It’s no secret that this wonderful resort island in South Korea, Jeju Island, offers breathtaking natural beauty all year round.
While every visit to this island in South Korea brings a different emotion to its visitors, it is the winter season that beckons travelers as one can discover Jeju’s best-kept secrets.
But there are more reasons for it than that. Read on to find out why you need to Jeju Island before the winter months are over.
1. Mild Winter Weather
Boasting a temperate climate all year round, the winter in Jeju Island is comparatively warmer than in Seoul and the rest of Korea.
Even in winter, the temperature rarely falls below 0 °C (32°F) in Jeju Island, and the average winter temperature is around 5~7 °C (41~44.6°F) from January to mid-March. The weather is cool, dry, and even mild enough for you to be outside and enjoy outdoor activities.
Thanks to its warm weather in winter, Jeju Island is home to a garden of more than 6,000 camellia trees and other beautiful arboretums. Including the famous Camellia Hill, the botanical gardens in Jeju Island are loved as must-visit attractions by winter visitors.
When it comes to Jeju’s weather in winter, we often come across this question below.
Does it snow in Jeju Island?
Yes, it does. While the rest of the lower area in Jeju Island sees more rain than snow due to the warm temperatures, it snows from late November in Hallasan Mountain. So if you want to see snow, hike up Hallasan Mountain.
Jeju is a volcanic island consisting of dynamic geographical features. Its weather conditions can also be as dynamic depending on where you go. We strongly advise that you check the weather forecast regularly before your trip.
2. Cheaper Airfare & Accommodation
To be honest, there is no distinction between the high season and the low season in Jeju Island as it is a popular travel destination all year round. But typically, the winter months (except for Christmas and the Korean Lunar New Year holiday) – December to early March, are considered the low season.
If you want to save money on your travel, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the winter months as the rates of airfare and hotel accommodation are generally cheaper while the prices tend to double during the peak season.
If you want to save even more, it’s best to book your flight tickets and hotel rooms on weekdays rather than Fridays and weekends.
Check out this flight + hotel package to secure your room and flight at once!
Oftentimes, short-term travelers ask whether it is possible to make the trip in one day to Jeju Island from Seoul. The answer is yes.
You can make a day trip from Seoul to Jeju Island by booking a midnight or an early morning flight to Jeju and a late-night flight to Seoul. However, since public transportation in Jeju Island is limited you will likely waste most of your time on the road unless you rent a car and drive yourself.
Check out our Jeju Island Car Rental Guide here!
An ideal solution for the hassle is to book an all-inclusive package like below. The package includes a round-trip flight ticket, a pick-up service in Seoul, a guided day tour in Jeju Island – with an English-speaking tour guide, and admission fees.
▼Visit Jeju Island from Seoul▼
3. Awe-inspiring Winter Scenery
While Jeju Island offers pristine beaches and lush green landscapes in summer, it is just as beautiful in the winter as the snow-covered Hallasan Mountain and volcanic cones add an incomparable charm to its winter scenery.
Hallasan Mountain is incredible any time of the year, but you definitely don’t want to miss its sheer beauty during the winter months. You will be able to admire the spectacular vistas while hiking up to the peak of the snow-coated mountain. Hallasan Mountain, indeed, will be the perfect outlet if you’ve been looking for the ultimate adventure experience in winter.
Enjoyed reading the post? Then, don’t miss out on all that Jeju’s winter has to offer, and start packing up!
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4. The Plethora of Indoor Attractions & Museums
Although Jeju is warmer than Seoul, sometimes there is so much snowfall, that outdoor activities have to be postponed or canceled. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun anymore, because there are plenty of fun places to visit whether you’re in Jeju with your family, friends, or the other half.
Jeju is full of quirky entertaining indoor attractions and museums, so there is no time for you to be bored when visiting here.
Shelter from the cold winds of Jeju in the Jeju Alive Museum, a magical place brimming with 3D art. Pose in front of the artwork to bring it to life. It has five different main themes including optical illusion, digital, sculpture, and Provence art. You can either make yourself look like you’re being eaten whole by a shark, or hanging off a cliff. Get creative and pose for the camera with friends and family.
Check out the various arts of work all made by using colored toy bricks in Jeju Island! Don’t miss the only ‘Dolhareubang’ brick art in the world and the creation of the soccer match between Korea and Italy during the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup.
Take a field trip to the largest space and flight museum in Asia, Jeju Aerospace Museum. This state-of-the-art museum is complete with 39 different aircraft and activity zones fit for families to spend a pleasant time with their children.
Find your favorite superheroes on display in the Jeju Figure Museum, where there are hundreds of figures on display from minuscule to life-size, so you’ll never be bored! There are 8 different exhibition halls, so go on an adventure and try to spot your favorite superhero on display!
Moomin Land Jeju is a unique park based on Finland’s Moomin fairy-tale characters. Opened in 2020, it provides visitors with the experience of being part of Moomin picture books with its variety of exhibitions and decorations.
Another collection Jeju exhibits is the pink wonderland of the adorable iconic cat we all love, Hello Kitty! Hello Kitty Island is exhibited in a three-story building jam-packed with everything Hello Kitty. Of course, like any exhibition, don’t miss the Hello Kitty gift shop to grab all the cute accessories!
Browse more things to do in Jeju Island at Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, Trazy.com, or stay tuned for our upcoming post about the best places to visit in Jeju Island in winter! 🙂