The picturesque island of Jeju is not surprisingly rife with attractions, although what perhaps surprises most visitors are the uniqueness and diversity of these things to see. Abundantly a trophy of nature, not-too-secretly a hub of off-beat museums, and a showcase of talented performers from the stage to the sea, Jeju Island delivers a full experience to every weekend stay. Here’s an itinerary of how to achieve just that.
A Taste of Culture, Nature & Authentic Cuisine
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Begin the day with a stroll along Jungmun Beach. Go for a swim if you want, but remember to conserve energy for the day ahead! Tip: To get around the island with ease, we highly recommend renting a car for the day. The island’s pretty small so it shouldn’t take too long to get around, but you’ll definitely be glad for the convenience!
Jeju, apart from its natural sights and scenery, is also known for its quirky museums. Make a stop at the Teddy Bear Museum near Jungmun Beach, then to Loveland up north, closer to Jeju City. (Caution: As its name implies, this Jeju landmark is…a museum on lovemaking. Parental guidance for the young ones!)
After lunch, what about a trip to the Jeju Stone Park? Roam alongside incredible stone sculptures and learn about the legend behind Jeju Island’s formation.
Around 5PM, after your day’s excursions, visit the home of Jeju natives Mr. and Mrs. Kim and their family. Enjoy a dinner of local fare and receive a crash course on Korean dining etiquette. Try on a hanbok, a type of traditional clothing, then enjoy a round or two of a Korean board game. Indeed, few other experiences take you close to the heart of Jeju Island – its very own people!
Head East (Saturday)
Start your day at another one of Korea’s favorite museums, the Trick Art Museum. Ready your camera batteries for all the shots you’ll be taking at mind-boggling, life size optical illusions!
Drop by the Seongeop Folk Village at the foot of Mt. Hallasan for an interesting glimpse of Jeju’s culture and heritage.
After a delicious Korean lunch buffet, enjoy a show featuring the legendary haenyeo, women the average age of 65 who free dive up to 20 meters into the ocean for a catch!
Next, make the climb up to Seongsan Sunrise Peak, where you’ll be blessed at the top with breathtaking views.
Then head back down to the Manjang Cave to see the spectacular Lava Tubes, which are quite the sight. Tip: Why not book a tour* covering all sites, which comes complete with convenient transportation? The tour commences and ends at 8:30AM and 6PM.
Wrap up the day with the NANTA Show, the award-winning musical kitchen extravaganza you don’t want to miss while in Korea! We recommend catching the 8PM schedule.
*This tour takes place Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Feel free to switch itineraries with Day 3 to accommodate your travel period.
See the West (Sunday)
For your last day on the island, see more of Jeju’s natural feats. Begin at the beautiful Hallim Park, and roam its numerous, lovely gardens.
Then go for a trek at Suweolbong, a UNESCO-designated Geopark. Keep your eyes peeled for the awesome volcanic rock formations!
Take a break with a Korean-style lunch buffet, then head off to the otherworldly Spirited Garden, considered one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
Drop by the former Japanese base camp, Althr Airfield.
Head up to Mt. Sanbang, via a trek up a mountain of volcanic lava (yes, it’s as incredible as it sounds). Apart from a cave perched 150 meters above sea level, you’ll also come to a peak of magnificent views, proving every bit worth the climb.
Make a stop at Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, known also as ‘The Pond of God,’ a beautiful three-tier cascade.
Tip: Again, we recommend booking a tour* to see these sites with ease and convenience. (8:30AM-6PM)
Head out for a taste of Jeju’s nightlife. Drop by Tap-dong-lo in Jeju City, the more populated evening hub and grab dinner at one of its many restaurants, open late into the night.
*This tour takes place Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If needed, switch itineraries with Day 2 to accommodate your travel period.