"Jeju--Jewel of the East" Jeju-do by TheTravelSlut
Jeju-do Travel Guide: 324 reviews and 904 photos
I have to admit I did not know much about Jeju until I decided to visit before my trip to China. I am so glad I came here because I would have missed an opportunity to see the Korea's version of Hawaii.
Jeju seems tropical yet it has four distinct seasons. The island has elevations from sea level to over 6,000 ft. (1,950 m) in Mt. Halla which can be snow-covered in winter.
Jeju is called Jeju-do, Cheyju and any number of variations. The island population in 2007 is 550,000 with the majority of people living in Jeju City on the north side. It takes less than one hour to drive from north to south but about 5-6 hours to drive around the perimeter of the island.
Jeju has the world's largest Teddy Bear museum, themed botantical gardens, stone sculpture park, an Africa museum, world-class golfing, fishing, scuba diving, mountain biking, beaches that are inviting, Folk Villages, women's diving observation (Haenyeo), tangerine groves & tea fields, waterfalls, lava caves, racehorses, casinos, Loveland (more on this later) and even a Chocolate Museum!
Flowers, citrus trees, palms and pines--Jeju appears to be tropical yet its volcanic origin provides varying landscapes that allow a person to enjoy a mountaintop vista in the morning, a beautiful beach in the afternoon and a 5 star resort at night.
Festivals and sporting events are found year-round and the island residents live virtually pollution- free and are environmentally sensitive to current issues.
Approximately 500,000 people live on Jeju, which is a special self-governing province of Korea located south of the mainland. It is currently seeking a designation as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
Taking a quote from a Jeju source: "Jeju inspires, impresses and delights."
I can attest that this is accurate based on my first impressions.
There is also another quote that sums up life on Jeju---"No thieves, no beggars, no gates".
Whether you wish to explore prehistoric sites or modern day adventures, Jeju can provide you the satisfaction and do it with a smile.
- Pros:The beauty of the island is only matched by its people's charm
- Cons:I cannot find anything negative about Jeju
- In a nutshell:If you travel to Korea, you must see Jeju before you leave
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