What to do in Jeju Island

Activities, attractions and tours
Seongsan Ilchulbong which includes a coastal town, general coastal views and landscape views

Jeju Island Attractions

Jeju Island, lauded as the "Hawaii of South Korea" for its warm climate and beautiful nature, is a picturesque getaway of pristine beaches, majestic cliffs, and mysterious caves. The island is a popular destination for families and newlyweds on honeymoons, and many of its volcanic features are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Head to the gorgeous island for its fine resorts perched on long, white-sand beaches, or explore the natural wonder of places like the Geomunoreum Lava Tube System and Seongsan Ilchlubong, the perfect spot to watch the sun rise. Whether you want to just kick back and relax at Jungmun Beach or discover something new on a hike of Mount Hallasan, Jeju Island has an abundance of things for you to do and try.


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Jeju Island must see attractions

1. Seongsan Ilchulbong

Seongsan Ilchulbong is one of the best spots on Jeju Island to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Every morning, visitors and locals gather on “Sunrise Peak” to admire the dramatic views across the island as dawn streaks the horizon with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of pastel hues.
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Seongsan Ilchulbong featuring landscape views, hiking or walking and tranquil scenes

2. Hyeopjae Beach

On an island famous for its pretty beach resorts, Hyeopjae Beach stands out as one of Jeju’s finest. Fragments of crushed seashells blend with soft sand to create a brilliant white-hued, curving bay. Crystalline waters lap at the shore, inviting you to cool off from the summer sunshine. Spend a day or two here to enjoy coastal walks and a laidback ambiance.
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Hyeopjae Beach which includes general coastal views as well as a small group of people

3. Hamdeok Beach

Visit Hamdeok Beach, a gorgeous stretch of white sand dotted with intriguing rock formations. Adorning the picturesque northern coastline of Jeju Island, the beach provides stunning views of Busan just across the water. Find a spot on the sand and watch the waves come in. Look for small crabs scurrying over the beach.
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Lifeguards patrol the swimming area of this white, sandy beach, which has meandering nature trails and is backed by a range of restaurants and cafés.

4. Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

Feed your desire to sample authentic Korean cuisine and feast your eyes upon abundant delicacies at Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market. Home to everything from bakers and butchers to fishmongers and fresh produce traders, Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is a must-see for those interested in the culinary scene of Jeju Island.
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Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market showing night scenes and markets as well as a small group of people

5. Hallasan National Park

Spend a day exploring the peaks of South Korea’s tallest mountain in Hallasan National Park. Admire panoramic views of the countryside of Jeju, see huge crater lakes and observe colorful flora. Inaugurated as South Korea’s ninth national park in 1970, Hallasan National Park has since been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
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Hallasan National Park showing a park and forests

6. Seopjikoji

Seopjikoji is one of Jeju Island’s most popular spots thanks to its sweeping coastal views, serene countryside and year round accessibility.
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Jeju Island showing landscape views, rugged coastline and a coastal town

What to do in Jeju Island

Free Things to Do in Jeju Island

Some say the best things in life are free. Check out the following around Jeju Island:

Jeju Museum of Art - See if there are any major exhibits, displays or tours on at this interesting museum.

Gwaneumsa Temple - No matter your religious leanings, this place will invoke a sense of reverence in you.

Hallasan National Park - Take your camera and let nature stimulate your imagination.

Hallasan National Park - Cultivate your green thumb and marvel at the wide variety of plants on show.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Jeju Island

Jeju City is the largest city and capital of Jeju Island, and serves as the transportation hub for the rest of the province. Outside of the city, the island is blessed with incredible natural attractions and a rich heritage that's worth taking the time to explore.

Mount Hallasan - The tallest mountain in South Koera, Mount Hallasan is part of the UNESCO-listed Hallasan National Park and has been designated as a Korean National Monument. The mountain, which can be seen from every part of Jeju Island, is a popular hiking spot with trails leading up the slopes and to the beautiful crater lake, Baengnokdam.

Seogwipo - Situated on the southern part of the island, Seogwipo is Jeju's second-largest city and is famous for its nearby natural wonders. Visit UNESCO-listed Seongsan Ilchulbong, a tuff cone also called Sunrise Peak, the 7 cascades of Cheonjiyeon Falls, or flourishing coral reefs aboard the Seogwipo Submarine. Seogwipo is also home to the Seongeup and Jeju Folk Villages where you can learn the heritage of the island.

Jungmun Resort - Jungmun Resort is the largest resort in South Korea and a mecca of tourism in Jeju. Vacationers are drawn to the natural attractions that line the coast, including idyllic Jungmun Beach and the Yeomiji Arboretum. The area is a popular swimming and surfing spot, and sailing trips out of Jungmun Marina bring you past the majestic rock formations of Jusangjeolli Cliff.

What to See in Jeju Island

Jeju is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. The site includes Geomunoreum-an extensive system of lava tubes-as well as the Seongsan Ilchulbong tuff cone and the dormant volcano of Mount Hallasan. See the pillar-like rock formations of Jusangjeolli Cliff, or search for the dol hareubang, large rock statues carved from basalt for protection and fertility. For a look at local culture and history, visit the Jeju or Seongeup Folk Villages, which recreate a traditional 1890s village and display fascinating cultural artifacts respectively. The adult-oriented Jeju Love Land sculpture park is a popular destination for couples and honeymooners as well.

Sightseeing in Jeju Island

Spend your vacation on Jeju Island in the outdoors, soaking in the sun and the beauty of the nature around you. From hikes on Mount Hallasan and Seongsan Ilchulbong to caving adventures into Manjanggul Cave and the Geomunoreum Lava Tubes, there is an astounding amount of unqiue and volcanic heritage to discover on the island. Udo Island, just off the eastern coast of Jeju, is home to the Udo Maritime Park, a breathtaking underwater landscape of fish and coral. Submarine tours allow you to enter the watery world and witness a wide range of oceanic life. Udo Island and parts of Jeju Island are also famed for their haenyeo, incredible female divers who delve into ocean depths for conches, sea urchins, and other creatures without the aid of oxygen masks. The haenyeo are also inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. If you want to treat yourself to a moment of indulgence or make a honeymoon special, pair up with a professional photographer and have a private photoshoot that captures the beauty of the island and your holiday.

Things to Do in Jeju Island with Kids

There's fun for the entire family wherever you go in Jeju Island. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can enjoy together that are certain to make your break memorable:


 

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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Jeju Island on a sunny day?
Make the most of the fine weather with experiences like a Jeju Airport Same Day Luggage Services and an UNESCO Day Travel, Jeju Private taxi tour.
Are there cheap things to do in Jeju Island?
What can you do in Jeju Island for free?
You could store your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these attractions will cost you nothing:

  • Seongsan Ilchulbong
  • Hallasan National Park
  • Hamdeok Beach
  • Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market


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