Top 29 things to do in Jeju Island that you should put into your itinerary

From the best beautiful sights to take in to the most exciting activities to take on, here’s everything you need to plan that next trip to Jeju.

Nicknamed the Hawaii of South Korea, Jeju is a well-loved holiday destination among locals, and is increasingly popular among tourists as well. Surrounded by breathtaking beaches, rolling mountains, and towering volcanoes, visiting the simple island at the tip of South Korea is a good way to take a break from the bustling city life in Seoul.

There are simply too many things to do in Jeju that it can overwhelm first-time travellers – even those who have been there before will never run out of things to do and places to explore.

We round up the best things you can do in Jeju according to recommendations from locals and tourists alike, as well as booking deals that will make that Jeju trip easier to manage – and a lot more budget-friendly!

1. Explore the island on ATV

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What’s one of the best ways to explore all of Jeju’s beautiful mountain scenery? On an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), of course!

Hop on an ATV and enjoy a thrilling off-road experience on some of the best trails in Jeju – forget boring flat paths, you’ll be squealing in delight as you go over rough and steep slopes for a thrill that you can’t get anywhere else.

Where to book this experience: Klook

2. Take photos with teddy bears at Teseum

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For a family-friendly activity on Jeju that both adults and kids will love, we highly recommend heading to Teseum. Otherwise known as Teddy Bear Safari, this is the world’s first exhibition theme park with various real life-sized teddy bears that you can touch and hold!

Fans of teddy bears can take the chance to learn more about the origins and history of the all-time favourite toy. You can also see rare collectibles, bears dressed in traditional clothes of various countries, as well as gods from Greek mythology.

If you are a fan of Korean dramas, be sure to look out as well for some of the teddies dressed up as your favourite Korean celebs!

Where to book this experience: Klook
Address: 2159, Pyeonghwa-ro, Aewol-eup, Jeju, Jeju Island 695-910, South Korea

3. Ride a horse into the sunset

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Jeju is well-known for being the land of the horse – there is even a Korean proverb that says ‘send people to Seoul and horses to Jeju’.

There are many horse parks on the island with many different species of horses, most of which offer horseback riding for tourists. For families with children, you can opt to do shorter courses of about 15 minutes, but if you want to experience something a little more exciting, check out the longer courses where you can ride through wild nature – sometimes the guide will even let you drift with the horse by yourself at high speed!

Where to book this experience: Klook

4. Travel back in time at Fairy and Woodsman Theme Park

Love the ‘Reply’ TV series and want to experience olden life in Korea? Head straight to Fairy and Woodsman Theme Park!

Designed like a TV drama set, this theme park is a blast from the past – complete with residential areas, photo studios, cinemas, stations, and other old locations in Seoul, you’ll really feel like you’re experiencing Korea back in the ‘70s!

You also get to try on uniforms from the ‘70s and enjoy traditional Korean games such as top-spinning, so don’t forget to snap lots of photos while you’re at it.

Where to book this experience: Trazy.com
Address: 267 Seongyo-ro, Jochon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

5. Relive your childhood memories at Hello Kitty Island

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If you have a kid who absolutely loves Hello Kitty or are a huge fan of the feline friend yourself, head on a pilgrimage to Hello Kitty Island, a special museum on Jeju dedicated to Sanrio’s iconic figure. Here, you can see and even eat Hello Kitty-inspired creations!

Learn more about the history of Hello Kitty, take photographs of Hello Kitty’s house, and see exhibits of Hello Kitty around the world. You can even catch a 3D movie about Hello Kitty and her friends before heading to the Hello Kitty Cafe to grab a bite.

You’ll also be happy to know that there is an activity area and indoor playground, so even if your kids are not as big a fan as you are, they can still enjoy themselves while you have fun with your favourite cartoon character.

Where to book this: Klook
Address: 340 Hanchang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

6. Get lost in Maze Land

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Fans of South Korean variety show Running Man may be familiar with this iconic landmark in Jeju where the cast members got lost trying to get their way out of the tricky mazes.

This is the world’s longest stone maze that measures approximately 5.3km, and is sure to keep you entertained for some time as you try to figure your way out. We recommend grabbing everyone in the family to try this out and challenge one another to see who manages to get out first!

After you manage to complete the maze, you can also learn more about the history and origin of mazes in the 14th century, enjoy a “forest bathing” experience while basking in the presence of trees several decades old, as well as participate in other activities like puzzles and games.

Where to book this: Klook
Address:
2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

7. Try Jeju’s specialty – black pork!

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Every region in Korea is famous for a certain type of food, and in Jeju there is one that you cannot miss: black pork.

