Every hard working lady pack deserves an end of the summer excursion; when travel rates drop and while it’s still warm enough to wear sundresses and tank tops. So my friends and I decided to trek to South Korea to meet our other friend who teaches English in Seoul. In South Korea, Thanksgiving or Chuseok [in Korean] is celebrated the last weekend of September which was the perfect time to go.
While planning, we made sure to add the island of Jeju on the list, which is a frequent weekend getaway for South Koreans. Jeju is a volcanic island off the southern coast of mainland Korea. Mountains, lava tubes, beaches, and breathtaking views are some of the reasons why people rave about the island. Although it’s their #1 honeymoon destination, the girls and I knew that we would have a great time.
See below for my list of the best of the best things to do for a fun filled trip:
Leave the kids at home. Love Land may be the world’s kinkiest theme park. This outdoor sex museum has over 140 sculptures and interactive art pieces that depict sexual positions of humans and animals. It’s as if a Kama Sutra book and your sex ed class came to life. The museum also has a store where you can buy kinky gifts and traditional Korean souvenirs.
Mt. Hallasan boasts the title as South Korea’s tallest mountain. Located in the center of the island, Hallasan can be seen from all points of the island. This national park and volcanic peak offers 8 trails to choose for the hiking obsessed. Each hike has it’s own panoramic views.
If you want to go to a waterfall park that feels like a scene out of the Disney movie Mulan, then visit Cheonjieyeon. The park's pedestrian bridges make for a perfect romantic time with friends or a loved one. Cheonjiyeon is situated in the Seogwipo part of Jeju and features diverse flora and fauna. Enjoy the garden paths to the scenic waterfall and spend $10 with a local vendor to take a photo dressed in traditional Hanbok.
Jeju Folk Village
Walk into an 1890’s rural Jeju and explore traditional Korean culture. Examine thousands of historical artifacts including ironware, porcelain ware and woodenware. Homes are presented as they appeared in the 19th Century.
Ghislaine Leon is a Harlem, NY native with roots in the Dominican Republic, a passion for community and an avid traveler. She is a Integrated Marketing professional by day and runs her art and spirituality website FearlessLeon.com by night.