There are so many museums on Jeju that I had to break up my museum guide into two parts. So today, I am going to continue with the second installment of my guide with numbers six through ten on my list of favorite Jeju Museums. To see my top five Jeju Museums, check out my last blog entitled: Jeju Island: The Land of Museums! Without further ado, here is number six on the list....
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There are so many reasons to visit Jeju Island while you are teaching English in South Korea. The island is a major tourist attraction in Korea, and in fact, attracts thousands of tourists from across Asia. From beautiful beaches to stunning hikes, the island has it all. One often overlooked facet of the island is the extensive variety of museums. Some are quirky, some are tourist traps, some are childish, and some are well worth a visit. Today, I want to give you PART 1 of my list and review of my favorite museums on the island!
Jeju's Seongsan Sunrise peak (seen in the the picture above) has been ranked the most beautiful place to visit in Korea by CNNGo and is the iconic image of the island of Jeju. It is an amazing place to spend a day, but around New Years, it becomes home to the Seongsan Sunrise Festival, and it is easy to spend a few days at this awesome landmark.
The Sunrise Festival is centered around watching the sunrise on the morning of January 1st. Thousands of participants hike up to the peak and gaze out to the ocean to watch the first sunrise of the year. It is a surreal experience to be with this mass of people and welcome in the New Year, while watching the sun blaze across the ocean.
So I am not a huge gambler and I really try my best to avoid casinos. In fact, I have only been to three casinos in my entire life. As an English teacher living in Jeju though, it is hard to ignore some of the massive casinos on the island. Many of them are in close proximity to some of the island's best beaches and they are connected to some of the island's premier resorts. There are eight casinos scattered throughout the small island so when visiting, you are bound to see one. I finally took the plunge and visited one of the fancier ones on the island, Lotte Hotel and Casino, and I am sad to say that casinos seem to be pretty much the same all over the world. Same games, same atmosphere, same buffets, etc....but I was surprised to learn during my visit some interesting facts about gambling in Korea.
So with summer just around the corner, English teachers start looking at some ways to beat the heat. One of the best ways to stay cool in as an English teacher in Korea during the summer is to head to the beach. Fortunately, Korea has miles and miles of coastline and many idyllic beaches to choose from. While some people who live on the mainland might argue, I am a firm believer that if you want to see the best beaches, you have to come to the island of Jeju, just off the southern coast. (I do admit that I am slightly biased as that is where I call home.) Anway, without further ado, I would like share my list of top beaches in Jeju. For anyone spending their summer teaching in Korea, these beaches are a must!