Top Things to Do in Jeju Island

With so many beautiful things to do in Jeju Island, you should not miss it while you’re visiting South Korea!

If you really want to fall in love with this country, I highly recommend you dedicate part of your trip to visiting Jeju. It’s considered one of the New7Wonders of Nature, and it’s by far one of the most beautiful places in Korea.

Now, I’ve heard of many expats visiting and only really staying in Jeju City, which is a huge mistake. The real beauty lies far away from the main cities, so I thought I’d write down some of the top things to do so you don’t miss out. I’ve been twice now, and I’m planning on at least one more trip in the future to do everything I still want to do.

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Best Time to Visit Jeju Island

The best time is probably in May or September. October is nice but just a little too cool some days, and July/August can be a little torturous with the heat. However, there’s something to do no matter what time of the year, even in December, so I wouldn’t worry too much!

What Not to Miss Each Season in Jeju

  • Spring – the yellow canola fields + cherry blossoms
  • Summer – the beaches, the camellias, sunflowers, and hydrangeas
  • Autumn – the green of the tea fields + fall foliage
  • Winter – the possible snow! My friend actually hiked Hallasan in the snow.

Before you get into this list, I strongly urge you to download the KakaoMap App to get around if you’re not driving. GoogleMaps doesn’t work in Korea, and Jeju’s whole bus system changed in August 2017, so a lot of info will be out of date! KakaoMaps is the most detailed, and I just used it on my last trip, so I know it’s up to date with all the new bus numbers and bus stops!

Top Things to Do in Jeju Island

Okay, and now time to list all of Jeju’s attractions! I’m listing the places I’ve been and things I’ve done so far, and at the bottom, I’ll put some of the things I still want to do. Just a note, this post includes affiliate links, which I’ll put a * next to!

Camellia Hill

1. Camellia Hill

Camellia Hill is a super arboretum near Seogwipo. We had seen pictures of the red flowers pop up during our Instagram research and decided to stop by! Of course, if you know anything about flowers (unlike us), you’ll know camellias are not mid-summer flowers. We also just missed the hydrangea season, so the hydrangeas were all dead as well. Still! It was a pretty place with tons of different gardens.

  • Korean Name: 카멜리아힐
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (or 5/5:30 p.m. depending on season), they’ll stop selling tickets an hour beforehand
  • Entry: 8,000 KRW, book here for slight discount*
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 병악로 166 (안덕면)
  • English Address: 166, Byeongak-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
First level of Cheonjeyeon

First level of Cheonjeyeon

Second level of Cheonjeyeon

Second level of Cheonjeyeon

2. Cheonjeyeon Falls

Do NOT mix this one up with Cheonjiyeon, because they’re two very different waterfall experiences. Nicole and I basically bickered and started second guessing our own memories because we were both convinced we had visited CheonJIyeon on our last trips.

CheonJEyeon is actually a three-part waterfall that involves a bit of climbing and is a bit more out of the way. If you’re already planning on going to Yeomiji Botanical Garden, you can easily combine them both. I will say, though, that you’ll probably find Cheonjiyeon or Jeongbang a lot more impressive.

You don’t get close to the water at all, and instead, you climb out to these little observation decks to view the different parts that way. You’ll climb a decent amount of stairs, and we almost didn’t go to the 3rd part because we were so tired and sweaty!

  • Korean Name: 천제연 폭포
  • Times: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Entry: 2,500 KRW
  • Get There: Take the Airport Limousine Bus to Yeomiji Botanical Garden, walk about 10-15 minutes
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 천제연로 132 천제연폭포관리소
  • English Address: 132, Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Cheonjiyeon

Cheonjiyeon

3. Cheonjiyeon Waterfall

This is the waterfall I visited on my first trip, and it’s seriously gorgeous! Once you enter, you’ll have to walk about a kilometer to get to the actual waterfall, but all the sights along the way are beautiful.

  • Korean Name: 천지연폭포
  • Times: Sunrise to 10:00 p.m.
  • Entry: 2,000 KRW
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 천지동
  • English Address: Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff

Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff

4. Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff

So, we actually didn’t have Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff in our plans at all until Jasmine mentioned wanting to see the lava rock beach! Basically, the cliff was formed when Hallasan erupted into the sea. The cliff looks like a series of pillars, and I can’t really describe how incredible it looks!

