Jeju island is my favorite destination in South Korea. I’ve traveled around the island, exploring from the Eastern side to the Western one. The island is so stunning and has several breathtaking landmarks.
I’d love to share my experience in this article 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. A unique feature about Jeongbang falls is that the water goes directly into the sea.
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!
- Address: 36, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
- Opening hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily
- Wear comfortable shoes as the stones near the waterfall may be slippery.
- Pack some snacks and water with you.
Read more: I’ve written a detailed guide to Jeongbang Falls. Don’t forget to check it to plan your trip.
2. Enjoy a thrilling cart riding experience
Head to Wind 1947 Jeju Extreme Circuit for a fun and memorable time and get your hand on one of their classic vintage carts.
Here, you can ride alone on one of the longest track courses in South Korea while enjoying Mount Halla view.
You can learn more about the cart riding experience here.
3. Observe the Oedolgae
Oedolgae Rock was formed when a volcano erupted about 150,000 years ago. Its name means “lone rock pillar,” and that’s very much true.
To get there, you have to walk a trail. That’s even more amazing. It’s a part of Olle Trail route 7.
The surrounding area is a popular fishing spot, and you might spot people doing scuba diving.
Tips: Don’t forget to bring water and snacks while walking along the trail. There are some spots along the way that you can buy in case you forget.
Address: 791, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
4. Be amazed at Jusangjeolli Cliff
Jusangjeolli Hexagon Lava Cliff was formed between 250,000 and 140,000 years ago when lava from Hallasan Mountain poured into the Jungmun sea.
The resulting rock formations are perfectly hexagonal. Visiting here, you can listen to the sound of the wave hitting the lava cliff while enjoying the breathtaking view.
Address: 36-30, Ieodo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Read more: You can learn more about Jusangjeolli Cliff in my travel guide.
5. Visit Jeju Folk Village
Visiting Jeju Folk Village should definitely 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.
You can learn more about Seongeup Folk Village in my article.
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.
Address: 104, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
6. Enjoy Jeju Woman diver show
Jeju woman diver show is a UNESCO Intangible cultural asset. These women dive into the ocean water without any underwater diving equipment to gather seafood.
What time is the Jeju woman diver show?
- 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
- 3 pm – 4 pm
As they perform only twice a day (1:30 pm and 3 pm daily]9 at Seongsang Ilchubong, you should plan so you won’t miss the performance.
It will take you 10 minutes to walk from the main entrance to the performance area.
Read more: Learn more about the Jeju woman diver show here.
7. Trek Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
Before or after watching Jeju woman diver show, you can hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong to reach the peak.
After a comfortable 20 – 25 minute climb up, the gorgeous views over the sea and island await.
If you don’t want to reach the peak, wandering around the hill is a lovely experience. The mountain itself is stunning and a great place to take photos.
- Tips: You can read my hiking guide to Seongsan Ilchulbong for more details.
- Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
8. Explore Jeju Venice
Can you believe that there’s a little Venice on Jeju island?
You can travel to Italy with Jeju Venice Land – a lovely theme park resembling Italian architecture and lifestyle. Also, don’t forget to try tasty Italian dishes when you’re here.
Address: 2575, Nansan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Opening hours: 9 am – 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
How to buy Jeju Venice land tickets?
You can book your Jeju Venice land ticket online with Klook, a trustworthy travel company providing activities and travel experiences.
- You must present a printed voucher and your passport for this activity
- The voucher is valid only on the tour date specified
- You must redeem this voucher for your entry ticket
9. Visit Teddy Bear Museum
Are you ready to meet cuddly teddy bears?
Teseum Teddy bear has an extensive exhibition of handcrafted teddy bears with different themes and costumes.
You can also try making a DIY teddy bear here, a fun experience for both kids and adults. Also, you can see other animals at the safari zone.
Address: 2159 Pyeonghwa-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Open hours: 8:30 am to 7 pm
10. 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 Hallasan Mt., Eoseungsaengak is 1,169m above sea level. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get to the peak.
There are many 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 forest.
Tips: Don’t forget to bring water and snacks with you.
11. Walk along Hyeopjae & Geumneung Beach
Looking for a beach destination? Head to Hyeopjae & Geumneung Beach!
Hyeopjae is one of the most beautiful beaches on 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.
12. Visit Hallim Park
A trip to Hallim Park should be on your list of things to do on 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 garden 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 Korean food restaurant and a small food court nearby selling ice cream, drinks, and beer. There is also a herb cafe in the park selling herbal teas.
Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
- March-September 08:30 am – 7 pm
- October-February 08:30 am – 6 pm
- Summer peak season (July 15-August 20) 08:30 am – 7:30 pm.
Read more: I’ve written a detailed guide to Hallim Park. Check it out to plan for your visit.
13. Enjoy O’sulloc Green tea field
With its vibrant green tea fields, the O’Sulloc Green tea field is a popular destination in Jeju island for tea lovers.
The blue sky contrasted with the gorgeous green color of the tea is spectacular, an excellent place for memorable Jeju photos!
14. Visit O’Sulloc Tea Museum and Innisfree Jeju House
O’Sulloc Tea Museum
You shouldn’t miss the O’Sulloc Tea Museum near the field.
