Jeju (aka Cheju) is a place full of numerous museums; restaurants, shopping areas, travel/adventure spots and unexplored territories. The island enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate which makes it enjoyable to roam around almost all year round. Situated along the Southern coast of South Korea, along the Korean Straits, Jeju boasts of a healthy tourist influx from all over the world, especially Japan and other Pan-Asian countries. Jeju also has an international airport that connects it to mainland South Korea as well as other nearby countries, making it well connected to the rest of the world.
Jeju offers its visitors a myriad of activities to indulge themselves into. The spectacular natural wonders of this island are the major attraction. From the Halla-San (the highest peak in South Korea) to watching the splendid sunset and sunrise scenes along the coast – Jeju has it all. If you are a hiking enthusiast, there is quite a lot of marked/unmarked trekking to enjoy in Jeju. In this write up, we have collected some of the must-visit attractions of Jeju.
One of the most famous waterfalls on the island, Cheonjiyeon means ‘the connection between land and sky’. Many tourists throng to this place throughout the year to visit this unmatched natural spectacle. The water breaks up into a number of smaller streams emerging from the main area and falls into an artificial basin formed by the construction of two small dams in order to prevent it flowing off too fast.
The Folklore and Natural History Museum is a treat for visitors. Divided into four exhibition halls; namely folklore, history, natural and special resources, the museum is a great way to come face to face with the history of this wonderful island and is well stocked with replicas of animals and plants that are found here. There is an additional hall used as an audio-visual room.
Opening Hours: 08:30 - 18:30 - May to August 08:30 - 20:30 (Weekends 08:30 - 18:30)
Address: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province - Jeju-si Ildo 2-dong 996-1
How to get there: Take a bus No. 500 or 100 at Jeju Airport Station and take off at Jeju's KAL Hotel nearby the Main Street → Go east 450 metres (five-minute walk)
As a tourist, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on some souvenirs. The Jeju Folk Art Complex is the easiest way to grab some authentic and traditional souvenirs without getting ripped off for a lot of money. The artifacts you get at the Jejy Folk Arts Complex are relatively cheaper than most places and the authenticity of these artifacts cannot be challenged. This place is highly recommended for those who are looking to take some really reasonably priced artifacts away with them.
Opening Hours: Summer - 09:00 - 18:00 / Winter - 09:00 - 18:00 - Open throughout the year
This is a planned museum (unlike some folk villages of Jeju that are the real thing) and represents Jeju's rich cultural heritage and folklore. The museum has a well though-out collection of items and collectibles that makes it one of the best places to gather knowledge about the history, culture and common beliefs of the people from this island. You can get an audio guide and take a tour of this village built over an area of 150,000sqm. You should set aside at least four hours if you intend to see each and every part of this village museum.
Address: Pyoseon-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Namjeju-gun, Jeju-do, [699-814]
If you are from the West, then green tea may be a mystical concept to you. There a lot of myths about green tea and the Green Tea Museum is the closest one can get to the truth. Built in the shape of a cup of green tea, the museum is located amidst plantations. It runs elaborate lectures and guided tours in order to educate visitors about the various methods of tea plantation, packing and green tea supply-chains. There is a souvenir shop, gardens around the building and a number of other interesting activities that one can indulge in. Don’t forget to try the green tea ice cream at the shop here.
Address: Seogwang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
This is one of the very few museums in the world that allows people to buy items on display. Opened with the intention of exhibiting a collection of some of the most vivid and rare teddy bears in the world, the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum also lets people buy the Teddy Bears on display here and to make them a part of their personal collection. The museum was opened primarily to attract tourists and foreign collectors and has done pretty well: A must-visit for those who are on the lookout for conceptually fresh museums.
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 19:00 (tickets on sale until 18:00) – Summer (Jul. 16 - Aug. 25) - 09:00 - 22:00 (tickets on sale until 21:00) Open throughout the year
Location: Jungmun Resort Complex
The Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is by far the most prolific event on the island. Situated on Route 95, it marks the end of the harvest. The festival marks the burning of leftover grass by the local farmers in order to ward of harmful insects and is usually celebrated on Daeboreum- a local festival in South Korea. The exact date of the celebrations varies according to the local calendar, but it typically falls during early February. You can check up with the local tourist authorities and time your Jeju visit in-sync with the festival. Enjoying some drinks with good food is one of the most relaxing parts of the festival. The festival showcases the culture and tradition of the island in a nutshell and do not forget to catch the tradition Jeju dance that takes place during the celebrations. In short, it is an entertaining crash course on the history and culture of the island.
Location: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Aewol-eup Saebyeol Oreum area
Situated towards the Northern Coast of Jeju, this cave spans a total of 7km with only 1km open to the general public. As the name suggests, the truly impressive ‘tubes’ are the result of lava activity in the region over time and can span up to 23 meters in height at some places. The lava tubes are quite a common landmark in Jeju and reaching the spot is not that difficult. You can take a bus from the Jeju Bus Stand and the bus will drop you off at about 2 KMS from the caves. From that point on, you can either walk or hitch a ride as most traffic passes the lava tubes en route.
Opening Hours: Summer season 09:00 - 18:00 / Winter season 09:00 - 17:30
Address: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Jeju-si Gujwa-eup Donggimryeong-ri San 7-1
Mini World and Miniature Theme Park are two parks in two different parts of Jeju with the same underlying theme; replicas of some of the most famous architecture of the world. There are, at an estimate, items from more than 30 countries around the world. Some of the most famous include those of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower.
Address: Gyorae-ri, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
If you are a Nature enthusiast or love to capture Nature on film, then Yeomiji is a heavenly place for you! Yeomiji is set indoors and divided into multiple halls, based on the different types of plants on display. From cacti and tropical fruits to water lilies and flowers; there are a whole lot of plants and fruits at Yeomiji. According to latest reports, there are about 2,000 species of rare plants and 1,700 species of flowers and trees. The garden spans a total of about 1,100sqm and is considered to be one of the most beautiful and well-maintained indoor gardens in Asia.
Address: Saekdal-dong Seogwipo Si JEJU-DO 2920 KR (697-808)