Jeju Island, the triple wonder of nature

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Could this not-so-small volcanic island be considered the top wonder of nature of our time? In recent years Jeju has been collecting awards and nominations at the highest level.

If Jerusalem is the three times holy city, our island is the UNESCO's only triple-crown winner: World Natural Heritage + Global Geopark + Biosphere Reserve.

Jeju Island

Also, in 2011, Jeju was voted no less than one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, side by side with the Amazon or Iguazu Falls.

The so-called Island of the Gods (like the fabulous Bali) seems to have their blessing to become a world-class destination. So before massive tourism invades the new pride of South Korea, let's find out what treasures lie ahead in this promising place:

Jeju New 7 Wonders of Nature
The landscape has hundreds of craters like this one scattered everywhere.

They are called 'oreum', reminiscent of a cookie. Abu Oreum, with its unique ring of trees, is one of these secondary volcanic cones that tore through the surface of the island while it was forming.
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Jeju Lava Tubes
Hallasan stands at the heart of the island, the main volcano ruling what must have been a kingdom from hell.
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Cheju Lava Tubes
Imagine all the veins and conducts that fed the monster spewing lava from the summit - or even better, walk inside these terrific spaces that were cleared out once everything calmed down.
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Manjanggul Lava Tubes
The Manjanggul lava tube, with a name like something out of an Icelandic volcano, can be visited in its first section.

These are some of the most extensive and well-preserved known cave systems from this origin that we know of.
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Lava Tubes
Yongcheon Cave contains an impressive underground lake, but it's not as accessible to the public as most of this vast network of lava tubes.
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Jeju Craters
This cone-shaped island is Biyangdo, another mouth on this tentacular underground structure.
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Hyeopjae Beach
Opposite to Biyangdo lie shallow and crystal clear beaches around Hallim.
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Jeju Volcano
On the side of the island where the sun rises, Seongsan Ilchulbong is one of Jeju's most distinctive views.
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Seongsan Ilchulbong
A narrow strip of land (and now an artificial bridge) connects the bowl-like crater with the rest of the island.
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Udo Island
A popular side trip consists of taking a ferry to visit the beautiful scenery of Udo Island.
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Basalt Columns
Beomseom Islet features impressive columnar basalt rocks in front of the southern scenic Yongmeori coast.
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The Korean version of the famous Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland: the Jusangjeolli cliffs.
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Jeongbang Waterfall
Not far from here, the Jeongbang Waterfall flows directly into the sea.
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Hallasan Mountain
The snow-topped 6,398 feet (1,950 m) of Hallasan peak can be seen all around the island.
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Jeju Island South Korea cherry blossom
All the seasons have a captivating look in Jeju, from the frozen forests in winter to the spectacular cherry blossom in spring.
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Mt. Sanbang
Mt. Sanbang in the southern coast, surrounded by legends and Buddhist temples.
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Cheju Island
The Dragon's Head Rock Yongduam, near Jeju city, offers a representative postcard of the island.
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Sculpting Statues
But there's nothing more iconic in Jeju than the stone statues that you'll find all over the island, the grandfather's Dol Hareubang.
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Sex Theme Park
A place where phallic-like statues can be found everywhere, this was surely fertile ground for the creation of a sex-themed park-like Loveland.
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Loveland Park
Jeju Loveland is an erotic outdoor park of suggestive sculptures. You might want to leave the children in the playground outside ;]
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Teddy Bear Museum
More than a place of natural wonders, you can also find a large variety of festivals and attractions on the island, such as the odd Teddy Bear Museum.
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Jeju Island Festival
We haven’t even mentioned the rich folk and cultural heritage of this matriarchal society. Next time!
P.s.: Thanks to Michelle for your inspiring comments :]
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  1. The island contains the characteristic World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. A focal component of Jeju is Hallasan, the tallest mountain in South Korea and a lethargic spring of gushing lava, which transcends ocean level.


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