Must-See Places In Jeju Island For Non-Planners

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If you are a non-planner like me and plans to visit Jeju Island, this article is for you.

We bought the airplane ticket a day before the trip so all I did was skim articles on where to go in Jeju. Fortunately, Jeju Island is small so it doesn’t really matter if you don’t have a step by step plan. The good thing about being a non-planner is that you will find joy by living the moment instead of stressing yourself when things don’t go according to plan. Regardless, you still need to know about the destination and so you will not miss the best places to see.

 

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Must-See Places in Jeju Island For Non-Planners And Travel Tips

Tips Before Going to Jeju Island

1. Dress According To The Weather

We went there during winter and the weather was not as harsh as it is in Incheon. The weather ranges around 10 to 0 degrees Celsius. The wind is almost always strong though so it can still get cold so make sure that you layer up so you can remove outer layers when it’s warmer and bundle up when the wind blows really strong. Korea has four seasons so make sure to check the weather and pack the right clothes according to the weather. 

2. Rent A Car For Efficient Travelling

I said that the island is small so the best way to get around is by driving. You can rent a car online before you arrive on the island to get discounts. You can also use public transportation but driving is a lot faster. Please make sure to meet the following requirements for you to rent a car:

*You must be 21 years old or older

*Have at least a year of driving experience

*Have your passport, original driver’s license from your country, and your International Driving Permit

3. Prepare Cash

Jeju Island is a touristy place and most of the sites have entrance fees. Most places accept card payments but there are places that only accept cash so be prepared to pay in cash.

4. Book your accommodation online



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Accommodations in Jeju are expensive. You may book online while waiting for your flight just to get discounts. Don’t book onsite because onsite prices are definitely higher than online. A non-planner like me got a discount by simply booking online just before entering a hotel. 

5. Use Naver Map

Whether you drive or use the public transportation, Naver map is your best bet in getting to your desired destination correctly and in time. Naver Map has an English version so you don’t have to worry about language difficulties.

 

 

Below are the places that you should not miss when you go to Jeju

 

Seongsan Ilchulbong

Seongsan Ilchulbong in Jeju Island, South Korea 

You surely don’t want to miss this picturesque attraction. Seongsan Ilchulbong is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This is one of the most visited places in Jeju and is also called The Sunrise Peak. It is formed by a volcanic eruption approximately 5,000 years ago. The crater is wide and is shaped like a bowl.

Climbing Seongsan Ilchulbong is worth every effort as you will see both the lovely sunrise from the ocean and the dramatic landscape of the city. It is connected to the mainland and the other side faces the sea. 

The entrance fee is 2,000 Korean Won per person for adults and there was a short line in the ticketing area when we bought tickets.

This was our first destination and we took a lot of photos while climbing. The treck going up has stairs so it is easy to climb and there are several resting places along the way for you to enjoy the view. It looks like they put those sheds in spots where there are clear views of the city. The beginning of the climb was very easy but it gets steeper as you go near the peak.

Rapeseed Flowers in jeju island, south korea

The iconic landmark is surrounded by other attractions like the Aqua Planet and the rapeseed flower gardens beside the road. We actually spent our time looking around first before climbing and enjoyed the seaside.

Seopjikoji hill 섶지코지 near seongsan ilchulbong near seongsan ilchulbong

You may also watch the sunset from here. In our case, we went to a hill near Seongsan Ilchulbong called Seopjikoji 섶지코지.  You can see the Seongsan Ilchulbong from this hill. Even though it was winter, rapeseed flowers were in bloom and you can take pictures here with the Seongsan Ilchulbong as the background.

Hanwha Aqua Planet Jeju

hanwha aqua planet jeju

The Aqua Planet is really near the Seongsan Ilchulbong and you can actually get a good view of the tuff cone from inside the building.

It is said to be the largest aqua planet in East Asia and has over 5,000 marine animals. The facility has several attractions and so far we have visited the aquarium and the aqua fantasia hall where they performed the aqua fantasia show. Because there were just too much to see, we spent more than half of our second day here.

After entering the Aqua Planet, we watched the show first. Most of the audience is composed of kids with their parents but I am also a kid at heart so I really enjoyed the show. The show was composed of acrobatics, synchronized swimming, dancing, and animals with their tricks. The divers dived from the very high roof. They also did acrobatics while hanging on ropes and it looked like a musical drama. They showcased the sea lion and two dolphins with their tricks after the swimmers’ performance. I also noticed that all of the performers were Caucasians except the two hosts.

After the show, we headed to the aquarium. The aquarium was fascinating because it was really big and there’s a lot of instagrammable places. Some of the animals are displayed on their own with their names and origin. My favorite spots are the Penguin Planet, Under The Ocean Arena where big animals are, and the Therapy Dome where jellyfishes and luminous fishes light up in their small aquariums. The Therapy Dome looks magical even though they are in their individual small aquariums.