While we drove over and walked around the area, I saw on Trazy that you can actually book a luxury yacht tour* to see it from the sea instead of above. It’s $37 USD/person for an hour, which actually doesn’t seem too bad!

  • Korean Name: 주상절리(대포동지삿개
  • Times: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Entry: 2,000 KRW
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 이어도로 36-30 (중문동)
  • English Address: 216, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

5. Handam Beach + Its Trendy Cafes

I saw this image of Bomnal Cafe wayyyy before I even went to Jeju for the first time! When I showed it to one of my Korean friends, she mentioned it was next to G-Dragon’s Monsant Cafe. I obviously visited both and paid for their very overpriced coffee and ice cream. Monsant is nice, and I have some cool photos from it, but Bomnal is more charming! Also, there’s a pretty coastal walk nearby, but my feet were pretty blistered from my sandals, so I didn’t walk far. I also saw kayaking and a single snorkler if you want to go out into the sea!

  • Korean Name: 한담하수욕장
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 애월리
  • English Address: Aewol-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Hyeopjae Beach

Hyeopjae Beach

6. Hyeopjae Beach

This is probably the closest you’re going to get to that Hawaiian experience of lounging by the beach. However, trust me, when I say that you’ll be disappointed if you go in thinking it’s going to resemble anything like Maui or even the nice parts of the Jersey Shore. Let me just say, it’s really, really crowded.

I stayed here on my first trip, and on my second trip, we stopped by right before we had to drop off the car. In October, it was pretty much empty, but in August is was packed.

The sunset is gorgeous if you get a clear day. Within walking distance, there’s also this awesome pizza place called Donato’s Pizza. It’s honestly some of the best pizza I’ve ever had, and I’ve been to a pizza buffet in Milan before!

  • Korean Name: 협재해변
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – sunset
  • Entry: No Fee
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 한림읍 한림로 (협재리)
  • English Address: Hallim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

7. Jeongbang Waterfall.

Finally! A waterfall where you can get your feet wet! Granted, you can’t really go swimming, but it’s a much cooler experience they hiking up for Cheonjeyeon.

  • Korean Name: 정방폭포
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last entrance 6:00 p.m.)
  • Entry: 2,000 KRW
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 칠십리로214번길 (동홍동) 제주올레길 6코스
  • English Address: Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

8. Jeju Stone Park

As one might expect from a place created by volcanic activity, stones play a major role in Jeju’s history and culture. The Stone Park commemorates their importance in one place. It’s a really lovely place to walk around, and if you want to embrace your inner geology nerd, there’s a great museum in the park that goes into more detail.

  • Korean Name: 제주돌문화공원
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last ticket sold at 5)
  • Entry: 5,000 KRW (slight discount tickets here*)
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 조천읍 남조로 2023
  • Korean Address: 2023 Namjo-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Kim Kyung Suk Sunflower Farm

Kim Kyung Suk Sunflower Farm

9. Kim Kyung Suk Sunflower Farm

High off my Rhode Island sunflower fix and narrowly missing the bloom period for a field near me in Pennsylvania, I actually looked up where to find sunflowers in Jeju. Nicole also wanted to find some after seeing them featured on Innisfree’s account, so together we found the Kim Kyeong Suk Sunflower Farm. It’s pretty out of the way, but if you drive it’s really easy.

Unfortunately, we were either just a bit too late or something had eaten away at the flowers because they were pretty dead and wilted when we arrived. We didn’t have to pay, though, so I guess that’s a minor perk?

  • Korean Name: 김경숙 해바라기농장
  • Times: I found the times on a Naver blog when we went, but for the life of me I can’t find that blog again. I believe it’s 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., though, because I know we wanted to go for sunrise or sunset and couldn’t.
  • Entry: 3,000 KRW
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 번영로 854-1
  • English Address: 854-1 Beon Yeong-ro, Bonggae-dong, Jeju, Jeju-do
Pink cafe near Lee Jung Seop Street

Pink cafe near Lee Jung Seop Street

10. Lee Jung Seop Street

Lee Jung Seop is a famous Korean artist, and he lived in Seogwipo for a year as a refugee during the Korean War. The street (and nearby gallery) is in homage to his work, and it’s a great place if you want to find some cute cafes to relax in.

