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5 things to do on Jeju Island

5 things to do on Jeju Island


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Looking to escape the city? Jeju Island is located just an hour from South Korea's capital city of Seoul, and offers breathtaking natural wonders and unique tourist attractions. To make the most of your time in Jeju Island, we have compiled a bucket list of the best things you need to do and see during your stay!


Go hiking

Known for its natural wonders, Jeju Island has a variety of walking tracks which are easily accessible and are completely free! Seongsan Ilchulbong (otherwise known as Sunrise Peak) is an architectural tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions over 5,000 years ago. This UNESCO World Heritage site is completely safe to visit, and offers scenic views of the East China Sea.


Visit the museum

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Want to see how Koreans lived in Jeju during the 19th century? The Jeju Folk Village Museum has preserved over 100 traditional houses, and thousands of artifacts including wood carvings. There are four villages in the museum which include the Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village amongst the various exhibition halls.


Chasing waterfalls

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Need to cool off in the summer heat? Jeongbang Falls are the only waterfalls in Asia to fall directly into the ocean. The wall of the waterfall is scribed with the word 'Seobulgwacha' which refers to Seobul, a servant to the Chinese Emperor Jin, who passed by this landmark.


Waterworld

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A trip to Jeju isn't complete without a visit to WaterWorld, the largest water and leisure park on the island. This is a great place for families to get together and relax next to the pool and enjoy the other on-site activities such as mini golf, and work out at the fitness centre. Free admission is granted for children aged 3 and under!


Enjoy the fine dining

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It's no surprise that Jeju is filled with many trendy beachfront cafes with beautiful views of the oceanside. Will Be A Whale Café offers prime views of the crashing waves, and is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day in the sun.

We hope this list provides you with a variety of travel inspiration while you're in Jeju. But if you're not planning to visit South Korea any time soon, you can still experience the authentic flavours from your own kitchen with Asian Home Gourmet. To find more recipes and inspiration about Korean culture and cuisine feel free to check out our page.

Must Try Experiences in Hồ Chí Minh City

Must Try Experiences in Hồ Chí Minh City

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Hồ Chí Minh City is a beautiful and dynamic city in south Vietnam. It's the largest city in the country and has become infamous for its French colonial architecture, remnants of the Vietnam War (known as the American War in Vietnam) and food stalls that line the busy city streets. Here are the top things that you must experience when you visit this lively city.


Bến Thành Market

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Hồ Chí Minh City is a beautiful and dynamic city in south Vietnam. It's the largest city in the country and has become infamous for its French colonial architecture, remnants of the Vietnam War (known as the American War in Vietnam) and food stalls that line the busy city streets. Here are the top things that you must experience when you visit this lively city.


Bến Thành Market

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Exploring the Củ Chi tunnels is worth the excursion to experience first-hand how the Viet Cong used the immense network of connecting underground tunnels as hiding spots during the war. Take the opportunity to go into the tunnels to fully understand the Viet Cong's creativity and endurance. The tunnels can be quite small and narrow but it's a great way to dive into the history of the Vietnam War from the Viet Cong's perspective. The best way to visit the Củ Chi tunnels is by speedboat down the Mekong Delta river.


War Remnants Museum

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An important and eye-opening place to visit is the War Remnants Museum. The memorial museum exhibits emotional and powerful photographs showing the atrocities that happened during the Vietnam and Indochina wars. Although some of the exhibits can be overwhelming, it's a deeply moving and insightful place to visit to understand more about the impacts that the war had on Vietnam and its people.

 

Notre Dame Cathedral


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Officially known as Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception, this breathtaking landmark is located in downtown Hồ Chí Minh City. The cathedral consists of French Gothic architecture, where it holds stunning stained-glass windows, ornate ceilings and 58 metre tall Romanesque bell towers. After exploring the interior of the cathedral, buy an ice-cream or a cold Vietnamese coffee and sit outside to gaze at the church whilst surrounded by the busy streets.


Jade Emperor Pagoda 

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The kaleidoscopic pagoda built in honour of the supreme Taoist god (the Jade Emperor or King of Heaven, Ngoc Hoang), is regarded as the city's most spectacular temple. It's full of statues of divinities and heroes, and beautiful woodcarvings that line the ceilings and walls. The roof is covered with exquisite and colourful tile work that helps to make the red temple look enchanted.

If you aren't planning to visit Hồ Chí Minh City or Vietnam any time soon you can still experience the excitement of Vietnamese cooking from your own kitchen. Cook authentic Vietnamese food with our Asian Home Gourmet spice pastes and sauces. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out our Vietnamese products available here.

 


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