Ah… Jeju! Upon my arrival at Jeju Domestic Airport, there were throngs of Japanese, Chinese nationals and Koreans running amok as if there was a fire. Ah, but no, they were looking for their luggages, which the airport is known to misplace all the time!
Nonetheless, after I came out of the airport, the air smelt a tad different from Seoul’s. It was much lighter, fresher which made me feel a lot better for the rest of the day. They say the best things in life are free, and I was determined to find out more right there in the island.
Now, Jeju Island is known for many things. For the large part, it was (and from my experiences there, IS still one as well) a hot spot for honeymooners a decade ago; and I could clearly understand why. The picturesque views at Jeju island were simply breathtaking. Oh wait, let me be a little more accurate here. Breathtaking would be an understatement to describe them. How could one not possibly love to watch the waves at the Seashores, stare at the magnificent Cheonjiyeon Waterfall or let yourself be swallowed by mother nature at Mt Hallasan?
Other places worthy of note are attractions such as the Buddhist temple, Yakcheon-sa, Residence of Kim and the Jeju Folk Village. All of which are great places that brings the tales of the past to the present; an absolute must-visit for history or Asian philosophy fanatics. For avid soccer lovers, the FIFA World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo is one destination you do not want to miss too!
Jeju is also sprinkled with lots of resorts across the islands. Some of them have casinos in them, which are bound to make your stay more pleasurable.
A note worth of caution though – It is best to travel with at least someone who could speak a decent level of Korean and English. But someone like that, of course, is not easily available. Most people in Jeju do not speak a single word of English at all, so the very least you could equip yourself with is a mini handbook of important Korean words. Nonetheless, most Koreans are typically very helpful. Some might even be willing to go out of their ways to help a stranger. They’re so helpful and polite that it’s not even funny!
The Koreans here are generally more traditional than the ones who live in Seoul. Hence, it is important for you, as the visitor, to understand a bit of the background history of Korea and its cultures and origins.
All in all, Jeju has been one of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited throughout my extensive list of visited destinations. And coming from the bottom of my heart, I’ve never regretted coming here one bit.