Jeju Island is one of the most famous places in Korea – for good reason too, with its buzzing city life, popular beaches and spectacular natural attractions, tourists are making this a number-one priority when visiting the country.
With any major tourist destination you visit worldwide, you need an honest guide of things to do and with this three-day Jeju Island Itinerary, you’ll be able to plan an effective trip on South Korea’s most famous Island and get to the best places on offer.
If you take a look at the Jeju tourist map, you’ll see that it’s also the largest island in the Korean Peninsula. It’s located along the Korea Strait and is by far one of my favourite places to visit in South Korea, where the weather is always warmer and even bearable during the cooler winter months.
Jejudo is a destination best known for its incredible natural attractions, being a rugged volcanic landscape, lava tubes, and beaches, with many of these natural beauties formed centuries ago. You’ll also find a handful of beautiful temples on your Jeju tour, among many other fun-filled attractions.
No matter when you decide to go to this popular destination in South Korea, these are the Jeju tourist attractions that you should include during your 3-day Jeju Island itinerary.
A Three-Day Jeju Island Itinerary
Before we get into the detailed Jeju Itinerary, let’s go over a few of the basic information that may help with your time on the Island. You know, basic information on when to visit, transportation and accommodation.
Best time to Visit Jeju Island
For most tourists, the best time to visit Jeju is either during the spring months from March to May, or summer of June to August, where the weather reaches peak heat with high humidity. On the other hand, if you love the colder weather, you can’t go wrong visiting during the winter months and the Autumn months will knock your socks off as the weather begins to warm in time for peak tourist months.
Most Ideal Transportation in Jeju Island
Jeju Island transportation is not as complex as it is in the major cities of Soul and Busan, where train maps more suit a maze you can’t get a handle of. It’s much simpler in Jeju. The best way to get around the Island is to rent a car and explore the island in your own time, visiting places you wish to go.
If being your own driver doesn’t cut it, there are always tour buses and taxis to get to where you need to get to, but it may not be the most economical way to go about it. You can always check out day tours on Klook to find the best Jeju sightseeing tours on the island that takes you to all the best places to visit in Jeju Island.
Finding the best hotels in Jeju South Korea
You are not going to have an issue finding Jeju Island hotels, whether you’re after a luxury stay in the city, or a budget style guesthouse and hostels at a bargain price, you’re covered with whatever you’re looking to spend to cover your time in Jeju.
I would be neglect, if I didn’t recommend the fabulous Pool and Villa Sorang, a private Villa with your very own swimming and perfect for the summer months when you need to chill from the heat. The Villa is a little away from the main city, but you’ll appreciate the quiet atmosphere of your Jeju Island accommodation.
Day 1: A Jeju City Tour and Surrounds
Jeju City, the capital of the island, has lots to offer. However, the most efficient way to see the Jeju attractions is via the Hop-on, hop-off bus that will get you around Jeju with ease and convenience.
There are other forms of transportation in Jeju but trust me when I say that the Hop-on, hop-off bus will be your best friend for visiting these amazing Jeju tourist attractions such as Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum, Sarabong Peak, Black Pork Restaurant Street, Yongyeon Pond, Dongmun Market, Gwandeokjeong Pavilion, Iho Tewoo Beach, Halla Arboretum, and the Five Day Folk Market.
Hamdeok Beach, located around 15 kilometres away from the city, is also worth visiting for its turquoise waters. If you’re visiting during the summer, this gorgeous white-sand Jeju Island beach should be on the top of your list.
Mangjaggul Cave isn’t too far from Hamdeok Beach, so this should be your next stop. It’s the world’s most popular lava cave, 5 meters in width and 13,000 meters long. Tourists can easily stroll around a kilometre into the cave, then leave from the same exit. This geological wonder has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
ECO land is a must to put on your list when visiting Jeju-do, a well-organised theme park, that takes you to a variety of different themes of ECO type attractions by a steam train. Families can easily enjoy a few hours exploring ECO Land, having a picnic lunch, admiring the scenery and letting the kids have fun in Kids Town. This was by far, one of my favourite attractions.
