Everyone who has been to Korean has surely made it a point to stop by Jeju – an island known for its natural wonders and a beautiful change of scenery from Korea’s big city, Seoul.
This Jeju island trip was part of a longer trip which had my family and I traverse across Seoul, Busan and Jeju. If you would like to check out my experience in Busan, this other post shows you a 3-day itinerary of my top places to visit and foods to eat in Busan.
If you’re looking for things to do in Jeju Island to keep your Jeju itinerary full and occupied, here are 27 different ideas that are bound to keep you on the go! It includes both outdoor and wet weather indoor plans, and has everything from nature sightseeing to best eats around Jeju.
Now, read on for the best of Jeju island attractions!
- Getting Around Jeju Island, South Korea
- What to do in Jeju Island, South Korea
- 1. Woljeongri Beach (월정리해변)
- 2. Manjanggul Lava Tube (Manjanggul Cave)
- 3. Bijarim Forest
- 4. Seongsan Ilchubong Peak (Sunrise Peak)
- 5. Sangumburi Crater (산굼부리)
- 6. Seongeup Folk Village
- 7. Jeju Folk Village
- 8. Yongduam Dragon Head Rock
- 9. EAT: Raw Fish Restaurant (해녀횟집)
- 10. EAT: Hwaro Hyang Restaurant, Black Pork Street
- 11. Mysterious Road
- 12. Hallasan National Park
- 13. 1100 Highland or 1100 Meter Road
- 14. Soesokkak Estuary
- 15. Jeongbang Falls
- 16. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
- 17. Oedolgae Rock
- 18. EAT: Tam Gung Restaurant (탐궁)
- 19. Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff
- 20. Cheonjeyeon Falls
- 21. Seogwipo Submarine
- 22. Yongmeori Cliff/ Yongmeori Beach
- 23. Sanbangsan Mountain
- 24. EAT: Osulloc Museum
- 25. Hyeopjae Beach
- 26. Hallim Park
- 27. EAT: Monsant Café
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Getting Around Jeju Island, South Korea
Driving in Jeju is the best way to get around Jeju Island’s attractions. We hired a private driver to take us around most of the Jeju attractions indicated below. He was down-to-earth, very generous in sharing his knowledge about Jeju and also fun!
We invited him to all of our meals and he had us cheers to Makkoli, a traditional alcoholic beverage native to Korea made of rice grains. It is milky, translucent in colour.
We paid for 130,000 won/ day and hired him for 2.5 days for our trip in Jeju.
What to do in Jeju Island, South Korea
Note that the prices differ depending on age. It is defined as such:
- Children: Ages 7–12
- Teenagers: Ages 13-24
- Adult: Ages 25-64
- Seniors: Age 65 and older
TIP: Proof of identification required, so remember to bring it!
1. Woljeongri Beach (월정리해변)
Woljeongri Beach is known for its scenery, tranquil white sand and beautiful emerald ocean. Near the beach, a stretch of cozy and beautiful cafes align the streets. In addition, a drive along the beach is a great way to appreciate the exotic landscapes of Jeju-do island.
Known for its soft white sand and clear blue waters, Woljeongri Beach has become increasingly popular among the younger crowd. Many of the cozy cafes that line the beach also have deck chairs that face out towards the ocean, offering great sea views
If you do have the chance to drive, take the coastal road heading east from Jeju International Airport to arrive at WolJeongri Beach. It is a spectacular scenic route and an excellent way to appreciate the unique natural landscapes of Jeju-do island
Address: Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 월정리) Opening Hours: Beach Swimming Period - 1 July – 31 August, 10am – 7pm Admission Fees: Free
2. Manjanggul Lava Tube (Manjanggul Cave)
Jeju is well known for its natural monuments and thus visiting the Manjanggul Lava Tube, one of the top 10 longest lava tubes in the world, should definitely be on your list.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed when lava that was beneath the ground flows up to the surface and hardens, forming a crust. The lava below continues flowing until it hollows out forming a tunnel.
