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Mount Halla (also known as Hallasan) is a dormant volcano at the centre of Jeju island. Its slopes are home to luxuriant forests and grasslands, whilst the vast crater at its peak boasts the Baengnokdam lake. Combined with its 360 satellite volcanos and extensive system of lava tubes it was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Step inside the Hyeopjae and Ssangyong Caves to discover how magma once flowed through these channels, or head 20 miles east of the city to view Manjanggul – the largest of the island’s lava tubes.
The closest beaches to Jeju’s port are Geumneung and Hyeopjae on the north shore. Blessed with emerald-toned waters and white sands, these neighbouring stretches of palm tree-lined coast offer a tropical setting to bask in the sunshine or snorkel shallow tides. On the south of the island, you’ll find Jungmun Saekdal beach, a popular summer spot for locals.
Immerse yourself in a riot of exotic colour just 20 miles west of Jeju city. Set in 80 acres of lush, carefully cultivated gardens, Hallim Park is beautiful and aromatic escape from the city. Meander through the tropical botanic gardens, stroll down Palm Tree Avenue, then discover a basalt Dol hareubang (stone grandfather) statues and Bangsatap in the Jae-am Folk Village. Appreciate the meticulous allure of numerous Bonsai before treating your senses to the floral delights of the Azalea and Cherry Blossom gardens.
Jeju is home to all manner of museums and exhibits sure to satisfy your curiosities. Discover the island’s natural and cultural history at the Folklore and Natural History Museum as you wander past folklore relics, indigenous flora and fauna, plus examples of tools used by Jeju’s Haenyeos (female divers). Technology fans can visit the Nexon Computer Museum, while cuppa connoisseurs can explore the O'Sulloc Tea Museum. Or, if these don’t appeal, perhaps consider the teddy bear museum, an optical illusion gallery, or Hello Kitty Island will.