An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post
From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.
Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net, and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.
If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!
Dear fans of Hello Kitty (and all things cute), Hello Kitty Island on Jeju is a special museum dedicated to Sanrio’s iconic figure, Hello Kitty. Here, you can see and eat Hello Kitty-inspired creations.
Address: 340 Hanchang-ro Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo city, Jeju
Directions by bus: Go to the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. Take bus #782. After about 45 minutes, get off at Teddy Valley. Then walk for about 3 minutes, and you will see Hello Kitty Island.
Even though crossing the street where the bus drops you off is closer to the museum, it is much safer to cross at the cross walk a few meters before the Teddy Vally Golf & Resort stop.
After getting off the bus, you can see Hello Kitty Island in front of you.
For those driving, there is a free parking lot right in front of the entrance.
As soon as you enter the museum, you can see Hello Kitty and the color pink everywhere.
Opening hours are 9am to 10pm in the summer, and 9am to 6pm the rest of the year. General admission is 12,000Won for adult, 11,000Won for teenagers, and 10,000Won for children (25 months to elementary school). If you are a Jeju resident (or 65+ years, disabled, or a soldier), you get a 2,000Won discount. If you go in a group of 30 or more, you can also get a 2,000Won discount.
If you are traveling with a baby, you can borrow a stroller for the duration of your visit.
Since I went in December, Hello Kitty Island already has Christmas decorations.
There is an area called Wish Diary, where children can write their wish on a screen and have that sent to Hello Kitty Island.
On the first floor, you can see a history of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty’s house, and the art and music education halls. Did you know that Hello Kitty’s height is measured as 5-apples tall? (I am almost 9-apples tall according to their chart! ^_^)
On the second floor, there are exhibits about Hello Kitty around the world, a constellation education hall, art galleries, Hello Kitty’s room, and the Hello Kitty Cafe.
On the third floor is the 3D theater and an outdoor gallery. The theater has a 3D show about Hello Kitty and her friends that runs for 8 minutes every 30 minute.
Besides exploring and taking pictures, children can also have fun at the activity area and indoor playground.
The Hello Kitty Cafe is located on the 2nd floor. It has Hello Kitty themed seats and sofas.
It also offers coffee, dessert, and food (cheese sandwich, waffle set, and hot dogs). You can also buy Hello Kitty tumblers and coffee gift sets.
The Hello Kitty rare cheese cake (11,000Won) and Green Tea Latte (4,500Won) were pricey, but very cute and quite delicious.
Let’s take a bite of this cute Hello Kitty cheesecake!
I was pleasantly surprised at how light and delicious it was! The center is vanilla cake, and the cream is cheesecake, but not too heavy or too sweet. It is definitely enough for two to share. I almost felt bad about eating that cute Hello Kitty face!
The green tea latte is sweet and not different from other coffee shops on Jeju. However, the Hello Kitty latte art is unique and very cute! Have you enjoyed these treats at the Hello Kitty Cafe, or did you try something else?
After eating and enjoying your time at Hello Kitty Island, you can visit the gift shop on the 1st floor before heading out. Note that once you enter the gift shop, you can not re-enter the museum. Make it your last stop!
It has a variety of Hello Kitty goods, like cups, travel pillows, a huge Hello Kitty doll, bookbags and handbags, and so many more. There was a lot of things that I wanted to buy!
Did you get to visit Hello Kitty Island in Jeju? What did you think about it? We’d love to hear about your experience!
If you’re looking for other attractions nearby, check out our 1 Stop, 5 Attractions posts for more fun things to do in Jeju.