This is a rare type of pork that is said to be the best in Korea, and is usually grilled in thick pieces over charcoal – traditionally, it would be grilled over a burning hay. The smoke from the charcoal or burning hay penetrates inside the red meat to create a unique flavour that you don’t get from other KBBQ places.

To get the best black pork, head to downtown Jeju City – there is a special place called Heukdwaeji Geori (흑돼지거리) or Black Pork Street, where all the restaurants lined up serve – you guessed it – black pork!

Where to book this: Klook

8. Conquer Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (Sunrise Peak)…

Seongsan Ilchulbong is said to have the best views of the sunrise on the island. As it is located on Jeju’s eastern side, it has the earliest dawn on the island as well, so you’ll find many people headed up an hour before sunrise to see dawn break from its peak.

In fact, sunrise on New Year’s Day is particularly special, as it’s said that the first people to glimpse the sun coming over the horizon will have good luck for the coming year!

Although the slopes of Seongsan Ilchulbong are steep, steps have been built up the crater to ease your climb. The peak is 182 metres above sea level, and the hike to the top shouldn’t take you longer than 45 minutes. There are frequent rest stops and benches that look out over the sea on the ascending pathway, so you can sit down and admire the breathtaking scenery that Jeju is famous for.

Address: 78 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

9. …then attempt Hallasan

This active volcano is popular with honeymooning couples, but don’t be mistaken – this is no walk in the park, and can be one of the most exhausting treks to take if you ever attempt it.

Hallasan is South Korea’s tallest mountain, so its distinctive volcanic crater peak can be seen no matter where you are on Jeju Island – it’s even visible from the South Korean mainland!

The most beautiful seasons to attempt Hallasan are fall and winter: in fall, the whole of Hallasan is blanketed by a colorful display of flowers and warm fall foliage, whereas the snow-covered mountain in winter makes for a dazzling sight to behold.

10. Immerse in tea at O’sulloc Tea Museum

Located at the entrance of Seogwang Tea Garden in Jeju, O’sulloc Tea Museum is a must-visit for tea lovers, especially those who can’t get enough of the Jeju tea brand.

Although Korea is often noted for its coffee culture, it is traditionally a tea-drinking country that consumes a lot of green tea. At the tea museum, you can learn more about Korean tea, tea cups, and truly immerse yourself in the art of tea-making. It features an indoor garden, Tea Cup Gallery, and Tea Stone, which provides a fascinating look into Korea’s tea culture.

Of course, no tea museum experience is complete without actually tasting the tea itself. You get to purchase freshly-harvested tea leaves roasted by a professional tea master on site, as well as enjoy the sumptuous drinks and pastries at the bakery – the ice cream and green tea roll cake are customer favourites that you can’t miss!

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

11. Shop and have fun at Innisfree Jeju House

Located right next to O’Sulloc Tea Museum is Innisfree Jeju House. Fans of the K-beauty brand would know that the brand is big on using ingredients from Jeju, particularly green tea, which is why they have opened their flagship store there to share about the natural beauty of Jeju.

At Innisfree Jeju House, you can enjoy a variety of activities such as soap-making while being surrounded by the beautiful nature. You can also purchase selected skincare products and fill your bellies with organic food made with fresh local ingredients – we can’t think of a better way to fully experience the best of Jeju!

Address: 23 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

12. See the traditional way of life at Jeju Folk Village

Take a peek into Jeju’s traditional past at Jeju Folk Village – with over 100 houses and facilities that were once actual residences, this attraction displays scenes of Jeju’s village from the 1890s. These villages were reconstructed following long-term research and analysis from Jeju history experts.

P.S. This is also the filming site of Daejanggeum (대장금 or 大長今), the historical drama series that took Asia by storm in 2013, so you’ll find a mini theme park inside the Folk Village with lots of photo ops!

Where to book this: Trazy.com
Address: 631-34 Minsokhaean-ro, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

13. Dive deep into Aqua Planet Jeju

Said to be the largest aquarium in Asia, Aqua Planet Jeju is the perfect place for families and couples to spend a quality afternoon marveling at the beautiful underwater world.

With approximately 48,000 animals and plants of around 500 species are available for viewing, you get to learn about all kinds of mysterious marine creatures at the marine science experience hall.

There is also a large-scale aquatic performance center, together with a supersized tank that recreates the coastal waters of Jeju Island. Don’t forget to say hi to the whale sharks – this aquarium was the first in Korea to house this unique resident species!

Where to book this: Klook
Address: 95 Seopjikoji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

14. Catch the Korean mermaids in action

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Seoul may be (arguably) famous for K-pop celebs, but the true celebrities here on Jeju are the haeneyo – sea women who catch seafood for a living with only a knife while holding their breath – otherwise affectionately called Korean mermaids!

