’ carved from basalt, or the Bangsatap stone towers that are said to protect from bad luck.
Another unique aspect of the island are the haenyo, or sea-women of Jeju. These strong older women (the average age is 65) provide for their families by free diving for abalone, octopus, squid, clams and seaweed and are often the head of the family. Being an island, fresh seafood is plentiful on Jeju and a must-try local speciality is seaweed and sea urchin soup.
Jeju can be your own remote island designed for adventure, or that romantic paradise you’ve been searching for.