Become a Jeju food culture connoisseur

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,  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!


2Korean traditional foods. Offhand how many can you name? How many have your tasted, let alone tried making yourself?

If you’re stumped but would like to learn more, this weekend’s Jeju Food Culture Festival in Jeju City has just what you’re looking for.

There are 24 different exhibition areas and smaller booths to explore. On offer are a wide range Jeju food culture topics and interesting things to do and see over the three day event, including displays of local dishes, techniques and ingredients.

Did you know?

Jeju’s harsh maritime environment greatly influenced its food culture.

Many ingredients that are taken for granted on the mainland, like rice, did not grow well here. Instead, hearty grains and vegetables like millet, barley and cabbage and winter radish were most commonly used. Fresh and salted dried fish, too, have been consumed at Jeju mealtimes for centuries, much in the same way as they are today.
Buckwheat pancakes (bingtteok)


And to get a better sense of Jeju food culture, try your hand making buckwheat pancakes (bingtteok) and millet cake (omegitteok), the Jeju tea ceremony, and check out the cuisine of multicultural families living on Jeju.

You can also learn more about Jeju women and their influence on local culture, such as the esteemed Joseon-era business woman Kim Man-deok, and the Jeju women divers, or haenyeo.

Date/Time: Oct. 21 to Oct. 23 (Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Opening ceremony is Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Jeju Citizen Welfare Town (제주시민복지타운 광장)

How to get there: The venue is located between Shin and Gu Jeju, in the vicinity of Jeju City Hall and Jeju Stadium. By bus, you can catch No. 20, 46, or 92.


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