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Numerous beaches, tumbling waterfalls, volcanic crags and a warmer climate than the mainland have all helped to make Jeju Island the country’s most popular holiday spot, particularly among Korean honeymooners.

Whatever you’ve seen during your stay in Korea, a side-trip to Jeju Island will be the cherry on top.

Koreans absolutely love the place (if you want proof, Seoul-to-Jeju is the world’s busiest flight route) – and you probably will too.

Jeju’s wonders are mainly of the natural kind, and on your trip around the island you’ll see volcanic craters, majestic waterfalls and secluded beaches, learning about the island’s unique culture as you go.

Where else can you find an azalea-framed volcano to climb, a sisterhood of deep-divers, and ancient stone statues on which to make wishes? Jeju Island.

Seongsan Ilchulbong (‘sunrise peak’), a verdant 182-metre-high caldera on the easternmost tip of the island is especially enchanting in the glow of dawn and can be combined with a boat trip to nearby Udo Island, known for its black rocks and coral white sand.

Also, in the east of the island is the Seongeup Folk Village, a throng of Confucian shrines, stone monuments and traditional houses set around centuries-old zelkova and nettle trees.

While travelling around Jeju you may also see harubang, mushroom-like ‘grandfather statues. Said to provide protection and aid fertility, these have become recognisable as the symbol of Jeju. Replicas are frequently sold in markets and gift shops and make popular souvenirs.

A favourite with newlyweds (and K-drama fans), this popular retreat is also home to miles of golden beaches, winding coastal trails, and Jeju Waterworld, the area’s largest water park.

No matter what your fancy, one thing is for certain: a day of sightseeing isn’t complete without enjoying some of the isle’s delicious raw seafood and famed barbecued black pork.

What’s great

Explore the unique culture of Jeju Island, South Korea’s favourite holiday destination.

With your own rental car, you can explore all the island has to offer – from extensive volcano hiking trails to beautiful beaches.

There’s plenty of relaxation time built in to the itinerary, so you’re free to soak up the sun by the pool or relax at the beach.

At only 4 days, this extension would make the perfect complement to a longer trip around Korea or one of its neighbouring countries.

Things to consider

This itinerary is intended as a relaxing extension to a larger holiday, meaning there isn’t much guiding included; however, we’re happy to tailor your trip by adding in excursions.

Jeju Island is very seasonal; peak season is popular (for good reason!) so busier than usual, and whilst low season is the perfect climate for hiking, some activities are likely to be closed.

The beaches here aren’t like the exotic white, sandy beaches that can be found in Southeast Asia, but they’re still perfect for some rest and relaxation