14 Awesome Attractions in Jeju Island You Shouldn't Miss

14 Awesome Attractions in Jeju Island You Shouldn’t Miss

Natural, historic, and cultural attractions — we’ve got it all covered!

Many Asian countries have a must-visit offshore island — Singapore has Sentosa, Thailand has Phuket, and Indonesia has Bali. For South Korea, the top island destination is undoubtedly the picturesque Jeju Island. From breathtaking mountains to quirky museums, here are 14 Jeju Island attractions to add to your bucket list!

Also read: Explore Seoul, Busan and Jeju with This 10D9N South Korea Itinerary

Nature-bound attractions on Jeju Island

1. Mount Hallasan

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Up for a hike? Then climb Korea’s highest mountain, Mount Hallasan! Located in the centre of Jeju Island, Mount Hallasan is a dormant volcano that’s been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Despite its high altitude, it’s quite easy to climb, and most people can make it to the peak and back down within a day. From the peak, hikers are rewarded with a huge beautiful crater lake as well as breathtaking views of Jeju.

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However, if you’re not up for a hike to the peak, fret not. Mount Hallasan also has seven scenic trails, each less than 10km.  There are also nearly 6,000 species of plants and animals in the area, so nature lovers can knock themselves out! Do make sure you check the weather conditions before going and dress warmly as the winds can be quite strong. With so much at this beautiful Jeju Island attraction to look forward to, Mount Hallasan is a must-see for your bucket list.

Address: Jangso-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea 

2. Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls

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We all know Jeju to be a paradise for nature lovers, boasting interesting rock formations, pristine beaches, and breathtaking waterfalls. Another addition to this list of Jeju Island attractions is Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, also known as the Pond of God.

There are three sections in these waterfalls: The first waterfall separates to produce the second and third, whereby the water eventually flows into the sea. Furthermore, around the subtropical falls, an abundance of flora and fauna exist! For instance, you can find the rare and unique Solipnan reeds and Skeleton fork ferns, making Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls a true botanist’s paradise.

Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls

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If you visit Cheonjeyeon Waterfall in May during the Chilseonyeo Festival, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to enjoy a soak in this aquatic oasis!

Address: South Korea, Jeju-do, Seogwipo-si, Jungmun-dong, 2232

3. Seonim Bridge

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If you venture to the cave at Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, you might come across the bright red Seonim Bridge! Also known as Chilseonyeogyo (Seven Nymphs Bridge), this moniker is attributed to the seven nymphs carved on both sides of the bridge. The nymphs symbolise the seven beautiful and legendary nymphs that would descend from heaven at night.

In fact, the Chilseonyeo Festival in May celebrates the coming of the nymphs. Not to mention, this arch bridge certainly makes the perfect backdrop for some beautiful photo opportunities!

Address: 2935-3 Yerae-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea 

4. Seongsan Ilchulbong

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Here’s one more UNESCO World Heritage Site that calls Jeju Island its home! Also known as Sunrise Peak to non-Korean speakers, Seongsan Ilchubong is famed for its picturesque sunrise views one can marvel at.

Visiting Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is one of the things to do in jeju

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At first glance, this Jeju Island attraction looks like a giant fortress, with an abundance of rocks at the top. But don’t be fooled, this mountain is actually an extinct volcano with a huge crater at its peak, not unlike Mount Hallasan (see #1).

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More than 100,000 years ago, the crater rose from the sea in a series of volcanic eruptions. Today, you’ll find a ridge connecting all areas of Seongsan Ilchubong, making it perfect for walking and horse-riding to the nearby Seongsan Village. In the springtime, the mountain’s peak is covered in a field of yellow rapeseed flowers, making your climb up the mountain well worth the effort.

Address: Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, South Korea

5. Jeongbang Waterfall

Jeongbang Waterfall

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The only waterfall in Asia to fall directly into the ocean, Jeongbang Waterfall is probably the most famous waterfall to visit on Jeju Island. The wall of the waterfall is inscribed with the words “Seobulgwacha”, which refers to Seobul, a servant of the Chinese Emperor Jin, who passed by this place.

For another uniquely Jeju experience, walk down to the rocky coast where you’ll see a few ahjummas (middle-aged women) selling fresh catch from the sea. Why not spare some time and money to enjoy some raw sea urchin sashimi from these ahjummas before you hike back up the waterfall?

Address: 37 Chilsimni-ro214beon-gil, Donghong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

6. Manjanggul Cave

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Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manjanggul Cave is one of the finest and longest lava tunnels in the world. Formed more than 2.5 million years ago, this Jeju Island attraction houses a variety of natural formations, such as 70cm long lava stalagmites and lava tube tunnels. Along with the soft coloured lights that illuminate these natural formations, you’ll certainly sense an eerily magical quality to this cave.

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If you’re thinking of adding Manjanggul Cave to your itinerary, here are a few things you should take note of:

Firstly, rare animals like bats call these caves their home, so don’t be too surprised if you hear flapping sounds! Secondly,  although the cave spans more than 13km, only about 1km is open for tourists to explore. Thirdly, if you get chilly easily, you might want to bring a cardigan, as temperatures in the cave range from 11°C to 21°C. Fourthly, you needn’t worry about having to stoop down in the caves, as the ceilings are 5m to 10m high. Lastly (and this goes for any cave exploration), we’d suggest wearing a pair of shoes with a good grip — you wouldn’t want to slip in the dark!

Address: 182 Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

7. Jungmun Saekdal Beach

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Mention “Jeju beach”, and Jungmun Saekdal Beach would come to most Koreans’ minds. The huge waves in this Jeju Island attraction make it a favourite spot for surfing enthusiasts. Also, surfers gather here annually to participate in the Jeju International Surf Competition.

Exploring Jungmun Saekdal Beach is one of the things to do in jeju

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560m long, the shore’s special feature is that different shades of black, red, and grey grains are found mixed with the predominantly white sands, making for psychedelic sandcastles and a unique complement to the island’s black hyeonmuam stones. To the right of the beach, one might notice a familiar sight: The natural sea cave is often the setting for many TV commercials!

Address: Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

8. Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff

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Lining the Jisatgae Coast are imposing stone pillars so incredibly hexagonal, you’d be baffled to know that these are works of nature! A designated cultural monument of Jeju Island, Jusangjeolli Cliff was formed when Mount Hallasan erupted into the sea of Jungmun. A popular spot for sea angling, it’s best to go during high tide. This Jeju Island attraction looks most majestic when white frothy waves are crashing against the dark stones.

Address: Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

Quirky museum attractions on Jeju Island

9. Teddy Bear Museum

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Teddy bear lovers, go crazy here! Among the most well-known museums in Korea, Jeju’s Teddy Bear Museum displays thousands of teddy bears from all over the world. What’s more, some of these teddy bears have been painstakingly designed and created by hand. Walk through the history of teddy bears in the History Hall, where you can find bear versions of famous historical figures such as the Mona Lisa, or recreations of famous paintings, like The Creation of Adam by Michaelangelo (see below)!

Teddy Bear Museum

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For the artsy folks, get creative at the Art Hall and marvel at the latest artworks and animation characters. See if you can spot the world’s smallest teddy bear, measuring just 4.55mm. Furthermore, in the Project Exhibit Hall, the exhibits pay homage to popular entertainment, such as their very own America’s Next Top Bear!

If you need some fresh air, head out into the garden and hang out with the huge teddy bear sculptures over tea! With such an elaborate display of adorable bears, this one’s definitely on the list for families (and just about anyone who loves teddy bears, really).

Address: 2889 Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea 

10. Love Land

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This Jeju Island attraction is exclusively for Mummies and Daddies, kids. Open only to those above the age of 18, Love Land is — you’ve guessed it — a park displaying sexual and erotic artwork! 140 sculptures of men and women in various states of undress and different sex positions litter the park, all of them works of students from Hongik University. Other elements you can find in Love Land include large phallic statues, stone labia, and hands-on (pun intended) exhibits.

