Want to get the best out of your winter trip to Jeju Island in Korea? Read on!
Winter in Korea can be perishingly cold but the charming Jeju Island never looks more beautiful than in winter. Located far down south across the ocean from the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island usually has a mild and temperate climate compared to the mainland.
However, with Hallansan Mountain soaring up high into the sky in the middle, Jeju Island offers dynamic natural conditions that fit your needs whatever you want to experience.
If you’re planning to visit Jeju Island during this winter season, create a near-perfect Jeju itinerary with our top picks for Jeju’s winter attractions.
1. Hike up Hallasan Mountain
Take a hike up to the top of Hallasan Mountain, or Mt. Halla, the tallest mountain in South Korea and relish the sheer beauty of Jeju’s nature. It is arguably at its most picturesque in winter. Standing atop the peak, hikers are rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the mountain’s massive crater lake.
2. Walk along the flower paths at Camellia Hill
This winter flower garden in Jeju is an extremely popular Instagrammable spot as visitors can stroll through the gardens of spectacular winter camellia explosions.
These camellias, also known as the Queen of Winter Flowers, bloom until late spring and when they burst with vibrant colors in winter, every single photo taken in Camellia Hill will absolutely get you some extra likes for your Instagram.
3. Explore Hallim Park’s gardens and folk village
With so many botanical gardens to choose from, travelers will find themselves wondering which one to visit. Simply visit the best that Jeju has to offer.
The Hallim Park features 9 different themed gardens and offers various attractions including two lava caves and Jeju folk village.
If you visit the park in winter, you can enjoy the incredible winter arrangement of daffodils.
4. Get lost in Maze Land
For those who want to add some fun to their winter trip to Jeju (but not too active), the Maze Land is the perfect place to be.
There are 3 mazes at this eco-friendly park, each featuring its own theme: stone, wind, and Haenyeo (Jeju’s female diver).
Not only it is exciting to find the way out, but the experience is also actually good for the health as these mazes emit substances called phytoncides which stimulate the body’s immune system. So go ahead, take a walk through the maze walls while soaking in the health benefits.
5. Explore Jeju Island’s Bizarre Indoor Attractions
For those who love to pose in front of a camera, you’ve come to the right spot.
The Jeju Alive Museum is a magical place brimming with 3D art. Give the camera your best pose in front of the artwork to bring it to life. With five different main themes including optical illusion, digital, sculpture, and Provence art, come and get creative and with your friends and family!
Ever been to a computer museum? Whats a computer museum you ask?
Well, then why don’t you check it out! Enter a computer wonderland and learn about the history and development of computers and games in the Nexon Computer Museum! exhibiting the earliest form of computers and video games to the latest tech available.
Do you think it’s going to be boring if you don’t know anything about computers? Think again! computer nerd or not, everyone is bound to have a delightful time in this exhibition, so hesitate no more!
Explore the world of the adorable Hello Kitty in the Hello Kitty Island Jeju!
Showcasing a massive collection of uber-cute Hello Kittys, Roam around the three-story building full of Hello Kitty artworks and exhibitions. Of course, like any exhibition, don’t miss the Hello Kitty gift shop to grab all the cute accessories!
6. Experience target shooting at Shooting Range
For those of you who seek adrenaline rush, Lock and load and pull the trigger in this indoor shooting range!
Gather your friends and family and enjoy some target shooting! See who is the better sharpshooter at this cool indoor shooting range when you visit Jeju Island!
7. Delve into Jeju’s marine life at Aqua Planet
While snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the best ways to enjoy the marine life of Jeju in summer, you can enjoy just about the same in winter.
But instead, you will have to head over to Jeju Aqua Planet, a beautiful aquarium that showcases about 48,000 aquatic animals in 500 different species.
Not only you can meet marine life from the five oceans of the world, but you also have the opportunity to see the marine life of Jeju Island’s waters. If you arrive right on time, you and your kids will be able to enjoy a performance by the women divers of Jeju called ‘Haenyeo’ in Korean.
8. Get on the Baldwin train at Ecoland Theme Park
Inside the stunning natural beauty of Jeju, there’s Ecoland Theme Park, one of the most family-friendly hot spots on the island.
It’s a great destination to visit all year round, but it is winter when the entire theme park turns into a winter wonderland, offering breathtaking views of pristine snowy fields and snow-covered trees. Here, you and your kids can make unforgettable memories by exploring the park on a special train that takes after the 1800’s Baldwin steam train.
Now, hurry up and visit Jeju Island right now or else you will wait another year for all these lifetime experiences that only winter can offer!
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