Jeju Island is famous for several reasons. These include the beautiful, historic and culture-related attractions located in different parts of the islands. 

No doubt, these mostly natural and historical phenomena are nothing short of amazing with so much to learn and explore. Here are the top 9 attractions in Jeju Island to explore on your next vacation.

1. Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seogwipo-si, South Korea -

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Five thousand years ago, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone rose 180 meters above sea level due to a magma flow under the sea and later in 2000; The tuff cone area was designated as a natural reserve.

Located at its top is a large crater formed by the hot lava mixing with cold ocean water, which is about 600 meters in diameter and 90 meters deep. Recognized globally, its summit offers a magnificent view, including the sunrise.

Address:Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, South Korea
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seongsan_Ilchulbong

2. Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, Seogwipo, South Korea -

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A three-tier waterfall, the first runs from the floor of the mountain on the upper part of Jungmun-dong, then falls again two more times to form the second and third sections, which then joins to the sea.

Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls which have myths and legends attributed to it is one of the three famous waterfalls of Jeju and, as such, is a popular tourist attraction.

The warm temperate forest around it was designated a Natural Monument in 1993 because of the rare plants such as the solipnan or skeleton fork fern it contains and its value for scientific research.

Address:South Korea, Jeju-do, Seogwipo, Jungmun-dong, 2232
Phone: +82 64-738-1529
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheonjeyeon_Waterfalls

3. Songaksan, Seogwipo-si, South Korea -

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Also called 99 Bong (Peaks) due to its 99 small peaks, Songaksan is a simple volcano on Jeju Island with double craters, one; 500 meters in diameter and 80 meters in-depth, with some blackish volcanic ash remaining inside and the other about 400 m in diameter, 69 m in depth.

The view from the peak of Songaksan is absolutely scenic, with its panorama featuring large caves built during the Japanese occupation, other islands, Hallasan Mountain and the Pacific Ocean. The seashore at the base of Songaksan Mountain is a famous fishing ground for different fishes such as saw-edged perch, black porgy and more.

Address:Songaksan, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, South Korea
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songaksan_(Jeju)

4. Jeju Stone Park, Jeju-si, South Korea -

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Located in Jocheon-eup, Jeju Stone Park is the homeland of stones, showcasing the foundation and history of Jeju Island's general and systemic stone culture. Based on the Seolmundae Halmang (Grandmother Seolmundae) myth, who created Jeju Island and the stones of Obaek Janggun (Five Hundred Generals), the stones are very symbolic. 

Address:Jochon-eup, Jeju-si, South Korea

5. Hamdeok Beach, Jeju-si, South Korea -

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Located just 20 kilometres from Jeju International Airport, the beach, which also has a volcanic cone nearby (which is beautiful in spring when it is covered in yellow canola blossoms), is famous for its breathtaking tropical scenery of emerald-blue waters, tall palm trees, and white sandy shore. Considered one of Jeju's top three beaches, Hamdeok Beach has a coastal walking trail and a grassy field perfect for picnics.

Address:Hamdeok Beach, Sinbuk-ro, Jochon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

6. Yongmeori Coast, 서귀포시, South Korea -

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Centuries-old stratified rock, which forms a quaint cliff on the waves, the Yongmeori coast located at the foot of Sanbangsan Mountain (extending to the shore), has its name because it resembles the head of a dragon going into the sea. When confronted with centuries of history, the feeling hits you when you encounter the traces of an aquatic cave or rock wall, like a secret room in a wave.

Address:South Korea, 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 사계리

7. Manjanggul Cave, Cheju, South Korea -

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Located in Gimnyeong-RI, Manjanggul Cave is part of the Geomunoreum Lava Tube system. One of the largest lava tubes globally, it stretches roughly 7,400 meters, with a maximum height of 25 meters and a width of 18 meters.

Despite being formed over one hundred thousand years ago, this designated natural monument holds great value for science and conservation studies.

Although a larger part of the cave is closed off, visitors can see a variety of lava tube and topographical cave features, including stalactites, stalagmites, and stone pillars within the 1 kilometre open to tourists.

Address:182 Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone: +82 64-710-7903
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manjanggul

8. Oedolgae, Seogwipo, South Korea -

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A strong rock carved by wave erosion, Oedolgae, which is 20 m in height, is called a sea stack and is one of the rocks surrounding Namju’s Haegeumgang River Seogwipo Chilshipri Coast. The scenery behind Oedolgae Rock just after sunrise is simply amazing.

Address:791 Seohong-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea

9. Hallasan, Jeju-si, South Korea -

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A shield volcano on Jeju Island in South Korea, Hallasan is the highest mountain in South Korea, believed to have erupted 25,000 years ago. Located on the southernmost part of the Korean Peninsula, the mountain area is a designated national park.

It is home to all sorts of vegetation and wildlife, possessing immense scientific value. The mountain and its surroundings have different surreal views in different seasons, from diverse colours and atmospheres.

Address:Hallasan, Ara-dong, Jeju-si, South Korea
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallasan

 


On a general note, South Korea is blessed with so much historical, religious, cultural, and natural beauty. Jeju Island is one part of the country endowed with natural attractions and some designated natural reserves because of their uniqueness, natural heritage and biodiversity.