The Port of Jeju and Cheju Island are one of Korea’s most popular tourist destinations. With beautiful beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and plentiful cliffs and caves, Cheju Island’s mile climate makes it the perfect vacation spot. Cheju Island is sometimes called the “Island of the Gods” by its Korean and Japanese visitors. With a mix of volcanic rock, temperate climate, and frequent rains, it is much like the United States’ islands of Hawaii. Visitors will find much to see and do in the Port of Jeju.
The Port of Jeju’s biggest tourist attraction is the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival. At one time, villagers burned pastureland each winter to get rid of insects. Today, the Jeju Fire Festival recalls those days. Held each year since 1997, usually in February, the festival includes wonderful fireworks and traditional dance and celebrations.
The Port of Jeju’s Folklore and Natural History Museum contains displays and information about Cheju Island’s natural history and folklore. Containing and audio-visual room and special resources, the musem features relics, animals, and plants native to the island.
The Port of Jeju Folk Village Museum covers more than 150 thousand square meters containing a reconstructed village that makes a lively and colorful picture of the island’s cultural history. Audio guides are available, and the admission price is a steal.
The Manjanggul Lava-tube Cave is a long walk from the bus station, but it’s well worth the exercise if you don’t want to take the bus. This cave was formed by lava streams. The tube is up to 23 meters high in some places. While it’s seven kilometers long, only one kilometer is open to the public. The air is cold, and water drips from the ceiling, so bring a jacket or sweater.
The Yeomiji Botanic Garden is a big indoor garden with all types of plants including tropical fruits, flowers, water lilies, and even some cacti. With more than 2000 species of rare plants and 1700 species of trees and flowers, visitors enjoy the various gardens in Korean, Japanese, Italian, and French styles. The garden covers over 112 hectares and is said to be one of the best botanic gardens in all of Asia.
Travelers who want to visit the Port of Jeju and Cheju Island by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises by searching for “Jeju” on the Cruise Compete website.