What makes the Manjanggul Lava Tube unique is that its features are all very distinct and well maintained. Expect to see many interesting geological structures such as lava stalactites, lava toes, as well as resident bats!
Be sure to spot the famous “Stone Turtle” structure which resembles the shape of Jeju island. The star attraction is at the end of the walk – the tallest lava column in the world at 7.8m!
While the entire cave snakes for around 13km, only 1km of that is open to tourists, so a round-trip will take slightly less than an hour.
TIP: Temperatures in the tunnel do go down to a range of 11°C to 21°C, so do bring a jacket along with you and wear proper walking shoes.
Address: 182, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 182 (구좌읍)) Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm Last entry at 5:10pm Closed on 1st Wednesday each month Admission Fees: Adults - 2,000 won Teenagers & Children - 1,000 won * Free for children under age 7, seniors ages 65 and above, person with disability and one companion (levels 1-3), person with disability (levels 4-6)
3. Bijarim Forest
The Bijarim Forest is home to around 2,800 nutmeg trees, making it the largest nutmeg tree forest in the world. The trees stand between 7-14 m in height, 50-110 cm in diameter, and range from 500 to 800 years old!
The main attraction here is the oldest nutmeg tree on Jeju-do, the ‘Ancestor tree of the Bija trees’, found in the middle of the forest. At over 800 years old, it is also the oldest evergreen tree on the entire island.
There are two routes available for visitors to stroll through this rare national monument – a 40-minute trek, or a longer, 90-minute course. Inhale deeply, as nothing beats the fresh air in the forest.
Address: 55, Bijasup-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do(제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 비자숲길 55) Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm Admission Fees: Individuals - Adults 1,500 won Teenagers, Children, Soldiers - 800 won
4. Seongsan Ilchubong Peak (Sunrise Peak)
Also known as “Sunrise Peak”, this UNESCO Heritage Site is one of Jeju’s must-see natural attractions.
Seongsan Ilchubong is a crater, formed and risen from under the sea over 10,000 years ago due to a volcanic eruption. At 180m tall, It is also said that this is the best spot in Jeju to watch the sun rising over the ocean. The sedimentary strata revealed and eroded by waves is witness to nature’s act of work.
It is a rather steep hike up to the peak and should take you about an hour. Upon reaching the peak, you will find 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, making it look like a gigantic bowl (or a matcha egg tart, if you will)?
One of the best periods to visit this beautiful geographical landscape is in spring as the surrounding yellow canola flowers would be in full bloom.
If you’re there during the summer time instead, catch the haenyeo performance at 1:30pm.
Haenyeo, which translates to sea women, are traditional divers who harvest seafood by hand from the ocean floor. They often slice up their catch straight away, offering the audience fresh seafood right out of the ocean!
Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12) Opening Hours: 1 hour before sunrise till sunset Admission Fee: Adults - 2,000 won Teenagers & Children - 1,000 won
5. Sangumburi Crater (산굼부리)
An extinct volcano crater with a huge circumference of over 2 km, this national monument is formed so perfectly that it looks like an impressive man-made circular stadium.
While no one is allowed in the centre of the crater, the variety of lush plant life that surrounds the crater is enough to leave you in awe.
The north side of the crater greets you with Nandaeseong vegetation such as red-thorn trees, magnolia trees, along with the rare winter strawberries, while the south side of the crater is where you can find Ondaerim vegetation such as evergreens, maples, and mountain strawberry trees.
If you’re a Korean drama fan, you’ll be glad to know that the crater was also a filming site of the drama ‘’Love Wind, Love Song” and “Goddess of Marriage”.
Address: 768, Bijarim-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do(제주특별자치도 제주시 조천읍 비자림로 768) Opening Hours: Summer Season (March-October) – 9am - 6:40pm Last admission is at 6pm. Winter Season (November-February) – 9am – 5:40pm Last admission is at 5pm. Admission Fees: Adults - 6,000 won Teens, Children, Seniors - 3,000 won
6. Seongeup Folk Village
Located at the foot of Halla Mountain on Jeju Island, this well-preserved village is very unique as there are still people living there the way their ancestors did, till this very day.
