Fantastic nature, diverse culture and extraordinary food experiences: there are many reasons for a trip to South Korea. Is another Asian country high on your to-do list? No problem, a stopover in the “Land of calm morning” is really worth it. And thanks to the event “Stopover Korea! Organized by the Korea Tourism Organization and Asiana Airlines, there are even several options for this summer.
For example, you can make a stopover on the paradise island of Jeju until at least June 30, 2021. South Korea’s “Honeymoon Island” is characterized above all by its diverse nature and promises fantastic views and thrilling treks through forests, over mountain peaks or along the emerald green sea. It’s no wonder then that alongside Seoul, the capital of South Korea, it is one of the country’s most popular travel destinations for domestic tourists and increasingly for vacationers from around the world. whole.
Jeju Island in South Korea: between dream beaches and volcanic craters
The volcanic island off the country’s southern coast has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 and is home to many exciting excursion destinations and nature hotspots that are ideal for a stopover in South Korea. . Beach lovers can, for example, settle down on one of the island’s many fine sandy beaches and enjoy the gentle sea breeze and pleasant temperatures.
Particularly popular is Hamdeok Seoubong Beach. A picturesque black basalt arched bridge and long pedestrian bridge adorn this magical seaside location. Those who dream of a delicious coffee with a sea view are in good hands on Woljeong-ri Beach. There is one trendy cafe after another. Two other tips are the beaches of Geommolle and Hagosudong.
Jeju Island is a place characterized by contrasts. Vacationers often encounter rugged cliffs and impressive volcanic craters not far from idyllic sandy beaches. Tourists with a sense of natural wonders should definitely stop at the Jusangjeolli Cliffs. The precisely shaped rock formations, combined with the roaring turquoise blue sea, provide a unique view – and by the way, an awe-inspiring photo opportunity.
The cliffs of Jusangjeolli are made of hexagonal or cubic shaped stones that formed when lava flowed into the sea and solidified upon contact with water.
Another popular destination is Seongsan Ilchulbong Mountain. It flows into the sea on one side in the form of steep cliffs and therefore offers a magnificent view of endless expanses. Those who arrive at the top of the mountain will also be rewarded with another highlight: there is a huge crater with a diameter of about 600 meters and a height of about 90 meters. By the way: if the time is right, you should definitely watch the sunrise from this magical place.
Wanderlust in South Korea: The Most Beautiful Routes on Jeju Island
Those who travel to Asia often spend many hours on the plane. During a layover, the motto is often: stretch your legs until you continue your trip – or maybe set off right away for a real hike in South Korea’s idyllic nature?
In Jeju, you are spoiled for choice: a total of 21 hiking trails lead you across the island. Hallassan National Park in the heart of the island is probably THE Mecca for hiking on Jeju. The mountain of the same name is the highest mountain in all of South Korea. A total of seven hiking routes cross the national park. However, the destination for many hikers is not the top of the mountain, but the picturesque and clear Baengnokdam crater lake.
A trek through the beautiful landscapes of Jejudo Island, beyond the mountains and the vast ocean, will fill you with new energy very quickly.
If you have left your hiking boots at home, you can also explore the island by bus, scooter or bicycle. You can even travel in comfort in Eco Land Theme Park with its unique Gotjawal Jungle with a train inspired by a historic English steam locomotive. The primary forest of Gotjawal is the only one in the world where tropical and polar plants grow.
Traces of the Past: Discover the History of Jeju Island
Have you ever heard of Manjanggul Cave? If not, it’s about time – at 8,928 meters, it’s the longest lava tunnel in the world. And as luck would have it, this special cave is located in the middle of the paradise island of Jeju. While visiting the cave system, tourists can walk in the footsteps of the past and dive into the basement of the island.