Visiting Love Land is one of the things to do in jeju

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Even a trip to the toilet will give you a chuckle — the door handle of the female toilet is shaped like an erect penis, and the gents’ is shaped like boobies! Alternatively, for a real laugh, why not answer nature’s call right within nature itself? If you’re a man, you can choose to use this outdoor urinal instead, where the faucets resemble penises! Talk about creativity and functionality in one.

Since many honeymooners come here to forge tongue-in-cheek memories, there’s nothing stopping you from coming here as well. Also, you won’t have to worry if you’re travelling with your kids, as there’s a recreation and play area where kids can be dropped off.

If you still need some convincing on whether to visit this Jeju Island attraction, you’ll be happy to know that Love Land is just 10 minutes away from the airport! Why not make Love Land your last stop on your Jeju Island adventure to end your trip on a cheeky note?

Address: 2894-72 1100(Cheonbaek)-ro, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea 

Historical & cultural attractions on Jeju Island

11. Jeju Folk Village

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Ever wondered how Koreans lived in the 19th century? Then travel back in time to the 1890s, by visiting the Jeju Island attraction known as the Jeju Folk Village! More than 100 traditional houses and 8,000 folk artefacts are housed in this cultural village. Look forward to a total of four villages sprawling the museum’s grounds: Mountain Village, Hill-country Village, Fishing Village, and Shamanism Village.

Experiencing Jeju Folk Village is one of the things to do in jeju

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Furthermore, several other exhibition halls showcase the artefacts used in farming and fishing, as well as folk performances. For instance, you can get your fortune told at the Fortune Teller’s house, or grab a couple of sage remarks from the seodang (traditional village school)! If you don’t fancy superstition, however, you can simply admire the intricacy of traditional wood carvings.

And that’s not all! Tourists who enjoy hands-on activities are able to enjoy different activities throughout the year. These include learning to make patjuk (red bean porridge) during the Dongji (Winter Solstice), or dubu (tofu) for the winter. Yummy!

Address: 631-34 Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

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12. Osulloc Tea Garden & Museum

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With a strongly established tea culture, what better place to learn about Korea’s tea than a museum dedicated to it? ‘O’ in Osulloc means to appreciate and enjoy, while ‘Sulloc’ refers to a type of green tea. Interestingly, the museum takes the shape of a teacup, and is separated into at least six different exhibitions.

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Over here, you get to spruce up your knowledge of tea history. For instance, you get to view the different teacups of Korea and around the world; You’ll also learn how to categorise tea leaves! Lastly, enjoy a hot cup of tea by the lotus pond in the indoor garden, or on the observatory deck. Out there, you can marvel at the expanse of green tea fields in the distance.

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Address: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

Family-friendly attractions on Jeju Island

13. Jeju Waterworld

Tired after all that walking and hiking around Jeju Island? Kick back and relax in Jeju Waterworld! Look forward to facilities like a herb sauna and a jjimjilbang (Korean bathhouse), which will ease your aching muscles.

After that, unwind at the Tangerine Open-Air Spa, whose waters contain the essence of Jeju’s local tangerines. Furthermore, you’ll be happy to know that health benefits include keeping one from cold sclerosis and hyperpiesia.

Meanwhile, children can frolic and play in the water park, which is also within the premises. Look forward to riding out man-made waves in the Wave Pool, or feel excitement as you ride the water slides!

Address: 33 Woldeukeom-ro, Daeryun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

14. Seogwipo Submarine

Fancy a trip under the sea to see all that it has to offer, without getting wet at all? Well, you’re in luck! The Seogwipo Submarine will descend to depths of 40m, where you can marvel at Jeju’s marine life. You can even get up close and personal with a shipwreck!

Address: 40 Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

And there you have it — 14 amazing attractions on the beautiful island of Jeju! But before you go, why not browse through these awesome Korea travel deals? And if you’ve got any other places in Jeju to recommend, share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #TripZillaShare!

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Rosxalynd Liu
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