Discovering Jeju Island, the “Island of the Gods”

A spot nicknamed the ‘Island of the Gods’ by locals, Jeju Island is a spot that holds some of the most gorgeous pure magnificence in the world, incomes itself as one of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites, formally often called the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes.

Awarded in 2007, the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes has simply celebrated its 10th anniversary and we determined to fly as much as discuss a stroll on the wild large to see what the island is all about.

As Korea’s one and solely World Natural Heritage Site, Jeju Island has three pure wonders beneath its UNESCO belt, particularly Hallasan (the highest mountain in South Korea), Geomunoreum Lava Tubes (an underground lava community that spans throughout the island) and Seongsan Ilchulbong (a tuff cone situated at the jap finish of Jeju), which resulted in its nickname “Jeju’s triple UNESCO threat”.

Each an imposing sight to behold in its personal distinctive means, Jeju Island is just not solely only for nature lovers and climbing fans, however it’s also excellent for normal travellers to expertise wonders of Mother Earth and admire the mysteries behind every website.

And right here’s the place you have to go when exploring Jeju Island

Geomunoreum

Underground lava tube system apart, the Geomunoreum hosts rather more of nature’s splendour together with its scenic mountain vary, named the Geomunoreum Volcanic Cone, that fashioned by means of years of volcanic actions in the area, serving as the basis to the lava tubes.

The nature park inside the vary is a perfect begin for any Jeju journey as you may enterprise into its grounds for a leisure hike and scout for its many wildlife all nested inside the foliage of Japanese cedar timber.

After the hike, jump over to discover Manjanggul Cave, the solely lava tube vary that’s opened to the public. A tunnel and cave fashioned by the lava stream travelling to the sea, Manjanggul stretches for over 13 kilometres and proper now, just one kilometre inside are categorised protected for guests to discover.

TIPS: Be certain to take a photograph of the “Stone Turtle” inside the cave, which is a pure formation that resembles the silhouette of Jeju Island itself.

Seongsan Ilchulbong

Fondly often called the Sunrise Peak by locals and vacationers alike, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is one of the most scenic sights in the complete of Jeju and like its identify signifies, that is the place you go to witness an imposing dawn and sundown as you sit on the peak.

Sights apart, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak can also be the dwelling to the iconic Jeju Haenyeo, a neighborhood of veteran feminine divers (some even aged over 80) that performs demonstrations on how they fish for varied shellfish by the peak together with abalone and sea urchins.

Hallasan

The highest mountain in the complete of South Korea, Hallasan is a defend volcano that’s beloved by hikers worldwide.

Standing at over 1,900 meters, the mountain is surrounded by a lush of greenery that makes up the Hallasan National Park.

Offering a shocking journey for many who go to, Hallasan is a fascinating panorama that’s higher match for intermediate or veteran hikers alike. Unlike the two earlier than that takes lower than 2 hours to finish, the journey on Hallasan can simply take as much as 5 hours (even for its shortest route).

That stated, the course is a clean one for these prepared to take it on as roads are paved correctly for hikers and stairs are made for simpler passageway close to the mountain cliffs.

For all the websites we’ve talked about, the finest time interval we suggest for all is throughout spring or autumn, the place climate is reasonably chilled and calmer, in comparison with the harsh wind and snow in winter or the warmth in summer season.

To discover out extra about Jeju Island, go to  Jeju Island Tourism (www.ijto.or.kr).

This article was initially from L’Officiel Malaysia.

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