Some people consider fall to be the best time to come to Jeju. Starting in September the weather is still hot, but without the extremes of temperature (and humidity) found during the summer months.
When this is combined with the abundant natural beauty found at this time of year, plus the time-off due to Chuseok, you may just have the perfect time to explore the island.
Here is a look at some of the best things to do in fall on Jeju.
See the leaves change color.
Fall leaves on Jeju. Photo courtesy Douglas MacDonald
During the later months of fall, a popular activity is to take in the beauty of the leaves changing color. A hike up Mt. Hallasan is a great way to see these wonderful colors, although there areplenty of other, perhaps slightly easier, hikes you can do to see the leaves change color.
When: The leaves usually change color on Jeju slightly later than much of the rest of the country. On Jeju they usually start to change color in mid/late October, before hitting their peak at the start of November.
Take in a beautiful Jeju sunset.
Sunset at Sarabong Photo by Kim Seon-yeong
Perhaps due to the generally clearer skies, some of the most spectacular sunsets of the year always seem to come in fall.
What is more is that the weather is still nice enough for you to sit outside in the evening and enjoy the view.
For the best place to see sunsets, simply ensure that you have a view looking out at the ocean on the west side of the island.
When: Everyday! (Assuming good conditions.) At the start of September sunset is around 6:30 p.m., while at the end of November it is around 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy the views, and then the tastes, of Jeju's buckwheat.
Buckwheat fields. Photo courtesy Kim Jeong-ki from the buckwheat organizing committee.
Did you know that Jeju is the biggest buckwheat producer in Korea? This is great because it gives visitors the chance to see beautiful white fields of buckwheat flowers.
One of the best places to see these fields is at theJeju Buckwheat festival. The festival offers some great chances to take pictures in Jeju's beautiful buckwheat fields.
When: Jeju Buckwheat Festival runs from Sept. 9 until Oct. 10.
Get lost in mystical Eulalia fields.
Not bad, right? The view from Saebyeol Oreum. Photo courtesy Douglas MacDonald
Eulalia grass blowing in the wind is a quintessential Jeju sight and can be found throughout the island's countryside.
The plant, a type of grass, grows up to four meters high during the fall.
One of the best places to view this grass is Saebyeol Oreum. The oreum has a large car park and is a relatively short hike, although from the top viewers are treated to absolutely spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
When: According to the Korea Meteorological Agency, the best time to see Eulalia is mid to late October.
Challenge yourself by cycling around the island.
Cycling past Mt. Sanbangsan on jeju's Southern coast. Photo courtesy Nikola Mideimorec.
While biking is excellent on Jeju all year round, the moderate climate makes fall one of the best times to cycle.
Well maintainedcycle paths circumnavigate the island and a popular trip is to travel all the way around over a number of days. The total distance all the way around the island is about 230km meaning it is a challenging, although certainly not impossible cycle.
If you don't have a bike, there are plenty of places where you can rent one on Jeju.
When: You can cycle on Jeju at any time of year. Obviously, the later you leave it, the colder it will be.
Enjoy the Chuseok break
▲ Six beautiful examples of Charye food. From top left, seaweed and fish gaeng, star-shaped ujjik, neureumjeon, gosari chae, pork jeok, and yangha chae. Photos courtesy Agricultural Research and Extension Services of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
While Chuseok comes every year in fall, this year is extra special due to the sheer amount of time offpeople working in Korea will have. This will total a massive ten days for many of us (including weekends.)
When: Chuseok break this year is from Oct. 2 until Oct. 9.
See the cultural side of Jeju at Jeju Biennale
The Biennale exhibition at Altteureu Airfield. Photo courtesy Jia Min Tan
This year sees the first ever Jeju Biennale open at art galleries throughout Jeju. The Biennale will see work from international and Korean artists and will be held with the theme of tourism. Something that is obviously very important to Jeju.
When: Jeju Biennale will run from Sept. 2 until Dec. 3.
Explore Jeju's protected wetlands
Dongbaekdongsan. Photo courtesy Cat Lever
The Dongbaekdongsan region was designated a Ramsar Wetland in 2011 due to its groundwater site situated within some beautiful Gotjawal forest.
People who want to explore this wetland will find around five kilometers of paths that take you around the wetland in the Dongbaekdongsan area. As the area is also a forest, you may even be able to see the tree leaves changing color if you time things correctly.
When: The Dongbaekdongsan Wetland Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
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