best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

20+ Awesome Things To Do In Jeju Island South Korea

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With numerous natural wonders, Jeju island is known as the Hawaii of South Korea. Thanks to its breath-taking landscape, Jeju Island has become a favorite domestic holiday destination and gaining international attention.

What to do in Jeju island? Read this Jeju travel guide to know the best things to do in Jeju island.

best things to do in Jeju island

1. Visit Jeongbang Waterfalls

Located in the South of Jeju Island, Jeongbang Falls is among the top 3 famous waterfalls in Jeju. With a height of 23 m, Jeongbang Falls is the only waterfall in Asia that falls directly to the ocean.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea Jeongbang Waterfalls

After purchasing the entrance ticket to Jeongbang, you’ll need to walk down the stairs to reach the waterfall.

Although it takes approximately 5 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the fall, you may need more time as you stop along the way to enjoy the stunning view.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

Reaching Jeongbang Falls, you can observe the magnificent view of this waterfall with a thrilling sound created when the water falls down the black cliff.

Address: 36, Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Open hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily

Tips

Remember to wear comfortable shoes on your trip as the stones near the waterfall are really slippy.

I went there in the morning and it was already full of people. If you want to truly experience this fall, get up early and get there by 9 am.

 

2. Observe the Oedolgae

Oedolgae Rock was formed when a volcano erupted about 150,000 years ago. The rock gains its name as it’s located in the middle of the sea and isolated from the island.

best places to visit in Jeju island South Korea

There is an expansive grass field on the top of Oedolgae Rock. The surrounding area is a popular fishing spot and you might spot people doing scuba diving.

Although the rock itself is a special thing to see in Jeju island, the trail leading there is even more amazing. It’s a part of Olle Trail route 7.

Tips: Don’t forget to bring water and snack while walking along the trail.

Address: 791, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 

3. Be amazed at Jusangjeolli Cliff

Jusangjeolli Hexagon Lava Cliff was formed between 250,000 and 140,000 years ago when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into Jungmun sea. 

The impressive feature about Jusangjeolli Cliff is that the rock formations are perfectly hexagonal for the most part. You can listen to the sound of the wave hitting the lava cliff while enjoying breath-taking view. 

Address: 36-30, Ieodo-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 

4. Have fun at Alive Museum

The five optical illusion themes namely Optical illusion art, Media art, Object art, Sculpture art, and Provence art will provide you with an exciting experience while visiting Alive Museum Jeju Island.

This museum is a great place if you enjoy art and creative activities. The wall is full of remarkable theme art which allows visitors to create interesting poses.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

Although each picture has an instruction, you’re encouraged to be creative and have your own style. From fighting with a dangerous snake to transforming as an angle, your adventure awaits!

Address: 42, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Open 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-a-lifetime experience in your trip to Jeju. 

As the hiking courses less than 10 km in length, you can go to the peak and back in one day.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

If you don’t have much time, you can walk 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 (I walked slowly). 

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 a 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?

Get to Mysterious Road and you can see the Magic! 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 it slowly goes up.

 

7. Walk along Hyeopjae & Geumneung Beach

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

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 absolutely a stunning beach with great view of Biyangdo Island. Crystal clear water with white sand coast and not many tourists around make this beach a nice spot to escape the crowd in Jeju. Also, the water is shallow enough to walk around on the rock. 

 

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 get a glimpse of a park as it’s really huge.

The most famous sites are two caves (Ssangyonggul Cave and Hyeopjaegul Cave) that feature both lava tube and a limestone cave.

Also, you can spend a nice time strolling around nine different theme gardens in Hallim Park and exploring various types of plants, flowers, and trees. Hallim park also has a small zoo with turtle, snack, peacock and a bird area

Also, you should not miss the folk village near Bonsai garden. You can learn about Jeju folk village culture while observing the traditional houses with furniture and tools.

At the folk village, you can find a restaurant serving 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.

Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Open hours: 

  • 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

 

9. 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 with the gorgeous green color of the tea leaves will bring you a remarkable view of Jeju island. Also, the O’Sulloc Green Tea Field is a good place for memorable Jeju photos!

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

Note: Be careful of snakes when you get into the green tea field.

 

10. Visit O’Sulloc Tea Museum and Innisfree Jeju House 

O’Sulloc Tea Museum

You should not miss O’Sulloc Tea Museum nearby the field. 

At the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, you can learn some information about the history of O’Sulloc and Korean Tea Culture. There is an informative exhibition of cups and teapots that was used in Korea during ancient dynasties.

Tea Museum Jeju island South Korea

Also, the museum a nice place to buy good quality tea and some other gifts that comes in beautiful packages.

Furthermore, you can enjoy a good time at O’Sulloc Tea Museum’s Cafe with yummy desserts and a great view. Don’t miss the famous Green Tea Latte or Green Tea ice cream and cake. 