Once known as the bread-winners of Jeju Island, supporting both family and community with their trade, the haeneyo were also prized as Jeju’s secret revolutionaries. Schooled at night, the haeneyo were selected by a secret organisation to protect the island against the Japanese occupation.

These days, the women continue to forage the deep ocean floors for abalone and shellfish to sell at the market, but what makes them a sight to marvel at is the fact that all of them are well over the age of 50 (!) but can still free dive down to about 20 meters for minutes, a feat that not even all experienced divers can achieve.

You can actually catch them in action at Seongsan Ilchulbong, but take note that this is not a staged performance – you are getting the rare opportunity to see them hard at work!

Address: Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (78 Seongsan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea)

15. Kick back and relax at Woljeongri Beach

Although beaches may be better associated with the city of Busan, Jeju also boasts its own share of pristine beaches that are definitely worth visiting, the most famous of which is Woljeongri Beach.

Well known for its beautiful scenery, the white sands and emerald waters, Jeju Woljeongri Beach has a road filled with tea houses and coffee shops where you can sip on a refreshing cup while taking in the gorgeous views that earned the island the rightful title of ‘Hawaii of Korea’.

Address: Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

16. Have a good laugh at Jeju Love Land

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Here’s a quirky attraction that you really wouldn’t want to bring your kids to: Jeju Love Land!

The name says it all: this is a themed sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism, opened by twenty artists mainly from Korea’s top art school (Hongik University) in 2004. It was the first such museum in Korea, and some of the more explicit sculptures created a huge sensation at that time.

Over time, people came to accept this park and has been turned into one of the top attractions in Jeju that many highly recommend – you’re guaranteed a good time laughing at how ridiculous some of these statues look, and may even make for a funny photo op that you won’t get anywhere else!

Where to book this: Klook
Address: 2894-72 1100(Cheonbaek)-ro, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

17. Pedal around Jeju island with the family

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If an ATV or horse riding is too exhilarating a way to explore Jeju, a family-friendly alternative is the rail bike.

At the Jeju Rail Park, you can rent a bike for the whole family and pedal down along the railway that goes around the vast green field of the island.

P.S. The bike is covered with a transparent hood, so you can enjoy riding it regardless of the weather condition!

Where to book this: Klook
Address: 4639 Jongdal-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

18. Lose your breath at Jeongbang Waterfalls

Jeongbang Falls is one of Jeju’s top 3 falls, and is the only fall in Korea where water falls directly into the sea. At 23m high, there are two streams of waterfall that fall down the black cliff to create a soothing gushing sound. Coupled with the steep cliffs and old pine trees, this is one of the most picturesque places in Jeju where you can marvel at nature’s creations.

Of course, such an amazing place comes with its own fair share of legends: a man named Seobul was said to have come to the island in search of an elixir plant on the orders of China’s Qin Shi Huangdi a long time ago. Unable to find the elixir plant, he headed west to return to China but was captivated by the site of Jeongbang Falls, leading to him writing “Seobulgwacha’ (which means Seobul, passing by) on the cliff. These words have yet to be found in real life, but who knows – you may be the one to find them if they really do exist!

Address: 37 Chilsimni-ro 214beon-gil, Donghong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

19. Indulge your inner fangirl at Play K-pop Museum

A must-visit for K-pop fans is the Play-Kpop Museum, an interactive place with the most up-to-date music technology and K-pop hits.

You can watch a hologram concert featuring K-pop artistes like PSY and BIGBANG that really feels as though you are catching them live, then check out the special exhibitions filled with photo ops, a peek into K-pop history, as well as souvenir shops for you to bring home the latest K-pop merchandise and releases!

Address: 15, Jungmungwangwang-ro 110beon-gil, Seogwipo, Jeju Island 63535, South Korea

20. Have a cup of coffee at G-Dragon’s cafe

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G-Dragon fans may already have this down in their itinerary – a pilgrimage to the cafe opened by none other than the K-pop star himself!

Besides its star power, the cafe itself is also popular for its astounding views of the sea, which are absolutely spectacular when the sun sets.

However, take note that the cafe is really out of the way and it was quite a long drive along the coastline so it’s not easily accessible by public transport – you may want to hire a personal driver or hail a taxi in order to get there.

Address: 56-1 Aewolbukseo-gil, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

21. Be one with nature at Gwangchigi Beach

Forget pristine white sand that stretches for miles. Gwangchigi Beach is unique for its black sand that you can dip your toes in – it looks especially stunning during low-tide! In the spring, you can even see the canola flowers brighten up the path with its yellow blossoms.