At the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, you can learn about the history of O’Sulloc and Korean Tea Culture.
There is a fascinating exhibition of cups and teapots that were used in Korea during the ancient dynasties.
Also, the museum is an excellent place to purchase good quality tea and other good quality souvenirs. There’s a cafe with a great view. I tried the green tea ice cream, and it was delicious!
Address: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
Innisfree Jeju House
If you’re a fan of Innisfree, don’t forget to stop by Innisfree Jeju House, located next to O’Sulloc Tea Museum. It has some exclusive products which are not available in other outlets.
Soap-making activity is a fun activity for all ages. You can bring home our customized souvenir after joining the soap-making session.
There’s also a lovely cafe at Innisfree Jeju House that offers organic food.
Address: 425, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Open Hours: 9 am to 7 pm (summer) or 6 pm (winter)
15. Take a cruise near Sanbang Mountain
Taking a thrilling cruise to Sanbangsan is an exciting thing to do on Jeju island.
From the cruise, you can enjoy the beautiful view of UNESCO-listed Jeju Global Geopark Sanbangsan. Also, you can see the double-crater volcano – Songaksan Volcano.
Hop on a one-hour cruise to explore the nature of Jeju island!
16. Enjoy Play K-Pop Museum
If you’re a Kpop fan, you cannot miss Play K-pop Museum.
At this museum, you can enjoy the live hologram concert that brings you the authentic experience of real live K-pop. The museum also has an area for exhibitions, a cafe, and a souvenir shop.
Address: 15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Open hours: 9 am to 7 pm
17. Observe Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls
Cheonjeyeon Falls, 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 many stairs and walking, the experience is worth it.
Read more: Check out my Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls to plan for your trip.
18. 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 their distinctive genetics due to their isolation and domestication.
Thus, you can understand more about Jeju Culture while participating in Jeju Horseback riding activity.
19. Wander along Gwangchigi Beach
Gwangchigi Beach is a great natural attraction on Jeju island.
Wandering along Gwangchigi Beach, you can view the entire scene of Seongsan Illchulpeak.
20. Have fun at Alive Museum
Alive Museum Jeju Island specializes in optical illusions, great for taking photos.
This museum is an excellent place if you enjoy art and creative activities. The walls are covered in remarkable paintings, and visitors can use creative poses to get funny photographs!
Although each picture has an instruction, you’re encouraged to be creative and use your style. From fighting with a dangerous snake to becoming an angel, your adventure awaits.
Alive Museum address and opening hours
- Address: 42, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
- Opening hours: 9 am to 9:30 pm (the last admission time is 8:30 pm)
21. Explore Manjanggul Cave
Designated as a natural monument, Manjanggul Cave is one of the longest lava tunnels in the world. It will be a huge miss if you don’t visit the lava tube on your trip to Jeju island.
Manjang Cave was formed 200,000 to 300,000 years ago due to volcanic activity. Currently, you can only visit 1km of this tunnel, even though the whole system is about 13 km long.
Some parts are pretty slippy, and there are small puddles of water here and there, but it’s safe to walk in general.
Tips for visiting Manjang Cave
As the ground is uneven, you should bring a decent pair of walking shoes when visiting this cave. Also, don’t forget to bring a light jacket as the temperature is low inside the cave.
For more tips, check out my detailed guide to Manjanggul cave.
22. Try Black pork BBQ
Do you know that there’s a street in Jeju city named after this dish? If you visit the city center of Jeju city, you can find Black Pork street or Dombedon in Korean.
The street is full of restaurants serving its most famous dish – Black pork BBQ.
What is Black pork BBQ?
The Jeju Black Pig is a breed of domestic pig found only on Jeju island. It’s known for providing lots of nutrients.
P/S: If you’re vegan, you can try Bibimbap (rice mix) instead.
23. Visit at Jeju Dongnum Market
What to do in Jeju at night?
Exploring the Jeju Dongnum market is a fun thing to do in Jeju at night. Although the shops open until 9 pm, you can still enjoy local food at the food stands until 11 pm.
Note: Be prepared to line up for your food as some stands are crazily busy (which means they are good, I suppose!)
24. Be naughty at Jeju Loveland
If you’re into quirky stuff, why not spend a morning at Loveland?
Loveland is a sculpture theme park based on sensuality and eroticism. A group of Hongik university students created this park to present their projects.
The park only opens in the morning from 9 am to midday so you should plan your time carefully if you want to visit here.
Please note that visitors must be over 20 years old to use the facilities.
Address: 2894-72, Cheonbaengi-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Open hours: 9 am to 12 am
25. 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 effort. 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.
Explore Jeju with Yeha Tour
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 minor downside of this tour is that you have to rush from place to place, as each course covers at least five different areas for a day.
Where to stay in Jeju?
Yeha Guest House is a lovely place to stay in Jeju city. I stayed there for five days in a private room, and the location is excellent.
You can walk to the Jeju Bus terminal within 2 minutes. Also, from Yeha Guest House, you can take a taxi to the night market and center within 15 minutes.
4G wifi in Jeju
I would recommend buying a 4G sim card while traveling in South Korea, or Jeju in specific.
As everything is written in Korean, and most people are not good at English, having a 4G connection will help you greatly while traveling to Jeju.