About Jeju Island, South Korea
According to CLIA's 2016 Asia Cruise Trends Report, the Port of Jeju was the most visited Asia cruise port that year, with more than 450 calls and 1.2 million passengers visiting its shores. Port officials have set a goal to double the number of calls to receive 2 million cruise tourists by 2020. However, since March 15, 2017, cruise ships departing from a Chinese port have been prohibited from calling on Korean ports. Since 90 percent of cruise visitors to Korea are from China, Jeju and other Korean cruise ports have taken a significant hit with far fewer cruise ships calling on the port since.
Jeju is South Korea's largest island, located off the Korean Peninsula in Northeast Asia where the Yellow Sea meets the South China Sea. From its unique history and traditional female divers to its natural scenic beauty and modern K-pop culture, Jeju has plenty to offer cruise visitors of all ages.
Hallasan, the nation's tallest mountain and the volcanic island's centerpiece, stands at 1,950 meters or approximately 6,400 feet. Although the island was created by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, it has not erupted in centuries.
Jeju Island is South Korea's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and features a unique set of lava tubes and spacious caves -- one of which, Manjanggul Lava Tube, is open for tourists to explore.
Jeju also features unique museums and theme parks and was once was a popular honeymoon destination for mainland Korean couples -- many of whom were the result of arranged marriages and often lacking in romantic experience. Love Land, an erotic sculpture theme park, pays homage to this history with its interactive, instructional and even humorous displays. Other popular attractions include the Teddy Bear Museum and Mazeland.
Jeju Island offers some breathtaking scenic areas. Although they are located on the other side of the island in Seogwipo city, they are well worth the visit. You will have to spend a good bit of time traveling to the other side of the island, and you will most likely have time to see only one or two attractions within your time in port.
Jeju Island, South Korea Cruise Reviews
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