Top Five Things to See and Do in Jeju Island
Jeju Island is an island of Jeju Province of South Korea. Jeju Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions, as Jeju Island is well-known for its beautiful landmarks and its rich flora and fauna. Here are a few things that you should not miss out on if you are going to Jeju Island for touring and holidaying: –
1. Visit the Teddy Bear Museum
If you are a fan of cuddling teddy bears or just like cute stuffed animals in general, the Teddy Bear Museum would be a perfect place for you to visit. The Teddy Bear Museum is perhaps one of the most famous museums in Korea, Jeju Teddy Bear Museum has a display of over thousands of teddy bears from all around the world. Another interesting fact you might be interested in knowing is that some of these teddy bears have been designed and created by hand.
As you walk through the history of teddy bears in the History Hall, you can find many versions of historical figures like the Mona Lisa. You can marvel at the artistic designs of recent artwards and animation characters at the Art Hall. There is also an exhibit of the world’s smallest teddy bear, which is measured about 4.55mm. In the Project Exhibit Hall, there are exhibits that showcase exciting stories, ranging from America’s Top Bear/Model or an ongoing lecture class.
If you want to go outside for some fresh air, you can walk into the garden and hang out with the huge teddy bear sculptures over tea. With these adorable and cute bear goodness, the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum is one of the go-to places for families, or anyone who has a passion for fluffy teddy bears.
2. Visit the Jeju Folk Village Museum
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a Korean living on Jeju island in the 19th century? Then come and travel back in time to the 1890s by visiting Jeju Folk Village Museum. There are over 100 traditional houses and 8000 folk artifacts are housed in this cultural village for an educational immersion and for your viewing pleasure. There are a total of 4 villages in the museum’s grounds: Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village. There are several other exhibits halls that showcase artifacts that are used in fishing, farming and folk performances.
You can also get your fortune told at the Fortune Teller’s house, admire the traditional wood carving, and even grab a couple remarks of sages from the Seodang (a traditional village school). In addition, tourists would love to enjoy different activities all throughout the year, like being able to learn how to make patjuk (red bean porridge) during the Dongji (Winter Solstice), or dubu (tofu) for the winter.
3. Visit Jeju’s famous K-drama film locations
If you are a fan of watching K-Dramas, Jeju Island is full of popular film locations seen in Korean dramas and these locations aren’t that hard to find. Korea prides themselves with their film locations and this highlights some of their locations in tourist maps that can be distributed in airport tourist desks. If you keep on your toes, you might stumble upon these famous film locations by accidents.
4. Take the time to Admire the Flora of Jeju Island
Jeju Island has a large variety of beautiful gardens and parks to wander through and immerse yourself in nature. Here are five best spots for a beautiful escape with your beloved ones:
I. Halim Park
- Halim Park is a popular park that features 9 different themed zones like Palm Tree Road, Jeju Stone and Bonsai Garden, Subtropical Botanic Garden and two lava caves.
- Ecoland is a family-friendly theme part where you can explore Jeju’s forests on an 18th century Baldwin steam train
III. Ilchul Island
- Ilchul Island is a theme park that includes botanical gardens, a waterfront park, a folk village and a cactus greenhouse and a small lava cave.
IV. Spirited Garden
- Spirited Garden is a beautiful garden that contains the biggest artificial waterfalls of Jeju. This garden has been visited by many popular public figures like Nakasone from Japan, Jiang Zemon and Hu Jintao from China, and many more.
V. Camellia Hill
- Camellia Hill has the largest arboretum in Asia, and it is famous for its forest paths and beautiful gardens of camellias
5. Enjoy the Original Flavors of Jeju Food
If you are a food fanatic, one of the things you have to do is to try out the local specialities when you visit Jeju Island, here are some of the most popular food you can find in Jeju Island: –
- Jeonbokjuk: an abalone porridge, made out of the innards of the abalone and rice
- Huek-dwaeji: a juicy and delicious grilled pork belly from Jeju’s native black pig, which while it may be more expensive than regular pork but the price is worth the taste
- Jagalchi: a grilled or boiled silver scabbard fish
And there you have it, here are five of the top things you would need to do if you are considering going to Jeju Island for a vacation trip. Take your time to unwind and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Jeju Island and its delicious local delicacies.