Other Jeju Island points of interest you might want to change up for your day-one of your Jeju tour can include Seopjikoji, Hanwha Aqua Planet, and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Depending on your time and budget.
Day 2: The Magnificent Scenery West of Jeju
For the second day of your Jeju Island tour, it’s time to make the short but easy trek to the West of the island. The home to stunning beaches, picturesque scenery, and mouth-watering food that will make your Jeju trip go up another level.
Mysterious Road is a top Jeju Island point of interest on this occasion. It’s basically a magnetic downward hill though an optical illusion makes it seem like it’s an uphill road. Visitors love to trip out by placing objects on the road itself, which then give the impression that it’s rolling uphill!
Hyeopjae Beach is a gorgeous rocky beach punctuated by natural black lava formations, black sand, and stunning views. The best thing to do is here is absolutely nothing! Just take it all in ad relax. While you’re here, you can also visit the nearby Hallim Park, a subtropical arboretum, where you can explore a variety of gardens, including a water garden with a dazzling waterfall and a traditional folk village with traditional houses and stone statues.
The Village is mind-blowing: imagine black lava rocks by the beach blanketed in thousands of small cacti. What’s strange is that these cacti aren’t native to Korea, although people believe that they might have drifted all the way here through the Kuroshio stream from Mexico. Catch your breath and enjoy a delicious beverage at one of the cute coffee shops in town. If you’d like to stay nearby this area, there are several accommodation choices within Wollyeongri Cactus Village.
Another must-visit is the west of the island is the Seogwang Tea Garden and Museum. It’s the biggest tea plantation in the entire country, so if you love a cuppa, you have to stop by. Aside from boasting of its size, the Seogwang Tea Garden is known for producing world-class tea. Within the plantation is the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, the first of its kind in Korea. This is a great place to come and learn about tea culture in Korea, as well as its history and the role it plays in the local culture.
Women travellers, take note: Jeju is home to the Innisfree Jeju House. Not too far from the tea garden, you’ll find all kinds of cosmetics and skincare made by this renowned brand right here.
The Chocolate Museum of Jeju is the second largest chocolate museum in the entire planet. Constructed using volcanic lava stones, this museum actually makes one feel as if you are entering an ancient castle. Inside, there are three floors; go explore them to learn about various aspects of chocolate making. You’ll also get to sample delicious chocolate and buy them from the gift shop.
Day 3: Hallasan Mountain and South Jeju Island
Make the most out of your last day by waking up early and heading to the Hallasan or Halla Mountain. This UNESCO World Heritage site is an active volcano, featuring different trails of varying difficulty levels to suit all visitors. It’s recommended to bring hiking shoes or at the very least, comfortable rubber shoes for a pleasant trek in Jeju Island Korea.
Next, I recommend you visit the three majestic waterfalls south of Jeju. Out of these three, Cheonjeyeon falls is the biggest, and it’s named after heaven’s fond. According to Korean folklore, fairies once bathed in these very falls. Jeongbang Falls is breathtaking as well; it’s the only waterfall in Asia that flows directly into the open ocean. It’s a sight to behold as the top of the falls is where you’ll find lush vegetation. Keep in mind, Jeongbang Falls is best visited during the summer.
Another unique geological attraction is the Jusangjeolli Cliff; these are vertical cliffs that are mostly found just in Jeju as well as on mainland Korea. The basaltic lava cliffs are known to rise as high as 20 meters above sea level during high tide and is a sight to behold.
Travellers with kids are recommended to visit the Teddy Bear Museum. There are three branches in Korea; one in Jeju Island while the other two are in Seoul and Gyeongju. The Teddy Bear Museum branch in Jeju is particularly famous because it houses a $2.1 million teddy bear; the most expensive one on earth!
These Jeju Island tourist attractions are good enough for three days, but if this volcanic island enchants you (and we don’t blame you!), then you should stay for at least a night or two more to further enhance your Jeju Island tour itinerary.