2017 Jeju Fire Festival gets underway

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!

The Jeju Municiple Mounted Police are on the patrol!

Click on any of the photos for a closer look!

So this is Day 2 of the annual Jeju Fire Festival and things are really ramping up! We dropped by Friday afternoon to catch some of the action.

There’s a ton to do and see tonight and on Saturday and Sunday — including the big event on Saturday evening around 7:45 when they ceremonially set the volcanic cone alight.

So check the festival’s schedule here and come celebrate Jeju tradition and culture with us!


One of the soon-to-be immolated grass/wood structures. The oreum (volcanic cone) is set alight during the festival to signify the tradition of bangae, ridding the land of pests and old grass in preparation for the new growing season.
Fire trucks are on hand in case of an unexpected change in the wind when the evening fire-related events begin.


Rope making competition among local villages… a community-building event.

dsc01821 img_20170303_145033 img_20170303_145719 The free shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes from Jeju City (from Tapdong, Jeju Stadium Complex and Halla University bus stop just down the hill from the main gate) and every hour from Seogwipo City (City Hall, Cheonjeyeon Falls Entrance)

If you catch the free shuttle bus from Jeju City at Halla University, the bus stop is just down the hill from the main gate.
The festival site at Saebyeol Oreum is along the 1135 highway. There’s good parking, but the shuttle bus runs regularly and may prove more convenient.


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