Volcanic Jeju, Island of the Gods [33 PICS]

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Jeju is a volcanic island off the coast of South Korea. Like Ha Long Bay, Jeju is one of the 28 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition. Located southwest of the Korean Peninsula, Jejudo Island (제주도) is a volcanic island in the shape of an oval that measures about 45 miles across (73km from west to east), and about 19 miles long (31km from north to south). Jejudo Island is sometimes referred to as “Samdado Island” which means “three many” because of its abundance of rocks, women, and wind. It also has a dormant volcano, Mt. Halla, which rises more than 6,397 feet (1,950 meters) above sea level. 360 satellite volcanoes are around the main volcano. Here’s a look at Jeju (Jeju-do) to see if you think it should be one of the 7 winners to be crowned a New Seven Wonders of Nature. [33 Photos]

A fisherman wades into the waters of Hyeopjae Beach on Jeju, S. Korea

A fisherman wades into the waters of Hyeopjae Beach on Jeju, S. Korea. As Korea’s most southern region, the weather on Jejudo Island is warmer than the mainland even during the cold winter months. Photo #1 by Brian Miller

Waterfall on Jeju Island, Korea

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall on Jeju Island, South Korea, and one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island. Photo #2 by Douglas Knisely

Jungmun Daepo Columnar Joints with waves crashing

Waves crashing against the columnar joints in Jungmun, Jeju-do. Photo #3 by Yoo Chung

Path + Horses Jeju Island

Path + Horses, popular on Jeju Island. Photo #4 by David (Randomwire)

Sanbang Mountain on Jeju Island)

Sanbang Mountain on Jeju Island. The island is covered with yellow “rape” flowers in the spring. The Jeju Rape Flower Festival is a very popular festival held every April. Photo #5 by miquitos

Jeju Island Halla Mountain

Jeju Island Halla Mountain. The Sangumburi Crater is the crater of an extinct volcano. Although it did not spew much lava, the remaining crater is 328 feet (100 meters) deep and an average of 1,148 feet (350 meters) across. Over 400 species of plants and animals live inside of it. This is the only crater lake in South Korea. Photo #6 by worldstravelr

Part of the Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jungmun, Seogwipo-si

Part of the Jusangjeolli Cliff, Jungmun, Seogwipo-si. Photo #7 by Martin Chen

seogwipo, jeju island, korea

Seogwipo, Jeju Island, Korea. Photo #8 by don.lee

Approaching Beomseom Island, on a pleasure boat trip out of Seogwipo

Approaching Beomseom Island, on a pleasure boat trip out of Seogwipo. Photo #9 by Alex Brown

clear blue sea of JeJu Island

Jeju Island is also known as the “Island of the Gods.” It is a very popular vacation spot for Koreans and is also regarded as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. It’s been marketed as “the Hawaii of Korea.” Photo #10 by David (Randomwire)

Jeju Island - Seongsan Ilchulbong 성산 일출봉 which means sunrise peak

This is Seongsan Ilchulbong a 180 m high tuff volcano named “Sunrise Peak” because climbing to the top to view the sunrise is a popular activity. This location is the famous round almost-island that can be seen in pictures of everywhere in Jeju. It takes about 25 minutes to walk to the top, covering over 600 steps. Photo #11 by Justin De La Ornellas

We hiked up Hallasan 한라산. it was over 20k!! i dont even want to talk about sorry too many bad memories

Hallasan is the tallest mountain in South Korea, rising more than 6,397 feet above sea level. Photo #12 by Justin De La Ornellas

Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong) Jeju

Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong) Jeju. Photo #13 by Michael Sotnikov

Wonderful Moments of Sunshine - Jungmun Beach - Jeju-do. The Island of Jeju, South Korea

Wonderful Moments of Sunshine – Jungmun Beach on Jeju. Photo #14 by
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Jeju Island, South Korea. Lava dripped down through the hole to make the lava

This portion, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, is a Natural World Heritage Site. This is a lava tube. Photo #15 by Gary Cycles

Manjanggul Lava tube

Manjanggul Lava tube is a 7 km cave, but only a 1 km of it can be accessed by the public. The tube is up to 23 m high and has been created by lava streams running through it. Photo #16 by Gary Cycles

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall and all its glory

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall and all its glory. Photo #18 by Stefan Tan

Jeju a lovely beach

Jeju offers unbelievably breathtaking views from coast to coast, including waterfalls, lovely beaches, and naturally sculpted cliffs. Visitors enjoy such sights by hiking, bike riding, paragliding, scuba diving, windsurfing, hunting, horseback riding, swimming, and boat trips. Photo #19 by don.lee

Nomura jellyfish in Little Munsom island, Jeju-do, South Korea

Nomura jellyfish in Little Munsom island, Jeju-do, South Korea. Photo #20 by Janne Hellsten

As seen during hike up Hallasan on Jeju Island

As seen during hike up Hallasan on Jeju Island. Photo #21 by Justin De La Ornellas

Buddhist altar Jeju Korea

Buddhist altar on Jeju. Photo #22 by dknisely

Saeseom bridge on Jeju Island

Natural bridge called Saeseom. Photo #23 by Justin De La Ornellas

Jeju-do, South Korea

Back when the island was a land of fishing villages, local women were the one’s responsible for making most of the family’s income. “Haenyeo” (female divers) collected shellfish and edible seaweed. The female divers were whistle to announce their catch. Photo #24 by Martin Chen

Woedolgae, meaning 'Lonely Rock.'

Woedolgae meaning ‘Lonely Rock.’ Photo #25 by An Afterthought

Jeju Statue Park

Jeju Statue Park. Photo #26 by Thomas Park

Jeju Travel Pillar-shaped joint

Jeju was created entirely from volcanic eruptions about 2 million years ago. Photo #27 by revoldaw

Dragon Head Rock. Jeju, S. Korea - Yongduam at Sunset

Yongduam at Sunset. The rock formation on the right is Dragon Head Rock. As a volcanic Island, Jeju has many distinctive rock formations and 9 sites in Jeju island has been registered as Global Geoparks by UNESCO. Photo #28 by Brian Miller

Cheju - Jeju

Earth Observatory image of Cheju also called Jeju in South Korea. Photo #29 by Robert Simmon, using Landsat data provided by the United States Geological Survey

Chagwido Islands off Jeju, S. Korea

Chagwido Islands off Jeju. Photo #30 by Brian Miller

Korea Jejudo Pony

A small Jeju pony. The photographer wrote, the pony is “obviously used as a tourist trap for some much-needed won.” Photo #31 by Gilad Rom

Udo - Biyangdo, Jeju, S. Korea

This picturesque island is surrounded by an indigo sea that blends beautifully with the spectacular scenery and unique culture. Photo #32 by Brian Miller

Hallasan - Mt. Halla Jeju, S. Korea

Hallasan – Mt. Halla. Do you think Jeju will be among the seven finalists to be crowned one of the New Wonders of Nature? Photo #33 by Brian Miller

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