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Jeju Travel Guide 2023 – 5D4N Itinerary, Attractions, Experiences and More

Alevin Chan

Alevin Chan

Last updated 20 March, 2023

The tiny island of Jeju is perfect for a 5D/4N holiday. Here’s everything you need to know about the holiday hotspot, including a recommended itinerary.

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Jeju Island is an oval-shaped island located at the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. It is well-known for its abundant natural beauty, spectacular sights and intriguing experiences, all thanks to its volcanic origins.

You see, the renowned island is home to Hallasan, which is classified as an active volcano, having most recently erupted around 5,000 years ago. Tectonic activity involved in the island’s formation blessed it with a variety of biomes, including an ancient forest, vivid, flowering plains, volcanic tubes and craters, mysterious caves and beautiful beaches lapped by gentle, rolling waves.

Hallasan – incidentally, also Korea’s highest peak – sits roughly in the middle of Jeju Island, and is flanked by Jeju City in the north, and Seogwipo in the south. The entire island measures just 73 km east to west, and 40 km north to south, and is crisscrossed by highways, making it easy to explore.

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How to get to Jeju Island

Jeju Island has its own airport (Jeju International Airport), so it’s possible to hop on a plane and fly straight there.

However, direct flights from Singapore to Jeju are rather rare, with Scoot seemingly the only operator offering a direct flight, and only on selected days (at the time of writing this article). If you’re the type that doesn't believe in wasting time on stopovers, you’ll want to lock down your flights early.

On the other hand, stopovers at Seoul or Busan typically last around around 10 hours or more, which – depending on the time of your flight – make for a good opportunity to go for a quick jaunt in these cities between flights.

Of course, this also means you can take a domestic flight from Seoul or Busan, if Jeju happens to be the second leg of your Korea holiday.

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Typical costs in Jeju Island


Accommodation in Jeju is generally affordable, with plenty of well-appointed, modern hotel rooms available.

Grand Hyatt Jeju I Jeju Dream Tower Integrated Resort
Source: Hyatt

The Grand Hyatt Jeju ranks among one of the swankier options, with stays starting at around S$400 per night. But for that price, you’ll get an expansive 65 sqm room with gorgeous views and top-notch amenities.

Korea’s own homegrown brands – Lotte and Shilla – are also worth checking out.

LOTTE City Hotel Jeju Official Website
Source: Lotte Hotel

Lotte City Hotel Jeju offers 30 sqm rooms starting from around S$200 per night. This 4-star property has an outdoor pool and is connected to a shopping mall.

The Shilla Jeju
Source: Shilla Hotel

Meanwhile, stays at Shilla Stay Jeju start from around S$150 per night, but rooms are slightly smaller at around 25 sqm. This hotel is located just a 10-min drive away from the airport.

Jeju Sun Sets On Philippine Billionaire Razon, Rises For Macau Junket In  Korea
Source: Forbes

Other great options include Jeju Sun Hotel and Casino, which has rooms going for around S$150 per night (approx 27 sqm); and the beachside Hotel RegentMarine, with rooms starting from S$120 per night (27 sqm to 29 sqm).

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Food in Jeju is flavoursome, plentiful and highly affordable. A budget of around S$30 to S$50 per person per day will cover a mix of street food, casual eateries and cafes and restaurants.

You can adjust that range upwards or downwards as preferred, and likely still get by with little to no trouble.

Getting around

Jeju Island features a well-developed public bus system complete with tourist-friendly options.

Getting around Jeju Island with Public Transportation Guide - Trazy Blog
Source: Trazy Blog

One such option is the Jeju Tourist Shuttle, which offers two services (810 and 820) that cover most of the island’s tourist attractions and points of interest. A one-day pass costs around S$3 per adult.

Jeju City Bus Tour - Klook Singapore
Source: Klook

Alternatively, you can opt for the Jeju City Tour Bus which covers locations near to the city centre. There are two routes offered – a city route, and a coastal route – which will provide you with plenty to see and explore. This is the more expensive of the two, with a day pass costing around S$12 per adult.

kakao-taxi-app - Go! Go! HangukSource: Go! Go! Hanguk

If you’re travelling with luggage or small children, you might want to opt for a taxi ride instead. You can book a taxi on Jeju Island with the Kakao T app (works similarly to Grab or Uber) and even pay the cab driver directly with your credit card.

