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Plan Your Jeju Island Vacation

Time moves at a much slower clip here on Jeju-do. Blessed with tangerine groves, swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, and a verdant landscape, Korea's southernmost volcanic island has long been a favored holiday and honeymoon retreat for natives and neighbors. Still relatively unknown to Western travelers, Jeju's recent title as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is bound to bring Jeju up on quite a few radars.

Korea's largest island (it only spans 714 square miles) has two cities: modern Jeju City in the north and the resort town of Seogwipo in the south. Home to only half a million people, the island is sparsely populated and the landscape is dominated by wild forests and lava fields. Mainlanders relish in Jeju's open spaces and the chance to stretch their legs. The island's many white and black sand beaches, hiking trails, cultural sights, and quirky museums and theme parks are spread across the island, so driving is the best way to get around (and cruising along the coastal roads is a lot of fun). Jeju has all the modern conveniences of mainland Korea, but the real draw here is the islands natural beauty: Ilchulbong is coastal volcano tuff and known for its magnificent views of the sunrise; Manjanggul, one of the longest lava tubes in the world, is open for exploration; Seogwipo has pristine beaches and breathtaking waterfalls; Hallasan volcano rises in the center of the island and is surrounded a rugged jungle dotted with small cabbage fields, lava rock walls, and tiny houses with colorful roofs; and finally the sea and all of its bounty. It's impossible not to appreciate the iconic female abalone divers, the fisherman, and all that delicious Jeju cuisine.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Explore an Island The black-lava landscape of Udo, a small island off the eastern coast, is famous for its white coral-sand beaches.
  2. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites Scale Korea's highest mountain; hike up a coastal volcanic tuff; and tour the world's longest lava tubes.
  3. Stay in Luxury Splurge at one of the luxury resorts and lounge on sun soaked beaches.
  4. Walk the Olle Trails See the best sides of Jeju on one of the famous 19 walking trails that circle the island and provide some of the best views.
  5. Attend a Festival Be immersed in the local culture by attending one of the many colorful festivals, the Fire Festival held on the first full moon of the Lunar New Year is especially invigorating.

When To Go

When to Go

Peak Season: May to September Though it's the wettest time of year, the temperature hovers comfortably around 75°F. Huge crowds visit during...

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