May 2017 Newsletter from KNTO LA - Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes
Jeju Island, colloquially known as "The Hawaii of Korea" is the premier honeymoon, wedding, weekend retreat destination- for those lucky to be a quick flight away, and so, so much more.
Jeju has its own unique culture, cuisine, and history. The dozens of museums, adventurous activities such as the Ole Gil (a trail that circumnavigates the entire island) and safety make family travel to Jeju a hit. It is also business meeting, incentive group, and exhibition friendly with over 20 golf resorts, a world class exhibition center: The International Convention Center Jeju, and a list of 5 star hotel and resorts.
The island is also a great spring board to explore more Asian destinations. From Jeju via direct flight you can access Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka, Tokyo and many more. From Seoul or Busan area airports, a flight to Jeju takes no more than 1 hour.
On June 27, 2007, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee listed Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes as a World Natural Heritage in view of the site’s parasitic volcano and lava tubes, as well as for its outstanding geological features and special properties as a habitat for a variety of rare and endangered species. Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes is largely comprised of three sites: the main site of Hallasan National Park, Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, and the Geomun Oreum lava tube system. The lava tube system includes dozens of oreum, or a parasitic cone in English, and the five lava caves of Bengdwigul, Manjanggul, Gimnyeonggul, Yongcheondonggul, and Dangcheomuldonggul caves.
Reaching to a height of 1,950 meters, Hallasan National Park offers the tallest mountain in Korea; the Korean government designated the mountain as a national park in 1970. Geomun Oreum refers to the series of lava tubes formed some 100,000 to 300,000 years ago by huge amounts of basalt lava that spewed from Hallasan volcano.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, one of the 360 parasitic cones on Jeju-do, was uniquely created on the sea floor. Some 5,000 years ago, an underwater eruption on the shallow seabed resulted in a tuff ring. Rising 182 meters above sea level, the tuff ring was originally an island, but the gradual deposit of sand and gravel formed a connection to the land. Also called "the Oreum of the Rising Sun," Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is one of the most reasured landmarks of Jeju-do, attracting numerous tourists for a view of the sunrise and sunset.