Jeju Travel Guide: Everything you need to know about South Korea’s Hawaii
South Korea’s Jeju Island has been named as the country’s very own Hawaii. The largest island in the country is a famous tourist attraction that has long been a favoured honeymoon and holiday destination for both local and international tourists. If you’re one curious traveller as to why Jeju Island’s been making a noise as one of Asia’s best holiday destinations, continue reading our Jeju travel guide and discover the unique charm of South Korea’s tropical destination!
How to get to Jeju Island
Flights to Jeju Island from Seoul or Busan are inexpensive compared to when you’re flying from anywhere else outside Korea. There are also scheduled ferries that go to Jeju but because the travel time is too long, most people choose to take a plane ride instead of hopping on a ferry.
If you’re coming from outside Korea, you need to book 2 flights – one going to Seoul/Busan, and another going to Jeju Island.
Getting around the island
Jeju Island has inner and outer city buses as well as the Airport Limousine Bus which covers all of the island’s tourist spots. All these buses accept cash and Seoul’s T-money transit card so it’s easy to get around and explore!
Where to stay
There are two major cities in Jeju Island – Jeju City and Seogwipo City. Jeju City serves as the main entrance to Jeju Island – whether you’re travelling by air or by sea is located up north. This is where sight-seeing of historical locations, shopping and food-tripping happens. Seogwipo City, on the other hand, is located down south and offers a more subtropical feel where you can enjoy activities such as beach-hopping and hiking.
Choosing between Jeju City and Seogwipo depends on what you want to experience for your Jeju travel vacation. For convenience – we’re talking about easy access to cheap transportation which is the bus, and if city life is more of your lifestyle, choose Jeju City. But if you want to spend your days beach-hopping while checked-in at expensive hotels, go for Seogwipo.
Things to see
Jeju is on the list of the 7 Wonders of the World and it is for a number of reasons! Next stop in our Jeju travel guide are the attractions to see in Jeju Island.
This Jeju attraction is a 23-metre high waterfall, the only waterfall in Asia which falls directly into the ocean. It can get quite crowded so it’s advisable to come here early in the morning! The wooden stairs down the waterfall are safe and very much well-maintained. Do take note that the climb back to the main road can be quite steep.
Jusang Jeolli Cliffs
Formed by basaltic lava, the Jusang Jeoli Cliffs is a beautiful rock formation listed as one of the Jeju tourist spots on the island. Some people compare this beauty to Ireland’s Giants Causeway.
Sunrise Peak or Seongsan Ilchulbong
Hiking up Sunrise Peak or Seongsan Ilchulbong is one of the things to do in Jeju! Climbing up this destination can be tiring but the steps built lead tourists to the top with ease. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the ocean’s cool breeze and breath-taking view.
Hallasan Mountain is the star in Jeju Island. It’s South Korea’s highest mountain and the lake which is set in the peak of the mountain is one of the most photographed lakes in the world!
Jeju Travel Tip: Hiking Hallasan Mountain will take up one whole day, which is why it’s important to carefully plan out your travel itinerary and make sure to clear one day for this natural beauty!
This will not be complete Jeju travel guide without including hot spots for the ultimate dining experience!
Finding great food in Jeju is no problem. The place is packed with restaurants and bars that cook good food all day, every day. They are located near shopping malls and other places of interest which makes them easier to locate!
Below are some of the Jeju restaurants that are definitely worth trying.
Yong Chul Seafood Restaurant
Seafood is a popular food choice in Jeju and Yong Chul Seafood Restaurants is the best place to go. This Jeju restaurant is widely known in the area and locals flock this place every day. Recommended dish to order is their Seafood Platter!
Address: 505 Yongdamsam-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Dombedon Black Pork Restaurant
Dombedon Black Pork Restaurant is a Michelin Star and highly praised restaurant in Jeju so expect to be served nothing but the best cuisine! Their Black Pork set is highly recommended as it includes locally-bred pork and top-notch side dishes. Dombedon Black Pork Restaurant’s serving of Black Pork Set for 2 is also quite generous, especially for its price. Do note that because of its popularity; expect long lines when you get here. So either come super early or make sure to call for a reservation.
Address: 25, Gwandeok-ro 15-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
The Geumbok Restaurant located right in the middle of Seogwipo Olle Market only serves two dishes but their Bibimbap and Barley meal is to die for! You can blend in with the locals as most of the guests who din here know each other. The owner – a mother-daughter tandem makes you feel like you’re dining in a local’s home!
Address: 22 Jungjeong-ro73beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
For more information about Jeju travel visit Jeju Tourism Organization on the links below: