Jeju where over 5 million people visit every year, is definitely the best tourist city in Korea. Recently, the number of tourists-both domestic tourists and foreigner tourist- is skyrocketing. Jeju has a nickname, “Samdado” which means “Three-many-island”. The nickname refers to abundance of rocks, women, and wind. Jeju is very unique place compared to other places in Korea because their dialect is very distinct. Their dialect is so different, thus, Koreans who do not live in Jeju cannot understand what they are saying. This is because Jeju is an island so they have less contact with other laces in mainland.
Furthermore, Jeju has charming natural scenery that is unusual compared to the mainland of Korea. Jeju is a volcanic island; therefore, Halla Mountain, which is volcanic island is located in the center of the island. Halla Mountain is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with two other tourist site, Seongsan llchulbong Peak, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, of JeJu. The volcanic activity generated tremendous amount of basalt. People in Jeju used the basalt to create a symbol of JeJu, Dolhareubang (it means stone statue of old grandfathers).
Moreover, Jeju is famous with its beach because of the color of ocean which is similar to the tropical oceans-emerald-like color. Tourist Spots Jeju is recognized as an unique tourist site because many foreign tourists can experience various style of food, attractions, and unusual environment. @ Seongsan llchulbong Peak [UNESCO World Heritage] Address: 284-12, llchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, JeJu-do Operating Hours: Winter : 1 hour before sunrise – 20:00 Summer : 1 hour before sunrise – 21 *Not allowed to enter during bad weather Admission Fee: Adult: 2000 won / Group 1200 won
Youth & Children: 1000 won / Group 600 won * Group : 10+ people @ Geomunoreum [UNESCO World Heritage] Address: San 102-1, Seonheul-ri, Jocheon-eup, JeJu-do Operating Hours: 9:00??”12:00 (closed every Tuesday) Tour Course: 1 . Crater Course (guided tour): Lava Gorge 0 Aloreum Observatory 0 Cave-charcoal Kiln 0 Punghyeol- Volcanic Bombs 0 Byeongcham Road 0 SuJikgol (approximately 2 hrs) 2. Regular Course (self-guided): SuJikgol 0 Summit (approximately 1 hr 30min) * Visiting the lava site is not permitted. In the case of inclement weather (such as more than 0mm of preclpltatlon) tours will not De permitt @ Hyeop-Jae Beach Address: 2497-1 HyeopJae-ri, Hallim-eup, JeJu-si, JeJu-do Operating Date: every early July ??” Late August Admission Fee: Free @ Teddy Bear Museum Address: 31 , Jungmungwangwang-rol 1 Obeon-gil, Seogwipo-si, JeJudo Operating Hours: (High season July 18th??”August 23rd: 9:00??”22:00) Admission Fee: Adult: 7000 won / Group 5000 won Youth: 6000 won / Group 4000 won visitors: 5000 won / Group 3000 won * Group : 20+ people Han-lim Botanic Park Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, JeJu-si, JeJu-do
Operating Hours: 8:30am to 6:00pm (Summer Oul-Aug): 8:30am to 7:30pm) Admission Fee: Adult (19+): 8000 won / Group & Disabled 6000 won youth (13-18): 6000 won / Group & Disabled 4000 won Children (7-12): 5000 won / Group & Disabled 3000 won senior (65+): 7000 won / Group & Disabled 5000 won * Group: 30+ people @ O’Sulloc Museum Address: 1235-3 Seogwangseo-ri Andeok-myeon Seogwipo-si JeJu-do Operating Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 oct- Mar 10:00 – 17:00 Especially nowadays, Jeju has diverse accommodations from high-class hotels to cheap guesthouses and tourists can gather information easily with a variety of anguages.
People recommend many natural heritage, various museums, theme parks and leisure activities that all ages can enjoy in JeJu. Many tourists who visited Jeju say Jeju is one of the best tourist site they have visited. I have visited Jeju several times since elementary school but every trip feels new. Nowadays, it is hard to find Korean tourists in Jeju because there are more foreign tourists. In my opinion, I wish people could more concentrate on maintenance and preservation. Furthermore, I wish I could hear that Jeju is Hawaii in Asia.