Taxi rides are affordable, starting from around S$5 for short trips, and going up to around S$50 for hour-long ones.

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But if you're using a portable Wi-Fi Egg, it should be fine to download and register for a Kakao account even when already in Korea.

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5D/4N itinerary for enjoying the best of Jeju Island

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Day 1: Jeju City

Jeju City is the capital of Jeju province. It is also where Jeju International Airport is located, making it a natural first stop for the island’s visitors.

Samseonghyeol - Picture of Samseonghyeol, Jeju Island - Tripadvisor
Source: TripAdvisor

The bustling city offers plenty of ways to spend your day. Head over to Samseonghyeol to learn about the mythological origins of the island; Jeju is believed to be the birthing place of the three demigods that created the ancient Korean kingdom of Tanma.


Source: Jeju Museum Korea

The nearby Jeju National Museum offers more to learn about Korean and Jeju culture to satisfy the history buff in you, while just beside, Sarabong Park serves up refreshing coastal views.

Entree Kibbles: Brief Walk at Dongmun Market Place (東門在來市場) @ Jeju Island  [Korea]Source: Entree Kibbles

Proceed to Dongmun Traditional Market for street food galore, featuring classic home-style Korea dishes, meals and snacks.

Ihe Tewoo Beach | Jeju Island | Natural Beauty | Lighthouse | South KoreaSource: Best Korea Tour Agency

Dodu-dong Rainbow Coastal Road

Afterwards, take a leisurely drive over to laze the day away at Iho Beach – famed for its horse-shaped lighthouses – stopping by at the picturesque Dodu Rainbow Coastal Road along the way.

Stay till sundown, catching close-up glimpses of airplanes as they fly in and out of Jeju International Airport. Wander along the coastal road to find shops and restaurants serving up fresh sashimi and seafood, before heading back for the day.

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Day 2: Hallasan, Seogwipo

For Day 2, get up bright and early and make your way south.

Your first stop is Mysterious Road, where you can witness a curious optical illusion that makes objects appear to roll uphill in seeming defiance of gravity!

Destinations by Region : VisitKorea Destinations by Region Hallasan  Mountain [National Geopark] (한라산 (제주도 국가지질공원)) | Official Korea Tourism  Organization Destinations by Region : VisitKorea Destinations by Region Hallasan  Mountain [National Geopark] (한라산 (제주도 국가지질공원)) | Official Korea Tourism  Organization

Source: Korea Tourism Organisation

After that mind-boggling display, make your way to Hallasan National Park where you can hike along several hiking trails for breathtaking views and gorgeous scenery.

Spend the morning taking in the magnificence of Hallasan, then continue south to Heuree Nature Life Park, Sanghyowon Arboretum, Wonang Falls and the Seogwipo Forest of Healing to enjoy more greenery and nature.

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Lee Jung-seop Street

Next, head into Seogwipo where you can spend the afternoon exploring Jeju’s second-largest city to discover gems such as Lee Jung Seop-ro Street, a hip thoroughfare brimming with cafés, art galleries and street art, as well as the World Eros Museum, an adult-only museum which combines erotica and art.

Jeju_MARKET] Seogwipo Olle Market open all day every day – Jeju Tourism  Organization Travel Blog
Source: Jeju Tourism Organisation Travel Blog

As for sustenance, the popular Every Day Market (Mae-il shi-jang) serves up a variety of local Korean fare. Other notable restaurants include Negeori Restaurant and its signature hairtail fish dish; Ppolsaljib for Korean barbecue featuring black pork; Dajengine where you can order different kinds of gimbap (Korean seaweed rice rolls); and the Western-Korean fusion restaurant Seabong Kitchen,

Don’t worry about staying out too late in Seogwipo – Jeju City is just 40 minutes away by taxi.

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Day 3: Eastern Jeju

For Day 3, we’ll be exploring the eastern district of Jeju Island.

The highlights in this region run the gamut from natural wonders like oreums (volcanic cones) caves and forests, to photo ops, aquariums and museums.

Jeju Jocheon Swiss Village

Eco Land Theme Park Ticket - Klook Singapore
Source: Klook

From Jeju City, head east to Swiss Village and Ecoland for some fun, colourful and quirky photo ops, before zipping over to Geomun Oreum, an ancient volcano crater with caves and guided tours. While you’re in the area, fans of Snoopy may want to make a pitstop at the nearby Snoopy Garden to take some photos.

