JETOFFTOJEJU

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What’s the world’s most pop­u­lar flight? The an­swer will throw you for a loop be­cause it’s not New York to LA or Dubai to Mum­bai – the busiest flight route is the do­mes­tic jour­ney be­tween Seoul and Jeju Is­land, a large is­land off the Korean penin­sula that was the re­cip­i­ent of around 26 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2016. Around 11 mil­lion jour­neys to and from Seoul to Jeju were made last year ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA). The is­land’s pop­u­lar­ity is un­der­stand­able – it has World Her­itage Sites like the Jeju vol­canic is­land and lava tube; idyl­lic green mead­ows and un­touched beaches make it a re­fresh­ing change from south­east Asia’s densely pop­u­lated cities, earn­ing the is­land the ti­tle of ‘South Korea’s Hawaii’. Also mak­ing this one of the most In­sta­gram-wor­thy des­ti­na­tions you’ve never heard of are Mount Halla, South Korea’s high­est peak, a bio­di­ver­sity hotspot and a hiker’s dream; Cheon­jeyeon wa­ter­falls; Yakcheonsa tem­ple and Jeju Stone Statue Park. But here’s why the is­land should be on ev­ery UAE res­i­dent’s hol­i­day list: Jeju of­fers visa-upon-ar­rival to 180 na­tion­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing the UAE. Visit ijto.or.kr.

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