Travel and Local Information Guide
Formerly known as the Cheju Island, Jeju is one of the most popular tourist spots in South Korea. The place gathers a lot of crowd from South Korea, Japan and rest of the world. Known for its picturesque landscape and great food, Jeju is affectionately called the Island of Gods. The island is also compared to the Hawaii Islands in the US because of the elements that compose the island- namely volcanic rocks, temperate climate and frequent lashes of rainfall. All these things make Jeju a must visit for all those coming to South Korea.
Jeju gets most of its revenue from the flourishing tourism industry and it has quite a well-made out tourist infrastructure. The flip side of this, however is that most tourist amenities come at a high price. Most places of interest have a high entry fee and the restaurants, tour packages etc. are owned by organizations based out of the Mainland- thus causing an unprecedented hike in the rates out here. It is therefore suggested that you try to indulge yourself with the local restaurants and hotels of Jeju- they tend to be more reasonably priced. Doing some ground up on which hotels to put up at and where to eat can go a long way in making your stay at Jeju a memorable and economical one! The good thing about the Island being a tourism hotspot is that a number of cabbies and general business owners speak and understand English.Read More
Jeju experiences mild sub-tropical climate with temperatures being moderate almost all the year round- thanks to warm currents. The island, being right between the sub tropical and moderate climatic zones, is expected to be a little cold during the winters. Thankfully, the island is saved from extreme climatic conditions because of the warm sea currents. Summer temperatures can soar up to 28 degrees Celsius to the max. The winter is short with snowfall at some areas towards the north, followed by a warm spring. The island also experiences a rather warm autumn by normal standards.
Reaching Jeju Island
Coming to Jeju is not that difficult. The island is well connected with the mainland by air as well as by boat. The Jeju international airport is well connected to places like Busan and Seoul. Jeju International Airport also services international destinations such as Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. There are more than 20 flights that operate out of this airport every day, providing services to numerous places around the island.
The Ferry/Boat service is also great if you want to reach Jeju Island from the mainland. Most of the ferries are slow, infrequent and ply on an overnight journey, but they are reasonably priced and ferrying across to the island has its old world charm to it as well. Ferry from Busan to Jeju would take you about eleven hours of travel and cost you about W39, 000 for the lowest category. From Mokpo, a ferry would take about W19,950 and 5.5 hours of travel time. Other places where you can get a ferry to Jeju include Wando and Incheon. It takes about 3 hours of travel time from Wando and about 15 hours from Incheon.
Roaming around within Jeju
Being an island, it is relatively easier and recommended that you cover Jeju on slower means of transport like bicycles of motorbikes. It allows you to cover a majority of the island without skipping on the tiny little details hidden in the nooks and corners of the place. Busses and taxis, however, still form the major method for local transportation within Jeju.
You can get local buses between the city center and airport quite frequently. Buses ply regularly along the coastal road as well. Parts within Jeju are well connected to each other by a distributed network of local buses. Hopping in and out at designated/undesignated stands is not really difficult and buses provide a rather economical way of traveling commuting on the island.
Taxi / Cabs
Taxi rentals are convenient and reasonably priced here. The cabbies out here rarely speak or understand English and this could be a bit of a problem if you do not know the itinerary. In order to prevent such conditions, it is suggested that you have a local friend, guide or hotel staff write down the itinerary on a piece of paper in both English and the local language so that you are on track and the cabbie doesn’t take you for a detour with the intention of charging more.
Rent a Self Driven Car / Bike
Unlike the rest of South Korea, Jeju has relatively well managed traffic and it is safe for tourists to rent personal cars and bikes for exploring the island on their own. With an English speaking guide, a car rental would cost you about 70,000 Kw and a bike rental would cost you a lot less. Motorcycle rentals are suggested since they are cheaper and more fun than car rentals. Besides, Jeju’s weather is ideal for venturing out on two wheels. The best rental deals can be found at Mr. Lee’s Bike rental shops at various places on the island.
Rent a Bicycle
If you are not averse to the idea of bicycling, then covering the idea on a bicycle is a great one. Getting bicycles for rental is easy and if weather and traffic permit, you can easily cover the length and breadth of the island on a bicycle.
General Info and Tips about Jeju
Jeju is known for its museums, beaches and nature trails. There is a lot to do here if you are a nature enthusiast or take interest in history. There are some really unique and genuine arts and crafts shops in Jeju as well. You can also get your hands on some local articles and keep them as souvenirs. The restaurants and cafes at Jeju are also worth a try and one can never really be sure of having the most of Jeju at the end of the trip. As a tip, you should carry your cash with you while checking out at the airport in case you are an international traveler as most shops in Jeju do not accept international credit cards. The same goes out with the ATMs in Jeju as well. It is therefore suggested that you prepare a tentative estimate of the amount of money you might require and carry it in cash with you. We hope you’d enjoy your stay at Jeju.