We missed some of the shows in the aquarium but we still enjoyed the visit. The entrance fee was 40,900 Korean Won per person but we booked a ticket online so we only paid 28,900 for the aquarium and the aqua fantasia show. You may book here through Klook to get a discounted price.

 

Jeju Camellia Arboretum / Wimi Camellia Arboretum

Jeju Camellia Arboretum / Wimi Camellia Arboretum camellia flowers

Do you want to have Instagrammable pictures in the middle of winter? No worries. You will get plenty of flower photos perfect for Instagram here. Camellia flowers bloom during winter.  Although the arboretum isn’t that big, there are still a lot of places for you to explore and take that perfect photo.

The entrance fee was only 3,000 per person. My camera went out of battery when we went here so I just used my phone to take pictures. I prefer to use my camera but I didn’t have a choice. When we arrived, the arboretum was full of girls with their husbands or boyfriends taking their pictures.

Truth be told, it is beautiful but there is nothing else to see but the camellia flowers so after taking pictures, we left the arboretum. Parking was also difficult and we had to park about 10 minutes from the place because it was very crowded. Be prepared as well to wait for your turn when taking pictures because it can get some time for others to clear the area for you to take pictures without them photobombing your pictures.

 

Jeju Loveland  (NSFW) If you are below 18, skip this part)

Jeju Loveland an NSFW attraction in Jeju, South Korea displaying statues of different sexual positions.

Want something different? Jeju Loveland is surely different. It is a sculpture park that displays hundreds of statues featuring different sexual positions. I am not so shocked anymore that the conservative South Korea has something like this because I have been to Gangwon-do’s Penis Park before. The Penis Park cannot be compared to the eroticism here. In the Penis Park, kids are allowed because they only display statues of penises but Loveland is strictly for adults that are 20 years of age and above.

Some statues have stories that are hilarious. There is a statue of a man who was in crisis after his wife goes out of the shower and wanted to be intimate but he doesn’t want to. It is a series of statues and the ending was that he yielded to what his wife wanted that made us LOL. 

Erotic pictures at jeju loveland, south korea

And wait… there’s more. Aside from statues, they also have a shop! At first, I thought that the building was just for indoor statues but when we entered, there were several sexual items for sale.

The park is not that big and I think you can tour the whole area in about 30 minutes. We finished our trip there in about 40 minutes because we stopped to take a lot of photos.

There are also some wholesome statues and places to take photos near the entrance if you want to post wholesome images on your social media.

jeju loveland wholesome statues

The entrance fee is 12,000 Korean Won but they offer a discounted price of 11,000 per person for groups of 30 and above. They are open from 9:00 a.m to 12 midnight but the ticketing office closes at 11:00 p.m.

 

Bijarim Forest

Bijarim forest in jeju, south korea

We visited this forest after our descent from Seongsan Ilchulbong. If you want an easy and refreshing walk, this is good for you.

Bijarim is home of about 2,800 nutmeg trees that are between 500 to 800 years old. The trees are said to be helpful to our health. People of all walks of life can be seen strolling in the forest. There are trails with directions for visitors. They have also built small bridges for difficult paths to make it easy for walking.

Each of the aged trees is marked with its common and scientific name. The trees are mostly large and are good spots for photographs. 

The entrance fee is 3,000 Korean Won per person and they are open from 9:00 a.m to 6 p.m.

 

Horseland Jeju

jeju horseriding at jeju horseland

I’ve always wanted to ride a horse. Back when I was young, I used to ride our cow going to our farm. This ride brought back those memories. This horseriding place is near the airport so this is the last place that we visited before our flight back to Gimpo Airport. I think it is about a 15-minute drive to Jeju Airport. The road going up the Horseland has a good view because it is going up the mountain and you will see the beach down the mountain.

They have several packages and I took the package A which is a 10-minute ride with an attendant for 35,000 Korean Won.  During the ride, I saw both the mountain views and the beach. The photographer also took my photo in the middle of the ride.

In all honesty, you might find a better horseriding place in Jeju. I only included this place here because I really like horseriding. The horseriding itself is great but the facility needs improvement. We waited in the ticketing area for more than 10 minutes without a receptionist. The receptionist speaks English but their website is only in Korean. Also, you can only take pictures during the beginning and at the end of the ride. The photo that the attendant took had to be paid because they refused to provide digital copies. The toilet is the worst. I really don’t want to talk about toilets but it’s the first time for me to experience such an uncomfortable toilet in South Korea in my almost three years of stay here.

 

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