20 Awesome Attractions in Jeju Island You Shouldn't Miss

20 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. The country’s largest island is a treasure trove of natural wonders, home to tranquil beaches, lush foliage, and wild volcanic landscapes bound to enthral nature-loving travellers. Look closer, and you’ll discover the unexpected, too: artsy spots and offbeat attractions that make the destination truly one-of-a-kind. 

This charming island has long been a local favourite; now, it’s drawing in a constant stream of international tourists. Plan your Jeju itinerary well to make the most of your island adventure. From breathtaking mountains to quirky museums, here are 20 Jeju Island attractions to add to your bucket list!

Also read: 5D4N Jeju Itinerary: Discover the Best New Attractions in Jeju

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 to look forward to at this beautiful Jeju Island attraction, Mount Hallasan is a must-see for your bucket list.

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

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 majestic waterfalls. Another addition to this list of Jeju Island attractions is Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, also known as the Pond of God.

Cheonjeyeon consists of three sections: 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.

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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: Cheonjeyeon-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

3. Seonim Bridge

Seonim Bridge in Jeju Island

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If you venture to the cave at Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls, you might come across the bright red Seonim Bridge over the cascade! 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 gorgeous photo opportunities!

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

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. There’s no wonder why it’s become one of the most iconic Jeju Island attractions.

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

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At first glance, this magnificent geological feature 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.

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More than 5,000 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.

Pro tip: Come at the end of the day for a sunset that will take your breath away.

Address: Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

5. Jeongbang Waterfall

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The only waterfall in Asia to plunge directly into the ocean, Jeongbang Waterfall is probably the most famous waterfall to visit on Jeju Island. Clear blue waters, verdant foliage, and craggy cliff walls create one of the prettiest vistas in all of Jeju. The wall of the 23-metre cascade is inscribed with the words “Seobulgwacha,” which refers to Seobul, a servant of the Chinese Emperor Jin. Legend says Seobul passed by this very spot and left his name on the cliff wall on his way to Mount Hallasan.

For more unique things to do in Jeju, 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 hiking back up the waterfall?

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

6. Seogwipo Healing Forest

Seogwipo Healing Forest in Jeju Island

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Nature can be the best medicine for the mind and spirit. This is our takeaway from Seogwipo Healing Forest, one of the top Jeju Island attractions for slow travellers looking for a tranquil space to just be. Let yourself wander on the 11-kilometre trail surrounded by decades-old cypress and cedar trees. The forest canopy promises a cool and pleasant trek regardless of season (although we’re partial to the fiery hues of the forest in autumn).

If you want to take your healing experience a step further, why not join a guided healing program? Led by a forest healing therapist, these programs include activities designed to promote peace and rejuvenation, including tree exercises, meditation, and tea ceremonies.

Address: Hogeun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

7. 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 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:

  • ​​Rare animals like bats call these caves their home, so don’t be too surprised if you hear sudden flapping sounds!
  • Although the cave spans more than 13km, only a kilometre is open for tourists to explore. 
  • If you get chilly easily, bring a cardigan. Temperatures in the cave range from 11°C to 21°C!
  • Don’t worry about having to stoop down in the caves, as the ceilings tower 5m to 10m high.
  • As with 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

8. 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. 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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Extending 560m long, the shore’s special feature is the different shades of black, red, and grey grains 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

9. Hyeopjae Beach

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Not a fan of surfing? Hyeopjae Beach may be more your speed among the seaside Jeju Island attractions. Pristine white sand and sparkling blue waters make it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, which is saying a lot considering the isle’s coastline stretches 258km long. Pack your swimwear; the waist-deep waters are so inviting you’ll be hard-pressed to resist a swim!

Beyond the scenic beach, the restaurants and cafes lining the coast are also a big draw. After spending an hour or two (or more) swimming, there’s really nothing better than a hearty meal! Hang out, enjoy views of Biyangdo Island, and relax. At the end of the day, you’ll be treated to one of Hyeopjae Beach’s beautiful sunsets.

