Jeju | the volcanic island in Korea

Posted by on March 15, 2013

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Jeju Island is a volcanic island 130 km away from the southern coast of Korea. It’s The largest island in the smaller Korean province with an area of ​​1.846 square km. A feature of Jeju is Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea and a dormant volcano! The Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes are a World Heritage Site in South Korea. One of the main attractions of Jeju is Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea and an extinct volcano which rises 1,950 meters above sea level. Another 360 small volcanoes are dotted around the island. The last recorded eruption took place 800 years ago. The island is covered with volcanic rocks. The Baengnokdam crater and the lake within it are at the top of Hallasan.

Jeju Island Magma

Jeju Island Magma

Jeju Island Magma Sea

Jeju Island Magma Sea

Jeju is scientifically important for its lava tunnels called in Korean Oreum. These conduits through which flowed the natural magma are now empty caves, some of the largest in the world. The caves offer the opportunity to carry out scientific research and are popular tourist destinations. The many animals and plants found on Jeju are another reason that has allowed us to turn the island into a nature reserve. Half of the plants grow wild on the island while another 200 Korean endemic species have been brought there.

Jeju Island Steep Cliffs

Jeju Island Steep Cliffs

Jeju Island Coast

Jeju Island Coast

The park is largely untouched equipped with trails for hiking and buildings for the management of the park, the only man made objects in the area. Over 17 mammals, 198 birds, 8 amphibians, 8 reptiles and 947 insects were found in the nature reserve.

Jeju Island River

Jeju Island River

Jeju Island Waterfall and Tunnel

Jeju Island Waterfall and Tunnel

One of the most famous of Mount Hallasan is the Pillemot Cave, a site dating back to the Paleolithic. The caves are also important for the archaeological remains found which prove the existence of people who inhabited during the Stone Age.

Jeju Island Natural Reserve

Jeju Island Natural Reserve

Jeju Island photos: iweatherman, acho!, MarkjDonnelly, castilla97, Alaric Productions, stuckinseoul.

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