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Jejudo Island, a Trip of a Lifetime!
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The flight from Seoul to Jejudo takes no longer than an hour. By the time I opened my eyes from my quick snooze, I was surrounded by palm trees and a clear blue sky – very exotic scenery one would not expect to see anywhere in Korea. Everything looked unfamiliar and exotic.

I had to decide what mode of transportation I was going to take to get around the island. I thought about renting a car or motorcycle, but since I did not have a Korean driver’s license, I decided to stick to public transportation.
Soesokkak Estuary
Communication Card

"쇠소깍 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soesokkak Estuary?

"쇠소깍 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 쇠소깍로 140 입니다." Please go to Soesokkak Estuary. It is located at 140, Soesokkank-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

"쇠소깍은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soesokkak Estuary?

"쇠소깍(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 쇠소깍로 140 입니다." Please go to Soesokkak Estuary. It is located at 140, Soesokkank-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

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I decided to jump on a bus to Soesokkak Estuary. The locals thought the outline of the landscape resembled a kneeling cow, hence the name Soesokkak. Saltwater and freshwater meet here, and the constant current keeps the water in pristine condition. On a clear sunny day you can float over the tranquil water on a transparent kayak or traditional boat <em>teu and gaze down at the lava-charred sand at the bottom of the river. Soesokkak has no restrictions or specific opening time, so it is approachable any time of year, although you must pay a fee to rent a kayak or <em>teu for a set period of time. I recommend you look up the information online before paying the place a visit.

 

| Soesokkak Estuary

140, Soesokkank-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Boasting of beautiful water color and fascinating view, Soesokkak is a river feature formed where a river joins the sea. The strange rocks and bizarre stones created by lava, the deep water and the landscape of the dense pine forest make for a magnificent view, reminding one of the mystery of ancient time. In Soesokkak, you can enjoy riding the transparent kayak and playing with fishes swimming under your feet.

"우도 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Udo Island?

"우도 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 우도면 입니다." Please go to Udo Island. It is located at Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"우도은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Udo Island?

"우도(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 우도면 입니다." Please go to Udo Island. It is located at Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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Udo Island, often referred to as ‘the little Jeju in Jeju,’ can only be approached by taking a boat that departs from Seongsanpo Port. A round trip costs KRW 5,500, or you can pay 20,000 to 50,000 to take your car with you. There is a boat to Udo Island every hour, although the schedule changes depending on the time of year. Check the times before your trip to be sure.

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The trip to Udo Island took no more than five minutes. As soon as I arrived, I noticed the refreshing sea breeze, seagulls, and low stone fences all over the island. There is beauty in Udo Island’s simplicity. I rented a bicycle with a friend to get around the island. It was the perfect transportation to get around. We raced along the coastline and went all through the village. There is a volcanic cone, or <em>oreum as the locals call it, standing tall in the middle of Udo Island. It is said that lava poured out of it, all over the island, creating its unique landscape. Seobin White Sand Beach is known for its white coral sand shore while Geommeolle Beach is covered in dark sand.

 

*You will find a tour bus at Udo Quay. It takes you to all the major tourist spots on the island, accompanied with a simple guide. Using its services is also a great way to get around the island.

 

| Udo Island

Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

A volcanic island located east of Jeju-do, Udo Island has circumference of 17km. It is called an island within an island, boasting of the most beautiful landscape in Jeju-do. In the center of the island is a parasite volcano 132.5m tall; lava flowing from the volcano and all around the island made unique lava formations here and there. The western beach of white pebbles is called “Seobinbaeksa,” and this place is the most popular one in Udo.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

"성산일출봉 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak?

"성산일출봉 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 272 입니다." Please go to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. It is located at 272, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

"성산일출봉은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak?

"성산일출봉(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 272 입니다." Please go to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. It is located at 272, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

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I wanted to spend the night at Udo Island, but my friend and I headed toward Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone as scheduled. Seongsan Ilchulbong is the star attraction of Jejudo Island along with Hallasan Mountain, which was designated a World Heritage. The trip from Seongsan Port to the entrance of Seongsan Ilchulbong takes about twenty minutes.

 

| Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

272, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Seonsan Ilchulbong is a typical tuff ring created by the explosion of underwater volcano in shallow sea 100,000 years ago. When the erupted lava suddenly meets the cold sea water, it turns into fine volcanic ash and subsequently gets piled up around the crater to form a crown shape. This is called tuff ring. The tuff ring of Seongsan Ilchulbong has a rare, perfect crown shape.

