The tropical charms of Jeju-do (제주도), Korea’s largest island, have long made it the country’s favourite holiday destination. Since Jeju-do was inscribed as one of the new seven wonders of nature in 2011, the world is also discovering more about its beautiful beaches, volcanic geography, lush countryside, and ancient culture that includes traditions, dress, architecture, a dialect separate from the mainland and 18,000 gods.
The islanders’ warm hospitality will instantly put you in a relaxed mood, but there’s plenty on Jeju to appeal to those who prefer to be active. Hike up South Korea’s highest mountain, Hallasan, or the incredible tuff cone Seongsan Ilchulbong rising straight from the sea. Meander along one of the Jeju Olle Trails. Plunge into blue oceans to view coral as colourful as the sunsets, and dig into Jeju’s unique cuisine, including seafood caught by Jeju’s famous haeneyo (female free divers).