13 Awesome Attractions in Jeju Island You Shouldn't Miss

13 Awesome Attractions in Jeju Island You Shouldn’t Miss

Heading to Jeju Island? Here are best things to do and places to go. 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.

Here are 13 attractions you must see in Jeju Island.

1. Mount Hallasan


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Up for a hike? Then climb Korea’s highest mountain, Mt Hallasan! Located in the centre of Jeju Island, Mt Hallasan is a dormant volcano that is listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. Despite its high altitude, it is 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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For those not up for a hike to the peak, Mount Hallasan also has seven scenic trails, each less than 10 kilometres.  There are also nearly 6000 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.

Also Read: Guide to Seoraksan National Park in South Korea

2. Teddy Bear Museum


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Teddy bear lovers, go crazy here! Quite possibly among the most well-known museums in Korea, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum displays thousands of teddy bears from all over the world What 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-y versions of famous historical figures such as the Mona Lisa.


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Get artistic 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. In the Project Exhibit Hall, allow the exhibits to showcase exciting stories, whether it is America’s Next Top Bear (read: model), or an ongoing lecture class.

For some fresh air, walk out into the garden and hang out with the huge teddy bear sculptures over tea! With all the cutesy and bear-y goodness this place is chock-full of, it’s definitely on the to-go list for families (and just about anyone who loves furry bears, really).

3. Loveland


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This is one for Mummy and Daddy, kids. Open only to those above the age of 18, Loveland is – you’ve guessed it – a park focused on sexuality and eroticism. 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 Loveland include large phallic statues, stone labia and hands-on exhibits.


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Even their door handles to the toilets are naughty; for the ladies’, they are shaped like an erect penis and for the gents’, they are shaped like boobies!

Many honeymooners come here to make some tongue-in-cheek memories, and there’s nothing stopping you from coming here as well. There is even a recreation and play area where couples can drop off your kids – how convenient is that? Also, Loveland is in close proximity to the airport (10 minutes away). Make Loveland your last stop before leaving Jeju if you want to end your trip on a cheeky note!

4. Cheonjeyeon Waterfall


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Jeju is a paradise for nature lovers, boasting interesting rock formations, pristine beaches and breathtaking waterfalls. Also known as the Pond of God, Cheonjeyeon Waterfall originates from the ceiling of a cave and it comprises three sections. This first waterfall parts to produce the second and third waterfalls, and the water eventually flows into the sea. Around the subtropical falls, much flora and fauna exist, You can even find the rare and unique Solipnan reeds and Skeleton fork ferns – this are is truly a botanist’s paradise. If you visit Cheonjeyeon Waterfall in May during the Chilseonyeo Festival, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit because you can actually have a soak in the falls.

5. Seonimgyo Bridge


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An arch bridge over Cheonjeyeon Waterfall where the cave is, Seonimgyo Bridge has 7 nymphs carved on both sides, earning itself the moniker Chilseonyeogyo (7 Nymphs 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, and tourists can bathe in the falls. The bridge is also the first arch bridge in the region, and it’s pretty to boot, too!

6. Jeju Folk Village Museum


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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 Folk Village Museum. More than 100 traditional houses and 8000 folk artifacts are housed in this cultural village for an educational immersion and your viewing pleasure. There are a total of 4 villages in the museum’s sprawling grounds: Mountain Village, Hill-country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. Several other exhibition halls showcase the artifacts used in farming and fishing, as well as folk performances.

Get your fortune told at the Fortune Teller’s house, admire the intricacy of traditional wood carvings, and grab a couple of sage remarks from the Seodang (traditional village school).  That’s not all. Tourists who love hands-on activities are able to enjoy different activities throughout the year, such as learning to make patjuk (red bean porridge) during the Dongji (Winter Solstice), or dubu (tofu) for the winter. Mmmm!

7. Seongsan Ilchulbong


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Jeju is certainly full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and here’s another one. Known as Sunrise Peak to non-Korean speaking tourists, it is famed for the picturesque sunrise scenic views one can enjoy at the peak.


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At first glance, it looks like a giant fortress, with 99 rocks surrounding it at the top. But don’t be fooled, Seongsan Ilchubong is an actual extinct volcano with a huge crater at the top, not unlike Mount Hallasan. It rose from the sea more than 100,000 years ago in a series of volcanic eruptions, and is now connected by a ridge, great for walking and horse-riding to the nearby Seongsan Village. In spring, the Seongsan Ilchubong peak is covered in a riot of yellow rapeseed flowers, making your climb up the mountain well worth the effort.