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Once we reached Seongsan Ilchulbong, I got a view of the open ocean on one side and a view of Hallasan Mountain in the distance and small clusters of homes on the other side. Seongsan Ilchulbong appears in almost every Jejudo Island related brochure and tour guide book, but none of them does the real scenery justice. The sunrise from the summit is said to be the most beautiful in all of Korea. If you are interested in seeing the majestic sunrise, plan your trip ahead of time. 

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If there is any one food that represents Jeju Island, that would be grilled black pork. We ordered pork belly with rind, or <em>ogyeopsal. At first we were terrified by the traces of black hair left on the rind. Apparently, they don’t trim the hairs entirely to show the customers the meat does indeed come from black pigs.

 

To enjoy Jeju black pork, you have to cook it over a sizzling hot grill at your table. Most restaurants serve black pork in thick slices, so it takes some time to cook completely. Worried your meat might get chewy and tough? Black pork has a lower fat content that allows it to maintain a moist and tender texture after it is cooked. When you start to see the juices seep out of the meat, dip it in a little pickled anchovy sauce and enjoy the savory taste in your mouth.

Kimnyoung Maze Park
Communication Card

"김녕미로공원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kimnyoung Maze Park?

"김녕미로공원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 김녕리 산16 입니다." Please go to Kimnyoung Maze Park. It is located at San 16, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"김녕미로공원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kimnyoung Maze Park?

"김녕미로공원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 김녕리 산16 입니다." Please go to Kimnyoung Maze Park. It is located at San 16, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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On the second day of the trip, another friend and I headed to Gimnyeong Maze Park first thing in the morning. An American named Fredric Dustin, who lived on the Juju Island for over thirty years, found the park. Dustin commissioned Adrian Fisher, the world’s leading maze designer, to design this space and he landscaped the entire park with his own two hands. The hedges are tall enough to block your view, so anyone could get lost easily if they don’t pay attention. Some manage to get out in five minutes, but we kept walking in circles!

 

| Kimnyoung Maze Park

San 16, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

An American named Frederick Dustin lived in Jeju-do for over 30 years because he loved Jeju-do so much. He created this maze park himself by planting and growing trees based on the design of Edrin Fisher, the world’s famous maze designer. More than 1,300 Leylandii trees grown since 1987 serve as walls of the maze, and there are a total of 4 lanes.

Manjanggul Cave
Communication Card

"만장굴 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Manjanggul Cave?

"만장굴 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 182 입니다." Please go to Manjanggul Cave. It is located at 182, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"만장굴은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Manjanggul Cave?

"만장굴(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 182 입니다." Please go to Manjanggul Cave. It is located at 182, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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Not far from Gimnyeong Maze Park is Manjanggul Cave. Manjanggul has been designated a World Heritage as along with Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone. It is also the longest known lava cave in the world, taking at least 40 minutes to travel from one end to the other. We were both wearing thick jackets, but it was not enough to prevent the chill in the cave. The inside was quiet, cold, dark, and mysterious like an underground palace. There were all sorts of peculiar boulders throughout the cave.

 

| Manjanggul Cave

182, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Manjanggul is a lava tube created by the activity of hot lava flowing into solidified lava. Manjanggul reminds one of an underground palace; it has oddly shaped lavas that were made when lava flowed, such as stalactite drooping like icicles, lava boulder shaped like a tortoise, and lava toe that looks like the toe of an elephant. You can also see a lava pillar 7.6m tall, the tallest in the world.

Bijarim Forest
Communication Card

"비자림 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Bijarim Forest ?

"비자림 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 비자숲길 62 입니다." Please go to Bijarim Forest . It is located at 62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"비자림은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Bijarim Forest ?

"비자림(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 비자숲길 62 입니다." Please go to Bijarim Forest . It is located at 62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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Bijarim Forest is said to have existed over 1,000 years. It was a nice getaway from the fast-paced life in bustling Seoul. We noticed each tree had its own number tag. Each tree here is given a serial number and is specially managed and protected closely. Tree number one is the biggest and the oldest tree in the forest.

 

| Bijarim Forest

62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

More than 3,000 nutmeg trees 300~800 years old are growing in this forest. Nutmeg trees are so useful that they are highly vulnerable risk of logging. Jeju-do residents, considering nutmeg trees holy, cultivated and preserved this forest for a thousand years. Today, it is known as the biggest pure forest in the world, with a 1.3km trail path where tourists can take a stroll.

 

We saw and learned so many things from this trip. Not only did we get to know Korea better, but we got to see a whole new side of Korea. The people we met on our trip, beautiful wildlife, and the sound of lapping ocean waves will not be soon forgotten. 

