Jeju Island, South Korea
Think themed couple wear, crystal blue waters and huge windmills dotted across endless fields. With azure sunrises and beach-themed cafes everywhere we went, Jeju Island is definitely one of the most scenic and romantic islands I’ve been to 😍
Even if you aren’t attached (like me), the luxurious blue oceans will ensure you fall in love with this jewel island. I only stayed for 3 days and felt super reluctant on the day I had to fly back to Seoul.
Nonetheless, I had a great time exploring Jeju with a packed 3 day 2 night road-trip itinerary that will allow you to maximise your time here. Without further ado, here are some tips and recommended places to go if you only have 3 days to spare!
How to get to Jeju Island
Simply book a domestic flight flying from Gimpo Domestic Airport (and not the International Airport).
Pro-tip: Book early to avoid disappointment as tickets to Jeju are extremely popular during peak seasons!
- Getting to Gimpo Domestic Airport:
- Subway: You can take an AREX to Gimpo International Airport, and take a shuttle bus to the Domestic Airport
- Cab: 20,000 won from Myeongdong area, and approx. 30mins.
- Bus 6021 Airport Limousine: 7,000 won flat rate (~S$8.40), takes approx. 40mins. The bus arrivals timings are not as accurate though, so if you plan on taking this, make sure you don’t book a morning flight!
At Gimpo Domestic Airport
- If you end up in the International branch like me, you can take a shuttle bus at Level 1 (~10mins).
- Domestic flights are more lax. and you only need to reach one hour before departure.
Tips for Travelling in Jeju Island
- Rent a car: It is recommended to rent a car to get around the island as it saves a lot of time, and you’ll get to hit more on your checklist. The buses here may also take 20-30 mins to arrive, which is not precious time you’d wanna waste when you’ve only got 3 days!
- Avoid the rainy season (late June to Aug): Attractions in Jeju are mostly outdoors, and so it would be a huge bummer if it’s constantly raining while you’re there.
- Exchange your cash before coming to Jeju: There are barely any places for you to change your money in Jeju Island.
- Planning your itinerary: You should plan your itinerary based on the attractions within the same region to avoid wasting travel time. It can take a whole 2 hour drive from attraction to the next if you don’t plan by region.
1. Aewol Area
Address: 56-1 Aewolbukseo-gil, Aewol-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do
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monsant Café is literally the most popular cafe in Jeju as it was opened by G-Dragon, a member of the boy band Big Bang. It is exceptionally well known for its architecture (esp. its huge mirror windows) and offers amazing views during sunrise and sunset. It is very dimly lit inside the café, which is a unique feature I thought really reflected G-Dragon’s style and mood.
Price: ~5,000won (S$6) and above
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 9pm
Pro-tip: Go REALLY early to get views of the sunrise and to avoid the crowd.
Decorated with child-like drawings and little lightbulbs, Bomnal Cafe definitely outscores monsant to me. Maybe it’s because I prefer a brighter and happier environment while I’m dining… or my soft spot for lightbulb decos 😂 The best part about the cafe is that its right by the sea, and you can watch people kayak while enjoying the many sweet treats the cafe serves!
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 8pm
You can also choose to kayak here, in either a transparent boat, or an opaque boat. There are a lot of families and couples who do come to this area to kayak before heading off to dine in the cafes.
Price: 10,000won (~S$12)
A tourist attraction that is highly recommended in Jeju Island, the O’sulloc Tea Museum is ranked #5 of 111 Things to do in Seogwipo on TripAdvisor. I loved this place for its wide array of tea leaves (AND its cute packaging), green tea flavoured desserts, and never-ending tea leaves plantation. We actually went right after the rain, and it smelt SO GOOD. 🌸🌸🌸
The desserts tasted similar to Polar Puff Cakes 😇 So if you’re a fan of that, you know what’s gonna be first on your Jeju Bucket List!
Address: 1235-3 Seogwang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do
Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 6pm
3. Hyeopjae Beach 협재해변
Well known for its fine sand and clear waters, Hyeopjae Beach sets itself apart with its huge variety of water sports. This beach is also more family friendly, and my visit there was truly an amusing sight. As I clambered on the rocks to go to the seashore, there were many kids (and their mothers) catching fish/crabs/hermit crabs in the pools of water on the shore… #bestchildhoodever
Address: 329-10 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eub, Cheju, Jeju-do
4. Beef Hangover Soup 모이세해장국
This place was actually a recommendation from a friend who walked in to try out the ahjumma’s beef hangover soup. Its name is not searchable on Google, so you’ll have to key in the location to hunt for this local find.
The bowl of hangover soup from this place will always be a warm memory to me. It was pouring heavily that day and this piping hot bowl of this soup felt like a magical cure for the cold. Truly the definition of comfort food on a rainy day.
Address: 45 Bukseong-ro, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: After 6.30pm
Jusangjoelli Cliff was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. It is very popular amongst tourists as its jagged, haphazard shape make it seem as if they were deliberately carved to look this way. There are only two platforms where you can view this attraction, so you may have to fight with other tourists for space to get a photo with this.
