As and when people hear the name Korea, many things starts tickling the imagination, the partition of North and South, the glitzy metropolitan of Seoul which is the home to some of the global giants (Samsung and Hyundai) the breathtaking soccer stadiums of the 2002 world cup and the incredibly popular Psy(Gangnam Style). But Korea has many other jewels in its treasury, the pearl-like glowing islands speckled across it peninsula. These less enchanted islands can match the world’s best on any given day, many of which are dotted with ethnic fishing towns while some of them have been clustered into a marine national park and some of the islands reputation as an escapist paradise has already become a legend.
Korea’s largest island best caters to beach bums and newlyweds. It can get a touch too swarmed for your liking in the peak seasons of July and August, to avoid the crowds plan your trip in September when the weather is still mellow. The island’s offering are too vast and you will require no less than a week to explore it. Ascend the Hallasan, South Korea’s highest peak or if you are fond of trekking resort to the Jeju Olle trail which offers treks for all skill levels and of various lengths. The island has a goliath magma formed cave system at Manjanggul which requires a zeal for exploration and clusters of beaches with different hues which demands in order to be done justice with.
Dadohae Haesang National Park
This marine park incorporates a total 1700 islands and isles and occupies the majority of the coast of Jeollanam-do. The ferries are available to Hongdo and Heuksando from the turbo-charged town of Mokpo (home to a F1 track). The Hongdo is a stunning island encircled by daunting cliffs, strange rock formations and hills cut by narrow gorges. Heuksando is a fishing town connected by hiking trails whose beauty is best comprehended from the Bonghwadae peak and you can grasp the essence of Dadohae Haesang’s name which actually means marine archipelago.
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