Walking around the village is free and often the locals will invite you to try a hand at some of their daily chores done the old korean traditional way such as rope twisting.
As you find your way around 3,000 stone and clay houses, notice how the alleys are straight yet curvy at the same time. Apparently, it was intentionally built this way to keep away the harsh winter winds!
While there, try and spot the traditional black pigs littered throughout the village, all of which would probably end up on your dinner plate. Jeju black pork is said to be very nutritious and of course, delicious!
Address: 104, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 표선면 성읍정의현로 104 (표선면)) Opening Hours: 8.30am - 6pm Admission Fees: Adults - 10,000 won Teenagers & Children - 7,000 won Directions: From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take an Intercity Bus to Beonnyeong-ro. Get off at ’Seongeup 1(il)-ri' (성읍리) samuso. Go around the corner and walk along the road for about 200m. Duration – 1 h 40 min OR From Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, take the Dongilju bus. Get off at ‘Pyoseon-ri samuso.' Go straight and turn left at the intersection. Walk straight until you get to the bus stop. Take Beonnyeong-ro bus. Get off at ‘Seupeup 1-ri.’ Duration - 45 min
7. Jeju Folk Village
Another attraction for cultural buffs is the famous Jeju Folk Village, also known for it being the filming site for the 2003 hit television series Dae Jang Geum (Da Chang Jin/ Jewel in the Palace).
Paying homage to the traditional villages of Korea in the 1890s, this attraction encapsulates that era perfectly with its 117 houses, capturing scenes of different village lives including – Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village.
In them, you can find a traditional wedding hall, horseback riding picture-taking zone, among others.
Address: 631-34, Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 표선면 민속해안로 631-34) Opening Hours: October – February – 8:30am – 5pm March – 8:30am – 5:30pm April – 15 July - 8:30am – 6pm 16 July – August - 8:30am – 6:30pm September - 8:30am – 6pm Admission Fees: Adults - 10,000 won Seniors - 8,000 won Teenagers - 7,000 won Children - 6,000 won
8. Yongduam Dragon Head Rock
The scientific explanation for the formation of this geological monument is simply the erosion of coastal rocks over thousands of years. However, it is the many stories behind this dragon shaped rock which makes visiting this rock that much more interesting.
One legend has it that a dragon was stealing precious jade from Mt. Halla but got shot down by the mountain deity. When he fell down on to Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze while looking into the sky.
Another has it that a white horse, who dreamt of being a dragon flying to the sky, was caught by a soldier and thus froze to become a rock.
If time permits, take some time to walk down the short trail where you can get a better view of the rock and the coastline.
There are also a ton of cafes and restaurants nearby serving fresh seafood if you’re up for that!
Address: Yongdamroteo-ri Yongdam-2dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주 제주시 용담2동 용담로터리 인근 바닷가) Opening Hours: Open 24/7 Admission Fees: Free
9. EAT: Raw Fish Restaurant (해녀횟집)
Jeju Island is known for its fresh seafood and raw fish, served sashimi style.
These seafood are caught by the well-known, Haenyeo ‘mermaids’ aka female divers who catch live seafood by hand from the ocean floor! How impressive is that!
A must-try in Jeju is definitely the abalone sashimi, as vouched by many on TripAdvisor.
Address: 1192-11 Samdo 2(i)-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
10. EAT: Hwaro Hyang Restaurant, Black Pork Street
If you know me, you know I love meat.
Jeju is famous for black pork and this is definitely a must-have.
Black Pork Street, as its name suggests, is lined with restaurants all selling Jeju’s most iconic black pork.
Hwaro Hyang Restaurant is one of the more popular restaurants in the area, serving fresh juicy black pork with your Korean BBQ.
Address: 2343-3 Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
11. Mysterious Road
Also known as Dokkaebi Road, it was absolutely baffling being on this road.
Our car seemed to be rolling uphill, going against all laws of gravity, I had to blink a couple of times as I tried to make sense of what I was seeing.
