Hawaii-like scenery attracts tourists to Korea’s Jeju Island

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The view from near the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called Sunrise Peak, which was created by a volcanic eruption under the sea. It was a stop on the UNESCO World Heritage tour on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, on Jeju Island, off the southern tip of South Korea. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
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The view from near the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong, also called Sunrise Peak, which was created by a volcanic eruption under the sea. It was a stop on the UNESCO World Heritage tour on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, on Jeju Island, off the southern tip of South Korea. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

Hawaii-like scenery attracts tourists to Korea’s Jeju Island

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 04, 2018

Volcanic mountains, waterfalls and scenic beaches are among the many reasons Jeju Island is known as the Hawaii of South Korea.

Located off the southern tip of the peninsula and just an hourlong flight from Seoul, this rocky and windy island is also known as the “Island of the Gods.” It was created from volcanic eruptions nearly 2 million years ago and has a unique culture and environment that helped make it one of the Seven New Wonders of Nature in 2011.

It’s also easy to get to, with dozens of cheap flights per day from Seoul. That and liberal visa requirements make it one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, according to passenger numbers.

More than 1.3 million people made the trip between Seoul and Jeju in July at an average cost of $87.62, making it the busiest route after Sapporo New Chitose to Tokyo with 688,394 passengers, according to Routesonline.com.

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