Jeju Island is the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula and one of the most underrated, beautiful places we’ve ever been! Also called ‘The Hawaii of South Korea,’ Jeju offers up beautiful picturesque landscapes, hiking, volcanic landforms, and beaches.

When To Go…

South Korea’s climate has four seasons, so there is never a bad time to visit, depending on what you want to do/see.  Cherry Blossoms are abundant during the spring months from April to June, which tend to be the most popular months, besides autumn from September to November. Do note that from July to August is the monsoon season.

How To Get There…

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Jeju Jeju is only a 1 hour flight from Seoul. Jeju Air is a budget friendly airline with great service in flight, but note that if you call Jeju Air, it is tough to get an English speaking agent. The airlines offers the most leg room I’ve ever seen on any flight, ever.

JejuAir Website

How To Get Around…

Taxi:

Extremely affordable on Jeju Island for short distances.

Hire A Driver: 

For $150,000KRW ($133.46USD), we hired a driver for 8 hours to take us to all the major sights, as we didn’t want to navigate the bus system and were pressed for time. We’ve NEVER had a kinder, more amazing driver than Brian Lim (in all of our travels). He was very knowledgeable about the places we went, helped us to get our tickets/take photos at every destination and spoke great English. If you’d like to contact him, here is his info:

Public Bus:

If time permits and you’re on a tight budget, the bus system can take you all over the island, at a very affordable rate. Do note that many buses only come once per hour, so you may be stuck waiting a lot.

Rent a Car:

Renting a Mini Cooper is the favorite choice in Jeju. This is the easiest option and when we return for our next trip, we’ll certainly be doing this. Jeju Island is spread out a lot, so if you’re planning to see sights all over the island, then it’s best to rent a car.

Where To Stay…

Near the Airport: Astar Hotel

Astar Hotel is a 5 minute drive to airport. This hotel should be a 5 star hotel, as it has outstanding amenities and service. The gym is fantastic as well (squat rack, bench, free weights, treadmills, modern equipment) and, with the price, you cannot go wrong here. $60USD/night

Astar Hotel Info

Near The Best Attraction: Sunrise Peak 

We wish we would’ve stayed near Sunrise Peak, as the town is quaint, with a lot of things to do/sights to see. It is one hour journey south from the airport. There are many different types of accommodation here, from 5 star to backpacker friendly.

Agoda: Hotels Near Sunrise Peak

Things To Do…

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Jeju Island is far larger than we anticipated, which totally set us back in our sight seeing. Definitely have a plan when you come to Jeju, otherwise you’ll surely miss out on some of the sights. We ended up hiring a driver for a whole day to take us to the top sights, but we surely didn’t see or do all we had hoped for!

Sunrise Peak (Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak):

Cost: $2,000KRW ($2USD) per person

Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm

Travel Time: 1 hour from the airport, 20 minutes from Manjunggul Cave

Time At Attraction: 30 minutes to top, 30 minutes for exploring cliffs. Optional Women Diver Show

A MUST see! Formed by a volcanic eruption in the middle of the ocean, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. It takes about 30 minutes to hike up steps to the top, but be sure to do so for some epic views of the city, ocean and the large crater at the center. It’s one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been! You also have the option of staying extra time to watch the incredible Women’s Diver Show, which shows twice daily.

Sunrise Peak Information

Women’s Diver Show Information

Manjunggul Lava Tube:

Cost: $2,000KRW ($2USD) per person

Travel Time: 40 minutes from airport

Hours: 9:00am-6:00pm

Time At Attraction: 1 Hour

The longest lava tube in the world, which spans out like an underground palace and a UNESCO World Heritage Sight. The total length is 1000 meters. Be sure to go to the end, it’s worth it! Bring a long sleeve and good walking shoes because it’s chilly inside with an uneven walking surface.

Manjanggul Cave Info

Jungmun Daepo Jusangjeolli (Columnar Joints):

Cost: $2,000KRW ($2USD) per person

Hours: 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

Travel Time: 1 hour from airport, 1 hour from Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

Time At Attraction: 30-60 minutes

 The largest columnar joint in South Korea. Picture oceanic cliffs surrounded by blue water with tall rocks that were formed from lava lining the sides. It’s breathtaking.

Columnar Joints Info

Waterfalls In Jeju (3):

There are three major waterfalls in Jeju Island:

Cheonjeyeon Falls- the largest of the three. Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Jeongbang Waterfalls- the only waterfall in Korea where the water spills directly into the sea. Hours: 8:30am-6:00pm

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Nanta Theatre (Performance): 

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Cost:  Premium $70,000KRW ($61USD), VIP $60,000KRW ($53USD),  S $ 50,000KRW ($44USD), A $40,000KRW ($35USD)

Hours: Varies by location, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 8:00pm

A non-verbal performance show with music, comedy and drama. In 2004, it made it’s first appearance on Broadway. Luckily, there are multiple locations all over Seoul and even in Bangkok if you miss out on the one in Jeju.

Nanta Cooking Show Website

Hike Mount Hallasan: 

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

The highest mountain in South Korea, Mount Hallasan was formed by volcanic activity and is a very popular destination for hiking with it’s six different trail options.

We didn’t have a whole day to give to hike the mountain, but we took a beautiful 1 hour drive through it after leaving Jungmun Daepo Jusangjeolli (Columnar Joints), which I’d totally recommend!

Hallasan Mountain Trekking Info

Jungmun Saekdal Beach: 

Photo Credit: Korea Tourism Organization

With it’s white sand and blue water, Jungmun Beach is Jeju’s most popular beach.

Jungmun Saekdal Beach Info

What to Eat…

Black Pork at Donbaedon:

A Michelin star restaurant, rated for it’s delicious black pork. They only use meat raised from pigs on Jeju Island.

Dombedon Info

Korean BBQ:

You can’t come to Korea without eating Korean BBQ!  Just ask your hotel concierge for the best  near younear you!

Seafood:

Jeju is known for it’s seafood and, with an abundance of restaurants to choose from, you’ll feel overwhelmed! Be sure to ask your hotel which ones they recommend in your area.

TripAdvisor Best Seafood in Jeju

Tips…

Upon arrival, be sure to get a map and a travel guide, it’ll help you a lot while you’re there.

 

 

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