First Timer's Guide To Jeju Island, South Korea
Here’s why Jeju is worth a trip out of Seoul!
Jeju Island is the largest offshore island of the Korean peninsula and is about a 1 hour flight away from Seoul. Best known for its beautiful volcanic landmarks, white sand beaches and of course, the Jeju Black Pork dishes and green tea plantations, you’ll get to feast your eyes and fill your bellies all in one place! Read on to find out some of the must visit spots in Jeju.
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The Eastern side of Jeju island is a great way to begin exploring the island! Giving you a good mix of volcanic landforms, coasts as well as lava caves, you’ll get the best of Jeju in a day.
Kickstart the day horseback riding and taking in the views of the city before heading to the Seongeup Folk village located at the foot of Mount Hallasan. There you can catch a glimpse of Jeju’s unique folk culture before filling your bellies with some iconic Jeju black pork!
Walk off your lunch at the Seongsan Sunrise Peak where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the island after a 30 minute hike. If the weather permits catch the iconic strong women divers of Jeju put on a dive show and complete the day with a trip to the world’s largest lava cave - Manjanggul lava caves.
Tour timing: 8.30am - 6pm
If you’re planning to visit Eastern Jeju, Klook your Eastern Jeju tour and have your guide take you to all the must see spots! In Jeju, public transportation might not be able to take you to many of the inland sights so with transportation all inclusive, you won’t have to worry about missing anything!
The west of Jeju island is wild and strikingly beautiful! Start the day with a visit to Halim Park where you’ll roam through meticulously landscaped gardens. Nothing wakes you up more than breathing in the fresh scent of flora and fauna! After that, take a short trek up Suweolbong for some incredible ocean views before stopping for lunch!
Stop by the famous O’Sulloc Green Tea Field and have your cuppa of the day before heading to Mt Sanbang, a mountain formed from volcanic lava. Step within the lava caves for beautiful ocean views before heading to the Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, a cascading 22 metres fall.
Tour timing: 8.30am - 6pm
Explore the wonders of Jeju as you explore the Southern part of the island. Starting off with the Mysterious Road where things seem to defy gravity by rolling uphill instead of downhill, this strange optical illusion is definitely something to try. After that, hike up Mt Halla and enjoy the beautiful views on the way up to the peak as well as from the peak.
Your final pit stop before lunch is the Jeju 4D Alive Museum. Step into a world of optical illusions and be sure to prepare your cameras for all the photo moments. After lunch, head to the famous Jusangjeolli Cliff and watch the waves crash against this unique rock formation before heading to the majestic Yakcheonsa Temple. Finally, end off the day at Jeongbang falls where the water falls directly into the ocean!
Tour timing: 8.30am - 6pm
This quirky Teddy Bear Museum is one of the most famous attractions on the island. With handcrafted teddy bears donning outfits from over 100 years of history, this is definitely a cute sight to behold. The museum is also home to the world’s most expensive teddy bear - the Louis Vuitton bear - which is estimated to be worth $1.25 Million.
Opening hours: 9:00am-7:00pm, last admission 6:00pm (Regular); 9:00am-10:00pm (Summer 19 July - 24 August) Address: No.31, 110 Street, Chinese Sightseeing Road, Seogwipo City, Jeju (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로110번길 31)
Since not all of us can afford to travel to Europe, step into a little Venice in Jeju! This stunning replica of Italy’s most romantic city has 23 different themed lands for you to immerse yourself in the Italian atmosphere. With romantic gondola rides down canals and even Italian food, you’ll feel as if you’ve really stepped into a whole new town.
Opening hours: 9:00am-6:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm) Address: 2575, Nansan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do(서귀포시 성산읍 난산리 2575번지 베니스랜드)
Being a coastal city, you can be sure that Jeju’s marine life is vibrant and thriving! While not all of us are comfortable swimming in open waters, this Seogwipo Submarine ride is perfect for checking out the marine life without getting wet. Peer out of the windows and witness schools of colorful fish swim past as well as brightly colored corals and even blue seaweed!
Address: Submarine Port: 707-5, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
One of the best ways to get up close to Jeju’s mountains is by ATV! Zoom through the countryside in your ATV and maneuver through the rugged mountains, taking in views of nearby rivers and lakes. Don’t fret if you have no drivers license because no experience is required! You will be equipped with basic riding skills before you head off.
Opening Hours: Summer (March - September):9:00am-6:00pm, daily (last admission at 5:00pm) | Winter (October - February): 9:00am - 5:00pm, daily (last admission at 4:30pm) Address: 2815 Nansan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
The Yongmeori beach stretches into the ocean and sits right in front of Mt Sangbangsan. Many say it resembles a dragon’s head going underwater! Climb up a rock and get your insta-worthy pictures or stroll along the beach and have fresh sea squirts or sea cucumbers from the women sea-divers!
Address: 218-10, Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 산방로 218-10 (안덕면)
Sitting along the shores of Sammaebong in Seogwipo, this standalone rock is one of the best places to catch the sunset! Also known as the Changgun rock, trek through the rocks to the cliffs and take some amazing photos of the surrounding islands!
Address: 791, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Jeju must eat foods
Of course a big part of visiting Jeju is feasting on black pork and seafood! Tucked away in a corner is Jejuhallasung, a charming little restaurant that boasts scenic views of the Halla mountains. Fill your bellies with traditional Ginseng soup with abalones, octopus and a whole bunch of other seafood!
If there is one thing you must eat in Jeju, it is the black pork barbeque! If you’re wondering what the difference between regular meat and black pork is, think of black pork as the wagyu of pork. This tender and juicy pork belly sizzles on the grill to bring you a crunch on the outside and sweet tender meat on the inside.
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Address: 1457-2 Sanghyo-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주도 서귀포시 상효동 1457-2) Opening hours: 10:00am-10:00pm, daily