5 immensely Instagramable Korean island getaways with pristine beaches, caves and coastlines; Nan Hie In; SCMP

Go beyond Seoul and Busan and consider these less-travelled islands that are full of unique, natural wonders…

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Jeju Island Korea: Discover the Beautiful Island of the Gods; Kayla McMillan; GoNOMAD Travel

Visit Jeju Island, Korea’s largest volcanic island filled with breathtaking nature and incredible excursions, a maze, and Jeju Folk Village Museum.

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Hiking South Korea’s highest mountain: an idyllic trek to the top of Mount Hallasan on Jeju Island; Paul Niel; SCMP

Jeju Island is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, but you can get away from the crowds by hiking Mount Hallasan. Here’s how.

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‘The Hawaii of Korea’: Visiting Jeju, Asia’s paradise isle; Pascal Hughes; iNews

The sea snail being proffered to me is as big as my palm, revealing the gleaming inside of its shell as it wriggles furiously. Sanghee, my guide is delighted. “Abalone are delicious. And usually very expensive, especially when they’re so fresh. You have to try it.” It’s hard to say no to an order like that…

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#JOM! : Wonders of Jeju Island; Balqis Lim; New Straits Times

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Discovering Jeju Island, the “Island of the Gods”; Luxuo

A place nicknamed the ‘Island of the Gods’ by locals, Jeju Island is a place that holds some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world.

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Lotte Tour Bets Korea Casino Resort Towers Can Stack Up; Muhammad Cohen; Forbes

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Lotte Tour’s new casino resort on Jeju Island aims to cash in, despite South Koreans not being allowed to gamble there.

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Korea’s Jeju Faces Casino Future Head On, Ears Wide Open; Muhammad Cohen; Forbes

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Two US$1 billion-plus integrated resorts are changing the character of gaming on the popular resort island famed for natural beauty.

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Road Tripping Through Jeju Island, South Korea; Marriott TRAVELER

From mountain sunrises to lava tubes, waterfalls and more, these road trip itineraries will show travelers the best of Jeju Island.

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15 amazing places UK airlines should wake up and launch flights to; Oliver Smith; Telegraph

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10 National Parks in Korea to Explore For Picturesque Views; Isaac Neo; TripZilla

Visit the tallest Buddha statue in the world! Did we mention it’s GOLD too?

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20 Of The Most Beautiful Islands In Asia You Need To Visit; Linda Goes East

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Who doesn’t want to go on a relaxing beach vacation on a stunning island? With the following islands, you’ve got plenty of destinations to choose from for all preferences. Whether you are looking for a deserted island in the middle of nowhere or a cultural hotspot with a vibrant nightlife, you’ll find the perfect island among these most beautiful islands in Asia!

BALI, INDONESIA – THE SPIRITUAL ISLAND

Not exactly a hidden gem, Bali is one of the most visited islands in Asia. However, it still offers a unique and deeply cultural experience and something for everyone. From party beaches to tranquil retreats, Bali is a destination with a unique spiritual vibe. Especially Ubud, in the center of the island, is not to be missed and a great starting point for your Bali adventure. The monkey sanctuary, many palaces, and delightful restaurants and flower baths at local spas are what makes Ubud so incredibly fun. The most beautiful beaches in Bali can be found in Kuta, Nusa Dua and Legian and Canggu.

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Did You Know This Tropical Island Existed?; Kate Springer; Fodor’s 

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One of Asia’s most popular islands is one you might not have heard of: Jeju, off the southern coast of South Korea.

Created by volcanic eruptions more than 2 million years ago, Jeju Island, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has been likened to the “Hawaii of South Korea,” thanks to its black sand beaches, tropical climate, dramatic cliffs, and amazing lava tubes. And because of its beautiful natural landscape and 360 volcanoes dotted about the island, Jeju was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The diverse scenery lends itself to adventure seekers, who will appreciate the island’s excellent hiking, biking, diving, and fresh air. From South Korea’s highest mountain to the ancient volcanic craters and “Peanut Island” off the coast, here’s an action-packed guide to help you make the most of the island’s natural beauty.

Climb Mount Halla

Jeju is home to the tallest mountain in South Korea, Mount Halla (Hallasan), at 6,397 feet above sea level. It’s in the center of the pristine eponymous Hallasan National Park, which is worth a visit even if you’re not planning to hike to the top.

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Jeju, the perfect holiday island in South Korea; Ming Teoh; Star2.com

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There’s something for every traveller at Jeju, South Korea – from scenic mountain and sea views to theme parks, unusual museums, markets and more.

When I first told my husband that I was going on a five-day assignment to Jeju, South Korea, his initial reaction was a surprised, “Huh? Five days? There’s stuff to do for so many days on that island?”

