Monday, February 13, 2012

Jeju: Here are 9 Reasons to Visit These Natural Wonders

If you're like me and are becoming weary of man-made structures tourist spots, you'll find the natural wonders in Jeju a lot invigorating. 

Located along the Jungmun coastline, pillars are hexagonal and high enough to form a cliff.


Hexagonal Cliffs

Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak)
In the northeast of Jeju, Seongsan Ilchulbong offers a perfect view of the sunrise. A favorite among locals to visit during New Year to wish for a blessed year ahead.

the view atop Seongsan Ilchulbong

SunRise Peak

Jeolmul Natural Forest Resort
Most of us sunbathe. But have you ever tried forest bathing? Suck in the fresh air as you are surrounded by cedar trees. Along the path, refresh yourself with some spring water.

Jeolmul Forest

fresh spring water you can drink straight from the source

Oedolgae is rocky island formed by volcanic eruption, and has become an iconic landmark for the Koreanovela (soap opera) "Jewel in the Palace".


Manjanggul Cave 
Manjanggul cave is one of the largest lava tubes in the world. A popular tourist attraction, it has been classified a UNESCO World Heritage site.

one of the pillars created by spewing lava

Sangumburi Crater 
This is a crater of an extinct volcano, therefore allowing a forest to build up

forest buildup in the crater

paved pathways around the rim where visitors can walk and enjoy the view

Sup (Forest) Tunnel 
This is a forest spanning both sides of 5.16 Road

easy driving on a green road like this!

Darangswi Oreum
Oreums are volcanoes that failed to erupt. There are heaps of them in Jeju, and Darangswi is one of them.

paved trails make it easy for hikers

the view atop Darangswi Oreum is another oreum ;)

Haenyo (Jeju women divers)
I know women are not part of nature, but we're still wonders arent' we?
Haenyos are Jeju's most celebrated phenomena. They dive 20 meters deep for 2 minutes without any breathing apparatus to harvest abalone, octopus, and other seafood.

Women divers go deep!

I hope these left you awed by God's creation and will make you want to pack your bags for South Korea.


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