Jeju-do (Jeju or Cheju Island)

Jeju-do is an autonomous Korean island in the Korean Strait. There are two cities on the island: Jeju City and Seogwipo City. Jeju-do is playfully referred to as Korea's Hawaii, but it is much, much smaller than Hawaii. Today I took a bus from the northermost point on the island (Jeju-si) to the southernmost point on the island (Seogwipo-si) and the trip took about one hour.

Jeju-do is known for its lava tubes (tunnels of volcanic activity, past or present, similar to caves) and also its three waterfalls, one of which is the only Asian waterfall to flow directly into the sea.

Yesterday on a whim I booked a flight here from Busan. It is less than an hour in the air, and the flight was just north of $100 USD. Currently I'm staying at a jjimjilbang inside the Jeju Island World Cup Stadium, where in 2002 several matches of the FIFA World Cup were held (Brazil vs. China, Slovenia vs. Paraguay, Germany vs Paraguay). Jjimjilbangs are Korean spas where you can relax and also spend the night. This is one of the more expensive jjimjilbangs I've experienced, but at 10,000 KRW (~$9.16) it is a far cry from expensive. Where else can you spend the night for less than 10 dollars on an island that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural beauty.