There are haeneyo (women divers) who do their daily dives here, so you can take a peep at them going about their day as you do horseback riding. There’s simply so much to do on this beach that it can be rather overwhelming, but we promise that it will be an invigorating experience you’ll dream of doing again for a very long time.

Address: Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, South Korea

22. Walk in the depths of Manjang Cave

Up for some cave adventures? Manjang Cave is part of the longest lava tube system in the world, measuring 13,422 m in length, and attracts a horde of tourists who come to see the different kinds of lava rocks formed entirely by nature.

Although you don’t get to experience total darkness as in some cave systems, this cave is more than intriguing with the lava formations that remain and the expansiveness of the interior areas. You may also encounter some inhabitants of the cave such as bats – don’t freak out!

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

23. Ride in a gondola at Jeju Venice Land

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Venice may be a little too far and out of budget for some of us, but here’s a tip: you can get the same water experience at Jeju!

Jeju’s “Venice Land, the City on Water” recreates the beauty of Venice on the Korean island, where you can ride in a gondola and experience Venice’s canals. You can also see important relics from around the world and the largest artificial forests and waterfalls in Korea – truly a sight to behold.

Where to book this: Klook, Trazy.com
Address: Nansan-ri, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

24. Explore Udo Island in a submarine

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Udo Island, located northeast of Seongsan, is the largest island in the area. Dubbed “cow island” because of its interesting shape, the island boasts stunning nature and attracts over a million visitors a year.

If you want to see the schools of fish, colourful seaweed, rare corals, and more but are not keen on diving or snorkelling, you can opt instead to go on a submarine tour where you get to explore Udo’s waters at different depths comfortably.

Where to book this: Klook, Trazy.com

25. Discover Jeju at the Sea Experience House

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Jeju is synonymous with the sea, so it’s no wonder that there is a place that focuses on sharing more about the island’s relationship with the sea.

The indoor venue is a good place to enjoy a variety of water activities regardless of the weather. You get to catch, play, and feed a variety of sea creatures (fish, ear shells, and octopuses) together with your kids, making for a good activity for the whole family to spend quality time together.

Where to book this: Klook
Address: 542-9 Sinchang-ri, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

26. Soak in a hot spring surrounded by mountains

Hot springs are not just unique to Japan – Korea also has its fair share of famous hot springs, and if you are looking for one in Jeju, Sanbangsan Hot Springs is the one to head to.

The first public hot spring in Jeju is surrounded by four mountains (Hallasan, Gunsan, Songaksan, and Dansan mountains), so you can soak in breathtaking views as your troubles melt away in the carbon spring water, which is known to have health benefits for the heart that stimulate and expand capillary vessels.

Where to book this: Klook
Address: 192 Sagyebung-ro 41beon-gil, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea

27. Dongbaek (Camellia) Forest

Camellias are extremely hardy flowers that make for a remarkable sight when they are in bloom together, and if you want to see this sight for yourself, head to Dongbaek Forest between March to May!

This wetland forest actually has a tragic past where many residents were killed in a natural disaster; however, it was later designated as a Global Geopark to preserve the nature that managed to bloom and prosper in the following years.

Address: 77, Dongbaek-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju, Jeju Island 63340, South Korea

28. Heal yourself at Seogwipo Healing Forest

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Many head to Jeju for wellness retreats simply because of how refreshingly clean the island is, and Seogwipo Healing Forest particularly stands out as one of the best and cleanest places for nature-lovers.

Located at an altitude of 320–760 meters, it allows you not only to take a leisurely stroll in the warm-temperate forest and temperate deciduous forest, but also take part in a variety of forest healing programs.

“Forest Healing” is the signature program of Seogwipo Healing Forest with which you can boost your immune system, achieve harmony with nature, and keep your body and mind healthy. Led by a qualified forest healing instructor, the program is designed to accommodate up to 10 people per session so that you can enjoy more personal time as you trek down five different routes around the area.

Take note that The Forest Trail Healing Program is available upon reservation only. More information is available on Visit Jeju’s website here.

Address: 2271, Sanroknam-ro, Seogwipo, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

29. Buy Jeju Kakao Friends character items

We’re sure many of you love the adorable Kakao Friends characters and would love to bring them home if you could. Here’s something you may not know: Kakao Friends has released exclusive Ryan and Apeach merchandise that are available exclusively in Jeju!

The designs are inspired by various island specialties, including haenyeo (women divers), black pigs, and hallabong (a sweet variety of Mandarin orange that was named after Hallasan).

You can only find these merchandise at the Kakao Friends Store in Jeju, as well as at Jeju International Airport, which means that you won’t find it in any other Korean city, so we highly recommend getting your hands on them while you’re on the island!

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