Jejudo Island, a Trip of a Lifetime!
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The flight from Seoul to Jejudo takes no longer than an hour. By the time I opened my eyes from my quick snooze, I was surrounded by palm trees and a clear blue sky – very exotic scenery one would not expect to see anywhere in Korea. Everything looked unfamiliar and exotic.

I had to decide what mode of transportation I was going to take to get around the island. I thought about renting a car or motorcycle, but since I did not have a Korean driver’s license, I decided to stick to public transportation.
Soesokkak Estuary
Communication Card

"쇠소깍 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soesokkak Estuary?

"쇠소깍 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 쇠소깍로 140 입니다." Please go to Soesokkak Estuary. It is located at 140, Soesokkank-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

"쇠소깍은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Soesokkak Estuary?

"쇠소깍(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 쇠소깍로 140 입니다." Please go to Soesokkak Estuary. It is located at 140, Soesokkank-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

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I decided to jump on a bus to Soesokkak Estuary. The locals thought the outline of the landscape resembled a kneeling cow, hence the name Soesokkak. Saltwater and freshwater meet here, and the constant current keeps the water in pristine condition. On a clear sunny day you can float over the tranquil water on a transparent kayak or traditional boat <em>teu and gaze down at the lava-charred sand at the bottom of the river. Soesokkak has no restrictions or specific opening time, so it is approachable any time of year, although you must pay a fee to rent a kayak or <em>teu for a set period of time. I recommend you look up the information online before paying the place a visit.

 

| Soesokkak Estuary

140, Soesokkank-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Boasting of beautiful water color and fascinating view, Soesokkak is a river feature formed where a river joins the sea. The strange rocks and bizarre stones created by lava, the deep water and the landscape of the dense pine forest make for a magnificent view, reminding one of the mystery of ancient time. In Soesokkak, you can enjoy riding the transparent kayak and playing with fishes swimming under your feet.

"우도 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Udo Island?

"우도 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 우도면 입니다." Please go to Udo Island. It is located at Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"우도은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Udo Island?

"우도(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 우도면 입니다." Please go to Udo Island. It is located at Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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Udo Island, often referred to as ‘the little Jeju in Jeju,’ can only be approached by taking a boat that departs from Seongsanpo Port. A round trip costs KRW 5,500, or you can pay 20,000 to 50,000 to take your car with you. There is a boat to Udo Island every hour, although the schedule changes depending on the time of year. Check the times before your trip to be sure.

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The trip to Udo Island took no more than five minutes. As soon as I arrived, I noticed the refreshing sea breeze, seagulls, and low stone fences all over the island. There is beauty in Udo Island’s simplicity. I rented a bicycle with a friend to get around the island. It was the perfect transportation to get around. We raced along the coastline and went all through the village. There is a volcanic cone, or <em>oreum as the locals call it, standing tall in the middle of Udo Island. It is said that lava poured out of it, all over the island, creating its unique landscape. Seobin White Sand Beach is known for its white coral sand shore while Geommeolle Beach is covered in dark sand.

 

*You will find a tour bus at Udo Quay. It takes you to all the major tourist spots on the island, accompanied with a simple guide. Using its services is also a great way to get around the island.

 

| Udo Island

Udo-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

A volcanic island located east of Jeju-do, Udo Island has circumference of 17km. It is called an island within an island, boasting of the most beautiful landscape in Jeju-do. In the center of the island is a parasite volcano 132.5m tall; lava flowing from the volcano and all around the island made unique lava formations here and there. The western beach of white pebbles is called “Seobinbaeksa,” and this place is the most popular one in Udo.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

"성산일출봉 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak?

"성산일출봉 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 272 입니다." Please go to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. It is located at 272, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

"성산일출봉은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak?

"성산일출봉(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 272 입니다." Please go to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. It is located at 272, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

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I wanted to spend the night at Udo Island, but my friend and I headed toward Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone as scheduled. Seongsan Ilchulbong is the star attraction of Jejudo Island along with Hallasan Mountain, which was designated a World Heritage. The trip from Seongsan Port to the entrance of Seongsan Ilchulbong takes about twenty minutes.

 

| Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

272, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Seonsan Ilchulbong is a typical tuff ring created by the explosion of underwater volcano in shallow sea 100,000 years ago. When the erupted lava suddenly meets the cold sea water, it turns into fine volcanic ash and subsequently gets piled up around the crater to form a crown shape. This is called tuff ring. The tuff ring of Seongsan Ilchulbong has a rare, perfect crown shape.