Although I knew it was just an optical illusion (The Mysterious Road is a slight downhill slope that looks like it is uphill because of the seemingly high surroundings), it was entertaining as we experienced it first-hand by putting pouring some water on the ground and watch it roll ‘uphill’.
Address: 289-15 Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
12. Hallasan National Park
You guys know I am a huge hiking enthusiast. Travelling to different countries to hike is probably one of my favourite ways to experience a destination.
In Jeju, Hallasan National Park is the holy grail for hiking. A UNESCO Heritage Site, it is located right at the heart of Jeju, with 368 parasitic volcanoes called Oreums (peaks) scattered around the main mountain.
Hallasan mountain is the tallest mountain in South Korea and offers many beginner-friendly hiking treks too.
With five different hiking routes that are below 10 km to choose from, you will not be disappointed by the spectacular views at the peak.
i. Seongpanak Trail:
Seongpanak → Dongneung Peak
9.6 km / 4 hrs 30 mins each way
ii. Eorimok Trail:
Eorimok → Nambyeok Bungijeom
km / 3 hrs each way
iii. Eoseungsaengak Trail:
Eorimok → Eoseungsangak Peak
1.3 km / 30 min each way
iv. Yeongsil Trail:
Yeongsil – Nambyeok Bungijeom
5.8 km / 2 hrs 30 mins each way
v. Gwaneumsa Trail:
Gwaneumsa Temple – Dongneung Peak
8.7 km / 5 hrs each way
There are over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals that reside in these mountains so take your time if you can, to stop and bask in the beauty of nature. Allocate at least 3 to 4 hours for this.
Do remember to bring lots of water and be dressed in suitable hiking attire. Take a light jacket with you even during the summer as it gets chilly at high altitudes.
TIP: Sunglasses and skin protection are also a must, as the sun does get strong on Hallasan even in the winter.
Address: 2070-61, 1100-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 1100로 2070-61) Opening Hours: 5:30am – 5pm Admission Fees: Free Car parking: 1,800 Won Campsite Fees: Small (3 people or fewer) - 3,000 won Medium (4-9 people) - 4,500 won Large (10 people or more) - 6,000 won Shower Fees: Adults - 600 won Youth - 400 won Children - 300 won
13. 1100 Highland or 1100 Meter Road
At 1100m above sea level, this wetland with its kilometre-long boardwalk offers beautiful views regardless of the season.
In winter, the trees are covered in glistening white snow, while in the fall, the leaves turn a rich mixture of yellow and orange.
The 1100 Meter Road passes through Hallasan, making it an easy stopover since you will be passing by on your way to/ from Hallasan National Park.
TIP: Located on Highway 1139 which will also take you past Eorimok, Yeongshil and Mysterious Road, I would recommend doing all these places on the same day, like we did for our Jeju itinerary.
Address: Highway 1139 1-1 Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea Opening Hours: Open 24/7 Admission Fees: Free
14. Soesokkak Estuary
The Soesokkak Estuary is where fresh water from the Hyodoncheon stream meets the vast ocean. Soak up the tranquillity of the place as you watch the water flow to join the deep blue waters of the ocean.
Cliffs and odd-shaped lava formations line the sides of the water, adding to the character of this scenery.
Here, you might also see many small flat wooden boats, also known as “Teu”. These boats have been used to ferry people across the estuary for centuries. Getting over to the other side is sure not an easy task. Look closely and you will find that the boat is actually pulled across the length of the estuary by a long rope strung between the two banks!
A ride on a Teu is available at a fee so you can take in the stunning beauty of the place by water.
Address: 128, Soesokkak-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 쇠소깍로 128 (하효동)) Admission Fees: Free [Transparent Kayak Experience] Fee: Adults - 15,000 won (2 Adults) / 20,000 won (3 Adults) Duration: About 20 minutes for 800m * Individual kayaking not allowed. * Children (ages 8-19 with companion) * Maximum passengers: 2 adults + 1 child [Teu Experience] Fee: Adults 7,000 won Children 4,000 won * Babies under 24 months are not allowed to take the boat. [Floating Water Bike Experience] Fee: Adults 15,000 won Children 13,000 won * Participants should be 135cm or taller in heights to ride the bike.
