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Where the Yellow Sea meets the East China Sea, this subtropical volcanic island offers lava-tube hiking, tea-plantation tastings, and fresher-than-fresh seafood. Tangerine groves and the local dialect let you know you're not in mainland-Korea anymore. Still off the beaten path for most Western visitors, Jeju-do surprises with its vaguely Polynesian 'harubang' ('grandfather') statues and legendary 'haenyo' women divers.
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78 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
Slightly sweet, with pleasantly salty mineral umami--that's what the yellow-orange goo from sea-urchins tastes like. The fresher the better for this roe--and if you visit the coast of Jeju island, the legendary "haenyo" women divers will have just...
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Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
The Giant's Causeway in Ireland is perhaps the most well-known example of seaside columnar basalt cliffs...and here on this green volcanic island on the other side of the world is a less well-known locale where you can find this geologic...
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Seongsanjungang-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
While visiting the subtropical island of Jeju-do, off the SW coast of Korea, last month, we were able to meet some "haenyo." ("Haenyo" roughly means 'sea maiden.') These women divers regularly descend down to 60 feet under the sea, without any...
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15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
With volcanic soil and a subtropical climate, the island of Jeju-do has become a center for tea cultivation. On a quick visit to this island off the southwestern tip of Korea, you are practically obligated (by hotel concierges, taxi drivers,...
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78 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
About halfway between China and Japan, just off the SW tip of Korea, is Jeju-do. Dominated by lake-filled Halla-san volcano (extinct, and incidentally, the highest peak in South Korea), this subtropical island has been known for its horses since...
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Seongsanjungang-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Where the East China Sea meets the Yellow Sea, a subtropical island holds on to its traditions. Jeju-do, off the southwastern tip of the Korean peninsula, is home to the "haenyo," or 'women-of-the-sea.' These hardy divers continue a centuries-old...