What are some of the best things to do in Jeju, South Korea?
If you are traveling to South Korea anytime soon, one place you might be interested in is Jeju.
Jeju is an island off the coast of South Korea that offers a variety of things for you to see and do.
It is a place that is filled with museums, adventure spots as well as many unexplored territories.
Many tourists from all over the world love to come to Jeju as it offers an experience like no other.
Plus, it even has its own international airport which means getting to it from anywhere around the world is extremely simple.
The best thing about this island is that it enjoys a mild sub tropical climate, which means the temperature will be enjoyable to roam around in all year round.
So if you are wondering what things there is to do here on this island, you are in the right spot.
In this post, we’ll be detailing the 18 best things to do in Jeju Island.
So lets get started!
- Things To Do In Jeju, South Korea
- Manjanggul Lava-Tube Cave
- Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
- Jeongbang Waterfall
- Yongduam Rock
- Yeomiji Botanical Garden
- Love Land Theme Park
- Folklore and Natural History Museum
- Jeju Folk Village Museum
- Osulloc Tea Museum
- Jeju Teddy Bear Museum
- Aqua Planet Jeju
- Sunrise Peak
- Go On A Submarine Tour
- Gamble At Casinos
- Jeju Mini Land
- Dongmun Traditional Market
- Hamdeok Beach
Things To Do In Jeju, South Korea
In no particular order, here are the best things to do in Jeju, South Korea
Manjanggul Lava-Tube Cave
Manjanggul Lava-Tube Cave is one of the finest lava tunnels in the world as well as being one of the largest. The tunnels are a result of lava activity that formed in the region over time and spans up to 23 meters in height at some areas. The tunnel spans a total of 7km with only 1km open to the general public and is one of the most visited landmarks in the city.
There are various cave formations in the Manjanggul Lava Tube, such as stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, lava tubes, lava shelves, and lava rafts. In particular, the lava column that is located at the end of the tourist area is about 7.6m high and is known as the highest lava column in the world.
It is also part of the UNESCO world heritage site.
If you are going to be talking about waterfalls in South Korea, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is one of the most famous ones. The name literally translates to “the connection between land and sky”. It is a 22 meter high waterfall that breaks into a number of smaller streams emerging from the area. The water then falls into an artificial basic formed by 2 small dams which helps keep the water from overflowing.
Getting to the waterfall is actually a pretty fun experience as you’ll go through a really nice scenic trail that leads you straight to the falls. Plus if you come during the night, you can see formation of rocks illuminated with artificial lights.
Jeongbang Falls is one of the Jejudo Island’s top 3 falls, along with Cheonjiyeon Falls and Cheonjeyeon Falls. It is the only fall in Korea where water falls directly into the sea. The fall is 23m high and the two streams of waterfall that fall down the black cliff create a thrilling sound and a wonderful view. Moreover, the steep cliffs and old pine trees around the fall create a picturesque view, and this view was chosen as one of Ten Scenic Sights of Yeongju with the name of “Jeongbanghapok.”
Situated to the north of Jeju City, Yongduam was created by strong winds and waves over thousands of years. However, there are plenty of other stories of how it came to be. One legend has it that a dragon stealing precious jade from Mt. Halla was shot down by an arrow from the mountain deity. When he fell down on Yongduam, his body immediately sank into the ocean and his head rapidly froze looking at the sky. Another legend has it that a white horse, who dreamed of being a dragon and ascending to the sky, came to be caught by a soldier and froze into the rock.
From Yongduam, you’ll be able to see the Haeno women divers working on trying to catch seafood.
Plus near the rock, there are various cafes, bars, and restaurants all around. It is a very popular place especially for couples where you can have fun while roaming around.
Yeomiji Botanical Garden
Yeomiji Botanical Garden is an indoor garden that showcases many different kinds of plants. You can find all sorts of cacti, tropical fruits, water lilies and even flowers here in this garden. There are about 2,000 species of rare plants as well as over 1,700 species of flowers and trees here.
Located within the Jungmun Resort, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well maintained indoor garden in all of Asia.
Love Land Theme Park
Jeju Love Land is a theme sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism. Twenty artists, mainly graduates of top art school Hongik University, helped open it in November 2004. There are about 140 explicit sculptures all around with 40 being on the inside and 100 on the outside. Not really a place for small children, but there is a kid-friendly amusement park nearby to distract them while you are roaming around Love Land.
Jeju Love Land is open every day and it usually takes 30-40 minutes to look around the park. Jeju Love Land houses a glass-dome restaurant, an outdoor café, an art shop, and various works which visitors can touch. Jeju Love Land is an attractive place where art and eroticism meet in cool, fun, humorous styles.
Folklore and Natural History Museum
The Folklore and Natural History Museum is a great place to learn about the history and culture of Jeju. Inside you can find a variety of replica displays of animals and plants that are found on the island. Plus the museum has 4 exhibition halls which consists of the Natural History Hall, the Folklore Exhibition HallⅠ, the Folklore Exhibition Hall, and the Outdoor Exhibition.
