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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
Jeju is where Koreans go for their honeymoons, bride groom wearing matching t-shirts. So when you see such a thing you can tell them congrats. The highest mountain in Korea is on the island, and it's actually a Volcano called Hallasan. This is the thing to climb on the island, it's just breathtaking... but if you plan to climb over the summit and catch a bus back to the hotel from the other side of the mountain (signs will map the trails for you), take care to get an earlier start than afternoon, or you WILL find yourself descending in waning light, the busses will have finished, and you'll have to hitchike back to town. Never worry though, there's plenty of tourists out driving and they'll find room in the back for your party. Luckily. ps. still, when the humans make themselves scarce and the sun starts to go down, loads of animals come out that were nowhere near the trail earlier. So, you know, choices.
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
The air is clean, the fish is fresh and there's a lot to see and do. Rent a bike and explore the island-- Not the most exotic place but quite peaceful.
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
Cheju is a wonderful vacation spot however you do need to rent a car while there. The island is not condensed like the rest of Korea and some attractions are 45-1.5 hour drive away from each other. If you really want to experience the true beauty of the whole island, having a vehicle is the only way.
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
Folk Villages:
If you are going both Jeju and Seoul, I think you can just visit one of the Folk villages coz they are pretty similar.
(1) Talking about accessiblity, the Korean Folk village at Suwon (vicinity of Seoul) is a better of the 2 choices. For the Jeju Folk village, you still have to walk along a stretch of road before you can reach it.
(2) If you want to catch the performances, then Korean Folk village is the choice coz at Jeju's there isn't many tourist there and thus they might skip the performances.
(3) You don't need to rent an English audio guide at Jeju's, coz it's not good at all and in the end you might find yourself confused.

Nevertheless, it is still worth visiting the Jeju Folk village. Also, if you have the time you should go both villages and see for yourself the beautiful villages.
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
The Hallasan hike to the summit was marvellous. Though it's a 9-hour tough hike, it's really rewarding and challenging.
Hallasan Hike to summit: Ascend and descend the mountain via different routes, as you will see two different sceneries of Hallasan. ( I ascended via Seongpanak track/course and descended via Gwaneumsa track/course. However,the disappointing thing is that one of the routes doesn't have any bus service. Hence, you have to take a taxi/cab from the foot to the nearest bus stop (if you are on a budget trip). If you really have a tight purse string, then you should back track the path back to the starting point when you descend, so that you can catch a bus at the bus stop right at the foot of the mountain.

Seongpanak track/course has bus service. Gwaneumsa track/course doesn't have any bus service.
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
Go to Udo Island on the East part of the Island. Fantastic to spend a night
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
Rent a car to get around the island quickly, but beware the lack of street lights at 7-way intersections.  Always assume that the locals will not respect right-of-way "courtesies."
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Cheju, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
1) Go in the Fall or Spring, not summer 2) The Shilla Hotel is very nice 3) hike up the volcano on the east end of the island, the view is definitely worth the effort 4) Make sure you have a ride to/from the airport - the bus is miserable
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Cheju-do, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
Two blocks away from heaven.
If u r in Korea u must visit and if ur not , come to Korea and visit it :)
The view from the top Hallasan Mountan is breath taking.

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Cheju-do, Cheju-do Province, South Korea
the 3 of us went there last august and it was a very pleasant experience. we chartered a taxi for 2 days. the taxi driver was very polite and believe me, it's way much cheaper compared to bus tour. plus, you can travel around the island, covering both seogwipo and chejudo areas from morning till evening. not only can you visit all the interesting places but the driver practically acts as a tour guide, allowing you to experience really delicious food and wonderful sceneries since he's a local, he knows his place! we even went to his friend's house, drinking coffee and chatting. love every moment of it!
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