Address: Hyeopjae-ri, Hallim-eub, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

10. 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

Quirky museum attractions on Jeju Island

11. 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 at 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 Michelangelo (see below)!

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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 ticking off Jeju Island attractions (and just about anyone who loves teddy bears, really).

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

12. Love Land

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This Jeju Island attraction is exclusively for grown-ups, 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 stages 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, nothing is 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 

Historical & cultural attractions on Jeju Island

13. Jeju Folk Village

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Ever wondered how Koreans lived in the 19th century? 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 can 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

Also read: 7 Popular K-Dramas That Were Filmed on Jeju Island

14. Jeju Stone Park

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While looking at rocks isn’t usually a tourist’s idea of a good time, you’d be surprised just how interesting it could be in Jeju Stone Park. After all, stones are an integral part of the island’s culture and heritage — and this cultural and ecological park is a great way to learn exactly why Jeju’s stone culture is so significant.

Wander through the park to see the many dol haerubangs, which are large stone sculptures often carved for protection. A smattering of original sculptures are found in other tourist spots like Hyeopjae Beach and Cheonjiyeon Falls, but the impressive collection in Jeju Stone Park is the best way to appreciate these mysterious statues.

Inside the park, you’ll also find the Jeju Stone Museum. This educational stop explains the geological roots of South Korea and the volcanic events that contributed to the formation of Jeju Island. Highlights also include the large-scale Jeju village replica on the grounds.

Address: 2023 Namjo-ro, Jochon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

15. 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? The “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

Family-friendly attractions on Jeju Island

16. 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 helping you prevent 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! On humid days, this is definitely one of our favourite Jeju Island attractions.

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

17. Arte Museum

This is your chance to dive into the thriving art scene of Jeju Island! Arte Museum is the largest immersive media art museum in Korea, an avant-garde visual and audio spectacle paying tribute to the island’s natural and cultural wonders.

Roam through the 4,600sqm museum for 10 media exhibitions around the theme, Eternal Nature. Magnificent waterfalls, endless beach landscapes, and colourful animals come alive through light and sound for a completely mesmerising art experience in Jeju.

Address: 478 Eorimbi-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

18. 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 vibrant marine life. You can even get up close and personal with a shipwreck!

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

19. 9.81 Park

On the hunt for thrilling things to do in Jeju? If you’ve ticked off mountain climbing and surfing, then your next stop is 9.81 Park. Although there are several exciting activities in the indoor and outdoor park, the main attraction is definitely the Gravity Racing track.

The thrill-seeking go-kart ride allows travellers to zoom down the track powered by nothing more than gravity. Yes, these karts have no engine. But that doesn’t mean adrenaline junkies can’t speed up. Experienced drivers can hop on the GR-X kart, which has a tilted seat and engine booster helping racers go as fast as 60km/h.

Spend a day with the family speeding around the race track. Even small kids are allowed on the tracks as a passenger on the two-seater carts; with mom or dad at the wheel, of course! Other activities at 9.81 Park include laser tag and arcade games. 

Address: 880-24 Cheondeok-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

20. Maze Land

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There’s something magical and freeing (ironically!) about wandering through a giant maze without knowing what you’re going to see and how you’re going to make your way out. The beautiful Maze Land features three different mazes, all inspired by Jeju Island’s volcanic landscapes and stunning foliage. Fans of Korean dramas and reality shows will recognize these labyrinths from shows like Legend of the Blue Sea and Running Man. Getting lost has never been this fun!

Address: 122, Manjanggul-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Also read: 9 Useful South Korea Tips If You’re a First-Time Traveller

And there you have it — 20 amazing things to do in Jeju! Whether you’re planning a long-distance trek or a fun-filled family vacation, the island is one of the highlights of any South Korea trip. And if you’ve got any other Jeju Island attractions to recommend, share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #TripZillaShare!

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