Jeju Rail Bike Ticket - Trazy, Korea's #1 Travel ShopSource: Trazy

Next, head farther east to Jeju Rail Bike, a theme park where you can pedal your own power-assisted rail bike for a sightseeing tour of the countryside. After that, make your way to Udo-Myeon island – a serene and charming little island – by way of Udo Cheonjin Port.

Aqua Planet Jeju - Klook SingaporeSource: Klook

If you prefer to stay on the main island, head south-east to Aqua Planet Jeju, the largest aquarium in East Asia, home to over 45,000 marine creatures from all over the globe. Nearby, view some art pieces at Yumin Art Nouveau Collection, or take beachside photos at Seopjikoji.

Kimnyoung Maze ParkSource:

Woljeongri Beach 월정리 해수욕장 - Trazy, Korea's #1 Travel Shop
Source: Trazy

Before making your way back to Jeju City for the night, drop by at Kimnyeong Maze Park for a game of tag, or head over to Woljeongri Beach to grab some dinner by the sea.


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Day 4: Western Jeju

For Day 4, we’ll be focusing on western Jeju.

There are generally two themes we can follow – one more family-oriented, and another for nature lovers and cafe-hoppers.

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Jeju Dinosaur Theme Park Ticket - Klook SingaporeSource: Klook

For the family-friendly route, start off by heading to the Jeju Dinosaur Theme Park to view life-size dinosaur sculptures amidst lush foliage, view exhibits and interact with animals at the petting zoo.

GREEK MYTHOLOGY MUSEUM (Jeju) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You GoSource: TripAdvisor

Pororo & Tayo Theme Park Jeju Pororo & Tayo Theme Park Jeju

Pororo and Tayo Theme Park

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Shinhwa Theme Park
Source: KKday

Then continue on to the Greek Mythology Museum to learn about ancient gods and heroes, before proceeding to Pororo and Tayo Theme Park and Shinhwa Theme Park for some good ole amusement park fun. For a change of pace, drop by at the Siongook Theme Park to view miniature replicas of landmarks from all around the world.

Gueom Stone Salt FlatsSource:

Now, for the nature-and-cafe route, your first destination is the Gueomri Stone Salt Flats, a famed salt-producing locale for over 400 years.

Cafe Aewol Monsant 카페 애월 드 몽상, Korea Restaurant and CafeCafe Aewol Monsant
Source: Trazy

Then, follow the coastline to the popular Aewol Cafe Street, where you can take your pick from several chic cafes and enjoy your favourite brew while looking out over the calm, blue ocean. Don’t forget to take a stroll down the nearby Gwakji Beach to really bask in the beach vibes.


Hallim Park - Jejudo / Jeju Island | This Is Korea Tours
Hallim Park
O'Sulloc Green Tea Museum - Jeju Island | This Is Korea Tours
O'Sulloc Tea Museum and Garden
Source: This is Korea Tours

Continue along the coastline to find Hallim Park, a renowned botanical garden featuring caves, waterfalls, scenic gardens and a folk village. Afterwards, head for the Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art for some thought-provoking exhibits, then onwards to the O’Sulloc Tea Museum and Garden, where you can sample locally grown Korean green tea and the snacks and treats made from it.


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Day 5: Jeju City

For your last day, we recommend taking it easy with a city day in Jeju City.

BLACK PORK STREET (Jeju) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You GoSource: TripAdvisor

Now’s your chance to catch up on souvenir shopping or to have another go at your favourite Korean eats. Conveniently, the famous Black Pork Street is also located in Jeju City, so go ahead and fill up on this most scrumptious of meals so you leave with no regrets.

Jeju Chilseong-ro Store Association

As for shopping, you’ll want to make time for the massive Jungang Underground Shopping Center, which houses over 380 shops within its 10,000 sqm span. It’s also near Jeju Chilsung-ro Shopping Street, where you can find trendy labels popular among the hip and fashionable.

There’s also Tap-dong Street in downtown Jeju, a popular shopping district located near Jeju Port. Head here to find shops selling local handicrafts, fashion, and cosmetics, interspersed with a smattering of bars and restaurants.

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An ex-Financial Planner with a curiosity about what makes people tick, Alevin’s mission is to help readers understand the psychology of money. He’s also on an ongoing quest to optimise happiness and enjoyment in his life.


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