The volcanic island of Jeju located in the Korea Strait, is often referred to as South Korea’s answer to Hawaii. With its deliciously tropical climate, sand-lined shores, fine selection of luxury resorts and a certain inescapable quirkiness, it’s no wonder that Jeju Island remains a popular honeymoon hotspot for Koreans and Japanese visitors alike.
Jungman Resort, located on the south coast, is the largest of the three most frequented tourist areas on Jeju, with the others being neighbouring Seogwipo-si and Jeju-si in the north. Here’s a rundown of just some of the exotic and rather eccentric attractions you can expect to find in the Jungman Resort area of this beautiful island.
Stay in Style
There is no shortage of luxury hotels on Jeju, and the Kensington Jeju Island is a fabulous resort in the heart of the Jungman area. The beautifully presented Jeju Marine Deluxe Rooms offer sensational views over the main Oceanfinity Pool, cascading lawns, pine trees and swaying palms. With the room’s evident nautical theme, it’s hard not to imagine being on an exotic escape aboard a luxury cruise ship. Most impressive is the adults-only Skyfinity Pool located on the resort’s rooftop, which boasts perfect panoramic views of the distant glistening of the sea and surrounding mountain peaks. As the sun sets each evening, a flurry of fellow guests flock to the pool, just time to capture that perfect ‘selfie’ moment against this mesmerising backdrop, only to vanish as quickly as they appeared as soon as the last glow of the sun fades.
Thanks to Jeju Island’s volcanic beginnings, there is a magnificent array of breathtaking, natural wonders for visitors to experience. Within the Jungman Tourist Complex is the three-layered Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, enveloped in a year-round, luscious green forest. Take a stroll over the grand arch of Seonimgyo Bridge for spectacular views over the dazzling stream that flows between the second and third water-fuelled tiers of Cheonjeyeon.
A leisurely 30-minute walk to the coast brings you to Jungmun Saekdal Beach, where the wide ocean swell attracts many a keen surfer, with the area even holding an international surfing competition each year.
For something truly outstanding, Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff on the south coast is a must. Here, as volcanic lava once clashed with the sea, phenomenal hexagonal columns were formed, creating a natural rock sculpture that simply takes your breath away.
Entertainment for Everyone
Korea is renowned for its quirkiness, and a trip to the main Jungman Tourist Complex demonstrates perfectly just why. For those with a penchant for all things sweet, Chocolate Land is a chocoholic’s paradise, with the opportunity to even make your very own chocolate-y delights. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is full to the brim with weird and wacky paraphernalia, whilst the Teddy Bear Museum houses a huge selection of stuffed bears spanning the past 100 years. The Alive Museum is a playground for all ages, giving excitable visitors the opportunity to be fully immersed in large-scale optical illusions and pieces of art. Most recently, Jungman has seen the addition of the interactive Play K-Pop theme park, where visitors can delve into the wonderful world of Korean-Pop via fascinating hologram performances and 360-degree 3D animations.
If you’re looking for a slice of tropical paradise with an unusual flavour, Jeju Island really is a place to be savoured.