Known for its pop culture, South Korea is a travel destination at the top of many people’s bucket lists. Whether you enjoy eating delicious food, looking at scenic spots, or experiencing a rich culture/history, South Korea offers numerous attractions and destinations to meet your travel demands. Being situated on a peninsula, South Korea is the perfect travel destination during the summer. If you’re looking for where to go in South Korea this summer or any time in the future, you must visit Jeju Island! If you don’t know where to go in Jeju, here are some of the best tourist attractions in Jeju!
Without a doubt, Jeju Island tops any South Korea’s travel destination lists. If you ask any Korean where they would like to travel to, chances are they will mention Jeju Island. Described as the “Hawaii of Korea”, Jeju Island’s beautiful sandy beaches, grand mountains and volcanoes, and clear blue sea make it a must visit spot for any traveler.
Jeju Haenyeo Museum
If you are interested in cultural experiences, visit Jeju Haenyeo Museum and learn about Jeju’s unique haenyeo culture (which literally translates to sea woman). Haenyeos are female divers who harvest a variety of sea creatures found in the waters near Jeju. Historically, their harvests are the livelihoods of many families in Jeju. Because of this, Haenyeo is a symbol of Jeju’s unique semi-matriarchal family structure. In 2016, the culture of haenyeos is inscribed in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, and in 2017, the culture is designated as a South Korean Intangible Cultural Property.
Note: Unfortunately due to the declining industry, haenyeos are in danger of extinction. As of late, almost every haenyeos are middle-aged women or older.
O’Sulloc Tea Museum
If you prefer a more historical experience, check out the O’Sulloc Tea Museum. As the flagship location, the O’Sulloc Tea Museum has two highlights that visitors love: the Green Tea Field and the Tea Store. Get your Instagram ready because the Green Tea Field acts a a beautiful background for many people’s photos. If taking pictures is not your thing, the Tea Store will surely make your visit worth it. Try out their delicious drinks and desserts. Their signature green tea ice cream is a must try!
If you want to check out Jeju’s natural scenic spots, try the Jusangjeolli Cliff. The Jusangjeolli Cliff is a beautiful natural cliff along the coastline with rock pillars decorating it. Designated as a Natural Monument, the cliff is formed when lava from the island’s Halla Mountain erupted into the sea. Being about 20m (65ft) tall, the cliff is a popular spot to view high tides. The Jusangjeolli Cliff is easily accessible by foot, being only walking distance from the nearby International Convention Center.
Jungmun Saekdal Beach
You can’t miss out on hitting the beach during the summer, especially when you’re in Jeju. Jeju has numerous of sandy beaches for visitors to choose from, depending on their preferences. If you can’t decide on which beach to go to, give Jungmun Saekdal Beach a visit. It’s a beautiful arch-shaped beach with four different colors of sand (white, black, red, and a special gray called jinmosal). On the right side of the beach is a 15m (49ft) tall cave that you can explore. Enjoy one of the many activities the beach has to offer such as parasailing, water skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and rafting. There is even a yacht tour! If you enjoy surfing, the beach is home to first surfing club in South Korea and venue for the Annual Jeju Surfing Competition.
Once you are done having fun at the beach, visit Jungmun Resort right next to the beach. It’s the largest resort in South Korea and is located in the Jungmun Tourism Complex, one of the main tourist attractions of South Korea. Surrounded by nature, the resort offers a unique experience. Designated as an International Tour Site, the resort has attractions such as the Jungmun Golf Club, Yeomiji Botanic Garden, Teddy Bear Museum, and Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. As its name states, the Teddy Bear Museum is a museum full of collections of teddy bears. The museum has collections of teddy bears from around the world. Its exhibition halls are designed with different themes, such as historical Korea and historical artworks parodies.
Jeju Horse Park
If you like horseback riding or has always wanted to try riding a horse, you’re in luck. Horse riding has been a part of the 600-year nomadic culture of the Gasi-ri Village. The village is known for raising the highest quality horses as tributes to Joseon kings. If you want to experience the nomadic culture, visit the Jeju Horse Park located near the Seongeup Folk Village. As of today, Jeju Horse Park provides a venue to promote Jeju’s horse culture in a convenient and enjoyable manner. The park includes the Jeju Horse Museum, a horseback riding course, a camping site, an art shop (with art from the village community), and a cafe.
Hueree Natural Park
Take a break from the city life and all the excitement of Jeju as you walk through the calming Hueree Natural Park, one of Jeju’s most beautiful parks. It’s the perfect representative of Jeju, featuring all sorts of symbols of Jeju. Walk through the park and enjoy the sights of plants and flowers native to the island. The park has attractions such as an animal feeding facility, Jeju Cultural Village, an insect exhibit, flower gardens, and a hot spring! Enjoy Jeju’s iconic black pigs and other natural wonders the park has to offer. After you are done with your walk, visit the hallabong (Korean mandarin orange) farm and bring some home as souvenir!
Fun fact: The park was used as filming locations for KBS “The Return of Superman (March, 2014)” and KBS “Mom’s Diary (June, 2014)”.
How can I get to Jeju Island?
There are two ways of getting to Jeju Island. You can either take an airplane and arrive at Jeju International Airport or you can take the boat from the mainland of South Korea.
Is the O’Sulloc Tea Museum free?
Yes. It is free to the public.
Is the Jeju Horse Park free?
No. The admission fee for the Horse Museum is 2,000 won for adults and 1,500 won for children/senior citizens
The admission fee for the horse riding is as followed:
Experience course: 20,000 won
Short-distance ride & track: 12,000 won
Long-distance ride & track: 25,000 won
Ranch tour & track: 50,000 won Off-course track: 100,000 won
How do I get around Jeju?
You can drive/take a taxi. Though it is becoming more common for taxi drivers to speak foreign languages, many taxi drivers can only speak Korean. Or you can also take the local buses.
Are the activities at Hueree Natural Park free?
Not all activities are free. The park itself require an admission ticket. The admission fee are adults (20 years+) 13,000 won / Teenagers (14-19) 11,000 won / Children (2-13) 10,000 won. Children under 2 enter for free. You can feed the animals for free, but the hallabong picking charges an additional fee, about 5,000 won.
Where is the Jungmun Resort?
Its address is 38, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 중문관광로 38 (색달동)