Jeju Island is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and the weather happens to be great all year round. They’re known for their exquisite beaches and scenic paths so if you’re looking to admire nature in all its glory, book a trip stat. It’s a breath of fresh air for tourists visiting a big city like Seoul, and it’s the perfect place to get some well-deserved R&R. So, here’s what I recommend you do if you visit:
Explore Camellia Hill
This was, hands down, the most beautiful arboretum I’ve ever been to. They’re open all year round, and they have over 6,000 camellia trees. I went when their hydrangeas were in full bloom, and I was blown away. If you’re big into photography, you’ll spend the entire day here shooting…and still want to shoot more. There are photo opps at every corner – trust me when I say it’s an instagrammer’s dream – and there’s so much to see.
Yes, it gets crowded, but it’s big enough for everyone to enjoy. Pro tip: I recommend taking a coffee or ice cream break in the middle at their Green House cafe. It’s a wonderful place for families, friends and dates alike so come and enjoy!
Hike the Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls
If you like hiking, you’ll love Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls. There’s lush foliage all around, and there are three different sites you can visit (2 with water, 1 if it rains). Korean folklore says that when night falls, seven nymphs from heaven descend to bathe in the waterfall’s pond, which is better known as “The Pond of God.”
You can see the aforementioned nymphs carved onto the side of Seonimgyo Bridge. Heads up, if you’re afraid of heights, walk in the middle of the bridge and keep your eyes forward because it’s a longgggg way down. Otherwise, it’s a breathtaking view that makes a great photo opp. FYI, make sure you wear comfortable shoes because this hike’s a workout. There are a bajillion stairs there – and they are steep as hell – so consider yourself warned.
Visit Oedolgae Rock
Yet another instance where Jeju Island’s beauty will take your breath away; Oedolgae Rock is a popular tourist attraction, and after visiting, I can see why. It’s name means “lonely rock,” and local legend says that a woman committed suicide here, fearing that her husband died at sea. Soon after, his body washed ashore, right where she jumped into the ocean. The basaltic pillar represents her while the base symbolizes her husband’s body. You won’t spend more than an hour here so budget your time accordingly!
Learn about Seongeup Folk Village
If you’re a history buff like me, Seongeup Folk Village is a must. It’s located near Halla Mountain, and it’s unique in the sense that there are still people living there exactly as their ancestors did in the past. As you walk around, you’ll see inhabitants performing daily chores the traditional way, and everything’s preserved beautifully. There are over 100 houses and 8,000 artifacts here so there’s lots to see.
Adventure to Udo Island
I wrote a whole guide on Udo Island here a while back so definitely make sure to take a look see. This gorgeous island is only about a 15 minute boat ride away, and the peanut ice cream alone is worth the trip. Enjoy the beautiful black sands of Geommeolle and the ever changing waters of Seobin Baeksa while munching on freshly caught seafood by the ocean.
Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed reading about my time at Jeju! These were some of my favorite activities so make sure you schedule them into your itinerary. Let me know if you have any questions, and keep an eye out for more travel content.