ICYMI, starting June 1 2022, Jeju Island reopens visa-free for international travelers. So ready your passports, outfits, and captions because we’re heading to Jeju Island!
Below, we’ve listed all the must-see tourist spots in South Korea’s largest island.
What’s inside this blog?
- Tourist Spots in Jeju Island
- Travel Tips For First-Timers in South Korea
- Frequently Asked Questions About Jeju Island
Tourist Spots in Jeju Island
1. Take the best photos at Jeongbang Waterfalls
Jeongbong Waterfalls is one of Jeju Island’s most magnificent tourist spots as it is the only waterfall that directly falls into the ocean in Asia. Among the three popular waterfalls on Jeju Island, this one is the most instagrammable spot.
2. Be in awe at the magnificent Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff
Along the Jisatgae Coast are impressive, hexagonal-shaped stone pillars, all from the works of nature, called Jusangjeolli Cliff. This tourist spot in Jeju Island is designated as a natural monument of Jeju Island and is the largest columnar-jointed lava in South Korea.
To those who aren’t familiar with columnar joints, these are formed due to the stress as lava cools. In this particular cliff, the sudden cooling of lava came from the Hallasan Mountain, which erupted thousands of years ago.
It’s best to witness this during high tide as you get to see the white frothy waves crash against the stones.
3. Shop and eat at Dongmun Market
Dongmun Market is a known attraction to both locals and tourists as it carries almost anything you can think of. It’s a street, night, traditional, and seafood market all rolled into one!
4. Have fun under the sun at Hamdeok Beach
What’s summer in Korea without the beach? Not too far from Jeju City is a white sand beach that offers mesmerizing views and clear turquoise waters called Hamdeok Beach. It’s a tourist spot in Jeju Island that’s popular among families. It is complete with modern changing rooms, showering facilities, a parking lot, private lodgings and camping grounds.
Another white sand beach you may want to check out while in Jeju Island is Hyeopjae Beach, located in the West part of the island.
5. Walk along Manjanggul Cave’s lava tube
Explore Manjanggul Cave, a cave which has seemingly maintained its form despite its natural formation thousands of years ago. This tourist spot in Jeju Island holds excellent value for scientists and even tourists.
The majority of the cave is closed off, with only 1 km open for tourists. You can see multiple lava stalactites, lava stalagmites, and flowstones within this area.
6. Witness over a thousand species of plants and animals at Hallasan National Park
Do nature trips make you feel alive? If you said yes, visit this tourist spot in Jeju Island. Located in the center of the island, Hallasan National Park is also called Yeongjusan Mountain, which translates to “mountain high enough to pull the galaxy”. This mountain is famous for its wide range of ecosystems of plants and animals.
It has over 1,800 kinds of plants and 4,000 species of animals (of which 3,300 are insects). It’s also pretty easy to explore as you just have to follow its well-developed hiking trails.
7. Catch a beautiful sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong
A natural monument recognized by UNESCO, Seongsan Ilchulbong attracts many tourists each year.
At its peak, you’ll see the glorious view of Udo Island, Hallasan Mountain, and the volcanic landscape of the east. The trail has wide stairs and it takes about 20 minutes to hike up the trail and another 20 to hike down.
8. Learn Jeju Island’s rich history and culture at Jeju Island National Museum
When visiting a foreign country, the best way to know about it is through its national museum.
Jeju National Museum is an archaeological and historical museum filled with the history and the cultural legacy of Jeju Island. Besides learning about its rich history, you can also participate in various activities, including watching performances of musicians and artist groups and experiencing stone rubbing or woodblock printing.
9. Laugh until your stomach hurts at Jeju Loveland
Make your trip more memorable by visiting this tourist spot in Jeju Island! Jeju Loveland is a modern theme park that highlights sensuality and eroticism. A first (and only) of its kind in Korea, this park will leave you breathless (literally) as you won’t be able to stop yourself from laughing. Other art installations may be too graphic for some tourists, especially for the conservative ones.
Although this is a park, bringing children here will be totally inappropriate! It’s best to go here with your friends or your partner.
Travel Tips For First-Timers in Jeju Island
- Ensure you’re fully vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you!
- Have a map app with you at all times.
- Always carry cash. Although some stores accept cards, be ready with your cash in case of an emergency.
- It’s best to buy a SIM card upon arrival, so you have data to access maps, translators, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Jeju Island
Q: How much does it cost to go to Jeju Island?
A: On a return flight alone, it can cost up to PHP 30,000. A 7-day trip to Jeju can cost anywhere from PHP 78,000 to PHP 260,000. This still depends on the number of people, your hotel, food you eat, etc.
Q: Do you need a visa to go to Jeju Island?
A: Starting June 1, 2022, international travelers can enter the island visa-free.
Q: What is Jeju Island known for?
A: Jeju Island is known for many things, including its scenic natural beauty, museums, unexplored spots, and heart-pumping activities.
Q: How to go to Jeju Island from Seoul?
A: The quickest way to get to Jeju Island is by plane, usually taking over an hour. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can try taking the ferry. If you want to go on a roadtrip, you can rent a car and drive to Jeju Island from Seoul, taking about 7-8 hours.
Q: When is Summer in Korea 2022?
A: The summer months in Korea are from June to August.
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