If you haven’t heard about Jeju Island before, then I am here to tell you all about it. Jeju Island or Jeju-do (do means island in Korean) is the Hawaii of South Korea. South Koreans are very proud of this beautiful island that they can call their own. Here you can enjoy all the beautiful scenery from the cliffs, the volcanic black rocks, waterfalls, delicious Korean food and more. There are too many things to fit into your 2 days in Jeju Itinerary. I have only highlighted a small portion of things you can do. You definitely need more than 2 days to spend here.
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Jeju Itinerary | 2 Days in Jeju Island
Best time to Visit Jeju Island
The best time to visit Jeju is April through June. When you hit the end of June, you may run into some rainy days. They can be a hit or miss situation. During the summer months in Korea, it is a high rainy season so it can be hot, humid, muggy, and with a lot of rain. Rain in Jeju can be a problem because there can be issues with fog and precipitation affecting the beautiful views. During your visit, you want to make sure you have clear and beautiful skies during your Jeju Itinerary. Korea is well known for Jeju Island, but be sure to see what else Korea is known for.
Getting to Jeju Island
The best way to get to Jeju Island is by plane. Flying to Busan from Seoul is about 50 minutes. Although, there are options to take a ferry from Seoul or Busan to take to Jeju island as well. These ferry boats can take up a lot of time though from Busan it can be around 12 hours.
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How to get around Jeju Island
There are 3 different ways to travel around Jeju Island.
Rent a Car
The easiest way to travel around Jeju Island is to travel by renting a vehicle. When you get off at the airport in Jeju, you can easily access a shuttle which will take you to your rental car’s destination. Renting a car is a better option because you can choose what you want to do during your trip, put all your belongings in the car, and not have to worry about anyone’s agenda other than yours which allows you not to feel rushed. The only issues with renting a car are that there can be some narrow and small roads or areas which make it difficult to drive around. So I suggest you be fairly confident in your driving skills. Although, for the most part, driving in Jeju is pretty tame.
If you don’t feel comfortable driving, I highly suggest you rent a taxi driver for the day. This is a great option because most of the taxi drivers know all of the best times and best spots to visit during your trip. Unfortunately, you may run into a language barrier with some of the drivers, but that’s okay. As long as you do your best to communicate you will be able to get by.
The last option would be to take a bus. However, it can take quite some time to get around anywhere by bus in Jeju. The buses take a long time, can be crowded and you may miss a lot of the things you would be looking forward to doing. During 2 days, it’s definitely not ideal if you want to see as much as possible. If you have more time and are on a budget, maybe this is an option for you.
Where to stay during your Jeju Itinerary
You can pretty much stay anywhere on the island if you plan to rent a car, however, there are a few areas that I suggest you stay in so that you can be centrally located to some of the areas. Most things to do in Jeju requires driving, but these areas are more city spaces if you need to be somewhere where you can walk to the nearest restaurant to eat.
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Jeju-si is popular are to stay in because it is close to the airport. If you want easy access to the airport, I highly suggest you stay near or around this area. This area also has a lot of food places to eat and enjoy. This area is close to Loveland and Aewol Coastal Road.
Seogwipo is another area I highly suggest you stay in. It is pretty much a city located on the island. There are a lot of places to eat, things to do, and it’s close to a lot of attractions like Hello Kitty Island, the Museum of Sex and Health, and Cheonjiyeon Waterfall.
Jeju Itinerary Day 1
Brunch at Coraggio 꼬라지오
This was a great place to go and get some brunch. What I loved about this restaurant is its support for special needs people. They hire special needs by providing them with jobs to create drinks and help out with the customers. Don’t be surprised if you see many of them just inside hanging out in there with their friends. This place had excellent food, delicious drinks, and a beautiful presentation.
Hydrangea Photo Opportunity
A popular thing to do in Korea is to take scenic photos surrounded by flowers or photos of nature. When you live in a big city like Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daegu, etc. sometimes nature is hard to come by. Koreans love to take nature walks in parks and along the beach, but living in the city, it can feel quite limited. Also, with Korea’s rise in air pollution, it can sometimes be hard to go outside and enjoy nature. This is something I take completely for granted when I was living in California.
After doing our photoshoot, we became hungry for some sweets. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to go to Tina Cake to grab some delicious cakes and tea. This was a cute little spot located in Seogwipo and they had a ton of delicious types of cake. Supposedly, carrot cake is a big thing in Jeju because of their farming capabilities. So green tea and carrots are popular to grow in Jeju.
Hello Kitty Island Museum and Cafe
Attention all Hello Kitty Fans! You will want to go here. Did you know that Hello Kitty is 5 apples tall and she has a twin named Mimmy that wears a yellow bow on the opposite side? Well, I knew all of this before the Museum, however, it was still neat to check out. The museum closes at 6 but they don’t allow any guests into the museum after 5 pm. So I suggest you arrive before then to gain access.
Museum of Sex and Health
Korea kind of has an obsession with funny and phallic things. Another place I suggest visiting is Loveland. This is a park filled with sexual or phallic objects and statues. At the Museum of Sex and Health, you will wander around and kind of be taken back in time. It is filled with the history of sex over time. They have some facts and just some interesting sculptures that show some kama sutra positions.
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is a popular destination for your Jeju Itinerary
Cheonjiyeon waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls located on the island. It is a short walk and only costs about $1-2. This waterfall is easy to access and I would even suggest it for elderly or handicap. You can get some great photos near the waterfall.
Jeju Itinerary Day 2
Brunch at Coco Mama
If you enjoy seafood, I highly suggest you get brunch at Coco Mama. There is a great view but additionally, they serve delicious lobster, shellfish and other foods as well. I do have to warn that it can be a bit on the expensive side, but what do you expect when purchasing Lobster? The lobster was cooked perfectly and topped with a cheesy sauce.
Photo Opportunity of the Cliffs
Additionally, right outside of Coco Mama is an opportunity to either hike the cliffs or take some beautiful photos of the sea and cliffs. You can climb all the way to the top of the cliffs. There is a staircase that leads all the way to the top providing you with excellent views of the island.
Jeolmul Forest Park 제주절물자연휴양림
This is the first time I ever experience something like a forest in South Korea. It reminded me a lot of the redwoods in California but obviously smaller. It was beautiful and made me feel at home. There is a beautiful trail that is quiet and cool which is a great way to avoid the heat if it happens to summer. Many people find this place a great location to take some professional photos.
Have lunch at 하이바다 and Walk along the Coast
This is a great place to have lunch or just to have drinks. You can enjoy a beautiful view along the famous dark volcanic rocks of Jeju. After your lunch or drinks, take a walk along the coast and get some beautiful photos of the ocean view.
Your Jeju Itinerary should include a drive along Aewol Coastal Road
If you have been to California, we have something called 17-mile drive along the coast of Monterey Bay. In Jeju, there is a coastal drive that you can take. It’s a great way to find many stops along that way to take photos of the ocean. There are many lookout points making it the perfect way to explore the island. Usually, we will grab a few snacks and drinks along the way and enjoy the view.
Other things to add to your Jeju Itinerary
- Loveland Park
- Green Tea Museum
- Jusangjeolli Cliffs
- Manjang Caves (Manjanggul)
- Teddy Bear Museum
- Hallim Park
- Spirited Garden
- Ilchul Land
- Camellia Hill
- Jeju Folk Village Museum
- Udo Island
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Food to eat during your Jeju Itinerary
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