This is another in a series of updates on Jeju’s travel/tourism infrastructure. We want our readers to have the latest details on what to expect regarding air and sea infrastructure. The following info and photography was recorded at Jeju Ferry Passenger Terminal in July, 2017. (Click here for more transportation information on our VisitJeju.net site.)
In this day and age, there’s something special about arriving by ship. It hearkens back to a slower, simpler time when journeys were much more “organic” (floating on water seems a bit more natural than flying through the air, wouldn’t you agree?).
Arriving at the Jeju Ferry Passenger Terminal, the contrast between this ancient mode of transportation and the modern amenities of the newly built facility is a rather a unique experience.
First though, a couple of caveats: The old ferry passenger terminal (Pier 2) and new terminal (Pier 7) are both in operation. You can take the ferry to the mainland from either, but the departures are staggered by time and so you’ll depart the old or new terminal depending on the time of day. Please double check which terminal you’ll be using. If you do get them mixed up, they are about 15 minutes apart by foot. This article refers to the new terminal but for the most part the information applies to both.
Here is the printed schedule available at the terminal’s Tourist Information Center. (Click on the photo for a closer view.)
Given this port of call’s proximity to Jeju City center, Jeju International Airport, and main highways like the east-west 1132 Road and the 97 to the southeast of the island, there are plenty of options for travelers to get to where they’re going.
By bus: City bus lines (90, 92 and 95) run to main points in downtown Jeju (including the airport in the case of bus 90 and 95) departing every 30 minutes or so throughout the day. The Jeju City Tour Bus and Jeju Golden Bus City Tour companies also have convenient schedules for cruise travelers who are staying on their vessel at night but would like to explore during the day.
By taxi: A taxi stand is right by the front entrance. In the early afternoon of last week, not many taxis were available because there were no ferry/cruise ships scheduled for arrival… You can always ask tourist information to call a cab for you if you’re stuck, but chances are if you arrive on a regularly scheduled ferry, there will be taxis waiting.
By car: There are no rental car services at present but they are available at the airport. The trip from the port to the airport by bus is approximately 30 minutes and 1,200 won per person (17 minutes by taxi, 7,000 won).
Pro tip: If you are arriving from mainland Korea in your car for the first time, then please keep in mind that this is the island’s busiest port. There are many large trucks transporting shipping containers through the narrow city streets. So please exercise extreme caution when driving through the area.
The schedule of ferry and cruise departures is available on the initial page of the terminal’s website, but there is no English at this point. You can always call Tourist Information at 064-1330 and they can help you.
The terminal: Cruise and ferry passengers are screened through separate departure areas. The coastal ferry departures area is on the first floor of the main building, while the international cruise departure area is on the second floor. Ticket sales are opposite the ferry departures area in the main lobby, as is the Tourist Information Center.
If you have some time to spare before you leave, the building itself has some small parks and observation areas built on the roof which you can explore.
Activities in the area
The large, white lighthouse on the hill is a well-known landmark called Sanji Lighthouse on Sarabong hill.
Did you know? Just behind Sanji Lighthouse is a large public park with Jeju Olle walking trail No. 18, the excellent Jeju National Museum, public exercise grounds, a Buddhist temple and more. It’s a great spot to enjoy a few hours if that’s all you have before your departure (or if you’d like to start slowly upon your arrival to Jeju Island.)
Also, north of the terminal along the coast are a number of breakwaters and Yongdu Bridge, which you can cross to sit next to the water and watch the ships and airplanes arrive and depart from this busy area of Jeju City. It’s a beautiful view at any time of day, but photographers are especially drawn to its sunsets.
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