Seogwipo City Center: Flavor and Fun, Day and Night

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!

This article regarding Jeju themed travel programs was originally published on our VisitJeju.net site. Please click here for the original piece and maps to the sites mentioned. — Ed.

Seogwipo transformed into a cultural destination

The south side of Jeju Island has a dreamy sense of an idyllic paradise. There’s sunshine, the wide open sea, and all the trappings of a traveller’s ideal destination. Seogwipo is just such a place, and not just with tourism sites, but also food and culture: Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, for example, and Lee Joong-seop Street. Along the shore at Jaguri Coast you can appreciate the beauty of Hallasan Mountain to the north and Seogwipo Port to the south — particularly at night — and everything in between.

Tasteful travel is delicious!

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market is full of vitality. Everything from the merchants active in their stalls, to the buyers and window shoppers who make up the bulk of the foot traffic… the sights, sounds and scents of the market bring everyone together. If you do visit this daily market, be sure to bring your appetite! There’s gimbap, tteokbokki, kimchi pancakes — all the traditional favorites. They’re easy to take with you and enjoy along the water … there are benches placed strategically outside the market for this.

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market

277-1 Seogwipo-dong, Seogwipo-si

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 782 and get off at Seogwipo-si Old Intercity Bus Terminal bus stop. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Parking available: Under 30 mins (free), 30-60 mins (500 won) + each additional 15 minutes (300 won)

 

Classic island scenery

Lee Joong-seop Art Museum and Culture Street

If you complete your tour of the Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market, just across the street is the Lee Joong-seop Art Museum and Culture Street. This 300-meter-long path is full of galleries, cafes, restaurants… It’s small and cozy and welcoming. From up the hill it’s possible to get a view of the south coast — a picturesque photo spot. In the museum dedicated to this beloved Korean artist, you can actually see a work Lee Joong-seop painted of this very view: It’s titled “A Scene of Seopseom Islet”.

Lee Joong-seop Art Museum

27-3 Leejoongseop-ro, Seogwipo-si

09:00~18:00 in winter, 09:00~20:00, Closed Monday, Jan. 1, National Holidays

Adults: 1,000 won, Children: 300 won

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 18 minutes.

Free parking available

 

Strolling among culture

Soldongsan Culture Street

The name Soldongsan evokes images of bright, verdant pine-covered hills… though at this spot there actually aren’t any pine trees. This culture street starts near Lee Joong-seop Street and the Seogwipo National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, and ends at the Jaguri Coast. This place was once called the “Myeongdong of Seogwipo” (Myeongdong is a famous shopping area in the heart of Seoul). Soldongsan is a great place to enjoy the island’s southern city and its nature, art and literature.

Soldongsan Culture Street

Soldongsan-ri, Seogwipo-si

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at the Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Travel time is about 1 hour 19 minutes.

Free parking available

 

We’ve got to go there!

Jaguri Coast and Seogwipo Port

From Saeseom Islet and Soldongsan Culture Street through to Seogwipo Port on foot; from here is the must-see Cheonjiyeon Waterfall. This spectacular attraction is at the end of a covered walkway, where the waterfall pours from atop a 22-meter-tall cliff.

You can see Seopseom and Munseom Islets at a glance here. It’s also known as a place that’s a utopia for artists as there’s an “artists’ walkway” with places for art displays and exhibitions. As an open-air museum of sorts, this is a great place for children to experience art freely in the outdoors, where they can be boisterous and engaged in art. The view, too, is something that is guaranteed to open your mind and heart to aesthetic beauty.

Seogwipo Port

Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo-si

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Transfer to bus No. 1 and get off at Seogwipo Port bus stop. Total travel time from Jeju City is about 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Free parking available

 

For romance, second-to-none

Saeyeon Bridge and Saeseom Islet

From Cheonjiyeon Waterfall down to the city’s seaport, it’s a short, pleasant walk. A major landmark — Seogwipo’s iconic Saeyeon Bridge — guides you to the harbor. It connects Jeju with the small islet called Saeseom. This is by all accounts a very romantic spot — both in the day and in the evening twilight. The 1.1-kilometer-long walkway is modern and yet has all the design features of a traditional marine vessel, right down to the sail and round staircases. Locals and visitors alike gravitate to the bridge and islet’s walking trail in summer, as the ocean breeze and night view are cool in every way. It’s a must-see destination if you’re lucky enough to spend a few days in Seogwipo.

Saeseom

Beophwan-dong, Seogwipo-si

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Transfer to bus No. 1 and get off at Cheonjiyeon Waterfall Entrance bus stop. Total travel time from Jeju City is about 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Free parking available

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Jeongbang Waterfall

37, 214-gil Chilsimni-ro, Seogwipo-si

Daily 08:30~18:00

Adults: 2,000 won, Children: 1,000 won

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Free parking available
Walart Museum

30 Chilsimni 214-gil, Seogwipo-si

10:00~18:00, 09:30~18:30 (winter), Closed Jan. 1

Adults: 5,000 won, Children 3,000 won

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at Dongmun Rotary bus stop. Total travel time is about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Free parking available
Gidang Art Museum

15, Namseongjung-ro 3-gil, Seogwipo-si

09:00~18:00 in winter, 09:00~20:00, Closed Monday, Jan. 1, National Holidays

Adults: 400 won, Children: 150 won

From Jeju City Intercity Bus Terminal catch bus 781 and get off at Namseong Village Entrance bus stop. Travel time is about 1 hour and 18 minutes.

Free parking available

 

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