Following on from my last post, I want to give some activities that you must try while in Jeju. The island has a lot to offer and now that summer is coming, there’s a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy the beautiful weather.
One of the most popular weekend pastimes in Jeju is hiking. Enjoyed by the locals and the foreigner community alike, when the weather is good, the trails are lively. The two most popular hiking options are the many Oreum (small, volcanic hills) or Olle trails (a series of trails traversing the circumference of the island). The Oreum offer short hikes suitable for families while the Olle trails offer beautiful coastal scenery. Of course, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can tackle Mt. Hallasan, but be sure to set aside the whole day to enjoy it. I recommend Saebyeol Oreum and Olle Trail 19 that goes past Hamdeok Beach.
Jeju is considered one of the most popular surfing destinations in South Korea and attracts many experienced surfers. It was one of the first things I tried when I came here in September and I’ve been waiting for the weather to get nicer again. I had a lesson at Iho Beach in Jeju City, and there are plenty of surf schools about if you want to take lessons or to just hire a board and hit the waves. Jungmun Beach on the south coast is probably the most popular destination for surfers.
Watch the Sunrise/Sunset
Who doesn’t love a good sunrise/sunset? In Jeju, you’ve got the opportunity to see some stunning views while the sun sets and rises over the ocean. On the east coast, hike up Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) to catch the sunrise from the lip of the crater. Although, admittedly, I’ve only watched the sunset from here – I’m not good at early mornings! It was still beautiful nevertheless. On the west coast, relaxing on the sands of Hyeopjae beach is an ideal spot to watch the sunset.
Visit the Beautiful Beaches
Jeju offers some stunning beaches. Hamdeok and Hyeopjae, which I’ve mentioned previously, are both beautiful places to visit on a sunny day. Every July, Hamdeok plays host to Stepping Stone Festival, a free music festival showcasing some of Jeju’s best talent. Samyang Beach is well worth a visit to see the black sand, and on the south coast make sure to check out Pyoseon and Jungmun beach. There are too many to go and visit!
Check out the Museums
I once heard Jeju described as “the land of 100 museums” – there are really that many! From the Jeju National Museum to the quirkier Teddy Bear Museum and Hello Kitty Island, there’s a museum in Jeju for everybody. In a previous blog, I mentioned visiting the Nexon Computer Museum, which I would highly recommend. If you’re looking to learn more about Jeju’s history, the Jeju National Museum is well worth a visit. The Jeju Museum of Art always has interesting modern art exhibitions on, and the O’Sulloc Green Tea Museum is good for when the weather is a bit nicer. You can wander through the tea fields, but make sure to try the Green Tea Latte.
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