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Jason Chen

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Visited Jeju Island in June 2018 for 3 days

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Submitted on Sep 05, 2018 Trip Brief

Jeju Island adventures

I learned of Jeju Island from some travel blogs only a few years ago. It's a pretty popular place in Asia (esp Korea and China) but it's very unknown elsewhere.


Lay of the land:

  • Jeju is just 1-hour flight south of Seoul
  • The island of Jeju isn't that big. You can drive around the entire island in about 4 hours if you don't stop anywhere
  • There are 2 main cities on the island. Jeju-si in the north (where the airport is) is much bigger. On the opposite of the island in the south is Seogwipo, which is more laid back. Most people stay in Jeju-si because there's much more to do (restaurant, museums and shopping) and easier to use public transportation
  • The natural points of interest of interest are scattered across the island along the circular highway around the island outside of the 2 main cities


What to do on the island: there are lots of natural sights like beaches, volcanoes, caves, hiking trails, view points. Basically Hawaii but not as nice


How long to stay: I flew in from Seoul for a weekend trip (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), which I think Jeju is perfect for, any longer i would've gotten bored. Though I did read about 4-5 day trips people take. If you wanna hike you should do longer than what I've done


Hotel: I stayed at the Jeju Beach Hotel Hamdeok, a nice little hotel about 30-minute drive outside of Jeju-si where. Right on the ocean and close to Hamdoek Beach


Car rental:

  • Driving is in my opinion by far the best way to visit Jeju. It's a sparsely populated island and all the points of interest area far apart. Public transportation is mainly bus and services are infrequent
  • I rented from Lotte Rent-a-Car directly from their website (they have English)
  • I had to sign up for a membership (free) in order to book a car, but their rate was much cheaper than what I found on international booking portals like Expedia and Kayak ($26USD per day vs. $60 on Expedia)
  • You need an IDP to drive in South Korea. Lotte has this page with good information
  • Driving is on the right hand side like continental Europe and North America and cars were mostly automatic transmission
  • Road condition was fantastic. Not a lot of traffic and the quality of the roads were top notch like the rest of Korea
  • Tip: get a GPS from the rental agency as Google Maps does not have driving directions on the island (as of June 2018)


Day 1 - arrival and close to Jeju City:

  • Jeju-si (Jeju City)

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  • Hamdoek Beach: right next to my hotel

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Day 2 - Northeastern part of Jeju Island

  • Seongsan Ilchulbong Volcano (great place to see sunrise!)

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User submitted photo of Jeju Island

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  • Seopjikoji - great view of the ocean and the Seongsan Ilchulbong Volcano

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  • Sangumburi Crater

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  • Manjanggul Cave - day 2

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Day 3 - South and southwestern part of Jeju Island

  • Seogwipo-si (Seogwipo City)

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  • Cheonjeyeon Falls

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  • Jungmun Beach

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  • Songaksan

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