The temperature here is 11-21 ° C all year round and it is a pleasant temperature to visit the majestic cave
Speaking of diving: this is what women especially love to do in Jeju. The so-called “Jeju Haenyeo” – which literally means “woman of the sea” or “mermaid” – regularly dives about 10 meters below the ground to harvest seafood. And as if that weren’t enough, just do it. without diving equipment. The know-how is passed on from generation to generation. Nowadays, however, only a few young women want to learn this culturally valuable profession, which is why “Jeju Haenyeo” are mostly older women. If you come across one of them during your stopover in South Korea, let them tell you about their craft, which has even been recognized as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Jeju Folk Village is much more than diving: there are 100 traditional houses where people live according to ancient traditions in order to bring the cultural diversity of the island closer to visitors. A historic adventure awaits vacationers in Maze Land. Topic’s Choice is home to the world’s longest stone maze at 5.3 kilometers.
If you want to relax, you can also take a comfortable stroll through one of the many museums in the tourist center of the island; For example, let yourself be watered at the Teddy Bear Museum or the Tea Museum or visit Korea’s largest aquarium.
List of dishes for your stopover on Jeju Island in South Korea
To make the most of your layover on the paradise island of Jeju in South Korea, there are a few things that should definitely be on your to-do list. So you absolutely must turn on the radio in South Korea to listen to internationally famous K-Pop music in your home country.
A visit to a traditional market is also part of it. At Dongmun Market, for example, you can search for souvenirs and small refreshments for the connecting flight and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market. And while you’re already there, try the island’s culinary delights right away. For example, try tangerine chicken, peanut ice cream, or green barley ice cream.
Sumokwon-gil Night Market is a new hot spot for nightlife activities in Jejudo.
Do you somehow prefer to do something ordinary? Then, take advantage of your layover for a brewery tour through the Jeju Beer Company or try sea walking, parasailing, or jet boating. In the special atmosphere of the South Korean island, even the most “normal” is somehow something special.
Stopover in South Korea, a stopover worth it
Long story short: If you need or want to make a stopover on your next trip to Asia or Oceania, plan it for South Korea and explore the country instead of waiting for your connection at the airport.
It’s that simple: When booking your flight, make sure you have at least four hours for your layover in South Korea. When you arrive at the airport, you can simply choose an Asiana Airline transit counter visit that fits your schedule and wishes – and your own South Korea adventure can begin.
You can find a lot more information on visitkorea.or.kr.
By the way: if you want to take more time for the stopover in South Korea, you can plan a longer stopover there when you book your flight. Does that sound cool to you? Then you should be quick now – because Asiana Airlines still entices you with rich discounts of up to 30% off the price of the flight until June 30, 2021.
You can find much more information here
Asiana Airlines: Travel in good company
Since its creation in 1988, there has hardly been a corner on the Asian continent where Asiana Airlines cannot take you quickly, comfortably and above all safely. Service and quality are very important to the five star airline – and not just because they are names. The Korean airline connects Germany’s largest airport, Frankfurt, to Seoul’s international hub (Incheon).
Rail & Fly with Asiana Airlines: comfortable from home in Asia
The Asian airline’s service doesn’t stop at the exit of the German airport: in coordination with Deutsche Bahn, Asiana Airline offers a convenient Rail & Fly ticket that picks you up from your hometown and takes you to your destinations. dream vacation in Asia or in the oceans. A total of 5,600 stations across Germany are now included in the airline’s Rail & Fly fare
In combination with the faster connections from Deutsche Bahn, this means you can get to Frankfurt Airport from Düsseldorf, Cologne, Stuttgart and Nuremberg, for example, in just two hours – with no extra costs or hassle at the ticket counter. the train station. .
You can very easily download the Asiana Airline Rail & Fly ticket from the website www.rail-checkin.de, indicating your name and reservation code, then print it out or save it on your smartphone. You can also use the website to reserve a seat on the train of your choice. The Rail & Fly ticket is valid from one day before departure to one day after arrival for all Deutsche Bahn trains and gives you the greatest possible flexibility for the journey of your dreams.
You can find this and much more information about your stopover in South Korea on the Korea Tourism Board website.