South Korea’s Jeju-do Island is difficult to miss. It is so popular a vacation destination that it is referred to as the “Island of the Gods”. Where is Jeju-do exactly? It is that island located off the southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula. Jeju-do (aka Cheju Island) is a wonder of nature in the South Korea Strait, with an eastern longitude at 127°27°E and northern latitude at about 33°22°N. This charming South Korean island is dubbed as the “Hawaiian Island of Korea”, although their climates are not anywhere similar. Although Jeju can be as warm as Hawaii with summer heat reaching 28° Celsius, it snows on the northern parts of the island. It never snows in Hawaii. Jeju is composed of eight inhabited islands and 54 unoccupied islets. Getting to Jeju-do involves travel either by air or by sea. Below are important details on how to get to Jeju-do.
Getting to Jeju-do by air involves direct flights since there is a small but world-class international airport in Jeju City, the island’s capital. The Jeju International Airport may have a runway that is only 3 km long but it receives more than 7 million passengers a year with 13 local flights and ten direct international flights every week. Airplanes fly to and from Tokyo six times a week, Osaka four times a week, Beijing two times and Hong Kong three times. There are also budget flights coming in from Shanghai, Pudong, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Shenyang, Dalian, and Changchun. The leading local airlines are Korean Airlines, Asian Airlines and Jejuair, and the majority of domestic flights to Jeju Island come from the Gimpo domestic airport in Seoul.