10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

Jeju Island, the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, was created entirely from volcanic eruptions about 2 million years ago. Wow! Currently, it is among the 7 Wonders of Nature and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We had the opportunity to book a year-end trip there and it turned out to be a great destination for the entire family. 

Oh, and did I mention that it’s visa-free?

Here are 10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island:

1. Enjoy the Wonders of Nature

It’s among the 7 Wonders of Nature for a reason, right? πŸ™‚

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Seongsan Sunrise Peak
10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Seongsan Sunrise Peak
10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Seongsan Sunrise Peak

We were not able to go down the trail because of the kids. 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Seongsan Sunrise Peak

 

Those who did however, witnessed 50-80 year old women sea divers (Haenyeo) catching octopus in the freezing cold water! 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Seongsan Sunrise Peak
10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Seongsan Sunrise Peak

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island
Yongduam Rock (Dragon Head Rock)

2. Check out Glass Art at the Glass Castle

Jeju Glass Castle is a glass art park featuring an exhibition hall, garden and models all made entirely out of glass. These include the world’s very first all-glass labyrinth, the world’s largest glass ball and largest glass diamond, a glass stonewall, a mirror lake, and a glass bridge. There are also glass art masterpieces by internationally famous artists from Italy, the Czech Republic, Japan, and more.

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

3. Visit Hello Kitty Island

This place warranted a separate post. You can check out my full post about this Hello Kitty wonderland to see more photos of the place.

Hello Kitty Island in Jeju 

4. Get Cuddly with Teddy Bears at Teseum

Teseum or Teddy Bear Museum, is one of the first museums in the world to exhibit all sorts of teddy bears and stitched dolls including ones shaped like wildlife animals, marine animals, flowers, birds, and more.

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

5. Soak in Underwater Marine Life at Aqua Planet

This is such a hit among the the kids! 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

6. Pick Tangerine Oranges

Another hit among the kids is the chance to pick their own Tangerines! These oranges are very popular in Jeju. They’re like Mandarin Oranges but with a round nubby top. They are harvested during winter and so it was the perfect time for us!

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

These two felt right at home, wandering on their own, picking as many as their little hands could carry. πŸ™‚

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

7.  Watch a Korean Show

Korean shows are very entertaining. You don’t need to understand their language to be able to enjoy it. Last time we were at Seoul, we caught the Cooking Nanta Show and it was truly amusing and enjoyable.

This time, it was the Painters Hero Show. Not only was the show super funny (the kids kept laughing throughout the show!), the works of art were truly remarkable as well. 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

Here are the artworks created during the show. Among them is a portrait of Clark Kent (leftmost) made entirely from Rubiks Cubes! 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

These are the 4 actors of the show with their heavy eye makeup.

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

8. Enter an R-18 Park

Jeju Love Land is a theme sculpture park based on sensuality and eroticism. Twenty artists, mainly graduates of top art school Hongik University, helped open it in November 2004. It was the first such museum in Korea at that time. The spacious park (39,667mΒ²) is home to over 140 sculptures (40 within the gallery and 100 outside). The park as a whole looks like a piece of land art.

Since it is strictly for adults, the young guests can stay in an indoor playground nearby where they can also enjoy while waiting. 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

This is one of the sculptures inside. This is a very tame example as there are much more erotic and hilarious sculptures in the park. πŸ™‚

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

Just look at that sign!

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

Or that “thing” on the floor!

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

9. Enjoy Korean food the Korean Way

Much like the Japanese, the Koreans traditionally also sit on the floor to eat their meals. Unlike the Japanese style however, Korean dining rooms do not have a descended hole for the diners’ legs. One has to sit cross legged to eat, which we found too uncomfortable. It was fun though just to be able to experience it. πŸ™‚

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

Here’s a typical Bulgogi meal – a steaming pot of pork/beef plus side dishes of kimchi, salad, and other vegetables. 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

We also got a taste of Mackerel, one of the expensive fishes in Korea.

