Jeju Island is the largest island in South Korea, famous for its wonderful volcanic landscapes and beach resorts. It is considered one of the top destinations in Korea because of its breathtaking natural wonders and unique attractions. I had Jeju on my travel bucket list for a long time and it felt surreal to go there for real. I made some incredible memories during my trip and so I’ve compiled a list of the best places to go in Jeju! I’ve also included some useful details about each place, in order to help you plan your Jeju itinerary.
This is a continuation of my previous article:
Do you want to travel through history and take a glimpse into the culture and daily life of Jeju residents of the past? Visit the Jeju Folk Village, where ancient traditions are brought to life. Here you can see relics from Jeju during the late Joseon era.
Everything from the huts to the clothing and tools are on display for you to see. It is truly a remarkable attraction that you cannot see elsewhere. While there are plenty of folk villages in Korea, this village is specific to the cultural norms and history of Jeju Island.
Jeju Seongeup Folk Village Address: 3294 Seongeup-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm everyday Directions: Take bus no. 221, 222 or 722-1 to Seongeup 1-ri stop.
If you’re a tea enthusiast and want to learn more about the traditional tea culture of Korea, visit the Osulloc Tea Museum in Jeju Island. It is the first ever tea museum in Korea, opened with the aim of introducing travellers to Korean tea history and tradition. I am not really a fan of tea, but I visited it out of curiosity and found the history absolutely fascinating.
Osulloc Tea Museum Address: 15 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm everyday Directions: Take bus no. 151, 255, 771-1, 784-1 or 784-2 to Osulloc Tea Museum stop.
Do you also want to see the largest tea plantation in Korea? Head to the Seogwang Tea Garden. It is an organic tea garden and the largest in Korea. Owned by domestic tea brand, Osulloc, Jeju plantations such as this one are known to produce the highest quality green tea in the world.
The tea garden was so wide that my friend and I only managed to explore half of it! It is conveniently located next to the Osulloc Tea Museum, so you can visit both places with ease.
Seogwang Tea Garden Address: 1203-13 Seogwang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: open 24/7 Directions: [see 'Osulloc Tea Museum']
Also located next to the Osulloc Tea Museum and Seogwang Tea Garden is Innifree Jeju House. Unlike your typical Innisfree branch, Innisfree Jeju House offers exclusive products, craft experiences and even a natural-themed cafe. Similar to Osulloc, Innisfree proudly sources the natural ingredients of their skincare and makeup from Jeju.
Innisfree Jeju House Address: 23 Sinhwayeoksa-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm everyday Directions: [see 'Osulloc Tea Museum']
Shopaholics, or those simply on the look out for delicious food or a nice souvenir, visit Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market. The Maeil Olle Market is the largest traditional market in Seogwipo, Jeju and was established in the early 1960s. However, it wasn’t until 2001 that the market was able to expand to occupy over 620 metres.
All kinds of goodies are available here. From clothing to snacks, fruits, seafood, street food and souvenirs. Plenty of stores here also offer all sorts of Jeju specialties, from Hallabong mandarin makgeolli to mini orange tarts. The market is laid out for easy browsing, and each store is super clean and well-organized.
Seogwipo Olle Maeil Market Address: 340 Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm everyday Directions: Take bus no. 281, 510, 615, 633, 642 or 690 to Cheonjidong Community Centre or Youth Culture House stops. Walk approx. 8 min to the market.
Finally, you simply must visit Jeju Island’s largest and oldest market, Dongmun Traditional Market. It operates 24/7* and serves as the main provider of grain, veg, fruit, fish and other groceries to the residents of Jeju. Furthermore, you find nifty souvenirs and gifts here too.
**operating times vary
One of the reasons why it has become one of the most visited places in Jeju Island is because of the night market. During our visit, we enjoyed delicious street food — some vendors were even dancing while they prepared the food. The vibe was really relaxed, but fun, and everyone, from the visitors to the vendors seemed to have such exciting energy.
Dongmun Traditional Market Address: 20 Gwandeok-ro 14-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do Operating Hours: 8:00am - 9:00pm everyday Directions: Take bus no. 315, 325, 332, 365 or 455 to Dongmun Traditional Market stop.
There are so many amazing places not included in my Best Places to Go in Jeju list. I am sure that next time I visit, I can make a whole new list of places to go! In the meantime, I hope you have found this list helpful and have a great time in Jeju.