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Once we reached Seongsan Ilchulbong, I got a view of the open ocean on one side and a view of Hallasan Mountain in the distance and small clusters of homes on the other side. Seongsan Ilchulbong appears in almost every Jejudo Island related brochure and tour guide book, but none of them does the real scenery justice. The sunrise from the summit is said to be the most beautiful in all of Korea. If you are interested in seeing the majestic sunrise, plan your trip ahead of time. 

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If there is any one food that represents Jeju Island, that would be grilled black pork. We ordered pork belly with rind, or <em>ogyeopsal. At first we were terrified by the traces of black hair left on the rind. Apparently, they don’t trim the hairs entirely to show the customers the meat does indeed come from black pigs.

 

To enjoy Jeju black pork, you have to cook it over a sizzling hot grill at your table. Most restaurants serve black pork in thick slices, so it takes some time to cook completely. Worried your meat might get chewy and tough? Black pork has a lower fat content that allows it to maintain a moist and tender texture after it is cooked. When you start to see the juices seep out of the meat, dip it in a little pickled anchovy sauce and enjoy the savory taste in your mouth.

Kimnyoung Maze Park
Communication Card

"김녕미로공원 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kimnyoung Maze Park?

"김녕미로공원 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 김녕리 산16 입니다." Please go to Kimnyoung Maze Park. It is located at San 16, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"김녕미로공원은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Kimnyoung Maze Park?

"김녕미로공원(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 김녕리 산16 입니다." Please go to Kimnyoung Maze Park. It is located at San 16, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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On the second day of the trip, another friend and I headed to Gimnyeong Maze Park first thing in the morning. An American named Fredric Dustin, who lived on the Juju Island for over thirty years, found the park. Dustin commissioned Adrian Fisher, the world’s leading maze designer, to design this space and he landscaped the entire park with his own two hands. The hedges are tall enough to block your view, so anyone could get lost easily if they don’t pay attention. Some manage to get out in five minutes, but we kept walking in circles!

 

| Kimnyoung Maze Park

San 16, Gimnyeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

An American named Frederick Dustin lived in Jeju-do for over 30 years because he loved Jeju-do so much. He created this maze park himself by planting and growing trees based on the design of Edrin Fisher, the world’s famous maze designer. More than 1,300 Leylandii trees grown since 1987 serve as walls of the maze, and there are a total of 4 lanes.

Manjanggul Cave
Communication Card

"만장굴 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Manjanggul Cave?

"만장굴 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 182 입니다." Please go to Manjanggul Cave. It is located at 182, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"만장굴은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Manjanggul Cave?

"만장굴(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 182 입니다." Please go to Manjanggul Cave. It is located at 182, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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Not far from Gimnyeong Maze Park is Manjanggul Cave. Manjanggul has been designated a World Heritage as along with Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone. It is also the longest known lava cave in the world, taking at least 40 minutes to travel from one end to the other. We were both wearing thick jackets, but it was not enough to prevent the chill in the cave. The inside was quiet, cold, dark, and mysterious like an underground palace. There were all sorts of peculiar boulders throughout the cave.

 

| Manjanggul Cave

182, Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Manjanggul is a lava tube created by the activity of hot lava flowing into solidified lava. Manjanggul reminds one of an underground palace; it has oddly shaped lavas that were made when lava flowed, such as stalactite drooping like icicles, lava boulder shaped like a tortoise, and lava toe that looks like the toe of an elephant. You can also see a lava pillar 7.6m tall, the tallest in the world.

Bijarim Forest
Communication Card

"비자림 은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Bijarim Forest ?

"비자림 (으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 비자숲길 62 입니다." Please go to Bijarim Forest . It is located at 62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

"비자림은/는 어떻게 가야 하나요?" How do I get to Bijarim Forest ?

"비자림(으)로 가주세요. 이곳의 주소는 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 비자숲길 62 입니다." Please go to Bijarim Forest . It is located at 62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do.

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Bijarim Forest is said to have existed over 1,000 years. It was a nice getaway from the fast-paced life in bustling Seoul. We noticed each tree had its own number tag. Each tree here is given a serial number and is specially managed and protected closely. Tree number one is the biggest and the oldest tree in the forest.

 

| Bijarim Forest

62, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

More than 3,000 nutmeg trees 300~800 years old are growing in this forest. Nutmeg trees are so useful that they are highly vulnerable risk of logging. Jeju-do residents, considering nutmeg trees holy, cultivated and preserved this forest for a thousand years. Today, it is known as the biggest pure forest in the world, with a 1.3km trail path where tourists can take a stroll.

 

We saw and learned so many things from this trip. Not only did we get to know Korea better, but we got to see a whole new side of Korea. The people we met on our trip, beautiful wildlife, and the sound of lapping ocean waves will not be soon forgotten. 

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