Things to do in Jeju Island

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Things to Do in Jeju Island

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  • Musings_MJ
    Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
    This is a UNESCO Heritage site and offers breathtaking views. Best part is the hike is easy and takes about 30 - 40 mins to reach the peak. Free binoculars at various points allow you to view the beautiful surroundings. Although this is known as the sunrise peak, we went at sunset and the orange glow of the setting sun makes it even more beautiful. Note that the trail to the peak is closed on first Monday of every month. Must see attraction on Jeju!
    Written December 11, 2022
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  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, UK932 contributions
    My partner and I did the Seongpanak trail during January 2023 when it was snowy and icy. Please be aware you NEED TO BOOK ONLINE ahead for your time slot, which is something not well advertised online or in lonely planets books. There are 3 time slots (06:00-08:00, 08:00-10:00 and 10:00-12:00) and there are limited slots on each one, so get your booking in as soon as possible. We left our booking late but the website seems incredibly temperamental, so managed to get a slot. We took the bus number 181 (5,500 WON each) from Jungang Rotary East roundabout, Seogwipo, and arrived for around 6:45am when it was still dark. If you are doing the trail at this time in winter, make sure to bring a torch or have your phone light handy. This trail is a 9.6km one way trail, so 19.2km in total. My partner isn’t very physically fit, but I am, although neither of us are regular hikers whatsoever. I found the trail fairly straightforward going up, although there are definitely some steep / treacherous areas in winter. My partner struggled in the mid section (the so called harder section), and also the final ascent which is very steep. Including stop offs for toilet breaks at the two shelters, photographs and food/drink breaks, the total time up and back down was 8 and a half hours, but someone fitter such as myself probably could’ve done it more like 7 to 7 and a half. Once finishing, we caught the bus 182 back to the same roundabout in Seogwipo (5,500 WON each).
    Some tips - 1. Bring plenty of food and water. Gimbaps from 24 hour shops are perfect, and we also brought pastries, cereal bars, bananas and Gatorade. 2. Wear plenty of layers as the peak in winter is windy and cold, to the point where your hair freezes. 3. Spikes or appropriate footwear with excellent grip is essential in winter. 4. Don’t forget to get a picture with the rock at the top for proof when you descend to get your certificate.
    Written January 23, 2023
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  • mel7155
    Singapore, Singapore832 contributions
    Nice news h to laze around . Food for family or couples . There are several cafes and restaurants nearby to soak the atmosphere . Beach is not that long at around 150m wide and long . Waves are pretty calm allowing kids to wade in and not strong enough for surfers to pose a risk . Good place to chill for several hours and an hour away from Jeju city.
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • Musings_MJ
    Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
    Unlike limestone caves with more dramatic formations and structures, there isn’t as many dramatic formations here but it is still a highly educational experience to see how such lava caved were formed with volcanic activity. The little museum at the cave entrance provides good English explanations for the geography of the area and the formation of the cave. Cave is mostly flat and quite an easy walk though lighting is deliberately kept dim except for a few areas. Well worth a visit.
    Written November 16, 2022
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  • Musings_MJ
    Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
    Island off Seongsan. Accessed via short 15 min ferry at Seongsan Passenger Terminal. Get around by rental bikes or scooters. Did a short hike to the highest peak which has a lighthouse. Panoramic views all around. Don't forget to try the peanut ice cream! Overall a nice and relaxing day trip but not particularly spectacular. Similar or better scenery can be found on mainland Jeju.
    Written December 11, 2022
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  • Barbara M
    4 contributions
    Magical to watch the long falls hit the rocks and go into the sea. Easy to go the wrong direction in the parking lot but that's an interesting walk, as well. Go to the ticket booth! Also - have fresh cold tangerine juice after you've made the relatively short trek to the falls.
    Written December 7, 2022
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  • Musings_MJ
    Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
    The hexagonal columns are formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. A very unique geographical feature. Scenery of the cliff and ocean is also breathtaking and worth a visit. There are ladies selling raw seafood in the park and also a few shops at the entrance. Note that the park closes early about 520 pm in the autumn.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • zabrinas
    14 contributions
    Totally loved the beverages and cake here. Enjoyed shopping in the tea and Innisfree shops. We did not walk through the tea plantation though. Go here for the food!
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • AnLil
    889 contributions
    A six minute drive from Jeongbang Falls is Cheonjiyeon Falls. At the former site, famed Jeju archers and cavalrymen practised on either side of the falls (see 1702 painting of hyangsarye at Cheonjiyeon). With a doll on a pulley that stretched across the falls, Jeju passed it and arrows back and forth to townspeople on opposite sides for target practice. Koreans were known to Japanese since King Yeongjo (1748) and to Chinese since 5000 BCE as ‘master archers’ (pyeonjeon)—especially archery finesse while riding on horseback. Vintage photos also showed Korean women archers. Jeongbang Waterfall is not accessible, unlike freshwater Cheonjiyeon, where elderly people like to visit and couples rent and wear hanboks ($25) for taking photos. The 7-Eleven beside the Tourist Info Center here sells selfie sticks. You’ll see ducks and coy fish in the pools and a cave beside the falls, where a mythological dragon lived. It is a site where Jeju people prayed and made music with a water jug at annual ceremonies. Arrive earlier than tour buses at 4 pm, and the path remains lit until 9 pm.
    Written August 29, 2022
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  • Musings_MJ
    Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
    Relaxing theme park with curated spaces for relaxation and soaking in the scenery. Suitable for children and elderly with wide open spaces and many instagrammable spots. Will be quite boring for teens or people looking for some exciting activities. We enjoyed the space and scenery after a hectic day of hiking the previous day. Rustic train brings one around the theme park and minimises the walking.
    Written December 11, 2022
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  • AnLil
    889 contributions
    Hyeopjae beach in Hallim is strikingly beautiful and shallow, drawing families with kids, as at Hamdeok despite the sad history. Memory fades of 7,509 peaceful Mimit Hill protesters killed by the Japanese and 47,000 including women from Jocheon-ri Kim clan tortured by colonizers in prisons (for participating in the Protestant-led March 1st Independence Movement, 1919). Tourists always like the sandy beaches; the water isn’t as cold here, and snorkeling is possible. The convenience store sells everything from TV style dinners with microwaves to goggles. Bring about $25 or more before noon if you want to get the ideal spot or umbrella / table with a beachside view of serenity.
    Written September 18, 2022
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  • Louis Chia
    Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
    When we arrived, we discovered that it was about to close for the night, so we went for a quick walk around and took photos as the sun set. There is a flim site as you walk further in. Probably left there for photo ops for those familiar with the show. There are also some food stalls near the car park area.
    Written November 14, 2022
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  • AnLil
    889 contributions
    Pair this with Chilsung-ro shopping (Rd 7), since most of Jeju closes by 8 pm, except night markets and bars. Dongmun Market, a colourful spectacle at “East Gate,” is on the edge of both traditional and modern city life. Besides typhoons like Mamie and Hinnamnor, the area was built to endure and helped sustain the population through 20th century trauma: Japanese colonization and the Korean War. Everything is locally sourced, including the “catch.” Therefore, I will give food-info before visiting the traditional market (even for non-seafood lovers). First of all, Koreans have never eaten strange mammals like cats or rodents, so do not worry (and after Chinese philosophy, only a certain dog species’ organ was seen wrongly as medicine to treat men’s illness or prostrates). Second, think Mediterranean: Koreans were historically vegetarians/vegans, and did not consume large sea mammals like Japanese do, e.g., dolphins and whales defended by the Sea Shepherd. Until recently, seafood and vegetables grew to be staples with eggs during the late Joseon era (and on Jeju later pigs), as well. Only after the U.S. pushed mad cow disease-tainted beef on Korea, this was discarded wholesale; in protest Koreans began replacing the meat often with pork. After all Jeju is a place of protest, as Don Kirk writes in “Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent (2013).” Relax and check out bbq meat or grill houses here with ease, asking for “so gogi” (beef for meat) or poultry “dahk,” instead of “dwaeji” (pork). Vegans can ask for “yong yang” or bibimbap “gogi obshi” (without meat) or with egg only, “gerhan mahn.” Don’t be afraid to walk in at a hotel, either, as unlike in North America, hotels can be popular dining places with locals, sometimes for the best views and meals. However, don’t be offended if someone tries selling you an overpriced orange or orange hat. Grandmothers offer children free oranges, because like Jeju horses (40,000+ stolen by colonizers), as less so in Jeolla, this came to symbolize Baekje/ Jeju Korean people’s decolonial struggle against militarization, in which Korean women were largely the victims and producers. (At nearby Aewol-ro you’ll still see survivor-grandmas on ATVs and driving motorcycles from their farms to pick up groceries.) Think Hailey Bradley’s “The Soul of Seoul.” So buy your oranges, and tea from Jeju and Jeolla!
    Written September 11, 2022
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  • Steady
    Daejeon, South Korea1 contribution
    If you’re only staying here for a little while, you probably feel like you’re taking a break. So, it would be better if you visit here the day after visiting crowded spots such as Woljeongri Beach, Teseum Jeju, and Maze Park. When you take a walk along the road surrounded by huge trees, it will be touching for you to find that plenty of them have grown for decades. For those who want to know information about these trees, there are signs indicating what the tree they’re looking at is, which may include not that interesting information for someone. I recommend it here for these people: those who just want to take a walk and those who want to try the Korean forest.
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • AnLil
    889 contributions
    Visiting in August “Zen Hideaway,” named for locals “hiding” from imperial Japan that brutally imposed Zen Buddhism on nativist Koreans, 9 dolphin pods appeared. Near this coastline—halfway from Seogwipo city to Sagye Beach coffee shop beside Yongmeori Coast, the archers’ Cheonjiyeon Falls (by Grand Josun hotel) is a more popular tourist spot close to celebratory Baksugijeong Beach. However, here on Sagyenam-ro at Sagye Beach / Andeok-myeon near Jungmun Duty-Free Shinsegae & lighthouse, the beachfront trail to Yongmeori reveals the Hendrick Hamel Exhibition (1653 shipwreck). These were the days when the Dutch ruled the Asian seas after the Portuguese—raping or commodifying fruit of the land as the Scots-Irish did at the bequest of Japanese rulers afterward: selling off Korean migrant women for European slave markets or distant plantations. (Hence, Korean descendants in Latin America.) Evidentially, the remains in this remote area are sparse. By ferry to Marado, you’ll see Brother Island on the horizon, another hidden area. Locals can visit rural Haenyeo village and the fishing wharf, or hike Olle (volcanic) trail route 10 to greet the haenyeo: now-elderly women Indigenous to Jeju, who still make their living as sea divers. They survived Japanese colonizers, who tortured them and destroyed 1/10 of Jeju’s population, while deporting the rest for slave labour. With a remake of Yeosu’s Hamel museum, off Yongmeori (Dragon Head) Coast you’ll find the Hamel ship memorial with a beautiful view of canola fields and Mt. Sanbang. Bring good Keens or water shoes, cash for currency, a picnic lunch and camera. With patience, it’ll all come to light!
    Written September 11, 2022
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