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8. Jeongbang Falls


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The only waterfall in Asia to fall directly into the ocean, Jeongbang Falls is situated at a high cliff by the sea, and is one the most famous waterfalls 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, passing by this place.

For another uniquely Jeju experience, walk down to the rocky coast where you see a few ahjummas (middle-aged women) selling fresh catch from the sea. Spare some time and money to enjoy some raw sea urchin sashimi from these ahjummas before you hike back up the waterfall.

9. Manjanggul Cave


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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, Manjanggul Cave houses a variety of natural formations such as 70cm long lava stalagmites and the lava tube tunnels, made all the more eerily magical by the soft coloured lights that illuminate them.


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There are also rare animals living in the cave such as bats, so don’t be too surprised if you hear flapping sounds! Although it spans a total length of more than 13 km, only one kilometre is open for tourists to explore. The temperature in the cave is around 11 to 21 degrees Celsius, and you might want to bring a cardigan in case it gets chilly. One needn’t worry about having to stoop down in the caves, as the ceilings are from 5 to 10 meters high. I’d suggest you wear a pair of shoes with good grip – you wouldn’t want to slip in the dark!

10. Jungmun Beach


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Mention Jeju beach, and Jungmun beach would come to most Koreans’ minds. The huge waves n Jungmun beach makes it a favourite spot for Korea’s surfing enthusiasts, and once a year, surfers converge at this spot to take part in the Jeju International Surfing Competition.


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The sand on Jungmun Beach is so fine that it is sometimes called Jinmosal. 560 metres long, the shore’s special feature is that different shades of black, red and gray grains are also 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 there is often the setting for many TV commercials.

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11. Jeju Waterworld


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Tired after all that walking and hiking in Jeju Island? Kick back and relax in Jeju WaterWorld, where facilities such as a herb sauna and a jjimjilbang (Korean bathhouse) are sure to make you sigh in relief and ease your aching muscles. After that, feel free to go for a spa, especially the Samda water Tangerine Spa, whose waters contain the essence of Jeju’s local tangerines and are purported to be able to keep one from cold sclerosis and hyperpiesia. Meanwhile, children can frolic and play in the water park, also within the premises. Ride out the man-made waves safely in the Wave Pool, or shriek as you go down the water slides!


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If you’re in the area from July to August, prepare to get down and dirty – Jeju celebrates its Herb and Mud Festival here then. Think mud baths, herb and mud massages, mud slides, and mud Korean wrestling!

12. Jusangjeolli Cliff


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When Mount Hallasan erupted into the Jungmun Sea, its lava suddenly cooled, shrinking in mass, forming the many cube-like blackish rock pillars that we collectively know today as the Jusangjeolli Cliff. Formed hundreds of thousands of years ago, it is also one of Jeju’s designated cultural monuments. The waves crashing spectacularly against the rocks are a sight to behold – a view of violence on calmness, liquid against solid, and white foam to black stone.

13. O’Sulloc Museum


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Korea has a strong tea culture, and what better place to learn about tea than a museum dedicated to its tea? ‘O’ in O’Sulloc means to appreciate and enjoy, while ‘Sulloc’ refers to a type of green tea. The museum takes the shape of a tea cup, and is separated into at least 6 different exhibitions. View the different types of tea cups of Korea and around the world. Spruce up your knowledge of tea history. Learn how to categorise tea leaves based on various factors, and last but not least, enjoy a hot cup of tea by the lotus pond in the indoorgarden,or on the observatory deck, where you can look out into the expanse of greentea fields in the near distance.


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And there you have it. Check off all these sights and activities on your next trip to Jeju Island. Before you go, browse through these awesome Korea travel deals! Are there any other places in Jeju you’d like to recommend? Tell me in the comments below!

 

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Rosxalynd Liu
Rosxalynd Liu

A book-lover who loves losing herself in fantasy and historical fiction, Rosxalynd is working towards her goal of viewing and unravelling the mysteries the world has to offer. On her month-long travels, she eats, sleeps, and lives like a local, whilst taking in the touristic sights her destinations have to offer. Having a terrible sense of direction allows her to experience many things off the beaten track.

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