Looking to plan a long weekend getaway from the hustle & bustle of mainland Korea? Look no further than South Korea’s largest southern island – Jeju!  Jeju Island, often referred to as the “Hawaii of Korea” is only a short flight or ferry ride away from Korea’s major cities and as a local destination requires no passport or additional visa to visit. With its stunning volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches, and charming local culture, it’s no wonder that this island has become a popular destination for both local and international travelers.

And the team here at Trazy is no different! With spring in the air, the Trazy Crew packed our bags and headed to Jeju this spring for a team trip and I’m here to bring you all the tips and tricks we learned along the way!

Day 1

We flew into Jeju from Gimpo Airport in Seoul bright and early in the morning. Because the flight was so quick – only about an hour- this meant we had the full day ahead to explore the island!

With the whole team traveling together, our first hurdle to tackle was transportation. We opted for a large private van that would take us through our entire day and act as our luggage storage on wheels until we checked into our Airbnb in the evening. With a larger group of people, this option was a huge win and our driver was so kind and helpful – even providing tips on timing, restaurants, and excellent background music.

Our first stop on the itinerary was the Aewol Coastal Drive on the western side of the island. The winding road along the coast is incredibly charming and although we didn’t have the time to stop to take photos, there were numerous pull-off points to do so. Definitely saved to my revisit list for this summer! (I mean look at this view from one of those points!!)


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Finally, it was time for us to grab some lunch – easily one of the parts of this trip I’d most looked forward to; Jeju’s wide variety of local delicacies! It does not get fresher than the seafood stews and sashimi food in Jeju.

  • Address: 478 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 9am – 9pm Daily, *breaktime from 3pm to 5pm
  • Recommended Menu: Abalone Stew in Hot Stone Bowl, Kalchi / Korean Beltfish

For dessert, we sought out the infamous local pudding shop, Umu Pudding.

  • Address: 542-1 Hallim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 9am – 8pm Daily, popular flavors tend to sell out by 1pm
  • Recommended Menu: Matcha Green Tea Pudding, Chocolate Pudding

This melt-in-your mouth-pudding is made using agar-agar collected by the famous Haenyeo (female divers) of Jeju and Umu therefore boasts the use of local, natural ingredients.

Our next stop was Aussie Hill Grounds Jeju for a coffee break and time to answer emails and such before our next adventure. The atmosphere was so cozy and the pastries so tasty, the work break absolutely flew by! But you don’t have to travel to Jeju to experience it for yourself; Aussie Hill also has a Seoul location for visitors in the area.

  • Address: 16 Hallimsang-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 10am – 8pm Daily, closed on Wednesdays
  • Recommended Menu: Iced Vanilla Latte and any of their specialty croissants

The final activity spot for our first day in Jeju Island was a guided walk through the healing forest at Hwansang Forest. Lovingly maintained to offer guests a new perspective and opportunity to connect with nature, our tour also included a holistic locally sourced foot bath.

Check out these other foot bath experiences in Jeju to find your own natural healing~ 

With some time to kill before dinner, we headed over to cafe Nuva Beach. This 3-in-1 cafe, pool, and lounge was perfect for taking in the ocean views and offered a wide range of seating indoors, deck-side, and on their outdoor shorefront area.

  • Address: 148-15 Daepo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 11am – 6pm Daily, closed on Wednesdays
  • Recommended Menu: Halla Spring Ade, Blue Lemonade

For dinner, we visited one of Jeju’s most well-known restaurants for raw fish or hwe, Jeju Haesong Hwe. Here we enjoyed seemingly endless rounds of delicious fresh sashimi and watched the sunset over the ocean before finally calling it a night on our first day in Jeju.

  • Address: 200-7, Ieodo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 11am – 6pm Daily, closed on Wednesdays
  • Recommended Menu: Haesong Special Set A

Day 2

The next morning, we started our day bright and early with an outdoor team-building scavenger hunt at Sehwa Beach. Although I think the puzzles were a bit too difficult for us, (I’m sorry princess – we’ll save you next time I promise!) the ocean views and island breeze more than made up for our less-than-stellar puzzling skills.

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For lunch, we headed over to cafe Takuma Sushi Container. This compact Japanese-inspired restaurant is run within a single shipping container and sits directly next to a vast canola flower field. Between the food and the views, it’s hard for me to pick which I liked more. However, the cocktails at Takuma are prime to steal the show with local hallabong beer and milkis-esque highballs.

    • Address: 15, Seopjikoji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (KakaoMap)
    • Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
    • Recommended Menu: Jeju Black Pork with Rice, Jeju Swin-Dari

Our highlight spot on day 2 was visiting one of my bucket-list locations – Seopjikoji! Unique from other coastal spots on the east side of the island, Seopjikoji is made of red volcanic ash called “scoria”, and is known for the fields of canola flowers that blossom in the spring. While far windier than any photo really captures, this unique view of Jeju’s coastline makes it a must-visit for anyone visiting the east side of the island. 

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After taking in as much ocean air as possible, the team moved inside to avoid the rain by doing our second activity of the day – soap making! Here we made miniature beach scenes scented with the fragrance of our choice. And thankfully, by the time we’d all finished the rain had mostly stopped and we were off again to my most anticipated meal of the trip! 

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Any visit to Jeju island is not complete without stopping for KBQQ with the infamous Jeju Black Pork! So for dinner on Day 2 we headed over to Gobdeulrak BBQ to check this off the list. The Jeju Black pig breed is native only to Jeju Island and is widely known for producing well-marbled and ‘steak-like’ pork. With such precious meat, it was definitely a relief to have the staff grill for us and I highly recommend not skipping on the sides as the kimchi jjiggae and mul naengmyeon dishes were both surprise hits!

    • Address: 19 Hamdeok 18-gil, Jocheon-eup, Jeju (KakaoMap)
    • Hours: 12pm – 10pm Daily
    • Recommended Menu: Jeju Black Pork Belly, Mul Naengmyeon, Hallabong Highball

Day 3

On the morning of Day 3 our final day on the island was finally upon us 🙁 Although our flight was relatively early, we squeezed in a quick breakfast at Haewoljeong, known for their rice porridge or jjuk featuring freshly caught local seafood. And after enjoying our final Jeju meal, popped over to a few local gift & souvenir shops before heading to the airport. 

  • Address: 612, Seohaean-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-si, Jeju (KakaoMap)
  • Hours: 8am – 8pm Daily
  • Recommended Menu: Top shell rice porridge

While the numerous cute tchotchkes and trinkets in these stores can certainly be overwhelming, having a difficult time choosing due to the abundance of great options is a problem I like to have 🙂 As Jeju is most known for its native Hallabong orange, you can’t go wrong with local Jeju hallabong tea or hallabong-themed gifts, but I also recommend checking out treats produced on nearby islands such as chocolates made with Udo peanuts for a unique travel gift! 

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