Nature of Korea

A Wonder Island - Jeju

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Nature of Korea
A Wonder Island - Jeju

Located 130 km off southwest of the Korean Peninsula , Jeju Island is the country's most popular holiday destination thanks to its unique local atmosphere and beautiful natural environment. The volcanic lava tubes that make up nearly 10% of the island’s area are a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site and island itself has been selected as one of New 7 Wonders of Nature in the world.




 

There are many beautiful scenic attractions in Jeju and a few of the highlights though include a couple beautiful waterfalls, both easily accessible from Seogwipo City. Jeongbang Waterfall, which is 23 meters high and depending on the amount of rainfall can stretch to 8 meters wide.

This waterfall goes straight off a cliff and is unique in Asia as the only waterfall that plunges directly into sea. Nearby to Jeongbang Waterfall is Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, illuminations make this waterfall especially popular to visit in the evenings.




The island was created entirely from volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago, during the time period extending from the Tertiary to the beginning of the Quaternary period, and consists chiefly of basalt and lava. The eruptions took place in the Cenozoic era. It has a humid subtropical climate, warmer than that of the rest of Korea, with four distinct weather seasons. Winters are cool and dry while summers are hot, humid, and sometimes rainy.





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tanding proud and tall, right in the center of Jeju is South Korea’s tallest mountain and ancient volcano, Hallasan. At almost 2000 meters high Hallasan can be seen from anywhere on the island, it’s peak often buried into the clouds.

There are a few trails to choose from if you wish to hike around the mountain, of the trails, 2 can take you to the summit, Seongpanak Trail and Gwaneumsa Trail, be sure to take one of these if you wish to climb to the top.


Jeju Olle called Jeju Olle-gil (Olle Trail)












 

Jeju Olle Trail , a long-distance footpath on Jeju Island, is the most beautiful trekking course in Korea. The overall route, mostly following the coastline, consists of 21 connected numbered main routes, 5 sub-routes, and a short spur that connects to Jeju International Airport. The routes have an average length of 16 km and all together total 422 km. The exact length and locations change over time as trails are modified or re-routed.

The routes pass through various landscapes along the way including small villages, beaches, farms, and forests. Many routes encompass some of the island's 368 oreums, which are low parasitic volcanoes and historical sites dating from ancient times through to the modern era.

Since its founding in 2007, it has become a major draw for Jeju Island, which attracts not only visitors from mainland South Korea, but also international travelers who have a taste for hiking. According to a 2008 statistic, over 1.2 million people visited and brought $25 billion in economic benefits to South Korea.

Jeju Olle Trail derives its name from Olle, which is the local Jeju dialect word for "a narrow pathway that is connected from the street to the front gate of a house". Gil means "road or pathway" in standard Korean.