  • Korean Name: 이중섭 미술관
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 이중섭로 27-3 (서귀동)
  • English Address: 27-3, Ijungseop-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

11. Manjanggul Lava Tube

Mangjanggul is one of the biggest and best lava tubes in the world. It’s also great if you’re visiting Jeju in the summer and need a full reprieve from the sun. You’ll walk about 1 km to the lava tube, and it’s pretty dark! I remember it being insanely quiet too.

  • Korean Name: 만장굴
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (last ticket at 5:10 p.m.)
  • Entry: 2,000 KRW
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 만장굴길 182 (구좌읍)
  • English Address: 182, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Seogwang tea garden

Seogwang tea garden

12. O’Sulloc Tea Museum, Seogwang Tea Garden, + Innisfree Café

Ahh, one of my favorite areas to visit, mostly because I’ve been a devoted Innisfree fan for the last six years! This area is three different things in one, which confused me when I initially was trying to figure out where everything was on a map. The tea museum and café are more or less connected, and they’re surrounded by the tea garden and tea fields. There’s one area where everyone gathers for photos, but if you go just a little farther away, you’ll find it completely quiet and empty.

  • Korean Name: 서광다원
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the museum and café, the garden is always open
  • Entry: Free
  • Korean Address: 제주 서귀포시 안덕면 신화역사로 446
  • English Address: 446, Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

13. Seongeup Folk Village

Seongeup Folk Village is a great little area to visit if you want to experience more of Korea’s traditional style of life. Everything from the homes to the trees is historically significant. When I went with my tour group, we had a black pork lunch here, and it was delicious.

  • Korean Name: 제주돌문화공원
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Entry: 5,000 KRW (discount tickets here*)
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 조천읍 남조로 2023
  • English Address: 2023 Namjo-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Here are ALL the top things to do in Jeju, South Korea! This island is a great getaway from the busier mainland, and showcases Korean beauty at its best.

14. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak

This is has got to be my favorite place in Jeju. Every time I go, I love it a little more. Sunrise. Middle of a cloudy day. Sunset.

The peak was formed from a volcanic eruption, and the very top is actually a crater. While you can hike up to the crater fairly easily, the best views are actually far away. Walk along the shoreline away from the peak to see it from afar. We also discovered the Cloud Hotel, which is on its own cliff set back from Ilchulbong and absolutely lovely on its own. If you can’t get a booking there, they do have a café that you can hang out in.

I honestly can see myself escaping to Jeju for a long-ish weekend and staying in this area. It’s known for its sunrise, but I personally think the sunset is much prettier.

  • Korean Name: 성산일출봉
  • Times: Before sunrise and after sunset
  • Entry: 2,000 KRW (however, when we went at sunrise, there was no fee)
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12
  • English Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

15. Udo Island

This island is incredible! I finally managed to visit on my third trip, and I wrote a whole Udo Island travel guide on what to see and how to get there from Jeju.

16. Yongmeori Beach

The real beauty of Yongmeori is getting a chance to walk on the beach. Unfortunately, even after multiple visits, I still haven’t had a chance. The first time I went the tide was too high, and this past time we were so hot and sun tired, we stayed in the nearby cafes. Yeongmeori is an extension of Seongsan and looks like a dragon head extending into the sea (Yeongmeori means dragon head in Korean)

  • Korean Name: 용머리해안
  • Times: Times vary depending on weather and the tide, but the area around the beach is always open.
  • Entry: 1,000 KRW
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 조천읍 남조로 2023
  • Korean Address: 218-10, Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do.

17. Yeomiji Botanical Garden

I had wanted to go here on my first trip, but it was too out of the way compared to what else I wanted to see. Nicole and I went here first because we both were eager to go. The garden is within the Jungmun Resort and more or less connected to Cheonjeyeon. If you’re a fan of botanical gardens like I am, you won’t want to miss this! And if you’re a photographer, you’ll have a field day.

  • Korean Name: 여미지 식물원
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Entry: 10,000 KRW (discounted tickets here*)
  • Address: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로 93 (색달동)
  • English Address: 93, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

18 + 19. Be Sure to Eat + Drink…

I’m not the biggest foodie and eat pretty much whatever is put in front of me when I’m hungry. However, there are a few things you’ll want to definitely try specifically in Jeju!

Jeju Black Pork (제주흑돼지)

I had this only twice, once in hamburger form in Seogwipo and once on my tour in Seongeup. If you’re a Korean pork fan, you’ll love all reiterations! The black pig is native to Jeju and apparently has a distinct taste. I don’t know if I tasted anything different, but both were delicious!

