Life In Korea: Jeju Island, Part I (제주도)

The sky is blue, the plane is ready – off to Jeju Island we go!

Jeju Island (제주도) is a self-governing province of South Korea, and lies south of the Korean peninsula itself. It is a volcanic island, dominated by Mt. Halla (1,950 m above sea level). The island measures 109 miles across at its widest point, and is home to a number of unique species of fauna and flora that distinguish the island from the mainland. It is also the site of several of the most breathtaking sights in the country, which has made it one of the top tourist sites in the country.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

The clear sky beckons – welcome to Jeju Island!
After getting our bags, it was only a short trip to our first destination…
The “Yongduam” (용두암), a rock shaped like a dragon looking out to sea, and Jeju Island’s unofficial symbol. (No, this isn’t it.)
Here it is!
Heading southwards towards the opposite side of the island, our next stop was the Saryeoni Forest Trail – a network of trails that cover much of inland Jeju, covering more than 15 kilometers in total!
It would’ve been a very relaxing, very enjoyable walk had it not been for South Korea’s summer heat, with temperatures rising up to nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit during our stay.
But it was still a very calm, extremely peaceful trail. I’ve been told that you could literally walk the whole day and never run out of new paths to take.
In any case, we went back to the safety of our air-conditioned vehicles pretty quickly…
…towards our next destination, which would prove to be considerably cooler.
Welcome to the Manjanggul Lava Tube, one of the largest lava tubes in the world. At 7.4 kilometers long, it stretches for ages underneath Jeju Island’s surface.
It was quite dark in there!
These photos really do not do justice to the scale of the whole thing. It’s massive!
Breathtaking.

Stay tuned for even more amazing images from picturesque Jeju Island, coming up next.

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