15. Jeongbang Falls
Jeongbang Falls is one of the topmost waterfalls to visit in Jeju. Standing at 23m high, it is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean. You can experience this grand waterfall up close if you skip your way over some loose rocks as you venture further in. Staying dry is not guaranteed!
Also, try spotting an old, evergreen tree that perches majestically on the edge of the cliff, hovering precariously above the vast sea.
Another waterfall you may want to visit while here is the Sojeongbang Waterfall. Just a 300m eastwards’ stone’s throw away from Jeongbang Falls, head up to the observatory at the top of the cliff and you will be blessed with a breathtaking view of the great blue.
Address: 37, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 칠십리로214번길 37 (동홍동)) Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm Admission Fees: Adults - 2,000 won Children - 1,000 won
16. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
Cheonjiyeon translates into “sky connected to land”, which is exactly what you see when you cast your eyes on this gushing waterfall. Although it is only 22m high, the water flows as if it is falling from the heavens.
There is a 1km subtropical path available if you’re up for a stroll to continue admiring this natural wonder. Hearing the sounds of the moving water does certainly strikes a connection between one and nature.
If you do get the chance, visit Cheonjiyeon at night when it is illuminated by lights. It is one heck of an ethereal beauty.
Address: Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 남성중로 (천지동)) Opening Hours: Sunrise – 10pm Last admission at 9:10pm. Admission Fees: Adults - 2,000 won Children - 1,000 won * Free for children ages 6 and under, Seniors ages 65 and older.
17. Oedolgae Rock
Jeju definitely has no lack of natural wonders and the Oedolgae Rock is another impressive one.
Standing at 10m tall, this rock rises above the emerald green waters and is surrounded by cliffs and lush greenery, forming the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset.
Fans of the 2003 hit television series Dae Jang Geum (Da Chang Jin/ Jewel in the Palace) would be happy to know that this was also one of the show’s filming locations.
There is a walking trail, so if you’re up for a trek, set aside around 2 hours of your day, and I promise you the views surrounding your trail will entertain you throughout.
Address: 791, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 서홍동 791) Opening Hours: Open 24/7 Admission Fees: Free
18. EAT: Tam Gung Restaurant (탐궁)
I have mentioned Jeju’s black pork multiple times in this post but I just cannot get enough of it!
Tam Gung restaurant is famous for barbecue and grilled food, especially for its Heuk Dwaeji Ogyeopsal – five layered black pig. Another popular item to order is its seasoned beef galbi.
As we all know, good food takes time, so be prepared to queue for this one as they have very limited seating – only about 10 tables.
Address: Beophwan-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
19. Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff
Jusangjeolli means columnar joints, a geologic structure formed by volcanic lava when Hallasan Mountain erupted years ago. Flowing into the sea of Jungman, this staggering cliff that rose 20m over water is thus created.
After the lava cooled, the rocks started to erode and they slowly shaped themselves into what you see today – squares and hexagons of different heights and sizes (similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland).
Listen to the sound of the waves lapping the columns and take some time to admire the raw beauty of nature.
TIP: Allow up to 30 minutes here.
Address: 216, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로 216 (중문동)) Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset Admission Fees: Adults 2,000 won Teenagers & Children - 1,000 won * Free admission for children below 6 years old, seniors ages 65 and above and people with disabilities (including 1 companion for level 1-3).
20. Cheonjeyeon Falls
Not to be mistaken for Cheonjiyeon Falls, Cheonjeyeon Falls is made out of 3 waterfalls! Set in the backdrop of lush green foliage, it is indeed a sight to behold.
To the east, water appears to fall from the ceiling of the cave, draping over a rocky cliff. The water forms a pool and from there falls twice more, creating the second and third waterfalls, before exiting into the ocean.
