Korea: An Insular Possession

Located 60 kilometers south of the Korean peninsula, Jeju was once an unforgiving wasteland where civilized life abruptly terminated. Bleak, volcanic and windswept, the isolated province was a feared place of political exile during the Chosun dynasty (1392-1911). It's surprising, then, that Jeju today is the nation's honeymoon isle, the preferred destination for Korean newlyweds as they take their first tentative steps toward a new life. Surprises, in fact, are what picturesque Jeju has in spades. Dominated by South Korea's highest mountainóthe majestic and snow-dusted Halla-sanóJeju's varied sightseeing treasures include natural waterfalls and enigmatic cave systems (including Manjanggul Cave, the...

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