Vacation for Koreans somehow equates to Jeju Island. Known as the “Island of the Gods”, the place is always at the top spot when it comes to favorite vacation getaways in South Korea. As a matter of fact, Jeju continues to be the most popular honeymoon destination for Koreans.
Jeju has a mild coastal climate perfect for beach activities. Cheap flights to Jeju arrive at the Jeju International Airport. There are ten international and thirteen local airlines offering cheap flights to Jeju so you can take a good pick. Upon arrival, you can choose from touring the capital city, or heading to Seogwipo where the famous Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex is located. There are also smaller villages along the coastline. This is an option for those who want to enjoy Jeju on a budget.
Aside from the beaches, you should also plan to visit the Manjanggul Lava-tube. The place features the world’s largest known lava column. The 7-km cave would be a very interesting stop especially for nature lovers. The Sunrise Peak or Seongsan Ilchubing is a volcano known for its scenic views. There is a man-made stairs for easy access to the volcano. The Jeju Folk Village Museum provides you the chance to understand the island’s heritage. You can also extend your trip to the Seongeup Folklore Village to know more about the traditional Jeju village culture and lifestyle. Another famous but playful Jeju attraction is the Loveland. The park features witty sculptures by Hangik University students and alumni. Although the park is really not for kids, the sculptures are good backdrops for souvenir photos especially if you’re on a honeymoon trip.
There is a long list of luxury hotels in Jeju. However, budget-conscious travelers could also take advantage of the many minbak or guesthouses in the island. The trick here is to schedule your Jeju trip in the off-peak season. Remember that tourists visit the island during Korean national holidays and in the summer season from July to August. There are also budget motels in the island that offer as low as 30,000 won per night rates. Check out reviews to get an idea of the best budget accommodations.
Popular as it is, Jeju Island definitely welcomes travelers of every budget. It’s just a matter of careful planning to enjoy many things at this South Korean island.