Did you know, an hour flight away from Seoul, you can experience Jeju? As Korea’s very own Hawaii, it was formed about two million years ago with the eruption of Mount Halla, one of the tallest mountains in Korea. This volcano is actually dormant and lies at the center of the island. It is still a popular hiking destination today.
Most of the fun things to do are in the south so I highly suggest you start there and work your way around the island. Do some outdoor things in the morning and then museums in the afternoon. Afterwards, totally hit the beach! Want to make the most of your time on Jeju? If you find yourself upon a three day weekend and want to make the most of it, this is how. This guide has a little something for everyone and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of travelers. Check out the best three day Jeju Itinerary for all your needs.
Day One: Cheonjeyeon Falls
There’s nothing like a morning stroll through the “Pond of the Gods” to wake you up with its beauty and wonder. The minerals in the water give it an extremely blue hue and you’d have to see it to believe it. There’s three different sites you can visit in the area. Expect to spend about one hour hiking around.
Admission Fee: 2,500 won
This is definitely a spectacular site because of the clean emerald water. This site is located off a cliff and boasts large stone columns made from Mt. Halla’s eruption. This is a great selfie place so expect a bunch of people to be there. Is it worth it? Take a look at the photo and you tell me.
Admission Fee: 2,500 won
Eat Black Pig for Lunch
When in Jeju, eat the local food! You don’t want to miss out on the black pig while you’re there. Aaron and I wanted to enjoy this local delicacy, but do be warned it is a bit pricey especially around the Jungmun area. Go with recommendations from locals because some places will rip you off and give you a lot of fat from the pig.
Cost: 12,00 won per person
This was definitely a place I was dying to go because I’m a Kdrama fan. If you like Goong, you’ll see the teddy bears used from the series proudly displayed. The museum has a collection of teddy bears over 100 years old to an extremely expensive Louis Vuitton bear. There’s even bears dressed up as historical figures like Charlie Chaplin and Michael Jordan. #ImfromChicago
Admission Fee: 10,000 won
Did I have you at chocolate? Good. There’s an admission fee to get in, but the museum gives you a voucher to use on any chocolate food and drinks in the museum. My advice is to go take selfies with the Hollywood-esque scenery and head downstairs to sample Jeju Chocolate. Make sure you try the mandarin and hallabong (Jeju’s special orange) flavors . Still not enough chocolate for you? If you buy your own chocolate kit, you can make your own chocolate there in the museum!
Admission Fee: 3,000 won
As you know, I’m super obsessed with Hello Kitty. I’ve had everything from Kitty pencils to sparkly and blinged out phone cases. I’ve even been to the Hello Kitty Cafe in Seoul for an awesome afternoon. Of course, I had to visit her “island” on Jeju. My favorite part was seeing the princess room where there are Hello Kitties displayed in a castle showcasing costumes from around the world.
Admission Fee: 12,000 won
The water was so pretty here! I loved this beach because it was super clean and not as crowded. If you’re into surfing, this is a great beach for that and there’s also beach side convenience stores for all your muchie needs.
Dinner at Pizzeria 3657
This is a super romantic place at sunset. If you’re craving authentic Italian pizza, then look no further. If you’ve lived in Korea for any amount of time, you’ll have noticed the pizza a sweet. For a non-sweet pizza, eat here. Seriously. It’s a bit on the pricier side, but what you get is what you pay for. I ate the four cheese pizza and Aaron ate the gamberoni pasta.
Address: 제주도 서귀포시 안덕면 난드르로 56 창천리 912
Stay at The Airbnb Photo Gallery Room
I can’t recommend this place enough! This place is like a share house so you’ll encounter other guests and the host, Jeongbae. Right from the beginning he will make you feel welcome and introduce you to all his photography. He has loads of great suggestions for off the beaten path locations and great photography places. His place was really clean and I highly suggest staying there!
Address: Donghongjungang-ro, Seogwipo-si, 제주도 697-070, 한국
Day Two: Love Land
An experience for everyone 18 and older, you need to check out this funky park. It’s really great watching funny statues, making dick jokes and interacting with the obscene at this themed park. They even have sex shops for your bedroom needs. The exhibits offer
Admission: 9,000 won
Trekking at Bijarim Forest
Are you looking for a romantic stroll through a relaxing forest? When in Jeju, take advantage of the wonderful nature. I highly recommend trekking here because the scenery is great and it’s a good atmosphere for friends, couples, and families. It takes about an hour and a half to trek or more if you like taking photos.
Admission: 1,500 won
This beach used to be unknown, but nowadays has become a couple hot spot and loads of seaside cafes have popped up. Make sure you sit on the patio and eat at one of these cafes!
Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 월정리
Day Three: Mount Halla or Hallasan
This mountain offers different trails so be sure to choose which one best fits you. If you haven’t heard about it on my Instagram and Facebook page already, I decided I was superwoman and slept at a jimjilbang for five nights in a row. A jimjilbang is a bathhouse and you can sleep there after you soak in the tub. The idea is great for Koreans, but bad for women well endowed in the rear like I am. If you’re a beginning hiker or suffer from any health problems, I highly suggest hiking the easy trail. For intermediate hikers, do the hard trail so you can see the crater at the top.
If you’re not tired afterward, then all power to you, but I recommend going to the beach and relaxing for the rest of the day after that.
Have you ever been to Jeju? I don’t know about you but any place with special orange chocolate is high on my list no matter where I go. Also, try not to be a special snowflake like me and sleep at the jimjilbang too many nights and become Frankenstein.