Visiting Jejudo means seeing dolhareubang/돌하르방 (literally “stone grandfather”) and eating seafood (해산물). The stone totem, often set in pairs, is said to aid fertility and stand as a gatekeeper for protection from demons traveling between realities.

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It makes sense that Jejudo is commonly referred to as “honeymoon island” because this fertility idol is often given to women and there are plenty of fresh oysters for the men.

Travel tips: going off season will save money but weather may limit your options, renting a car is highly recommended, buy citrus fruit from the roadside vendors (tastier and cheaper), you must visit the lava cave and seaside crater wearing comfortable shoes, and while there are lots of museums don’t miss the Stone Museum (돌박물관).

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