Korea’s largest island features plenty of sights, from the gorgeous to the bizarre. When it’s time to get away from the hustle-bustle of the big city, or to see the cleanest natural beauties Korea has to offer, Jeju offers both respite and a return to nature.
Historically Korean territory, the citizens of Jeju have traditionally had a distinct dialect, along with thousands of folk tales and plenty of maritime traditions. A couple elements worth noting are the hae-nyeo (literally ‘sea women’), who would dive underwater for edible seaweed and shellfish, and the dol-ha-reu-bang (literally ‘old grandfather stone statues’), which you’ll see scattered throughout the islands.
Since the island is volcanic, the volcanic rocks are often seen creating the fences that run along the road, and are often stacked to make bang-sa-tap, or small round towers built to protect the villagers from bad luck.
Throughout the mainland, the main meals of bap (rice) and guk (soup) have been staples for centuries; here on Jeju island, japgokbap (rice mixed with barley, millet, and beans) and jaban (salted dried fish). A number of banchan (side dishes) are commonly found on both the mainland and the island, and are generally quite similar. Two foods to try while on the island include their famous gam-gyul, or the sweet orange tangerine, and black pork, which sport black hair and are quite chewy.
- Avid hikers will enjoy the dozen-plus Olle trails along the southern coast. If you’re not up for a lengthy hike, there are plenty of shorter ones around.
- Outdoorsy people will have plenty to see, including the Sunrise Peak, Udo and Manjanggul (the longest lava tubes in the world)
- Photographers will appreciate the beauty of the nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the rock cliffs and formations all around the island.
- Couples will enjoy some of the more salacious museums and exhibitions, including Loveland.
- Families will enjoy some of the children-friendly museums, including the teddy bear museum and the maze parks.
- If you enjoy getting lost in the woods, the massive Hallasan National Park offers a chance to do just that.
A. Jeju Daily Tour with English-speaking Guide: Shore Excursion Tour
This is a perfect day tour of Jeju with our courteous English-speaking driving guide.
– Meet the guide at your hotel or Cruise Terminal
– Labyrinth: a man-made natural maze (see if you can find your way out!)
– Manjanggul Cave: a beautiful lava cave in the heart of Jeju
– Seongsan Ilchulbong: Sunrise Peak which is one of the World’s 7 wonders
– See the Haenyeo: Jeju Women Divers as they do their daily work to dive for seafood
– Lunch at a Jeju Seafood restaurant or Jeju Black Pork Barbecue
– See the picturesque view from Seopjikoji: famous filming location of Korean dramas
– Seongeup Folk Village: Actual folk village of Jeju. You can see culture and life of local people.
– See Cheonjiyeon Waterfall
– Return to your hotel or Cruise Terminal
– Options: Visit Loveland, an eclectic museum built around the theme of…love or Visit the Trick Art Museum, great for kids ($15 USD extra per person)
Order to visit might change depending on pickup location and opening times. It is flexible that can be changed by customer request. The tour all inclusive(driving guide, car, admissions and lunch) up to 2 people is $450 USD. Each additional person is 50 USD. Tour with just guide (admissions and food is at your own cost) is $350 USD up to 2 people. Each additional people is 30 USD. Contact us at [email protected] for availability.
B: Gourmet Eco Tour of Jeju Island for 3 days and 2 Nights
$850 USD per person (Minimum 2pax) including airfare, accommodations, guide, car, admissions and meals. Tours are customizable so we can change to your preferences. Tip for guide (optional) not included. Contact us at [email protected] for availability.
Prices during peak seasons may be higher. Upgrades such as first class airfare upgrades and meal upgrades are due to extra charge.
C: Gourmet Eco Tour of Jeju Island for 2 days and 1 Night
We will arrange transport to take you and your guests to Gimpo Airport and get checked in. You’ll board your plane and then fly 50 minutes to Jeju. In the air, you will see different scenery from above and then feel the warm climate of Jeju. Your guide will pick you up from the airport and drive you along the beautiful scenic road to the Western coast of Jeju Island. We’ll walk along the coast and see the sites. For lunch, we’ll have the island’s specialty: heok tweggi: Jeju black pork BBQ. After a filling and delicious lunch we’ll head to Beophyun Beach whose emerald waters are refreshing and make the perfect background for a pleasant vacation memory. We’ll get refreshed at a local famous cafe for coffee and snacks. We’ll then drive to Olleh Path to explore the coasts and historical sites of Jeju. At Jeju, we’ll stay at the stylish 4-star suites-style hotel which has large rooms, separate kitchens and gardens.
-Hotel: 4-star bed and breakfast hotel (upgrades are possible)
-Room type: Standard twin/double
-Meals: Lunch- Dinner
On Day 2, you will travel to the Eastern coast of Jeju. First, we’ll drive to Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sungsan Sunrise Peak), which is definitely one of the landmarks of Jeju. We’ll then visit Seopjikoji (filming location of the Korean drama “All In”): Jeju’s stone cape or we can visit Ilchulland which is a beautiful botanical garden with Micheon Cave. For lunch, we’ll have a Korean tasting menu of different Korean dishes such as meat, salad, soup, kimchees and rice. After lunch, we’ll transport you in time to Seongeup Folk Village, which is old village has been kept traditional Jeju’s culture. After Seongeup Folk Village, you will be guided to the fun and cute Teddy Bear Museum (or to Loveland if you are looking for something a bit more…interesting) . We’ll go to a Korean Charcoal Sauna to take a steaming bath and sweat out all of your stress. For dinner we’ll have a seafood feast of grilled shellfish or raw fish and live octopus. That evening we’ll take you to the airport and you’ll fly back to Seoul or go to Busan.
-Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch
See the Itemized Sample Itinerary here
/650 USD per person. Airfare, accommodations, meals, English speaking guide, transport, gas, tolls, tips, and parking all included. Tours are customizable so we can change to your preferences but surcharges might be incurred. Admission to Loveland and the Trickeye Museum is 15 USD extra each a person. Contact us at [email protected] for availability.
Prices during peak seasons may be higher. Upgrades such as first class airfare upgrades and meal upgrades are subject to an extra charge.
Other O’ngo’s Jeju Services
For those looking to tour Jeju on your own, we can help you book your airfare and hotels for a nominal fee. Contact us at [email protected]