Legend states that the when night falls, seven nymphs from heaven will come to bathe in the waterfall’s pond thus the pond is also known as “The Pond of God”. These seven nymphs are carved on the side of the Seonimgyo Bridge, a gorgeous vibrant red bridge that certainly stands out from the rest of the forest.
This bridge connects Cheonjeyeon Falls with Jungmum Tourist Complex which has an assortment of restaurants for visitors.
Address: 27, Saekdal-ro 189beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 천제연로 132 (중문동)) Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm * Times are subject to change depending on local time for sunset. Admission Fees: Adults - 2,500 won Teenagers - 1,350 won * Free admission for children below 6 years old, seniors ages 65 and above and people with disabilities (including 1 companion for level 1-3).
21. Seogwipo Submarine
Want to explore the seas without having to acquire a scuba diving license? Seize your Finding Nemo moment and do away with the heavy scuba gear when you board the Seogwipo Submarine that goes deep into the 40-meter sea-bed.
Throughout the 1.5-hour experience, witness divers feeding schools of fishes, rare iridescent coral reefs and a beyond-belief shipwreck right at the bottom of the sea floor, all without getting wet!
Jeju’s submarine tours is an unconventional, unmissable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve been canyoneering in Philippines, helmet diving in Boracay, diving in Maldives, but being in a submarine? No way!
Nothing comes close what this submarine tour can offer, and at a reasonable price point too.
TIP: Book your tickets online for a discounted price!
Address: 40, Namseongjung-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 남성중로 40 (서홍동)) Opening Hours: 07:20am - 6:40pm Runs 17 times a day (departs every 40min) *Runs 16 times a day in winter time (November to January, last departure 4:40pm) Admission Fees: Adults - 50,000 won (online reservation 45,000 won) Teenagers - 40,000 won (online reservation 36,000 won) Children - 30,000 won (online reservation 27,000 won) *Online reservation is available only in Korean. [Maritime Park] Adults - 1,500 won Youth - 1,000 won Children - 500 won Babies - free
22. Yongmeori Cliff/ Yongmeori Beach
Yongmeori Cliff, also known as Dragon Head Cliff, is located along the coastline of Sanbangsan. It is so named due to how it looks as if a dragon’s head is going underwater.
Formed due to several volcanic eruptions, the layers of lava has cooled to form the undulating cliff walls all around you. Yongmeori is the oldest volcanic crater in Jeju Island. The sight, with its rocks stacked on top of each other and the cliffs by the sea, make it one of Jeju’s most picturesque spots. This really reminds me of the Antelope Canyon in Arizona, doesn’t it?
Haenyeos, the women sea-divers of Jeju may also be around selling sea cucumbers along the seashore if you would like to try some fresh catch!
Address: 218-10, Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 산방로 218-10 (안덕면)) Opening Hours: Operating hours subject to change depending on weather conditions. Admission Fees: Adults - 1,000 won Teenagers & Children - 500 won * Free for people with disabilities and seniors
23. Sanbangsan Mountain
A staggering 395.2 m above sea level, the Sanbangsan Mountain was formed due to a violent volcanic activity over 800,000 years ago. Layers upon layers of lava have cooled to form the majestic mountain you see today. You can expect to be rewarded with a spectacular view of the ocean.
According to Korean myths, it is said that the peak of Mt. Hallasan where Baekrokho Lake now exists was taken off and thrown to form this mountain. How interesting is that!
‘Sanbang’, which translates into ‘cave inside a mountain’, is indeed what it is.
Here, you would find Sanbangsa Temple and the Bomunsa Temple with large Buddha statues where people do make offerings and pray for good health. Between the two temples, take a 20 minute walk along the stone steps which would lead you to the Sanbanggulsa Grotto.
