Jeju Tourism Information

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ℹ️ Introduction 
Jeju is located just off the southern coast of South Korea, Jeju Island pulls in vacationers and honeymooners by the thousands and is said to be the Hawaii of Korea! It's popularity means that you can get there even from other nearby cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing and Shanghai (as well as South Korea's domestic airports which offer flights to Jeju every hour). Thanks to liberal visa requirements also make getting here for many nationalities a very easy trip.
Jeju Island features a volcanic Hallasan commanding the island from the center, a 224-kilometer semi-tropical forested national park, a wild coastline dotted with waterfalls and the longest lava tube in the world. Hallasan is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve containing a crater lake, alpine plants, woodpeckers, chipmunks, butterflies and beetles. Hiking trips regularly take to these slopes, so make sure you join a tour if you are not driving to enjoy the beauty of this island! 
⛅️ Climate and Temperature  🌡️

Jeju experiences a mild sub-tropical climate, with temperatures being moderate almost all the year round. The island, being right between the sub-tropical and moderate climatic zones, is expected to be a little cold during winter, with snowfall at some areas towards the north. 

You won’t find extreme climatic conditions because of the warm sea currents in Jeju. During the summer months, temperatures can go up to 32°C. Jeju also enjoys a rather warmer autumn than other areas in South Korea and very mild Winters with temperatures not going below 20C. 

🚇 Transport 

Arriving into Jeju Airport is the most common way to the Island. However there are also ferries if you decide to come from the mainland driving.  Ferry and boat services are available if you want to travel on a modest budget. While this method of travelling is slower and plies on an overnight journey, boats are much cheaper compared to flights. A ferry from Busan to Jeju takes about 11 hours and costs around 40,000 won for the lowest category. If you’re departing from Mokpo, the journey costs about 20,000 won and takes 6 hours of travel time. You can also board a ferry to Jeju from Wando (3 hours) and Incheon (15 hours).

When you arrive to the airport its easy to navigate your way out, to the taxis, bus stands or you can rent a car from the many providers at the airport. 
The cheapest way of getting into the city, or surrounding areas of the island is by bus. Since there are no trains or subway in Jeju Island, buses and taxis are the two main public transportation modes on the island. However, if you are on a tight schedule busses might be more time consuming as their times are not as often as on the mainland. 

You can find the City Bus, Tourist Shuttle Bus, and Airport Limousine Bus which cover almost all of Jeju Island. Fares range between 1250KRW (City Bus) and 5500KRW (Airport bus). All buses accept cash or Seoul’s T-money transit card, but we recommend using the T-money card for the fare because you can transfer twice within 60 mins, each within 30 mins, for free.

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🏰 What to see and do ?

The island is one of the most relaxing vacation spots found in Korea thanks to its unique local atmosphere and beautiful natural environment. The volcanic lava tubes that make up nearly 10% of the island’s area are a designated UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. So it's no surprise that many visitors not only come for a relaxing time away from the bigger cities but also to adventure into nature and discover a very wild but beautiful landscape!

Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone, Manjanggul Lava Tube, and Hallasan National Park are must-see sights. Additional attractions include forests, waterfalls, and volcanic cones. With so many beautiful things to see, it can be hard to know where you should plan your trip. below you can find some of the highlights of what to see and do! 

  • Beaches:  the picturesque landscape of Hyeopjae Beach consists of a clear emerald sea and black basalt formed from solidified lava. You can sit back and appreciate the seascape from a small park near the beach. The nearby Olle Trail takes you along Hyeopjae Beach and its surroundings. The beach is open at night in summer, making it a great place to relax and cool off on a hot night.

    Jungmun beach: a sweep of pale sand, blue sea, green creepers trailing over dunes. Just behind is the Lotte World mega-hotel complex's Vegas-style pool area complete with fake cliffs, swan-shaped pedal boats and a Dutch windmill. The beautiful beach is empty outside of summer.

    Other top beaches for swimming and surfing are Emerald Bay, Gwakji, Hamdoek and Shinyang.

  • Seongeup Folk Village is one of few folk villages that maintains the proper look of old Jeju villages. Unlike most other recreated folk villages, Seongeup Folk Village is actually inhabited by locals.  Some of the traditional houses here are run as guesthouses and shops. In addition to thatched houses surrounded by basalt stone fences, there are other historical buildings like Hyanggyo and Seongmun nearby that are worth a look.
  • Yongduam, or Dragon Head Rock, is one such natural formation and is a popular tourist spot that anyone can stop to view. Much of Jeju’s topography was formed by solidified lava. The formation is close to the airport and has visitor facilities , such as a car park and an observation deck.  If you’re trying to decide where you should begin your Jeju sightseeing, Yongduam should be at the top of your list. Stop by, take a load off, and prepare for your trip while admiring the sea.
  • Seomun Market is not far from Dongmun Market and not nearly as crowded, making it a great place for avoiding massive crowds. More than anything else, Seomun Market has a well-established restaurant area where you can eat Hanu beef and Jeju black-pig pork purchased at a butcher shop in the market. Plus, the prices are far more reasonable than anywhere else. What’s more, the restaurants here are known more among Jeju locals than tourists, so you’ll feel as if you’re discovering a hidden secret.
  • Olle Walking Trials:  Olle in the local dialect means a winding path to your front door, and Olle coastal trails now wind around much of the island. From a lush, ambling south coast route overlooking craggy islands, clamber down to the sea over strange rock formations and see the caves that islanders were forced to dig by Japanese occupiers to hide weapons. The massively popular historical drama "Jewel in the Palace" was filmed here, so you can pose as one of the stars, should you want. The route near Oedolgae has the views made famous in "Dae Jang Geum" ("Jewel in the Palace").

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🛌 Accommodation

A good question is where to stay in Jeju? The whole island has many vantage points which can be ideal places to stay for your holiday! From beach front resorts and Hotels to convenient city hotels and budget hostels.
The two most popular areas for tourists are south of the island in Seogwipo and Jungmun. The southern part of the island seems to hold the best attractions.

Seogwipo falls second as one of the tourist destinations, but has less variety. Jungmun is the resort area and it’s got the best and most luxurious hotels on the island. Some of the places, are in fact shooting locations of K-dramas and many hotels line the cliff overlooking the ocean!

⏳ How long to stay?

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