With unspoiled nature, beautiful ocean views and eclectic museums, the island of Jeju is a destination that should be on your must-visit list. As one of Korea’s hidden gems, Jeju’s spectacular attractions are bound to impress!
Teddy Bear Museum
Often used as a film location for Korean dramas, the Teddy Bear Museum is one of Jeju’s most popular museums. Some of the things that you can expect to see here is a historical timeline of teddy bears and a cute selection that show these bears dressed as famous celebrities.
Established in 2004, Jeju’s Love Land embraces all things sexy, as it is literally one of the biggest sex-themed attractions in the world. Containing over 140 statues and erotic exhibitions, the park serves as an educational centre for many South Koreans, but there is definitely some humour that lies in these sculptures too.
Jeju Folk Village Museum
Jeju’s Folk Village Museum is an area where the traditional Korean way of life can be explored. The houses and artifacts here have been reconstructed following long-term research and the analysis of experts, replicating those of the 1890s. The four main villages are named Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. Tourists are also able to participate in different activities throughout the year.
Unlike the Teddy Bear Museum, which is more of an exhibit, Teseum is the world’s first hands-on teddy bear exhibition theme park. Founded in 2008, this park contains a Safari themed zone and other themed zones, with life-size teddy bears that you are able to play with!
Hallasan Mountain is a dormant volcano that holds the title of Korea’s highest mountain, and is listed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Make your way here to enjoy some of Jeju’s best nature as you hike up to the peak. There are four hiking trails on the mountain, but only two of these take you to the top- the Gwaneumsa trail and Seongpanak trail.
A must-visit on Jeju Island, Jeongbang Falls is the only waterfall in Asia where the water falls directly into the ocean. This is a great place to go for a dip on a hot summer’s day. There is a fascinating story behind the waterfall too- next to it you will find an inscription that says “Seobulgwacha,” which refers to Seobul, who was ordered to find a substance that would make his Emperor immortal.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak (Sunrise Peak)
The name says it all. Catch a sunrise at this UNESCO Heritage Site, a peak that rose from under the sea during a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Where else can you say that you watched the sunrise on a volcanic crater?!
Manjanggul Cave is an incredible natural monument that exhibits one of the longest lava tunnels in the world. It is also home to many rare structures such as lava stalagmites and lava tube tunnels. A strange and beautiful natural wonder, this is definitely an opportunity that may only come about once in your life.
Seopjikoji is a famous filming site for Korean dramas such as Gingko Bed, The Uprising and One Thousand and One Nights. This is a great place to spend some time relaxing during spring or summer, as it offers accommodation options and stunning coastal views.
Find some inner peace at Yakcheonsa Temple, which consists of a main temple and a three-storey residential structure for Buddhist monks to stay in. The Dharma Hall (known as Gulbeopdang), is built inside a natural cave, and you can even participate in the temple-stay program to experience traditional Buddhist culture.
GETTING THERE: AirAsia X flies to Jeju from Kuala Lumpur. For fares and flight details, visit airasia.com.