Jeju is Korea’s most beautiful island. Many call it the Hawaii of South Korea. With so much land to cover and options to choose from, which are the best for a short weekend in Jeju Island? We got you covered. We had a few contenders, such as Mount Hallasan and Udo Island, but we took into account your short time on Jeju Island. Below you will find the experiences you just cannot miss when visiting Jeju Island for only a weekend!
Read on for the best things to do on Jeju Island.
1. Pay a visit to Loveland
Loveland is a great place for couples and groups of friends to explore on a nice sunny day outside. If it is raining, don’t head here as 90% of the exhibits/displays are outside! Loveland is a ‘love’ museum which basically means it is a sex statue and sex toy museum. For only 9,000 KRW (7 USD) per person you can enter the Loveland museum and spend as long as you want here, your entrance is good for the whole day! People under 18 are not allowed but if parents are looking to have a little fun there is a place they can leave the kids to play while they wander around. You can spend half a day here looking at all the interesting statues and taking tons of funny pictures. They also have a couple of shops to buy things related to the museum, but beware, the items are quite over priced for what they are worth. This outdoor space is also great for enjoying the weather, as it has tons of trees, benches and space to relax. If you get hungry while in Loveland you can grab some red bean snacks in shapes like nipples, breasts and penis’s! At only 3,000 KRW (1.80 USD) they are a steal!
2. Walk along Hamdoek Beach
Personally, my favorite beach in Jeju! This is partially because of how clean and blue the water is, how close it is to the downtown area, and because there is a beautiful cafe right on it where I can get some good coffee! Of course for any Jeju native, they know I am speaking of the famous Cafe Delmoondo, which is a huge cafe that sits right on this beach. In the spring, summer and fall this beach will have people wandering around, taking selfies and enjoying the view. Don’t worry about it being too crowded though, because for some reason it never is. The cafe though is another story, so if you want a water view you may have to wait for a seat, but there are still plenty of places to sit. You can also take your coffee, gelato or snack to go and enjoy it along the beach for a stroll just outside the back door. This beach also offers a small rock formation where many people wander out to take photos, it really is a beautiful area to explore! If you are tired of walking you can always have a seat on the beach. Many locals do not do this until the summer, but if it is warm enough for you the entire beach is up for grabs!
Website: Hamdoek Beach
3. Witness the Cheonjiyeon Falls
One of the most sought out areas of Jeju after its beaches are their nature hikes and sightseeing hotspots. Seogwipo is a great base for exploring all of these areas since most are easily accessed by bus or walking. Cheonjiyeon Falls and nature area is one of the most famous spots in Seogwipo (and Jeju Island), and for a good reason. It offers 3 different waterfalls, tons of nature to lose yourself in and a very beautiful pedestrian bridge that gives you great views of the surrounding areas. To get to this area you can take one of the multiple public buses to the Seogwipo area and then walk into the entrance of Cheonjiyeon Falls nature area. There is a parking lot here in case you are driving, but most people seem to walk in. For 2,000 KRW (1.25 USD) you can explore the waterfalls for as long as you wish, have a picnic, take selfies or just wander around enjoying all the nature. We easily spent a couple of hours here walking around, and got in a little bit of exercise as well!
Website:Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포)
4. Go shopping along Downtown Jeju
After a day of exploring all of the nature Jeju Island has to offer, why not head to its busiest shopping, entertainment and restaurant district? Here you will find all types of shops, from clothing boutiques and accessory stores, to phone case and mobile stores, sticker/photo places, game arcades and a ton more! It is easy to spend quite some time down here exploring the area and stopping in numerous stores.
If coffee is your thing, you are in luck! You have a ton of coffee shops (good roasters as well if you want to purchase beans) in this area to choose from. Our favorites are Coffee Finder, Attic of the Little Prince and Cafe Ra. Hangout at one of these spots for some of Jeju’s best coffee and people watching! Once you are caffeinated up, head to a nearby sticker shop, where you and your friends or significant other can pose with props and create really memorable picture stickers to take home! At only 6,000 KRW (4.5 USD) they are made instantly and you can also write dates, titles, or anything else you want on the pictures.
After your picture session why not grab a bite at one of many local or western restaurants nearby in this area? Our favorites are Bagdad Cafe (Indian), Goofy Foot (Burgers and salads), or La Vie (Pizza and pastas). Once you are full from your meal you can head to one of the many bars or clubs right in the area for a drink or an all nighter, your choice! The main downtown street in Jeju is where you will find the majority of Norebangs and bars. No matter what you are craving, beer, wine or mixed drinks, downtown Jeju has something for everyone.
5. Jungmun Beach
Jeju Island has plenty of breathtaking sceneries to enjoy from but when one is on Jeju Island, Jungmun Beach is the one place one shall not miss for a good panoramic view of the natural scenery. The shore in Jungmun Beach is so fine it is quoted locally as being Jinmosai. Being 560m long, the beach provides tourists with a clear beautiful view of the sea, coupled with various surfing activities that tourists can enjoy when they are here. The beach is by far the beach with the fiercest waves. If you are up for some water adventures, you can also seek out for surfing lessons to enjoy the beach to its best.
Address: Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Website: Jungmun Beach
6. Teddy Bear Museum
Teddy bears make great toys not only for children but for collectors as well. Not only that, they are also priceless collections that are enough to worth them a museum of their own on Jeju Island. If you are one of such collectors, drop by the Teddy Bear Museum in Jungmun Tourism Complex and get ready to witness a large unique collection of teddy bears in this museum for yourself. Trust us, the collector self will be delighted to see them.
Teddy Bear Museum
Address: 31, Jungmungwangwang-ro110beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Website: Teddy Bear Museum
Saying goodbye to your short weekend in Jeju
With so much to do, a short weekend in Jeju can be daunting to plan and organize. We hope you were able to fit in all of these unique Jeju experiences above into your stay in Jeju!
With only a short weekend on Jeju Island, we are sure your time will be well spent with these four amazing Jeju only experiences!
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