Jeju Folk Village Museum
The Folklore and Natural History Museum might be a place where you can learn about the history and culture of Jeju, but the Jeju Folk Village Museum is the place where you can actually see it.
It is an area with around 117 traditional houses. Among them are many artifacts on display here which include thousands of folk items made from wood, iron and bamboo.
It is a great place to see history live.
Osulloc Tea Museum
Osulloc Tea Museum is a great place for anybody wanting to learn more about traditional tea in Korea. They have a gallery showcasing many of the tea wares and artifacts that were used during the Joseon Dynasty and even has a workshop that runs lectures about the various methods of tea plantation, packing as well as green tea supply chains.
When you are done, you can even shop for souvenirs at the gift shop nearby and enjoy views of Jeju countryside from the museum’s observatory.
Jeju Teddy Bear Museum
Jeju Teddy Bear Museum is as you guessed it, a teddy bear museum. It displays some of the most unique and interesting teddy bears in the world And it is one of the few museums in the world that actually allows people to buy items that are on display.
This museum was mainly opened for the sole purpose of attracting tourists and foreign collectors from all over the world to come buy its items.
Aqua Planet Jeju
Aqua Planet Jeju is the largest aquarium in all of Asia. The scale is approximately 11 times that of 63 Sea World. As a single aquarium, Aqua Planet Jeju is indeed the largest in the world. With approximately 48,000 animals and plants of around 500 species are available for viewing, Aqua Planet Jeju, is an “amusement theme park” offering one of the world’s top 10 educational, cultural, and entertainment content, operates a marine science experience hall and a large-scale aquatic performance center together with a supersized tank that recreates the coastal waters of Jeju Island.
This is also the first place where the “whale shark” was introduced in Korea.
Seongsan Ilchulbong AKA Sunrise Peak is a popular spot for many people to go watch the sunrise. However, you should know that the sunrise here is not visible everyday due to the intense fog at the peak. But on the days you can catch it, it will be so beautiful.
The climb getting to the peak is a pretty fun experience as the route takes quite a bit of time for you to reach the destination.
Seopjikoji is considered to be one of the most famous capes in all of South Korea. This is due to the fact that the cape and its surroundings has beenn featured as backdrops for various amounts of Korean TV series like Gingko Bed, All In, and One Thousand and One Nights.
It is a great place to enjoy nature and its surroundings.
Tip: if you want to enjoy views of the ocean, then go up Hyeopja Beacon Fire Station where you can enjoy views on top of the hill.
Go On A Submarine Tour
As you know, Jeju is a volcanic island off the coast of South Korea. It is here where you can take a submarine tour and see some of the island’s diverse underwater marine life. It doesn’t go too deep into the waters as it usually goes to about 30 meters in and travels about 2.8 km in length.
You’ll be able to see a whole bunch of different varieties of coral, fish as well as beautiful underwater sculptures.
Gamble At Casinos
If you want a chance to relax as well as have some fun, you might fancy visiting a Casino. Casinos as you know are open 24/7 and attracts those who wants a shot at winning some cash. There are quite a few casinos located here on Jeju which includes Lotte Hotel Jeju, Ramada Plaza Jeju Ocean Front, and Jeju Sun Hotel & Casino.
Do know that locals are prohibited from gambling, so all you’ll see here are foreign visitors trying to gamble their luck for some winnings.
Jeju Mini Land
Jeju Mini Land Park is an area where you can see all things mini. This park displays a variety of miniature replicas of iconic structures from all around the world. It is here where you can find over 115 architecture and UNESCO World Heritage Sites from over 50 different countries.
Some of the most famous replicas in this park include the Bulguksa Temple, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and so on.
Not only that, but this park also offers workshops such as tee shirt making, pouch crafting, and handkerchief making.
Dongmun Traditional Market
Jeju Dongmun Traditional Market is famous for providing the freshest seafood caught right from the sea around Jeju. Visitors will be able to get a taste of freshly caught fish prepared as hoe (sliced raw fish) or some of Jeju’s local food and produce such as omegi tteok (Jeju-style rice cake), gogi guksu (meat noodle soup), and hallabong citrus fruit. The market not only has delicious foods but also souvenirs, making the market a popular shopping attraction among tourists.
It is basically a street market, night market, traditional market, and seafood market all combined into one.
If you are looking for a beautiful white sandy beach to relax and unwind, then you’ll need to head to Hamdeok Beach. It is the perfect place where locals and tourists can go have some fun. Complete with modern changing rooms, showering facilities, a parking lot for 300 cars, private lodgings, and camping grounds, it is the most developed in terms of amenities.
Overall the island of Jeju is a pretty fun place to be in.
Just looking at this list, there are a ton of amazing and fun things for anyone to see and do.
So next time you plan a vacation, you might consider a trip to Busan and enjoy all it has to offer.
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Have fun traveling~