Imagine the best adventure you’ve experienced. Jeju island will bring you these.
Jeju island is my favorite destination in South Korea. I’ve traveled around the island, exploring the Eastern side to the Western one. The island is so stunning and has several breath-taking landmarks.
In this article, I’d love to share my experience and show you the best things to do on Jeju island that you should not miss.
1. Visit Jeongbang Waterfalls
Located in the South of Jeju Island, Jeongbang Falls is among the top three famous waterfalls on the island.
With a height of 23m, it is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly into the ocean.
After purchasing the entrance ticket, you’ll need to walk downstairs to reach the waterfall.
It usually takes about 5 minutes, but you might find yourself stopping many times along the way to enjoy the fantastic view!
After reaching the falls, you can feel the cool mist created by the waterfall, and observe the clear blue waters.
Opening hours: 9 am to 9:30 pm (the last admission time is 8:30 pm)
5. Trek Mount. Halla (Eoseungsaenak trail)
Trekking Hallasan Mountain, the highest mountain in South Korea, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
As the hiking course is less than 10km, you can go to the peak and back in one day.
If you don’t have much time, you can walk the Eoseungsaengak trail instead.
Located in the middle of Hallasan Mt., Eoseungsaengak is 1,169m above sea level. It takes approximately 1 hour to get to the peak.
There are a lot of wooden steps up the trail and some turns, and most of the time, you are surrounded by trees so you may feel like you’re in the jungle.
Tips: Don’t forget to bring water and snacks with you.
6. Experience Mysterious Road
Can you believe that there’s a road where you don’t need to turn on the engine to go up the hill?
As a result of a natural optical illusion, things on this road seem to roll uphill!
My bus went slowly up the road without any efforts. The best way to experience it is to get out of your car, take a bottle and see as it slowly goes up, seemingly defying gravity.
7. Walk along Hyeopjae & Geumneung Beach
Looking for a beach destination? Head to Hyeopjae & Geumneung Beach!
Hyeopjae is one of the most beautiful beaches in Jeju island, famous for its white sand and clear water. It also has plenty of good restaurants and coffee shops nearby.
Located next to Hyeopjae beach, Geumneung is an absolutely stunning beach with a great view of Biyangdo Island.
Crystal clear water with white sand coast and not many tourists around make this beach a sweet spot to escape the crowd. Also, the water is shallow enough to walk in.
8. Visit Hallim Park
A trip to Hallim Park should be on your list of things to do in Jeju island.
Located about 33km west of Jeju city, Hallim park has a great combination of nature and culture. It takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to see all the park as it’s enormous.
The most famous sites are two caves (Ssangyonggul Cave and Hyeopjaegul Cave) that feature both a lava tube and a limestone cave.
Also, you can spend an excellent time strolling around the nine different themed gardens, seeing various types of plants, flowers, and trees. There’s also a small zoo with turtles, snakes, peacocks, and other birds.
Also, you shouldn’t miss the folk village near the Bonsai garden. You can learn about Jeju folk village culture and see the traditional houses.
At the folk village, you can find a restaurant that serves Korean food and a small food court nearby selling ice cream, drinks, and beer. There is also a herb cafe in the park selling herbal teas.
Cheonjeyeon Falls, or known as The Pond of God, consists of 3 sections. 2 of them have water, and one only has water when it rains.
The area is a beautiful place to chill and relax as you can enjoy the beauty of beautiful nature. The view from the bridge near the entrance is astonishing, and it’s worth visiting both waterfalls.
Although there are lots of stairs and walking, the experience is worth it.
15. Try Jeju Horseback Riding
Joining Jeju Horseback Riding is an exciting thing to do in Jeju.
Jeju island is an excellent place to breed horses with its vast green lands, and Jeju horses are famous for its distinctive genetics due to the isolation and domestication.
Thus, you can understand more about Jeju Culture while taking part in Jeju Horseback riding activity.
16. Visit Jeju Folk Village
As Folk Village is a unique and traditional culture of Jeju, visiting Jeju Folk Village should be on your list of things to do in Jeju island.
Seongeup Folk Village is a small town located at the foot of Hallasan Mountain, and the houses here have black lava rock walls with curvy alleys to block the wind. You can find the local black-haired pigs here, as well.
If you join the Eastern Jeju Course, you can get a chance to meet the local guide here and understand more about Folk village culture.
Yeha Tour includes pick-up and drop-off service from your hotel, attraction entry tickets, and lunch.
I joined all three courses with Yeha Bus Tour, and I had a great time. A little downside of this tour is that you have to rush from places to places, as each course covers at least five different places for a day.