Jeju Volcanic Island and the Lava Tubes, located in South Korea, is an amazing place with a wide range of biodiversity.
The island, including the summit of Mount Hallasan, is home to hundreds of different kinds of plants and thousands of different kinds of animals.
There are three main sites, which are the Mount Hallasan Natural Reserve, the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, and the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System.
From hiking up the tallest mountain in South Korea and seeing great waterfalls, to exploring beautiful caves, outdoor enthusiasts will love visiting Jeju Island.
Mount Hallasan Natural Reserve and National Park feature Mt. Hallasan, which takes the title of the tallest mountain in South Korea. The government made this area a National Park to protect the endangered plants and animals, and because the area is very unique with having 360 cinder cones formed by the volcano.
There are a variety of hiking trails going up and around the mountain for all skill levels of hikers.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
The Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is actually one of the cinder cones on the island, but this cone was originally formed on the sea floor. Thousands of years ago, an eruption caused a ring, which then went up to almost a few hundred meters above the water to form an island. Over time, gravel and sand formed a bridge between this island and the main island of Jeju, which visitors can now transverse for great views.
5 lava tubes
The Geomunoreum Lava Tube System was formed between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago. It was created by the large amounts of lava that came from the volcano, and today there are 5 main lava tubes. There are limestone structures throughout, and many of these lava tubes formed caves, making for an interesting underground world to explore.
5 sites in this World Heritage
- Hallasan Natural Reserve
- Geomunoreum Lava Tube System - 1
- Geomunoreum Lava Tube System - 2
- Geomunoreum Lava Tube System - 3
- Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone