If you’re fond of watching South Korean drama series, chances are you’ve already heard of Jeju Island. Not only is this the largest island in the country, but it is also South Korea’s honeymoon capital. Both locals and tourists flock here for the most exciting activities and the prettiest sceneries.
Here are the top fifteen things every tourist would want to experience in Jeju Island:
Visit the mountain of the spirits
Mt. Hallasan is one of the most interesting volcanoes in South Korea. It is because of a volcanic eruption a long time ago that this beautiful mountain was formed at the center of Jeju Island. Apart from being the highest mountain in the country, it is also believed that gods and spirits lived in its majestic area. Kind wizards were also said to be riding on white deers from the heavens to this volcano’s lake. Because of this belief, Mt. Hallasan’s crater lake has been called Baengnokdam or the ‘white deer lake’.
If you’ve seen Kim Sun Ah’s “My Lovely Sam Soon”, you would’ve seen Mt. Hallasan in the emotional episode where Kim Sam Soon was ascending the mountain on a pouring rain as she detests love. Suddenly, her beau appears to change her mind. If your belief in romance is feeling under the weather, Mt. Hallassan is a beautiful landmark that can make you fall in love again.
Be amazed by one of South Korea’s leading national parks
Surrounding Mt. Hallassan is one of the most beautiful parks you’ve ever seen. From this park, you can follow seven different hiking trails. You will surely be surprised by the lush greeneries and attractive flower blooms surrounding the trail. The flowers are so bountiful, that they look like carpets. If you’re wondering where you would’ve seen a carpet of pink adorable flowers, think CLOY.
If you’ve seen the series Crash Landing on You, the heartwarming love story all started when Yoon Se-ri accidentally crashed at North Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. The scene was breathtaking, isn’t it? Her paragliding accident was set in the Hallasan National Park, featuring its pink and purple-like carpet of flowers.
Visit the museum of teddy bears
Many teddy bears have become a valuable member of families. From being a child’s best friend to being the catalyst to many relationships, teddy bears are certainly more than just a plush toy. They’ve seen a thousand smiles and caught a lot of your tears too. If you once shared a special bond with a teddy bear, Jeju Island has a museum full of it for you!
If you are a fan of Yoon Eun Hye’s Princess Hours, you can see Alfred and the rest of the teddy bears featured in this 2006 television series. This Teddy Bear museum will certainly bring back a lot of fun memories in the cutest way possible.
Reach the Sunrise Peak
This 182m steep slope has one of the most beautiful peaks in Jeju Island. This tourist attraction is locally known as Seongsan Ilchulbong and is annually flocked by Koreans and foreigners. Although the climb is not easy, every sweat will feel worth it. The chiseled rocks that form a crown-like structure and the beautiful radiant meadow truly are sights to behold.
If you’ve seen the drama series, Warm and Cozy, Lee Jung-Joo’s character would frequent this beautiful peak for the best seafood ever.
Go fishing at the Iho Tewoo Beach
The powdery sand in this gentle-sloped beach is a crowd favorite, especially during summertime. You can rent a boat for the ultimate fishing experience or go brisk walking by the beach during sunrise or sunset. Apart from being famous for its beach, this tourist attraction is also visited for its horseshoe-shaped lighthouses and the fresh seafood selling restaurants. Spending a day at this beach is certainly going to be relaxing!
Be stunned by a lava-formed cliff
After the then-active Hallassan Mountain erupted, its lava formed a naturally beautiful 600-meter cliff. Years after, this cliff has become a famous tourist attraction of Jeju attracting tourists, painters, and photographers.
What makes the Daepo Haean Jusangjeolli Cliff so beautiful is its cube-like pillars that exude nature’s effortless creativity and timeless beauty. If you visit this cliff during high tide, the water splashing onto it makes the scene simply breathtaking!
Go through an exquisite lava tube
What happens when lava flows under the sea? The birth of a beautiful lava tube happens. In Jeju Island, nature has crafted a 7.4-kilometer-long multi-layered lava tube that’s one of the longest in the world. With the main tunnel that’s 18-meter wide and 23-meter tall, the Manjanggul Lava Tube has a lot of space for exploratory tourists. If you want a truly unique experience, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will leave you speechless.
Visit one of the island’s most heavenly falls
The name Cheonjiyeon pokpo Falls is meant to describe how the 22-meter waterfall seems to descend from the sky to the land. Besides the heavenly cascade of water, this tourist attraction is beautified by the rare variety of plants and trees around. You will see a lot of Chinese lemon trees, gusiljappam trees, camellias, brambles, and songyeopnan.
Dive in the coast of Seogwipo
Jeju island has a 400-kilometer coastline, making it a perfect dive spot among beginners and professionals. The best places to dive in are located in Seogwipo on the south coast of Jeju Island.
Make sure you have a fully loaded breakfast because currents can be tough during high tide. Although it could be quite a swim, you will see big schools of squids, rare orange nudibranchs, and a lot of fishes so it’s definitely worth visiting!
Trudge the longest pedestrian overpass
Jeju Island’s Saeyeongyo Bridge connects two distant points through a sophisticated overpass designed to resemble ‘Tewu’, a traditional log boat. This flamboyant Led-lit bridge connects Seogwipo Port and Birds Island. If you love ships, architectural creativity, and convenient passage to Birds Island from the port, this bridge is a must-pass for you.
Cruise the coast of Jeju Island
Jeju Island is home to many scenic spots that are inaccessible by land. There are four main marine sights to see in Jeju’s southern coast through a cruise. If you want to better remember these touristy places, remembering the mnemonic, BMSJ is helpful. The Best Marine Sights in Jeju (BMSJ) are Beomseon, Munseom, Seopseom, and Jigwido (BMSJ). The departures to BMSJ are usually at 11:30 am, 2 pm, 3:20 pm, and reservation is strictly required.
Submerge 40 meters underwater
The Seogwipo Submarine is a popular tourist attraction in Jeju Island. Submerging underwater through a submarine experience is an exciting way to see coral reefs and marine life in their natural habitat.
You will see tropical fishes, exotic sea plants, vibrant reefs, and if lucky, an interesting shipwreck too. Apart from seeing the marine creatures in person, photos of you underwater are taken as a souvenir. If you have kids with you, they will surely love this experience.
Experience bird watching
Jeju Hadori is a famous tourist attraction that showcases an ecosystem of various well-taken care of bird species. Here, you can also see the endangered Black-faced spoon, Coots, Egrets, Ducks, Temminck’s Cormorants, Gray Herons, and many migrating birds seeking to stay in Jeju over winter. This amazing and informative experience is certainly one for the books.
Taste the freshest and tastiest meals
Jeju island has its own Jeju cuisine that offers tasty and unique dishes. The black-skinned pig is uniquely available here. This meat is the tastiest when grilled and barbecued. Apart from this dish option, Jeju cuisine is also famous for its marine snails or abalones. Female divers dive up to 15 meters below sea level to harvest octopus, sea urchins, oysters, and other shellfishes. Grilled abalones and porridge topped with marine snails make up the must-taste list too.
Try horseback riding
Jeju Island has a long history of breeding and raising its own breed of island pony called jorangmal. These finely bred horses and the fine white sand in the ranches of Jeju make an ideal horseback riding venue. Make sure you’re OOTD ready for this unforgettable experience.
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