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Jeju Island Attractions: An Island of Natural Heritage Sites | Jeju Island Attractions | Travel141

Jeju Island Attractions: An Island of Natural Heritage Sites

Situated 130km southwest of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju is a volcanic island which formed about two million years ago. The island is small, perfect for those who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. That is why instead of going around the mainland of South Korea, many tourists opt to have a Jeju Island trip.

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Apart from being considered as the ‘Hawaii of Korea’ with its numerous Jeju Island attractions, it is also known for its diverse cuisine and culture. Known by many people as the beautiful island that has it all – from waterfalls to beaches to summits, Jeju Island is home to many natural wonders recognized by UNESCO. These UNESCO Heritage Sites add to the overall beauty and uniqueness of the island. To know more about these natural wonders of Jeju Island, continue reading our Jeju Island travel guide below.

 

MT. HALLA

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One of the most famous Jeju Island attractions is Mt. Halla, the highest holy mountain in South Korea. Found at the centre of the island, Mt. Halla stands 1,950 metres above sea level. When you reach its summit, an impressive view of the whole Jeju Island can be seen. Waiting for you at the peak of the mountain is a beautiful crater, one that makes hiking up this mountain all the more worth it.

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This mountain is not only famous in Korea but also in the whole world that is why it is really one of the places to visit in Jeju Island. However, even though many tourists scale the mountain, it’s not an easy task because the paths all the way up the mountain are filled with rocks. As such, don’t forget to wear appropriate shoes for hiking or trekking.

Once you successfully conquer reached the mountain, they can give you a certificate for $1 that will serve as proof that you conquered the mountain. But before that, don’t forget to take a picture of yourself at the summit!

 

GOMEUN OREUM LAVA TUBE SYSTEM

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 Gomeun Oreum Lava Tube System expands from Jocheoneup to Heonwon-ri. These lava tubes are formed by basaltic lava from an eruption of Hallasan Volcano that happened between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago.  The preservation of these lava tubes will truly leave you in awe and it is surely one of the places to include in your Jeju Island itinerary.

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These lava tubes named Gimnyeonggul Cave, Dangcheomuldonggul Cave, Manjanggul Cave, Bengdwigul Cave, and Yongcheondonggul Cave are some of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites in Jeju Island. Of the five caves, Mangjanggul Cave is the largest and only cave open to the public. Inside the cave, you will see why it is no wonder a must see place for your Jeju Island holiday.

 

SEONGSAN ILCHULBONG

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Located on the east coast of Jeju Island is another World Natural Heritage Site named Seongsan Ilchubong, one of the Jeju Island attractions you shouldn’t miss. The cause of its formation is because of an underwater eruption on the shallow sea bed that happened 5,000 years ago. The rock formation is also named as ‘Seongsan’ which means ‘the mountain castle’ because it literally looks like one. With such beautiful view, it’s a place where you can finally have that postcard moment.

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It is also called ‘The Oreum of the Rising Sun’ because the peak is the perfect spot for watching the sunrise and sunset, which is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see in Jeju Island. Aside from that, it is also known to be an excellent spot for trekking.

Indeed, visiting these natural wonders in the island is one of the things to do in Jeju Island. These will make you realize that the island’s beauty is so natural and will make you understand why the island is one of the places where tourists want to visit. Make sure also to have a private transfer system you may use when going around the island to lessen the hassle. You may visit Jeju Tourism Organization  or check out our other travel blogs for more information about the island.

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