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 Hallasan Mountain soaring up high into the sky in the middle, Jeju Island offers dynamic natural conditions that fit your needs and 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 things to do in Jeju Island during winter.
1. Hike up Hallasan Mountain
Take a hike up to the top of Hallasan Mountain, 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. 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 in winter when it is not easy to do exercises.
5. Explore Jeju Island’s bizarre indoor attractions
1) Jeju Alive Museum
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 with your friends and family!
2) Hello Kitty Island
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. You will have to head over to Jeju Aqua Planet, a beautiful aquarium that showcases about 48,000 aquatic animals in 5,000 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 1800s Baldwin steam train.
9. Visit the Biggest Moomin-themed Venue in Korea
Moomin Land is a unique park based on Finland’s Moomin fairy-tale characters. Opened in 202, it provides visitors with the experience of being a part of Moomin pictures books with its variety of exhibitions and decorations. There are also art workshops and an outdoor garden where you can take Instagrammable pictures with your family and friends.
At the Moomin cafe and gift shop, you can enjoy Moomin-themed food and buy irresistible Moomin merchandise. Highly recommended for Moomin fans and family travelers!
10. Enjoy Korea’s Largest Media Art Exhibition
Arte Museum is Korea’s largest immersive media art exhibition. It’s an engaging art exhibition for all ages and you can take memorable photos with creative and unique displays. It presents you with 10 new and colorful art exhibitions through a mixture of light and sound.
There are 10 different exhibitions to enjoy, including Garden, Star, Waterfall, Night Safari, and more. It’s definitely worth visiting when you are in Jeju Island!
11. Stock up on Vitamin C with Tangerine Picking
‘Tis the season for some tangerine picking! As you know. As you know Jeju Island is famous for these round orange treats during the winter. Well, you can have a go at picking these tangerines for yourself at one of the many tangerine farms in Jeju Island. Many farmers open up their farms during harvesting season so you can pick these fresh tangerines right off from the trees!. What’s more, you can even eat them as you pick them and take some home with you to share with your family and friends!
Now, hurry up and visit Jeju Island right now or else you will wait another year for all these once-in-a-lifetime experiences that only winter can offer!
Looking for transport options in Jeju Island?
| Jeju UNESCO 1 Day Small Group Tour (+ Lunch)
| Jeju City Tour Bus: Hop On & Hop Off 1 Day Pass
| Car Rental from Jeju Airport
| Taxi Tour
| Private Driver & Van
| 3D2N/4D3N Taxi/Van Tour + Hotel Stay
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