Sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong on Jeju Island, South Korea
KOREA'S ISLAND ESCAPE

Cruise to Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju is South Korea's most famous island getaway, and for good reason. Dubbed "The Hawaii of Korea," it's home to some of the Korean Peninsula's most beautiful natural sites. Mount Hallasan dominates the skyline with its dark green foliage — hike up this dormant volcano, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, and get a look at the gorgeous crater lake that lies near the summit. Or head to Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, nicknamed the Pond of God: See the falls from the Seonimgyo arch bridge that passes over them, and walk among the park's rock formations and lush greenery. Cruise to Jeju Island, South Korea to go surfing on secluded, cliff-surrounded Sungmung Beach. Or cool off from the humid climate by exploring Manjanggul Cave, an underground lava tunnel.
National Language Korean
Currency Accepted South Korean Won (KRW)

Things To Do in Jeju Island

A dark underground cave in the empty Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave on Jeju Island, South Korea

Go Underground

A dark underground cave in the empty Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave on Jeju Island, South Korea

A dark underground cave in the empty Manjanggul Lava Tube Cave on Jeju Island, South Korea

Go Underground

The impressive Manjanggul Cave is one of the world's longest lava tubes, a geological remnant left behind when lava deep within the ground rises during an eruption. See remarkable lava stalactites 70 centimeters tall and the famous turtle rock formation that some say is shaped like Jeju Island itself. The tunnel takes roughly 50 minutes to explore.

The path to Seongsan Ilchulbong on Jeju Island, South Korea

Climb the Heavens

The path to Seongsan Ilchulbong on Jeju Island, South Korea

The path to Seongsan Ilchulbong on Jeju Island, South Korea

Climb the Heavens

Formed thousands of years ago by an erupting underwater volcano, Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Mountain) juts out of the ocean in the shape of a crown. The hike takes 40 minutes (with breaks) and rewards you with a sweeping view of the crater and sparkling east sea.

Pond of famous Cheonjiyeon Falls on Jeju Island of South Korea
Pond of famous Cheonjiyeon Falls on Jeju Island of South Korea

Where the Nymphs Bathe

Island legend has it that seven nymphs descended at midnight to bathe in the waters of Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. With three waterfalls and a deliciously refreshing pool you can swim in, you'll quickly be enchanted. Cruise to Jeju Island and be sure to catch a look at the seven nymphs emblazoned on the Seonimgyo Bridge.

Korean barbecue with pork on the grill
Korean barbecue with pork on the grill

Local Cuisine

Stop by the Dongmun Market, which sells local delicacies like tender Jeju black pork (made from the highly prized black pigs that inhabit the island), spicy kimchi and even chocolate. The locals also pride themselves on their delicious fresh seafood, piled into a hot pot or served raw, sashimi-style. For the adventurous, try the fresh raw octopus that's still wriggling on your plate.

Stone statue dolls souvenir that are symbolic to Jeju Island
Stone statue dolls souvenir that are symbolic to Jeju Island

Shopping

The Cheju Underground Shopping Street is the perfect place to get all your shopping done during your Jeju Island cruise. Pick up some famous Korean cosmetics, or keep it traditional with Korean dolls and ginseng. Typical souvenirs include mini replicas of Jeju guardian statues and sweet Jeju citrus made into chocolates or teas.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 There are very few international ATMs on the island. It's best to carry the local currency, Korean won.
2 ​​​​​​​With over 5,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, you'll always find a connection nearby.
3 The public buses are usually slow. If you want to go to lots of destinations, it's best to book a tour or hire a private taxi

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