Fly just an hour and a half from the capital city of Seoul and you will arrive at South Korea’s resort island, Jeju Island or Jeju.
With breathtaking natural wonders and hundreds of unique attractions, it is no wonder that Jeju Island always comes out on top of the list as the best travel destination in Korea.
To help you get the best out of Jeju Island, we’ve compiled a bucket list of 10 best things to do in Jeju – try a bit of everything!
1. Get in touch with nature in Jeju Island
When it comes to nature, Jeju Island has it all.
Named as 7 New Wonders of Nature in 2011, the island offers pristine beaches, waterfalls, oreums (volcanic cones), lava tube caves and many more awe-inspiring natural wonders that are absolutely bucket list-worthy.
1. Hallasan Mountain: a dormant volcano at the center of the island with crater lake on the top, surrounded by a national park with 368 parasitic volcanoes.
2. Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak): an 182m volcanic cone famous for spectacular sunrises.
3. Iho Taewoo Beach: a beach near downtown Jeju City famous for iconic horse-shaped lighthouses.
4. Manjang Caves (Manjanggul): the longest lava tube on Jeju with the largest recorded lava column in the world inside the cave.
5. Jusangjeolli Cliffs: unique volcanic rock formations that look like rectangular pillars near Jungmun Beach.
With so many destinations to visit in Jeju Island, you won’t be able to visit and see all of them in one day (especially if you are traveling by foot or public transportation!).
So if you want to make the most of your time in Jeju, here are your best options:
- Rent a car
- Taxi Tour
- 1 Day Bus Tour (+Lunch)
- 1 Day Small Group Van Tour
- Private Van Tour
- Private Mini Bus Tour
- Golden City Tour Bus: Hop On & Hop Off 1 Day Pass
2. Visit museums with a difference
If this is your first-time in Jeju Island, you will definitely be blown away by hundreds of museums scattered all over the island.
In fact, Jeju’s museums are one of the main reasons to visit the island. They certainly offer something more than the classic, boring ones you’ve visited before.
A. Jeju Loveland
Have fun taking photos in a sexy pose with the sexy and erotic sculptures at Jeju Loveland. Showcasing 140 sculptures and artworks inspired by human sexuality, this unique theme park has been drawing tourists and travelers from all around the world.If you’re with the little ones, don’t worry. There’s a separate playground zone for minors. You can buy 17% off discount tickets for Jeju Loveland here.
B. Teddy Bear Museum
Displaying a massive collection of teddy bears, Teddy Bear Museum is one of the must-visit museums in Jeju. Not only children love this place, but adults as well! Save 22% on Teddy Bear Museum tickets here.
3. Catch some waves
From snorkeling to kayaking, and many more, there is a wide variety of exciting watersports and water-based activities in Jeju Island to choose from.
Choose the perfect watersports or water activities according to your “water” personality!
- Adrenaline junkies:
- Laidback wanderer:
- Luxury sailors:
- Underwater explorer:
- A ‘reel’ fisherman:
4. Take time to smell the flowers
Jeju Island offers beautiful gardens and parks to wander through and immerse in nature. Here are five best spots for an idyllic escape with your beloved ones!
1. Hallim Park: a popular park featuring 9 different themed zones such as Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden and two lava caves.
2. Ecoland: a family-friendly theme park where you can explore Jeju’s forests on an 18th century Baldwin steam train.
3. Ilchul Land: a theme park with botanical gardens, a waterfront park, a folk village, a cactus greenhouse and a small lava cave.
4. Spirited Garden: a beautiful garden with the largest artificial waterfalls in Jeju. Many famous public figures including Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao from China, Nakasone from Japan and many more visited the garden.
5. Camellia Hill: the biggest arboretum in Asia famous for its forest path and beautiful gardens of camellias.
5. Hit the trails
A. Walk through Olle Trails
In Jeju, there is a series of trails called Jeju Olle-gil, which leads through forests, volcanic cones and many other best-kept secrets of the island. There are 26 routes in total and you can explore three of them through one-day Olle trekking tour.
B. Hike up Hallasan Mountain
Hiking up Hallasan Mountain (Mt. Halla) and to its peak, at 1,950 meters (6,397 feet) above sea level, is one of the experiences you must have in Jeju.
The reward for hiking to the top are the sight of Baekrokdam, a lake-filled crater, and the magnificent view of volcanic cones in the surrounding Hallasan National Park.It is relatively easy to hike Hallasan Mountain. The hiking courses are less than 10 km in length. Starting at the Seongpanak Entrance, the 9.6-kilometer (6-mile) hike to the summit takes about five hours. Take note that the weather changes constantly and it can be very wind while you are hiking.
6. Savor the authentic flavors of Jeju
If food is a big part of your trip, try at least one of these local specialties when you visit Jeju Island!
1. Jeonbokjuk: an abalone porridge made out of innards of the abalone and rice.
2. Heuk-dwaeji: a juicy and succulent grilled pork belly from Jeju’s native black pig, which is slightly more expensive than regular pork, but well worth it.
3. Jagalchi: a grilled or boiled silver scabbard fish.
SEE MORE: 9 Best Local Restaurants in Jeju Island.
Are a Muslim traveler? Check out our list of Muslim-friendly restaurants in Jeju.
7. Drop by hipster cafes and fine diners
If you feel like you had enough local foods, enjoy a fine dining at Maison Glad Buffet. Then drop by one of the trendy beachfront cafes with killer views of the island’s stunning ocean vistas.Or try and visit a unique cafe, Siwa Dream Foot Bath Cafe. While enjoying a cup of coffee you can treat yourself a nice foot bath to relax your tired feet and freshen up yourself.
8. Head out for outdoor adventures
When you visit Jeju Island, never miss out on adventurous activities and experiences that the island has to offer. Make your trip legendary with some of the best adventures below!
- Horse Riding on the Beach
- Horse Riding on the Open Hillside
- Off-Road Driving Experience
- Off-road Buggy Car Experience
- Go-Karting Experience at Jeju Leports Land
- Rail Bike Ride
- Coastal Road Bike Tour
- Tandem Paragliding
- Hot Air Balloon Experience
- Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Tour
9. Soak up the history and culture of Jeju
A. Experience Jeju’s local market scenes
Experience the authentic local culture of the island at five-day markets or permanent local markets.
One of the most famous markets is Dongmun Market, located near Jeju International Airport. It is the largest permanent market in Jeju where you can find all sorts of indigenous goods and products such as Jeju citrus fruits. Compared to other seafood restaurants and traditional marketplaces around, the price of the fish and seafood here is known to be relatively cheap.
SEE MORE: Top 10 Traditional Markets in Jeju Island.
B. Time travel back to the late 19th century
Housing a folk village with over 100 traditional houses and 8,000 folk items, Jeju Folk Village Museum is a must-visit place for those who want to learn about the island’s rich history and culture.You can buy discount tickets for Jeju Folk Village Museum here.
10. Explore Jeju’s other paradise islands
1. Chagwido Island (west of Jeju): a tiny uninhabited island, just a short 10 minutes ride from Jagunae Harbor, famous as a boat fishing destination.
2. Udo Island (east of Jeju): a popular island situated 3.5 km off the coast of Jeju, famous for its pristine white beaches, particularly Seobin-baeksa Beach, and black lava cliffs.
Feeling inspired? Make sure you put these experiences and activities on your bucket list and cross them off one by one when you’re in Jeju Island!
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