When I arrived in Jeju, I realised that there is just so much to see and do on what used to be known to the locals as “honeymoon” island. It is now an increasingly popular holiday travel destination, not just for Koreans but also international tourists.

In fact, it would take more than five days to check out everything!

Nature’s paradise

Jeju is a paradise for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

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Outdoor Travel Trail: Discovering Jeju Island’s Most Popular UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites; Shermain Lim; LUXUO

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Crisp clean autumn air, birds chirping at midday and the silvery blond rastafarian heads of pampas grass rising at least seven feet above ground along a hiking trail at Geomun Oreum makes you forget one key thing about the place: Jeju, the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, is still considered a potentially active volcano site.

Fondly nicknamed by locals as the “Island of the Gods,” Jeju is a popular destination for Koreans, in particular, honeymooning newlyweds looking for a romantic getaway in a beautiful setting. The threat of volcanic activity is currently minimal, for although Jeju’s mountains may not be extinct, the most recent dynamic activity according to scientists monitoring Jeju’s volcanic movements, was estimated to be 5,000 years ago at Sangchang-ri.

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Dream drives; Jessica Leow; The Straits Times

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Jessica Leow checks out Jeju Island’s top driving routes for an unforgettable experience.

One of life’s simplest and greatest pleasures is taking a nice car out for a spin and watching the world go by.

Better yet if you are on a road trip to extend that feeling of exhilarating freedom of going wherever you want, at your own pace. That alone is often the appeal for many intrepid travellers.

Now combine that with a destination that delivers all the best things about a vacation, and you have your ideal next holiday.

Jeju Island, Korea’s top tourist spot and Unesco World Heritage Site, offers plenty of peaceful drives traversing beautiful landscapes, and an excellent highway network including numerous scenic roads and two cross-island roads.

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17 THINGS YOU MUST SEE & DO IN JEJU ISLAND; Claire T; Lady Iron Chef

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Here are 17 Things You Must See & Do In Jeju Island. Cater a day or two in your Korea itinerary to visit this drop-dead gorgeous Korean island.

As the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island—also known as the “Island of the Gods”—is a popular holiday destination for both locals and tourists. In addition, the island has also remained as a top honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds.

But there is really no question as to why this is so. Jeju Island is bursting with endless scenic frames, their coastal line is dotted with picturesque waterfalls and there are various cultural attractions to immerse yourself in.

Just an hour’s plane ride away from Seoul, you really should cater a day or two in your itinerary to visit this drop-dead gorgeous Korean island.

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Pretty and Polluted: Jeju Overfilling With Tourists; Ben Jackson; KOREA EXPOSÉ

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There’s more to Jeju than beautiful tourist destination. Welcome to its overfilling sewage system, depleted groundwater, and bulldozed gotjawal forests.

2011 was a busy year for the civil servants of Jeju Island. South Korea’s most famous island — bar Dokdo — had made the shortlist for the so-called “new seven wonders of nature.” With no restrictions on the number of telephone votes cast by each individual, Jeju’s public officials were punching their phone keys like Las Vegas slot machine addicts, all day, every day. In the end, they clocked up a reported $20.3 million in international phone bills.

It worked. When voting closed, Jeju was named one of the new seven wonders of nature. The island had another shiny green label to join its UNESCO World Heritage inscription, its Global Geopark status, its Ramsar-listed wetlands and its UNESCO biosphere.

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Here’s Why Jeju Island Is The Perfect Holiday Destination To Experience Winter; Air Asia

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Bye bye Malaysian heat, hello cooling holiday!

AirAsia recently announced direct flight routes from KL to Jeju Island!

The low-cost airline now flies directly to Jeju Island four times a week, with fares starting from as low as RM249. 

Here are some things you need to know before visiting the island:

1. Where is Jeju Island?

Jeju Island (a.k.a Jeju-do) is a volcanic island located just off the south coast of Korea. It’s about 455km from Seoul and is accessible by plane or ferry.

2. What makes it special?

Nicknamed ‘Island of the Gods’, Jeju Island is most known for its picturesque scenery, supply of high quality fresh seafood, and home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Indiana man locked in cave for 60 hours, forgotten by group; AP

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old man who spent 60 hours locked alone inside a gated southern Indiana cave says he feels lucky to be alive.

Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar was on a spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Bloomington when he became separated Sunday afternoon from 12 other members of the university’s Caving Club.

When he eventually reached the cave entrance, Cavar found club members had padlocked its gate, unaware that he remained inside. He couldn’t get a cellphone signal and screamed for hours, hoping motorists passing on a nearby road might hear him.

“It took me a little while to wrangle my emotions and sort of approach things analytically, sensibly, to come up with a game plan to survive,” Cavar said Thursday, two days after his rescue.

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