Address: 216 Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Price: Adults 2,000won / Teenagers & Children 1,000won (S$1.20)
Living up to the Banana Milk craze in Korea, this huge, spacious cafe is a must-go if you love bananas, or the colour yellow. Serving Banana Flavoured Milk Soft Ice Cream, Banana Tiramisu and even Bagels with Banana Creamcheese, you’re likely to fall in love with this cafe if you have a soft spot for banana flavoured treats. For those who aren’t a fan, you can also enjoy the art exhibit and yellow-themed store.
Address: 17-2 Euljiro 6(yuk)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Price: 3,500won and above
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
The Oedolgae Rock, or Lonely Rock, is famed to be the filming location of the Korean drama Da Chang Jin, which I’m sure you’ve all watched before. It is amazingly scenic and peaceful here, and I liked that there were many different areas for you to enjoy the seaside view of Oedolgae.
Address: 791, Seohong-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Price: Adults 2,000; Children and Youth (age 4–24 years): 1,000
The Jeongbang Falls is a very touristy attraction, and many do actually come prepared with tripods and waterproof gear. This waterfall is definitely better than both Cheonjiyeon and Cheonjeyeon Falls (not worth going!) with its surge of water and constant spray of cooling mist wherever you stand. Apart from the Falls, you can also enjoy soju and gimbap at the seaside, or snorkel in this area.
Address: 36 Chilsimni-ro214beon-gil, Donghong-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
Price: Adults 2,000; Children and Youth (age 4–24 years): 1,000
The Lee Joong-seop Street is a very colourful place and it holds great significance as this street celebrates the works of notable artist Lee Joong-seop. We went on the weekend, and were lucky enough to see the Cultural Art Market (also known as the ‘Art Market’), which is only held every Saturday and Sunday.
Address: 512-1 Jeongbang-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
Cafe Villa de Ato is located within walking distance of the Lee Joong-seop Street and is easily spotted from afar with its bright pink and purple exterior. It is a relatively smaller cafe as compared to others in Jeju. However, its small size is not to be frowned upon, as this cafe offers a cosy, comfortable atmosphere most popular cafes lack. I also liked that this cafe served proper meals on top of coffee and desserts. You can try the Jeju Shrimp Rose pasta, or its bestseller – the abalone cold salsa pasta!
Address: 413 Taepyeong-ro, Seogwi-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
Price: 4,500won and above
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00am — 7:00pm
Catch the sunrise at the peak of Seongsan Ilchulbong and enjoy the luxurious view of colourful shophouses dotting the coastal shores. A look at both sides of the peak will leave you gasping of awe (and because you’re out of breath…) The climb is only 50mins both ways, and is definitely manageable for someone who’s not as physically fit. I could finish it even though I had an ACL operation so you have no excuse! 😊
Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Price: Adults 2,000 won / Teens & Children 1,000 won
Opening Hours: 1 hour before sunrise till sunset.
Pro-tip: Go early to avoid the crowds.
Drive past the windmills to reach the scenic Woljeongri Beach. Featuring a more peaceful side of Jeju Island, Woljeongri fronts numerous cafes designed with huge glass windows, rustic decorations and beach-themed interiors. This beach is a smaller one as compared to Sehwa Beach, and would be a better place for cafe hopping as compared to water activities.
Address: Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
This cafe may look plain in contrast to the other huge cafes along the road. However, the quote ‘looks can be deceiving’ is truly apt here, as the decor is truly fitting of its Insta-Fame. Every room offers a different vibe and you’ll feel like you’re visiting 5 cafes together!
Just a stone’s throw away from Woljeongri Beach, Sehwa is the one that truly satisfies your beach wanderlust. The waters are so perfectly gradiented that it looks like a Photoshopped image ready to be published in the Lonely Planet magazine.
Address: Sehwa-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Cafe Gongjakso Coffee and Dessert 카페 공작소
I absolutely LOVE this cafe! It’s so beautifully decorated with seashells, glittery candles and hand-drawn cartoons. This cafe is especially popular for its postcards, and the locals would buy the postcards and spend time penning a message for their friends/family to send to.
Mazeland is definitely not a challenge where you’ll have to rekt your brains to get out of the area. It is more of an Instagrammable maze, and is also where Running Man and Legend of the Blue Sea was filmed.
Address: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
The Jeju Swiss Village is a really cute collection of colourful cafes, shops and restaurants. It was really quiet and empty when we went, and felt like a sleepy, lazy town. It will be a nice place to go to if you’d like to enjoy a place tucked away from the hustle and bustle of life.
Address: 1559-1 Wasan-ri, Jochon-eup, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
This pizza place is owned by a very kind-hearted and friendly guy, who has a love for dogs. He was featured on the SNS Animal Show as he took great care of 2 stray dogs during the winter last year and eventually built a shelter just for them. The pizza is also handmade and smells HEAVENLY.
Address: You need to walk on the right fork once you enter the Swiss Village, and it’s a red house with a red dog shelter in front.
Price: 7,000won per pizza
Jeju Island is truly a beautiful place, and I do wish I had more time to just sit a day away by the beaches, or to try out snorkelling/kayaking at the various destinations ☀️🌥 With such exotic landscapes, I definitely wouldn’t mind getting stranded and lost on this island ☺️🌈🌸Hopefully, this 3 day 2 night road-trip itinerary will better prepare you for a getaway to Jeju Island!