5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Jeju

Jul 22, 2021

Jeju is not only one of the most beautiful and least crowded islands in the world, it's also the cultural capital of South Korea and home to an interesting blend of international culture, fashion, and historical treasures. Jeju Island is located off the southern coast of Korea, and is the fifth largest island in the world. It lies in the Pacific Ocean to the southeast of the Korean peninsula, and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Jeju is the only UNESCO World Heritage island in Korea, and its volcanic soil is the reason for its many gardens and attractions, including the famous Black Door Spa.

The historic buildings of Jeju include the Jeju-dongnae Palace, built in the 16th century, the historical Myeongdong Market, and the Joongdong Theater. In addition to its beautiful scenery and cultural attractions, Jeju is also a great travel destination for those seeking adventure. Its volcanic mountains and beautiful coast make Jeju one of the best beaches in the world, and is famous for its black-sand beaches. Those with an interest in beaches, in water sports, in hiking, and in cultural heritage will find an abundance of activities and attractions in Jeju.

Read this guide for helpful hints before traveling to Jeju. Use our guide to the top attractions in Jeju to plan your itinerary.

Jeju Folk Village

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Located at the tip of a rocky island, Jeju's most famous attraction is a living museum that showcases how rural life used to be lived around the world. Besides typical Korean food, visitors will see the living quarters of traditional farmers, herders, and fishermen, all recreated in painstaking detail. And the living museum's most spectacular building, the town hall, contains the World Heritage-listed Joseon Dynasty Hall. Other highlights of the site include the cool marketplace with an animist shrine, a rice-field museum where visitors can watch as rice is harvested and processed, and the Turtle Farm with interactive exhibits and an aquarium with a number of extremely interesting sea creatures.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Mountain

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Seongsan Ilchulbong Mountain (Seongsan Ilchulbong-sa) is a sacred mountain in Jeju City, the island's only sight that can be visited freely. It is a Chinese folk mountain believed to have been built in 1414, during the reign of the second king of the Joseon dynasty, Sunjeong. Today, the Ilchulbong Residence still stands. This splendid palace, located on the upper slope of the mountain, has been designated as a national treasure and houses various facilities that visitors can use. With its original architectural style, traditional motifs, large green space, fine view of Seongsan ilchulbong mountain, Ilchulbong Residence is well known for its tranquil charm.

Seongsan Ilchulbong

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Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉, 神山冰松群) is an active mountain with some fascinating geological sights. The 7,803-meter peak is one of Jeju-do's iconic mountain peaks. This mountain consists of lava at the bottom and is covered by pure white snow. The peak has been considered to be a sacred site for Korean shamans, priests, and monks. However, nowadays the site is used as a recreational area for mountaineers. The world's longest and narrowest natural lava tunnel was built at the peak, and it can be viewed from the mountain cable car. It is called Seongsan Ilchulbong, and there is a 900-meter path you can take to get there. It is especially famous as a site where local shamans go to entrap the spirit of an endangered frog called "Garuk."

Jeju Museum of Art

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This is the largest museum of contemporary art in Korea and has one of the largest collections of art and art objects in the country. The museum is housed in a temple on Jeju, with green hills providing a picturesque background. Opened in 1998, the Museum presents a number of exhibits and exhibitions of the latest works by more than 30 leading artists. It also hosts a collection of fine art treasures and historical artifacts from Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia, the United States, and Europe. Things to do on Jeju include hiking the Jeju National Park, which is home to the Simo and Dyeom volcano (or climbing Mt. Halla, Korea's second highest peak) and watching the Jeju World Cup 2018.

Seogwipo

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The pretty town of Seogwipo is situated in a wide bay at the southern tip of the Korean peninsula. The main attraction of this town is the stunning East Sea view from Mt. Nangbaek, which is often described as the best in Korea. Seogwipo is small and compact, with busy streets where you'll see many interesting stores and restaurants. There are a number of museums and attractions to see here. Korea is made up of the southeast Asian country known as the Korean peninsula and is the only country in the region. It sits between Japan and China and has unique heritage and traditions.