Jeju Island is arguably the jewel crown of South Korea. A beautiful volcanic island, just 1-hour flight away from Seoul, Jeju offers a unique variety of landscapes, pristine beaches, numerous local attractions as well as a specific blend of culture. A Mediterranean feel right in Korea!
Jeju Province is one of the nine provinces of South Korea, located in the Korean Strait – south of the peninsula. Jeju is a volcanic island, dominated by the South Korean highest mountain Halla-san (1,950 metres high). The island measures approximately 70 kilometres from East to West, and 40 kilometres from North to South.
Given its size and the variety of attractions, the island is best enjoyed for a long weekend and we recommend renting a car. This is a fantastic and easy-to-book getaway option for a few days of break. Just beware that during the main Korean holidays and summer season, air tickets and accommodations are quickly sold out or more expensive.
Western side sunset
Among places we visited and loved, we would particularly recommend:
Eoseungsaengak trail: an easy hike on Halla-san’s sister mountain, smaller yet already culminating at 1,169 meters high
Hallim Botanical Park and its neighbouring white-sand beaches
Enjoying Jungmun’s resorts area and its golden-sand beach
Marvelling at Seongsan Ilchulbong, the “Sunrise peak”, a mysterious volcanic formation surrounded by the sea.
Heukdoeji black pig BBQ
Jungmun beach view from Hyatt hotel
Of course, there is so much more to love in Jeju than the above list: yummy seafood harvested by the Jeju’s grandma-divers “haenyeo”; delicious Black Pig BBQ (“heuk-doe-ji”); the sweetest Hallabong oranges; beautiful beaches; meadows and volcanoes panorama; etc.
In fact, you will certainly need to visit several times to discover more. We hope that this short highlights list will provide a proper guidance for first time visitors. To be continued and expanded after our next trips to beautiful Jeju Island.
The weather is getting warmer and sunny days are back. Perfect time for a one day trip to the sea from Seoul downtown 😉
Daebudo Island is a large island next to Ansan ( south of Incheon). Even if it is an island you don’t need to take a ferry as it is connected to the mainland by the Sihwa Embankment. From Seoul it will take you approximately 1 hour and a half to go there.
Daebudo is famous for its grapes (we couldn’t taste them as it was not the season yet), its clams and seafood. As you can imagine, clam digging is a popular family activity for many visitors, and tools such as buckets and shovels/small rakes are easily rented there.
If you are more in a walking mood we have a prefect and easy walk to recommend you 😉 Haesolgil is a walking trail running all around the Daebudo Island. You can check the detailed map on this web (Korean only). We just tried a very short part of it – the course n. 1 which is probably the most famous and most popular. It covers the very northern part of the island and connects to the small island on the north by a wooden bridge.
If you are walking with little kids or if you have a stroller, you can just make it on the easy route on the western part of this little peninsula.
After the walk, you may stop at one of the restaurants by the sea and have some sannakji (live squid), sashimi and the local speciality bajirak kalguksu (noodle with short-necked clams).
Daebudo is definitely a prefect one day trip from Seoul for some fresh air and yummy food 😉 Enjoy!
How to get there:
Oido Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2.
Cross the road outside the station, and take Bus 790 to Bukdong 3-way Intersection (북동3거리정류장).
Just came back from an amazing trip to Anmyeondo and wanted to share some pics with you ;-).
Anmyeondo is an island located south of Taean and connected to the mainland with a bridge. The area is well known for yummy seafood and a line of 14 pristine beaches.
We started to explore the island from the southern Kkotji Beach (꽃지해수욕장) and loved the area so much that we only had time to visit 4 beaches. We definitely have to come back!
If you happen to go there try to explore as many beaches as you can. Some of them are very very natural without any constructions around – just white sand, grass fields and pine forest. You can also take the Haebyeongil walk connecting all the beaches of the island.