 10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

And some street food. This is very much like a typical waffle but instead of small squares, this one has raised balls all around. 

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

10. See Mt. Halla and Play with Snow

According to the itinerary, we were supposed to see Mt. Halla, the highest mountain in South Korea. When we got there however, everyone got overwhelmed with the snow that we forgot all about seeing the mountain. Oh well, snow is so much more fun anyway! πŸ™‚

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

One of the highlights here is the snow sled. We got to board these floaters and slide down the slope. So fun! πŸ˜‰

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

It’s actually very much like the Tobogan Slide from Frozen in Hong Kong Disneyland but this time with real snow! πŸ™‚

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

There were other attractions like ice sculptures but these two were happy just to play with the snow on the ground. πŸ™‚

 10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

After 4 days, we were glad to be back in sunny Manila. Or so we thought. Haha! Now, we miss the cold in Jeju!

10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

Have you been to Jeju? How was your experience? πŸ™‚

38 thoughts on “10 Fun Things to Do in Jeju Island

  1. I would like to catch octopus too!!! hehe. The hello kitty island will be a paradise for my little daughter. Such a very wonderful place to visit. By God’s grace, I hope that me and my family can also set our foot at Jeju. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Galing ng strategy mo Mommy para pumayag si husband! πŸ™‚ hehe, pero true naman. Plus, looking at the photos will remind them of the experience and the emotions they felt during the trip.

    1. It was surprisingly okay. I’m glad though that it’s just a short trip, any longer and I’d say it’s hard na haha. Good luck to us on a long haul trip. Go na on a trip na because super fun yung age na 4 kasi everything is fascinating for them. The younger one naman follows the older one lang so enjoy din siya hehe.

  2. Hi! I plan to go to Jeju this summer… just wondering did you avail any package tour or it was just DIY? If it’s DIY what airline did you booked for your direct flight to Jeju? Thanks!

      1. Thanks Cheryl for your reply ? Was wondering I saw the itinerary with Rakso and other agencies… Do they allow you to have free time? I wanted to check out other places in Jeju that’s why I’m still deciding whether to join a tour or DIY.

        1. Free time is at night after they drop you off at the hotel. Medyo early pa naman so you can walk around on your own. The flight was chartered also so I’m wondering how to do DIY if not by tour. Kasi government mandate yata yung tour nila to increase tourism. That’s why also may mga required na shopping stops. May penalty pag d bumaba.

          1. Ah ok. The place I want to check out kse isn’t included in the itinerary & I guess it should be visited in the afternoon or something that’s why I’m asking re free time ?. Anyway, I tried researching & it says that it’s visa free as long as it’s a direct flight to Jeju. So I plan to go via HKG. Yun nga lang I have to arrange our own tour just in case if weren’t joining group tours. By the way, really appreciate your blog will bring my niece & mom with me so at least it gave me a preview other blogs kse the trip was sponsored so medyo may mga hinahanap ako details na not included hehehe! ? Thanks again! Hope you don’t mind if may questions ako trying to decide kse before travel expo this weekend hahaha! ?

  3. Hello there, nice write up u got here. Did u book a tour for the places u visited or by ur own? Thinking of exploring on my own. With two young kids. Is it easy to move around as in transport isn’t an issue?

    1. Hi Imran, we took a tour for this as we were a group of seniors and young kids. I’ve heard from others that transportation is quite easy and you can DIY the tour. πŸ™‚

  4. Hi we are planning a trip to Jeju for the last week of December this year. Was the tour you got tiring? My family is traveling with kids from 1 to 5, 5 adults and 2 seniors. We dont want a tour that has meeting times that are too early in the morning and returns to the hotel late in the evening.

    1. Hi Jenn, it was not tiring at all. There was plenty of time to rest (not super early call time). Our group sounds the same as yours, even bigger, and we did alright. πŸ™‚ Happy trip!

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