A large island off the Korean peninsula's southern coast, Jeju Island was , for centuries, an independent realm. After it was subdued by the Koryo dynasty, Jeju became part of Korea - though the island's culture, customs, and peoples remained markedly different than the rest of the peninsula. Due to such disparities, Jeju rebelled in 1948 against the South Korean regime; this uprising was brutally suppressed, and the episode remains obscure and little-known, even within South Korea.
Today, Jeju Island, known as Jeju-do in Korean, is the Hawaii of South Korea. A large, volcanic island, Jeju features a fascinating landscape with a unique vibe distinct from the rest of South Korea. On Jeju, visitors can explore geological and cultural history, experience nature in its myriad forms, and simply relax and savor the beauty of the island.