Korea is a nation that boasts a fast growing economy and a lifestyle that brings together the old and the new. Once known simply as a quiet nation in the East, the peninsula now hardly sleeps as it pulsates with life and commerce. Numerous branch offices of international corporations and businesses as well as most western franchises can be found throughout the country with many global events taking place here annually. Despite the country’s quick transition to a modern society, Koreans still greatly value their 5 millennia of culture and history as well as the Confucian philosophy that have governed Korea since the time of their ancestors. The peninsula features so many scenic mountains and rivers that Koreans have often likened their country to beautifully embroidered brocade.
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Jeju, Beautiful Island of Korea
Jeju Island is the largest volcanic island in Korea, and has long enjoyed its prestige as an acclaimed tourist destination. Jeju is a premier tourist destination, boasting mild weather and scenic beauties of beaches, waterfalls, cliffs and caves. Some of the top tourist sites include a national park with diverse flora and fauna, breathtaking views, and the world’s longest lava tube, registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage.
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Heading on a trip to South Korean and wondering what to see in Jeju Island Korea? The unmissable ‘Hawaii of Asia’ maybe South Korea’s biggest domestic holiday destination but for foreigners Jeju still very much represents Korea off the beaten track. There is something for AOCPRM 2020’s participants!
Hallasan National Park
Mt Hallasan is a dormant volcano that is listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. Despite its high altitude, it is quite easy to climb and most people can make it to the peak and back down within a day. From the peak, hikers are rewarded with a huge beautiful crater lake as well as breathtaking views of Jeju.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
Jeju is certainly full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and here’s another one. Known as Sunrise Peak to non-Korean speaking tourists, it is famed for the picturesque sunrise scenic views one can enjoy at the peak. In spring, the Seongsan Ilchubong peak is covered in a riot of yellow rapeseed flowers, making your climb up the mountain well worth the effort.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Manjanggul cave is one of the finest and longest lava tunnels in the world. Formed more than 2.5 million years ago, Manjanggul Cave houses a variety of natural formations.
Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, it is also one of Jeju’s designated cultural monuments. Like many things on Jeju, it is hard to find examples of this geologic activity around the world so don’t miss the opportunity.
The Jeju Olle Hiking Trails
For the most active traveler looking for something unique and laid back, the Olle walking paths on Jeju are highly alluring. The route will take you to forests, mountains, beaches, and remote places and offer unrivaled views over Jeju’s unique, dramatic, volcanic landscape. They offer the chance to experience life at a slower pace and are a total escape from the hustle and bustle of some of the islands other attractions.
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