Jeju: Rocking Cliffs, Rolling Waves

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On the island of Jeju, join Korean honeymooners who take a break from their regular mainland mountain hiking to stroll up the 6,398-foot Mount Hallasan or amble past Yongduam Rock. For centuries, the island has been protected by "stone grandfathers." These wide-eyed statues called Dolhareubang have served as guardians as well as castle gate markers and religious objects on the temperate island off the southern coast of Korea. Jeju is often described by Koreans as Asia's version of Hawaii for its humid summer days and commanding dormant volcano. If statue gazing or mountain climbing isn't your thing, peek at one of the island's biggest secrets: its surf spots. Rent a board at Jungmun Beach, on the southwest coast of the island where swells break over the rocky sands in the summer's monsoon months. Whatever you do, though, be sure to stop at the roadside stalls to pick up some of the island's famous, massive mandarin oranges. english.jeju.go.kr