Top 5 Jeju & Seogwipo Attractions

Top 5 Jeju & Seogwipo Attractions

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City: Jeju & Seogwipo
State: Jeju Special Administrative Province
Country: South Korea / Republic Of Korea

The dual cities of Jeju & Seogwipo, in Jeju Special Administrative Province, South Korea, are co-located on the same small island. Here, tourism is the main industry, and every part of the island is within a 2 - 3 hours drive. As a popular vacation and honeymoon spot, the place is geared towards tourists, which means higher than normal prices. Besides the beautiful natural scenery, there are several unusual theme parks and niche attractions to be seen here.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Jeju & Seogwipo, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.

1. Manjanggul Lava Tube

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Manjanggul Lava Tube (Purchased Stock Image)

The Manjanggul Lava Tube near Jeju & Seogwipo, Jeju Special Administrative Province, is a huge cave, formed by molten lava in ancient times. As one of the longest natural structures in South Korea, it has significant scientific and heritage value, owing to its excellent condition of preservation. Natural features include lava stalactites, lava stalagmites, lava columns, lava helictites, cave coral, lava bridges, and lava shelves, amongst several wildlife. The multi-coloured carbonate markings are particularly striking, and walking within the cave formation lends an other-worldly, surreal feel.

2. Yeomiji Botanic Garden
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Regarded among the best curated gardens in both Asia and South Korea, the Yeomiji Botanic Garden, near Jeju & Seogwipo, Jeju Special Administrative Province, contains approximately 2,000 species of rare tropical and subtropical plants. Themed around sections, highlights include the Flower Garden, Water Lily Garden, Native Garden, Jungle Garden, and Country Folk Gardens. Another highlight is the 38 meter high Observation Platform, which offers clear views of Hallasan Mountain and the nearby coastline.

3. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall & Seonim Bridge
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Located near Jeju & Seogwipo, the Cheonjeyeon Waterfall & Seonim Bridge is a combination attraction famed in Jeju Special Administrative Province, South Korea. The iconic red and white arch bridge has 14 nymphs carved on its sides (7 per side), each playing a musical instrument, and looks particularly striking from afar. This pedestrian bridge leads to the three-tier waterfall, a beautiful area with rare plants such as the skeleton fork fern, where the flow of water to the ocean looks like a series of steps. Translated as 'Pond Of The Emperor Of Heaven', the legend behind this area tells of 7 fairies who visited the king in this pond.

4. Glass Castle
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The colourful, vibrant, whimsical Glass Castle near Jeju & Seogwipo, Jeju Special Administrative Province, South Korea, is a niche theme park dedicated to glass art. Hosting over 250 glass sculptures and models across 6 themed zones, highlights include a glass labyrinth, the world’s largest glass ball, a glass waterfall with a lake of mirrors, a glass bookshelf with glass books, glass flowers, glass model villages, and more. The bright crystalline colors and intricate designs here evoke a sense of child-like wonderment.

5. Teddy Bear Museum
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Regarded among the most famous of its kind in the world, the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Special Administrative Province, South Korea, is dedicated to teddy bears, styled in both international and local Korean designs. Located near Jeju & Seogwipo, the collection is varied and diverse, featuring handcrafted teddy bears dressed in authentic period costumes with life-like poses. They even pay homage to famous artworks by recreating the piece with teddy bears! Another highlight is their picturesque fairy-tale outdoor garden, which served as the shooting location for several famous Korean television dramas.