Peanut Ice Cream in front of Seongsan Ilchulbong

Peanut Ice Cream in front of Seongsan Ilchulbong

Peanut Ice Cream (땅콩아이스크림) (and/or Makgeolli (막걸리))

I saw peanut ice cream and makgeolli (a Korean alcoholic drink) as a must-try on Udo, a smaller island near Seongsan. While we didn’t go to Udo, the cafe under the Cloud Hotel served the ice cream. I mean, it’s peanuts and ice cream — can you really go wrong?

Hallabong Smoothie

Hallabong Smoothie

Anything Hallabong (한라봉)

One of the things Jeju is most famous for is its sweet hallabongs! They’re little oranges, and you might know them by the Japanese name, Dekopon, or Sumo Citrus in the U.S. I love getting the Hallabong smoothies personally.

Jeju Green Tea

I LOVE Korean green tea and green tea products in general. If you’re at O’sulloc and manage to be there when there isn’t a crowd, definitely go and get some green tea ice cream. O’Sulloc also has a ton of different teas you can buy. Elissa used to pick up a bunch whenever she went to the store in Seoul as a treat, and her aunt actually requested some after her gifted supply ran out!

Things to Do in Jeju that are Still on My List

Believe it or not, even two trips weren’t quite enough to do everything. There are still quite a few things I still have or keep discovering. I’m really hoping to make it down maybe once or twice more at least to accomplish all of these!

20. Hike Hallasan.

I didn’t have time or energy the first time, and it was way too hot to hike it this last trip. However, I feel like it’d be a shame to visit three times and not hike Hallasan. It’s the tallest mountain in South Korea, after all!

21. Visit Loveland.

I feel like if anyone has heard of Jeju or Korea, a lot of times it’s because of Loveland or similar parks in the country. Don’t go if you’re even remotely prude! I didn’t go the first time because it was out of the way and, honestly, it’s not that fun walking around a sex park by yourself… (Get discounted tickets here)

22. Watch a Hanyeo performance.

Hanyeo are these badass women divers in Jeju, and sadly, the practice is slowly dying out. While we caught sight of them at Ilchulbong during the sunrise, I still have yet to see a performance!

23. Go horseback riding.

One of the things to do in Jeju is to go horseback riding. I didn’t actually realize this until it popped up in one of my elementary school textbooks. I’m not much of a horse person, but I’d like to try it out. I think the last time I rode a horse, I was ten at Disney World… (For more on horseback riding*)

24. Go on a Hot Air Balloon.

I’m probably not going to own a drone anytime soon, so my next best options to see Jeju from the sky are either by helicopter or by hot air balloon. I’ve already had the chance to see a city by helicopter, so why not a hot air balloon? I saw this incredible option on Trazy for a sunrise hot air balloon*, and the photos look incredible.

25. Walk parks of the Olleh Trail (or all of it).

The Olleh path goes all around Jeju with different trails in different parts. I’d like to experience walking at least one of them!

26. Visit Bijarim (or Bija Forest).

It’s the largest nutmeg forest, and its oldest tree is 800-years-old. It’s also supposed to be extremely good for the immune system to breathe in the forest air.

27. Go kayaking.

Another big thing to do in Jeju is kayaking, particularly the clear bottom kayaks. The clear kayaks should be fun, though I have a sneaking suspicion they won’t be quite as clear as you’d hope they’d be. When I went to Yeosu, we got the clear bottom cable car thinking it’d be cool, especially for photos, but the whole bottom was scratched up! Either way, it’s only about $8 for 30 minutes*, and the sea views are going to be gorgeous regardless.

28. Hang out at Hello Kitty Island.

I mean, why not? Who doesn’t love Helly Kitty?! It’s just a massive café, not its own island though!

29. Visit Gimnyeong Maze Park

This is a huge maze in the shape of Jeju, and it’s near Manjanggul. You can also go up to an observatory to see the maze from above.

Let me know if I’m missing any of your favorite things to do in Jeju Island! What would you add to this list!

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Originally posted August 2017, updated July 2018

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2 Comments

  1. Susan
    February 25, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    My favorite place was Bunjae Artois. It is the Korean version from decades ago of bonsai. It is a truly incredible park.

    • Samantha
      Author
      February 26, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Oh I’ve never heard of it!! I’ll have to check it out when I get a chance to return. That sounds stunning. Thank you for the recommendation!