Did you know that Jeju records 15 million tourists on a yearly basis? What exactly attracts tourists to South Korea’s iconic off-shore island, Jeju? Could it be the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the abundance of natural landmarks or its local delicacies? Read on to find out the top 10 must-visit places in Jeju!
1. Osulloc Tea Museum
Get a glimpse into the history of tea at the Osulloc Tea Museum in Jeju. This is also where you can find the complete range of Osulloc products in South Korea! Osulloc cakes and desserts are available here as well to satisfy your sweet tooth. If the weather is good, set aside some time and take a stroll in the tea plantation location just across the road. Don’t forget to snap more photos and selfies with the vast tea plantation field!
Address: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-
GPS #: 794-5312
* Osulloc Tea Museum may be closed early due to extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or snowfall.
2. Innisfree Jeju House
One road across Osulloc Tea Museum, the Innisfree Jeju House is known for having a better selection of food as compared to its neighbour! There are 2 types of main courses to choose from on a daily basis. Swipe left for the menu and take a closer look at one of the main course choices featured.
After having your meal, don’t forget to grab an Innisfree DIY soap kit and make your very own soap in the store.
Address: 425, Sinhwayeoksa-
GPS #: 794-5351
3. Cheonjeyeon Falls
This Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls allows you to see not one, not two, but three different waterfalls with the price of one! The top pick will definitely be the Cheonjeyeon Falls. If you’re lucky, you will be treated to the view of a rainbow over the waterfalls. Admission costs 2,500won per adult. Walk further down to take stroll up on the Seonimgyo Bridge (arch bridge) for a view we promise you won’t regret!
Parking lots are available for free. Do expect a fair share of stairs in this attraction so make sure you are dressed comfortably for the climbing of stairs.
Address: 132, Cheonjeyeon-
GPS #: 760-6331
4. Dongmun Night Market
The Dongmun Night Market is no doubt a must-visit attraction filled with endless food choices! While Dongmun Night Market is a popular tourist attraction, you will spot many locals dining in here with their families and friends too. With over 30 food stalls, treat your
Address: 20, Gwandeok-
5. Mysterious Road
You must have heard about the Mysterious Road which can defy gravity! This is where cars roll upwards even without accelerating and bottles roll upwards by itself. Don’t believe it? Search for Jeju’s Mysterious Road on youtube to watch the reviews! Spot the brown-blue signage and try it out yourself when you are in Jeju!
Address: 2894-63 1100(Cheonbaek)-
Opening Hours: 24 hours
6. Seongsan Ilchubong Peak
Oversee the entire Jeju Island on Seongsan Ilchubong Peak, also known as the Sunrise Peak. Best for sunrise and sunset, spend some time on the peak to admire the breath-taking landscape of Jeju Island! If you are visiting in spring, the Seongsan Ilchubong Peak will be surrounded by bright yellow canola flowers!
Address: 284-12, Ilchul-
Summer 7.30am –
GPS #: 783-0959
Admission Fee: 2,000 won per adult
7. Manjanggul Lava Cave
The Manjanggul Cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world measuring more than 13KM, only 1KM is open to tourist. With an average temperature of 11~21℃ inside the tunnel, do bring along a cardigan in case it gets too cold inside! It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes as the grounds are slippery and uneven inside the tunnel.
Address: 182, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Admission Fee: 2,000 won (adults), 1,000 won (teenagers/children)
8. Jeju 5 Day Folk Market
Jeju 5 Day Folk Market is one of the many markets on the island but also the biggest with over a thousand stores. From locally grown produce to seafood and local snacks, there
Address: 1204-1 Doduil-dong, Jeju-do Jeju-si, South Korea
Other markets in Jeju:
- SEOGWIPO HYANGTO FIVE-DAY MARKET (서귀포향토오일시장)
- SEWHA FOLK FIVE-DAY MARKET (세화 오일장)
- DONAM MARKET (도남시장)
9. Jeju Black Pork Street (흑돼지거리)
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Trying the locally-bred black pork should be on top of your to-do-list in Jeju!
- Hwaro Hyang Black Pork BBQ (화로향)
Donsadon(돈사돈) – frequented by G-Dragon and other celebrities (not located in Black Pork Street)
Located off the eastern coast of Jeju, Udo (literally means Cow Island) is reachable by a 15-minute ferry ride from the Seongsan Ferry Terminal. Also known as a compact version of Jeju, Udo is home to numerous beaches, scenic spots, lighthouses and more. Get around the island by a paid shuttle bus or rent a bicycle/scooter or a car. While you can opt to ferry your rented car over from Jeju, it is not advisable as the roads in Udo are more narrow with minimal traffic lights.
Some of the places you should visit are Geommeolle Beach, Udobong Peak and Seobinbaeksa Beach.
Apart from the famous peanut ice-cream, another one of the must-try is the Hallasan Fried Rice at Rodem Garden (로뎀가든). Using the leftover sauces from the signature black pork dish, enjoy a cheesy fried rice shaped into the iconic Hallasan to end off your meal. Something interesting to know is that the coloured condiments used to decorate the “hallasan” changes with every season!
Stay connected! Get your 4G LTE Data Sim card or Portable Wifi from Jeju International Airport before you begin your adventures in Jeju! If you are planning to rent a car in Jeju, don’t forget to read our review here.
Article by Xuan Lin @ KAvenyou.com