Hello everyone! We have a lot of questions coming in about where to go in Jeju if you only have a few days. Here is our suggested itinerary for a 3 days, 2 nights trip. You can mix and match, or choose 2 out of those 3 courses for a shorter trip in Jeju. For those who like to take their time to travel, you can just go to a few places a day and fully enjoy it. Let us know what you think of our suggestions!
Seongsan Ilchulbong (2,000won)- On the east coast of Jeju, Seongsan Sunrise Peak rises 182 meters above sea waters. It was formed by an underwater eruption on the shallow sea bed. The crater at the top of the peak looks like a giant bowl. For those who comes to Jeju for the first time, the hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong is worth it to see the beautiful view. This is the best spot to see the sunrise on Jeju.
Seopjikoji (free admission) – Seopjikoji is on the far east coast of Jeju, with fantastic rock formations along the seacoast and a wide meadow dotted with yellow canola flowers in the spring. It is a popular filming site for Korean dramas, including “All In”. You can also visit Sinyang Seopjikoji beach nearby.
Seongeup Folk Village (free admission) – Seongeup Folk Village is a preserved and recreated traditional town that reflects the Jeju culture. There are houses with thatched roofs, lava rock walls, stone grandfather statues (dolhareubang), and even black-haired pigs. If you want to learn more about Jeju culture, this is the place to visit.
Manjang Cave (2,000won) – Manjanggul is the largest known lava cave in the world. Created when Jeju’s Hallasan erupted hundreds of thousands of years ago, it measures 5 meters in width, and more than 13,000 meters in length. It is appointed as Natural Monument No.98, and is a unique underground attraction. It’ll keep you cool in the summer.
Dongmun Traditional Market (free admission) – Dongmun market is the biggest traditional market on Jeju. It sells fresh produce, seafood, meat, and so much m ore. One can find delicious street food like pastries filled with red bean paste and spice rice cakes. You can also buy souvenirs and Jeju chocolate to bring home!
Hyeopjae Beach (free admission) – Located on the west side of Jeju, Hyeopjae Beach has extra fine sand mixed with shells, making this white sand beach glitter in the sun. The water is crystal clear, just perfect for a nice stroll or swim in the summer. You also get a good view of Biyangdo.
Sanbangsan (1,000won) – Sanbangsan is on the southwest part of Jeju. This bell-shaped mountain not only makes for a great hike, but in the spring, you can see fields of canola flowers nearby. Mid-way up the mountain, you can visit Sanbanggul. In this cave is a statue of Buddha, and drinkable water that drips from the roof and is believed to have medicinal benefits.
Yongmeori Coast (1,000won) – A short walk away from Sanbangsan is Yongmeori Coast, whose name literally means “dragon head” because the area resembles the shape of a dragon diving into the sea. This coastal area is composed of sandstone layers formed by sedimentary deposits that have accumulated for tens of millions of years. The view of the ocean and giant rock formations is breathtaking.
Cheonjeyeon Falls (2,500won)- Further to the south of Jeju is the largest of the three major waterfalls in Jeju, Cheonjeyeon Falls. Its name means “pond of heaven” because legend has it that fairies came from heaven to bathe here. You can visit three waterfalls and Seonimgyo bridge when you come to Cheonjeyeon Falls.
Jusangjeolli Cliff (2,000won) – Jusangjeollidae is a unique cliff in jeju, famous for its rock formations. The cliff composes of vertical pillars formed by rectangular and hexagonal-shaped basaltic lava rocks. When the tide is high, you can see waves leap up to 20 meters onto the face of the cliff.
Yongduam (free admission) – On the northern coast of Jeju rests Yongduam, whose name means “Dragon Head Rock” because of the rock formation that looks like a dragon head rising out of the water. As you walk along Yongduam, you can see haenyeo diving for seafood, seafood restaurants, and cafes. It’s a romantic place for a night date.
Gwandeokjeong (1,500won) – Situated in the middle of downtown Jeju is the oldest building on the island, Gwandeokjeong. Built by governor and general Shin Suk-Cheong in the 15th century, it was used as a training grounds for soldiers. Later on, it became a venue for practicing martial arts, holding festivities, inspects, and more. Gwandeokjeong reflects the history and culture of Jeju in its architecture and atmosphere. Visiting here is like stepping into the past.
Mysterious Road (free admission) – Mysterious Road on 1100 Road is aptly named so because of an optical illusion that makes the downward-sloping road appear to rise uphill. I shall not say more than that. You will just have to go here and see it for yourself! ^_^
Saryeoni Forest (free admission) – Saryeoni Forest is one of the most popular walking trails in Jeju. Cedars, oaks, cypresses, and many other types of trees provide shades for the forest paths. With its fresh air and natural scenery, this beautiful destination is the place to find healing for your body and mind.
Sangumburi Crater (6,000won) – Sangumburi Crater is an extinct volcanic crater towards the southeast part of Jeju. Its 650-meter wide flat top looks like a man-made stadium. There is a variety of plants growing in the crater. From the north, you can find red-thorn trees, magnolia trees, and rare winter strawberries. From the south, there are maples, evergreens, and mountain strawberries. Sangumburi Crater is especially beautiful in the fall, where you can see fields of silver grass swaying in the wind.
We hope you enjoyed our recommended itinerary for Jeju! To see more of Jeju, you need to come back! There are the nearby islands, Hallasan, beaches all along the coast, and so much more waiting for you. We love to hear what you think about this travel course. Please comment below or connect with us on social media.