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The “Island of the Gods,” as Jeju Island is often called, is one of the most preferable tourist destinations in East Asia. This place impresses its visitors from all over the world, with its picturesque natural scenery, and cultural monuments. Many newly married couples choose it for their honeymoon location.
The island was formed from the eruption of a volcano approximately 2 million years ago. This area is now considered to be one of the heavenly recesses on the Earth. More than 450 kilometers divide Jeju Island from Seoul, the capital of South Korea, but this distance is nothing compared to the beauty of this boundless region. On a land area of about 1,810 square kilometers, a great variety of museums, parks, and ancient buildings preserve the natural and historical heritage of this magnificent place.
Jeju Island is a popular travel destination mainly because of its phenomenal natural wonders, such as lava caves and rock formations. The sandy beaches illuminated by the sun, and the clear ocean water, make a memorable scene for anyone who visits it. One of the most impressing landmarks is the Cheonjiyeon Falls, also called “God’s Pond.” Its waters drop from a height of more than 22 meters.
This area also fascinates its guests with its architectural and cultural monuments. Although most of the temples are not as glorious as they used to be in their early days, they are still attractive spots for travelers. The statues of Buddha, which are an irreplaceable part of each tope, revive the ancient spirit of this place, surrounded by water in all directions.
In the folk villages, where a great number of public and residential buildings are preserved and restored by the native people, visitors can take pleasure in discovering the historical heritage of the Island of Jeju. Moreover, all visitors can taste traditional foods and drinks, and can also become a part of the local events, which include music, dances, and plays.
Museums are not a rarity on the island. One of the most unusual ones is the Jejy Teddy Bear Museum, where the biggest, and smallest, teddy bear in the world can be seen. The young visitors of the island can feel the atmosphere of the past in the Jeju Educational Museum, where special programs for children are offered. The botanical garden, which is a sanctuary for thousands of plant species, is considered to be one of the largest in the world.
A wide variety of transportation means to and around the island are available. Most of the tourists choose to use air or water transport in order to reach this magnificent place. There are six marine routes which are connected to South Korea, as well as international ports. Rental cars are offered everywhere on Jeju, and a lot of visitors use them to go sightseeing.
Four types of climatic conditions can de distinguished on the island: hot summers with temperatures around 26o C, dry autumns with temperatures around 20o C, short and mild winters with temperatures around 10o C, and a warm springime with temperatures around 20o C. But the pleasant weather is not the only reason for the high amount of traffic at the “Island of the Gods.”