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 which is located next to O’Sulloc Tea Museum. It has some special 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 nice 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)

 

11. Take a cruise near Sanbang Mountain

Taking a thrilling cruise to Sanbangsan is an exciting thing to do in Jeju island. 

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea taking cruise ship

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!

 

12. Visit Teddy Bear Museum

Are you ready to meet cuddly teddy bears?

Teddy Bear Museum has an extensive exhibition of handcrafted teddy bears with different themes such as 100 Years of Modern History Arts, Seoul History, World Travel and many more.

Also, you can see the most expensive teddy bear in the world, and be able to take pictures with the giant bear outside the museum entrance.

Address: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Open hours: 9 am to 10 pm

 

13. Enjoy Play K-Pop Museum

If you’re a Kpop fan, you cannot miss Play K-pop Museum which is located right next to Teddy Bear Museum.

At this museum, you can enjoy the alive hologram concert that brings you the exact experience of real live K-pop.  The Museum also has an area for exhibitions, a cafe and souvenir shop. 

Address: 15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Open hours: 9 am to 7 pm

 

14. Observe Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls

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 nice place to chill and relax as you can enjoy the beauty of scenic 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 definitely worth it.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea

 

15. Try Jeju Horseback Riding

Joining Jeju Horseback Riding is a memorable 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. 

horse riding in Jeju island

You can ride along the ocean route and admire the beautiful nature of the island at the same time.

 

16. Visit Jeju Folk Village

As Folk Village is a special and traditional culture of Jeju, visiting Jeju Folk Village should be on your list of things to do in Jeju island.

Folk village 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. 

Address: 104, Seongeupjeonguihyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 

17. Wander along Gwangchigi Beach

Known as Olle Trail No.1., Gwangchigi Beach is an astounding natural attraction in Jeju island. 

Wandering along Gwangchigi Beach, you can view the entire scene of Seongsan Illchulpeak.

best places to visit in Jeju Island  Gwangchigi Beach

 

18. Enjoy Jeju Woman diver show

Jeju woman diver show is a UNESCO Intangible cultural asset. Without any underwater diving equipment, these women dive into dive into the ocean water to gather seafood. 

best things to see in Jeju woman diver show

What time is 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 ahead so you won’t miss the performance.

It will take you 10 minutes to walk from the main entrance to the performance area. 

 

19. Trek Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Before or after watching Jeju woman diver show, you can hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong to reach the peak. 

After an easy 20 – 25 minute climbing up, you can enjoy gorgeous views over the sea and island. If you don’t want to reach the peak, wandering along the hill is a lovely experience. The hill itself is really impressive and a great place to take photos.

best things to do in Jeju island South Korea trekking Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

 

20. Explore Manjang Cave

Designated as a natural monument, Manjang Cave is one of the best lava tunnels in the world. It would be a huge miss if you don’t visit Manjang Cave on your trip to Jeju island. 

Manjang Cave was formed when the lava that was deep in the ground spouted from the peak and flow to the surface. Currently, this lave tunnel is only opened 1 km.

Some parts are quite slippy and there are small puddles of water here and there, but it’s safe to walk in general.

best places to visit in Jeju Manjang Cave

Tips to visit Manjang Cave

As the ground is uneven, you should bring a proper pair of walking shoes when visiting this cave. Also, don’t forget to bring a light jacket along as the temperature is low inside the cave.

On the day I visited Manjang cave, the temperature outside was 33 Celsius degrees while inside was under 15… I was freezing cold :( 

Some people even wore raincoats as well. 

 

21. 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 as providing lots of nutrients. 

P/S: If you’re vegan, you can try Bibimbap (rice mix) instead. 

 

22. Spend a night at Jeju Dongnum Market

What to do in Jeju at night?

Exploring 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!)

 

23. 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. This park was created by a group of Hongik university students 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 be able to use the facilities.

Address: 2894-72, Cheonbaengi-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Open hours: 9 am to 12 am

 

24. Explore Jeju with Yeha Tour

You can join most of these activities with Yeha Tour. The tours are divided into 3 courses: West CourseEast Course, and South Course.

Yeha Tour includes pick-up and drop-off service from your hotel, attraction entry tickets, and lunch. 

I joined all 3 courses of Yeha Bus Tour and I had a great time. A tiny downside of this tour is that you have to rush from places to places, as each course covers at least 5 different places for a day. 

 

Where to stay in Jeju?

Yeha Guest House is a lovely place to stay in Jeju city. I stayed there for 5 days with a private room and the location is great.

best hotel in Jeju Yeha guesthouse

You can walk to Jeju Bus terminal within 2 minutes. Also, from Yeha Guest House, you can take a taxi to 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.

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