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Did You Know This Tropical Island Existed?

Fodor's Logo By Kate Springer of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 9: Jeju is home to the tallest mountain in South Korea, Mount Halla (Hallasan), at 6,397 feet above sea level. It’s in the center of the pristine eponymous Hallasan National Park, which is worth a visit even if you’re not planning to hike to the top. But the trek up Hallasan is considered one of the most rewarding experiences on the island, thanks to the pristine woodlands, mountain streams, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and views of the amazing Baengnokdam crater. The hike takes roughly 8 to 10 hours roundtrip and is best enjoyed during the spring when the flowers are blooming and most of the ice has melted—though you can expect a bit of snow at the top all year round.

Climb Mount Halla

Jeju is home to the tallest mountain in South Korea, Mount Halla (Hallasan), at 6,397 feet above sea level. It’s in the center of the pristine eponymous Hallasan National Park, which is worth a visit even if you’re not planning to hike to the top. But the trek up Hallasan is considered one of the most rewarding experiences on the island, thanks to the pristine woodlands, mountain streams, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, and views of the amazing Baengnokdam crater. The hike takes roughly 8 to 10 hours roundtrip and is best enjoyed during the spring when the flowers are blooming and most of the ice has melted—though you can expect a bit of snow at the top all year round.
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