Address: 218-10, Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 산방로 218-10 (안덕면)) Opening Hours: Winter Season – 8am – 5pm Summer Season – 8am – 6pm Admission Fees: Adults - 1,000 won Military, Youths & Children - 500 won * Free for men of national merits, seniors and the disabled [Sanbangsan Mountain Tansan Hot Springs] Address: 192, Sagyebuk-ro 41beon-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 사계북로41번길 192 (안덕면)) Opening Hours: Indoor hot springs – 6am – 12mn Jjimjilbang (Korean sauna) - 24 hours Open-air bath (Swimming pool) – 11am – 11pm Admission Fees: Adults - 12,000 won Youths - 9,000 won Seniors and the handicapped - 8,000 won Teenagers - 6,000 won Children - 4,000 won
24. EAT: Osulloc Museum
Calling all tea lovers! It is an absolute must to swing by the Osulloc Museum. We gained an insight about traditional Korean tea culture and its history in this building which is shaped like a green tea cup.
Don’t forget to head up to the observatory on the second floor where you can enjoy the serenity of the surrounding green tea fields and the expansive landscape.
Take home authentic tea leaves or simply bask in the ambience of the indoor tea house with a cup of green tea. We couldn’t pass off pairing their signature green tea roll cake and matcha ice cream!
The flagship Innisfree Jeju House is a picturesque glasshouse located is within the vicinity of the museum. You can shop for Innisfree cosmetic products and let your creative juices flow when you make your own DIY soap. It was such fun for us watching others design their own unique soap.
Address: 15, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm Admission Fees: Free
25. Hyeopjae Beach
The first thing you’d notice upon arriving is how glistening white the sand at Hyeopjae Beach is. The sand owes its colour to the large amounts of crushed seashells that have been mixed in.
The island view Hyeopjae Beach offers is almost like a slice of paradise. Take some time to stroll along the 9 km stretch of the beach with accompanying turquoise waters and admire the surroundings. You will also be able to spot the majestic Mt. Hallasan from the beach.
Address: 329-10, Hallim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 한림읍 한림로 329-10) Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Admission Fees: Free Directions: From Jeju Airport, take bus No. 100/ 200 or taxi (about 2000 won). Get off at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Transfer to an intercity bus that runs on Il-ju Road to the west. Get off at Hanrim Park (first bus 5:40am, last bus 9pm / 20 min interval) Duration – 45 minutes OR Take a taxi at Jeju Cross-country Bus Terminal. Duration – 35 - 40 minutes
26. Hallim Park
Hallim Park is just a stone’s throw from Hyeopjae Beach and has much to offer. Consisting of a variety of gardens, take some time to stroll through the 100,000m2 park and admire the abundant flora and fauna.
Depending on the season, the garden takes on a different character. It could be covered by a blanket of crisp white snow or skirted by pools of autumn gold and rust-coloured leaves – perfect for a photo. If you’re visiting during February, the apricot trees are in bloom!
Tours are available to visit the Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Caves, formed when its resident volcano Mt. Halla erupted, and known to be the only 2D caves in the world. The park also has a children’s amusement park, outdoor resort facilities and a folk village, so there is something for everyone.
Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (제주특별자치도 제주시 한림읍 한림로 300 (한림읍)) Opening Hours: March - September - 8:30am – 7pm 15 July – 20 August - 8:30am – 7:30pm October - February - 8:30am – 6pm * Last admission is 1 h 30 min before closing. Admission Fees: Adults - 11,000 won Seniors - 9,000 won Teenagers - 8,000 won Children - 7,000 won
27. EAT: Monsant Café
G-Dragon Kpop Fans must be excited as this cafe was opened by the man himself!
Expectedly, fans from all over the world gather at this cafe. However, even if you’re not a big fan, this modern cafe with large reflective windows is the perfect spot to have a coffee and catch the sunset over the ocean. There is a rooftop so avid photographers like me can capture that perfect sunset shot!
Address: 2546 Aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm
There you have it! This was how we spent a good 3 days exploring most of Jeju island.
With its rich culture, natural wonders and delicious food, it is no wonder why it is such a popular destination with tourists.
I hope this list of places of attractions in Jeju has helped you with your trip planning. Comment down below if you think I have missed out on any other things to do in Jeju Island!
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