제주도 is a volcanic island and popular vacation destination for native Koreans and foreigners alike due to it’s beaches and lush countryside.
The best time to go is during the spring when yellow rapeseed flowers are in full bloom.
Here are some (of the many) things to experience in Jeju:
- Korea’s highest mountain, Hallasan which stands 1,950 meters above sea level.
- Grandfather Stones: Also formed due to lava, these dry stone walls protect fields from storms. In 1750, they were carved into forbidding figures in order to ward off invaders.
- The Female Divers (핸요). As men would frequently disappear for weeks on end in fishing boats, the island needed someone to put dinner on the table. Weather conditions are unfavorable for rice, so women learned to dive for octopus, abalone, clams, squid, and seaweed. Today, a 핸요 average at 65 in age; some being as old as 80 brave the dangers of the open sea.
If you only go to one place on Jeju, it should be 성산일줄봉, or Seongsan Sunrise Peak. It is only a 20-minute walk to the top and from there, you can see the entire island. Get there by sunrise and you get to enjoy a beautiful view.
Learn more about Jeju here!