Hallasan (Jeju) Photo by Simon Bond
With January temperatures averaging a comfortable 8 degrees Celsius here, there’s no reason to think of Jeju as a summer-only destination. Take a trek up the highest mountain in Korea while the rest of the country shivers with their soju. The path to the top is open all year long except in the very worst of conditions, and despite the likely cloudiness at the top, you will still be rewarded with a breathtaking view. And you won’t even need your down coat. Getting there Ticket prices to Jeju are ludicrously low in January; both Jin Air and Jeju Air offer multiple flights at rates below 20,000 won each way. To save even more cash you can forego a hotel and settle in at a family-run pension or guesthouse. Strapped at this time of year, they’re often willing to toss you low prices, steaming breakfasts and big baskets of winter tangerines in appreciation for your wintertime patronage.
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