Located about 33km west of Jeju city, Hallim Park is one of the most popular places to visit on Jeju Island, South Korea. The park has a great combination of nature and culture and is usually included on a trip to explore Western Jeju island.
This article offers a complete travel guide to Hallim park, including:
How to get to Hallim park
Hallim park tour review
Things to see in Hallim park
What to pack
How to get to Hallim park
Hallim Park is located about 33km west of the city of Jeju. The address is 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea.
From Jeju airport
From Jeju International airport, you can take the 102 express bus to Hallim transfer station. Next, you take a 202 blue bus to Hallim Park Stop. The journey takes about 90 minutes in total.
If you rent a car, you can take the road Ilju-Doro, continue toward Hallim. Then, continue toward Hyeopjae at Hyeopjae-sa-geo-ri and arrive at Hallim Park. The trip takes about 50 minutes.
If you’re not a fan of waiting and taking public buses, taking a tour is a much convenient way to explore Jeju.
The pickup at drop-off was on time. The bus came and picked me up in front of my guesthouse at about 8:30 am, and I got back at around 6 pm.
My tour guide was friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. She explained many interesting facts about each attraction.
She also ensured that our group was adequately briefed on how to get to the exact location and waited for us at the various locations along the way, so we do not get lost and miss the departing bus on time.
Besides Hallim park, we also visited Hyupjae Beach, Hallim Park, O’sulloc Green Tea Field, and Cheonjeyeon Waterfall. Taking a Sanbang Cruise was a great experience too.
Our tour guide gave us a short review of the park and the cave, then let us explore the park on our own.
Hallim park caves
My first stop was a visit to Hyeopjaegul Cave and Ssangyonggul Cave, known as the only two-entrance caves in the world.
Hyeopjaegul and Ssangnyonggul caves were formed by an eruption of Mount Halla many years ago. Many people believe that the caves were below sea-level at the time of formation based on the discovery of fossilized seashells and abalone shells.
Only a 500-meter length of Hyeopjaegul and Ssangnyonggul caves are currently open to the public.
The temperature inside of the caves is 12~18 degrees Celsius all year round, so it’s quite chilly in the summer and warm in the winter.
Jeju Stone & Bonsai Garden
Leaving Ssangyonggul Cave, I visited Stone and Bonsai garden. The garden was large, offering a collection of 300-year-old pines, quince trees, crape myrtles, and maple trees.