Thursday, 10 November 2011

Jeju Island – exploring the volcanic fairyland in summer.

Jeju-do (Jeju Island), situated in the Korea Strait, is the largest island in South Korea. Jeju-do is a volcanic island, dominated by Halla-san (Halla Mountain). It was created entirely from volcanic eruptions 2 million years ago. I have been there twice, all for escaping from the madding crowd.

Jeju-do has a humid subtropical climate, warmer than that of the rest of Korea, with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and dry while summers are hot, humid, and sometimes rainy. So I suggest that all the travelers get prepared with umbrellas or raincoats. The rainfall is totally unpredictable.
The most popular tourist spots on the island are Cheonjeyeon waterfalls, Mount Halla and Manjang cave. It is a good time to visit Cheonjeyeon waterfalls in the summer because of the abundance of rainfall. Actually there are more waterfalls around the island. Mount Halla is also worth to climb if you prefer to see picturesque landscapes of waves crashing on the steep seashores. Manjanggul is one of the longest lava tubes in the world. The annual temperature inside the Manjang cave ranges from 11 to 21 . Created by spewing lava, “the lava turtle”, “lava pillar”, and “Wing-shaped Wall” are extraordinary. Of course it is not allow to take any pictures inside.

Cuisine there is renowned for different recipes for fish, squid, octopus, sea cucumber etc. The island is also famous for its Shitake mushrooms and cactus plants.

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