Five reasons to visit South Korea’s most famous island this summer.
The three-hour journey between Seoul International Airport and Jeju-do is one of the busiest routes in the world with a flight departing every 15 minutes on average.
And many of those travellers are on their way to Jeju Island, capital of Jeju-do. The largest island in South Korea, Jeju is often described as Asia’s answer to Hawaii with a captivating array of natural attractions and fun activities. Whether trekking with friends, enjoying a romantic honeymoon or experiencing the natural wonders with the family, Jeju will enthrall and entertain even the most discerning traveller.
As the island’s premium hotel, The Shilla Jeju offers an insider’s guide to Jeju’s many treasures and hidden pleasures that are awaiting to be discovered this summer.
- The Great Escape
Named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2011, Jeju is the site of the towering Mount Hallasan, South Korea’s highest mountain and a summit that many hikers trek. Those less inclined to take to the challenging trails of Hallasan National Park, however, also appreciate Jeju’s natural beauty.
The Shilla Jeju’s Soombi Garden Glamping & Camping Village features spacious and well-appointed cabana-style tents, where guests can enjoy a night outdoors and their own barbecue parties under the stars. Having gained popularity around the world, the concept of ‘glamping,’ or glamorous camping, is a great choice for guests who crave both adventure and comfort.
- All Aboard
A UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, Jeju Island is blessed with panoramic scenery and sweeping vistas.
The Shilla Jeju’s Sunset Yacht Tour is one of the best ways to discover the island’s beguiling coastline. Across the pristine waters, guests visit a number of vantage points, including Jungmun and Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff. Timed to depart when the sites are at their most photogenic, the yacht is organized by The Shilla Jeju’s Guest Activity Organizers (G.A.O.), a team of experts dedicated to customising outings and providing visitors with access to Jeju’s natural environment.
- At Leisure
Located over 450 kilometres from Seoul, Jeju is isolated from the urban hustle and bustle of South Korea’s major cities, making it the perfect escape for those looking to embrace natural bliss and quiet.
The Shilla Jeju’s Soombi Spa Zone provides a relaxing area for guests to lounge at their leisure, with both an adults-only and a family pool heated for year-round use, private cabanas available for bookings, a jacuzzi, and a Finnish sauna with wall-to-wall windows looking out to scenic views. There is also the luxurious Guerlain Spa, where wellness experts trained in the Parisian beauty brand’s celebrated techniques deliver personalised treatments and experiences.
- Food and Wine
Korea’s vibrant cuisine has long attracted visitors, and Jeju boasts its own unique food, with some dishes that are difficult to locate beyond the island. Dining enthusiasts and wine aficionados can sample culinary highlights and some of the best wines around the world. The Bright Nights Wine Party at The Shilla Jeju offers an introduction to premium wines, with carefully curated tastings especially tailored for summer evenings.
Guests can also visit The Shilla Jeju’s lobby lounge Badang to experience the restaurant’s signature Apple Mango Crepe. An ideal summer treat, the crepe features a sweet Apple Mango with soft Mascarpone cheese.
- Building Blocks
While nature remains chief among Jeju’s many charms, an architectural movement has steadily gained momentum on the island, with a number of stunningly modern homes, commercial establishments, and community projects designed by world-renowned architects punctuating Jeju’s landscape.
Keep an eye out for the striking glass-and-concrete structures at O’Sulloc Tea Museum, as well as the museum and meditation chamber Genius Loci and contemporary art gallery Bonte Museum, both designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.