The Colorful Island, Jejudo

Located southwest of the Korean peninsula
Korea’s largest island but smallest province, Jejudo

Seas, volcanoes, waterfalls, caves, forests, and warm weather
Jejudo is a beautiful island with a well-preserved natural environment.

This beautiful island has a sad history.  About 70 years ago, Japan waged the Pacific War (1941-1945). During the war, Japan used Jejudo as a base for military supplies. Japan exploited the oreums, unique volcanic landforms on Jejudo. Underground bases and bunkers were carved out of the oreums. Jeju residents were forcibly mobilized to construct Japanese army air bases.

Throughout Jejudo, historical wounds still remain from the Japanese occupation. After violent storms, a beautiful rainbow appears in the sky. After historical hardships, a beautiful set of colors has appeared in Jejudo.

Eight colors of Jejudo are attracting visitors from all over the world.

Red-tinted Island,
Vibrant colors of autumn leaves on Halla Mountain.

Halla Mountain is in the middle of Jejudo. It is the tallest dormant volcano in South Korea. In the fall, Halla Mountain is covered with multi-colored leaves.  The bright colors of the leaves enlighten the moods of visitors.

Orange-colored Skyline
Beautiful sunrise and sunset
The place to observe the most beautiful sunrise in the world

‘Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak’
Warm orange covers the night sky of Jejudo.

‘Jeju Fire Festival’
On the first full moon of the lunar calendar, people gather to pray for ‘peace and a good harvest’.

Visitors make wishes with orange torch lights in their hands. 

Yellow-covered Landscape
Blooming spring flowers

Rape flowers in Jejudo
The first place to see blooming flowers in Korea, Jejudo 

The yellow wave of rape flowers signals the beginning of spring.
Everlasting Green Landscape

Evergreen forest
Unlike other parts of Korea, Jejudo is full of green all year round.
Rich green color never fades away.
‘Gotjawal Forest’

It is the only forest in the world where both tropical and arctic vegetations coexist.
Gotjawal Forest, full of bright green, is the lung of Jejudo.

Beautiful Millennium Forest
Bijarim Forest

Bijarim Forest is the largest forest of nutmeg trees in the world.Over 2,800 nutmeg trees of 500~800 years old stretch out to cover the sky.

Even in the winter, Jejudo stays green. 

Mysteriously Blue Seas
Fabulous islands, surrounded by blue seas

The largest island among all the islands and islets around Jejudo
Udo got its name because it looks like a cow lying on the ground.
There is another popular island that is surrounded by sparkling blue water.

Subjicoji

‘Subji’ means a land that produces many talented people. ‘Coji’ means a land that sticks out into the water like a nose. There is a tall rock called Seondol that connects the blue sky and the water. 
If a couple exchanges marriage vows in front of this rock …
They will get smart children. This is a long-believed myth about this rock.
Jejudo is surrounded by sparkling blue water.

Light Purple Fields
Soft aroma of cherry blossoms
Jejudo is the home of cherry blossoms.

It is the first place to see cherry blossoms bloom in Korea.
In the spring, Jejudo is filled with the aroma of these light purple flowers.

Gray Volcanic Rocks 
Marvelous rock formations
‘Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock)’
There is a legend that a dragon failed to ascend to heaven and fell into the water. Yongduam is shaped like a dragon crying to the sky.

Oedolgae Rock (Lonely Rock)
It is a 20m tall rock that stands alone and faces the faraway seas.
There is a legend that a woman waited for her husband’s return until she turned into a rock. He had to go fishing for a living in a violent storm.

The Oedolgae legend tells of the hard life of Jeju residents, who had to live with the wild seas. 
Jejudo has many natural caves that were created by lava from Halla Mountain.
Lava tubes in Jejudo were designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage.

Outstanding features of stone pillars and stalactites

It shows the true marvel of nature. Gray volcanic rocks in Jejudo are fabulous works of nature.

Jejudo’s Eighth Color

This color is invisible, but it gives you warmth.
It is the ‘kind generosity’ of Jeju people.

Kim Man-Deok, a female merchant in Jejudo (1739-1812)
During the Joseon Dynasty, Jejudo suffered from a severe drought and famine.
Kim Man-Deok spent her entire fortune to buy food for those in need.

Her sincere generosity has been passed down to today.
Warm-hearted Jeju people welcome all visitors at any time, 365 days a year. 

Honjuh Opsuye! (Jeju dialect)
Welcome!

Three Things That Don’t Exist in Jejudo:
thieves, beggars, and gates

People in Jejudo have always treated neighbors like family.
Whether poor or rich, Jeju people serve guests with their full capacity.
Please come and walk in Jejudo.
You will experience the ‘unique charm of Jejudo’.

Santiago walking trail in Spain
National trail in Britain
Long-distance nature trails in Japan

After walking on several famous trails, many hikers find Jejudo to be their ultimate destination.

Jeju Olle Trail
Walking paths along the beautiful coasts of Jejudo

Forests, seas, stones, and wind
Jejudo is a concentration of natural gifts.

Many international travelers come to experience Jejudo every year. After its sad history, Jejudo has never lost its colors and charm. VANK is waiting for you on this colorful island of Jejudo.

Now, it is your chance. Here we become friends.

Are you ready to walk along this beautiful trail on Jejudo?

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