Top 5 Must Visit Places in Jeju-do, Jeju Island

Following is a teaser of the must visit places in Jeju-do island. These are places that you should not miss and are unique to Jeju. Stay tuned for the following pieces detailing my Korea trip in November 2013.

1. Seongsan Iichulbong

Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago. Situated on the eastern seaboard of Jeju Island and said to resemble a gigantic ancient castle, this tuff cone is 182 meters high, has a preserved bowl-like crater and also displays diverse inner structures resulting from the sea cliff.

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View from the entrance
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The cliff. View from the left side.
In the background, the small line are people who are climbing up through the walking path
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View from top. Overlooking the small town below
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Stair path to go down with breathtaking view on the left side
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Satisfied with the view, I am ready to leave

2. Jeju Stone Park

Jeju Stone park Dol Hareubang (literally “Old Grandfather” stone statues) seen throughout Jeju Island), Bangsatap (small, round towers made of many stones that were believed to ward off misfortunes), Jeongjuseok (low stone symbols showing that Jeju didn’t need high fences against potential encroachments), and Dongjaseok (child-looking grave stones revealing what people on Jeju Island thought about their afterlife. Overall, surrounded by beautiful nature, the park offers the unique culture and history of Jeju Island.

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Old Grandfather stone statues
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Close up with the Stone Statue and Me ^.^
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Another part of the stone park. Paula and I taking a break
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Surrounding by mountains, wheat and clear skies

3. Mt. Hallasan National Park

Hallasan (Halla Mountain) located exactly at the center of Jeju Island. Also called Mt. Yeongjusan, meaning ‘mountain high enough to pull the galaxy. Hallasan National Park (Korean: 한라산국립공원漢拏山國立公園) was designated as the 9th national park in 1970. It features the highest mountain in South Korea, the shield volcano Hallasan on Jeju Island. It was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002, and a World Heritage Site in 2007

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Stone stairways to walk up
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Autumn view
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Chilling at the foot of the mountain with the ravens

4) Manjanggul lava tube

Manjanggul Cave (만장굴) is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world, and is a designated natural monument. A lava tunnel is formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouts from the peak and flows to the surface. Manjanggul Cave has a variety of interesting structures inside including 70cm lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels. Only 1km of the 13,422m Manjanggul Cave is open to the tourists. The inside of the tunnel sustains at a temperature of 11~21℃, creating a comfortable atmosphere. There are rare animals such as bats living in the tunnel, which makes this tunnel valuable for researchers as well. The stone pillars and stalactites are widely spread and the tunnels shows off the cave’s topographical features. The Stone Turtle is especially eye-catching because it is shaped like Jeju-do Island.

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The treasure at the end of the cave

5)Love Land

Jeju Love Land is a theme sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism. Twenty artists, mainly graduates of top art school Hongik University, helped open it in November 2004. It was the first such museum in Korea at that time. The spacious park (39,667m²) is home to over 140 sculptures (40 within the gallery and 100 outside). The park as a whole looks like a piece of land art.

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You can expect to see this “Sex Position Statue” everywhere
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The toilet door handler for the women’s toilet
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Gate to heaven -Title of this statue-
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Special pancakes that can be only found in here. Nowhere else in the world!

3 Comments

    • Foxsaysjoffjoff said:

      why got posted in fb?!? O__O i didnt share the link

      March 15, 2014
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  1. Foxsaysjoffjoff said:

    Yea right… nice pic selection for Love Land -.-

    March 15, 2014
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