The volcano in the middleThe highest point in all of Korea, the mossy-green Hallasan is a jaw-dropping dormant volcano that has fundamentally shaped the island. The volcano sits in the middle of Mt. Halla National Park, carved with hundreds of miles of unspoilt hiking trails. Buzzing with a diverse eco-system, the volcanic national park is reason enough to visit Jeju Island.
South Korea's Jeju Love Land is an adult outdoor sculpture theme park on Jeju Island. With interactive models, the park is based on the theme of sex and has emerged as a popular honeymoon destination not only for locals but for travellers across the globe. Around 140 distinct sculptures show the unique work of Korean artists. It is only obvious that only 18+ visitors are allowed at this park.Check out this video.
Jeju Haenyeo Museum
There after we took the no.700 bus to Heonyeo Museum 해녀박물관(Mothers in the Ocean) and the Anti Japenese Monument of Jeju Woman Divers, which is a celebration of the woman of Heonyeo. The ticket prices for entrance at the Heonyeo Museum was ₩1100 ($1.1), and it was money well spent! You get a detailed insight into the lives, workplace, equipment and children of the Heonyeo woman.
The kinkiest place on earthLove Land is quite possibly the weirdest place on Jeju, if not the entire planet. The adult-themed park is an unusual psycho-sexual expression, that is funny, provocative and titillating all at once. It all makes sense considering that Jeju Island is South Korea's favourite honeymoon destination. I am going to let this group of travellers take you on a proper tour.
We decided to do a short trip the afternoon we arrived from Jeju-si to Samyang-dong 삼양 with bus no.100 to the bus terminal, and then got onto bus no.700 to the Samyang Black Sand Beach 삼양 해수욕장 and there after visited Jeju Folk Museum 제주민속박물관, which is up the road from the beach. We had our first taste of Jeju-do’s rich ocean life, when indulging into a hot bowl of Spicy Angel fish stew – Agwitang. That evening we visited a market called Dongmun Market Place, which is a big market, with loads of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and fermented side dishes.
Get the perfect beach shot at Hyeop-jae BeachOn the northern coast of the island is Jeju's most picturesque beach, where the island feels at its most tropical and beachy. Clear waters, which look perfect for swimming in the summer and a perfectly-carved white sandy beach. Sold!BTW the statues in the picture below are called Harebung. They are unique to Jeju island, carved out of its volcanic rock and can be up to 3m high!
대한민국 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 Manjanggul 만장굴
The next day we took bus no.700 to visit Manjanggul Lava Tube 만장굴 a UNESCO World Natural Heritage in Gimnyeong-ri. Manjanggul Lava Tube 만장굴 is the largest cave and the only one that is open to the public. We were really amazed by this Lava Tube, the Lava Flow lines in particular amazed us, to imagine that we would have been totally covered by Lava left us in awe. Maze Park is also 1.7 km from the Manjanggul Lava Tube 만장굴 we walked there, well we basically walked everywhere under 10 km. The Maze Park has an entrance fee of ₩3300 ($3.3).
We then decided to be able to hike up Seongsan Ilchuldong Peak 성산일출봉 early the next morning, to stay at a Motel in Seongsan 성산 where we paid ₩30 000 ($30) for a room for the night. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak 성산일출봉 also called ‘Sunrise Peak’, is an archetypal tuff cone formed by hydro volcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed about 5 thousand years ago and also a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. We decided to walk from the Motel to the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak 성산일출봉 and found a public Reflexology area, which was fun and very painful at the same time. Hiking the Peak was just breath taking, the scenery offers spectacular views from every point on the hiking path. It’s an easy hike up the Peak and so rewarding when you reach the top. At the bottom of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, we had a stroll around Dong Am Sa Temple, where we saw a Buddha statue with babies pinching his nipples
Walking to Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) 용두암 we discovered a Confucion Shrine -Jeju Hyanggyo 제주향교 – which has the purpose of educating the local people, while we were there, students were busy studying. As well as on our way home we found a Buddhist Temple, which name we could find. Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock) 용두암 – there are plenty of other stories of how it came to be. One legend has it that a dragon stealing precious jade from Mt. Hallasan was shot down by an arrow from the mountain deity. When he fell down on Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze looking at the sky. Another legend has it that a white horse, who dreamed of being a dragon and ascending to the sky, came to be caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.