Jeju South Korea
Jeju is a volcanic island and the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula. Jeju has a lot in common with Ireland – lots of stonewalls like Connemara, it’s also a famine culture, it also has been occupied by others over the years, basalt rock formations just like the Giants Causeway and it’s love of Tea. Jeju has a humid subtropical climate, making it warmer than that of the rest of South Korea. Four distinct seasons are experienced on Jeju; winters are cool and dry while summers are hot, humid, and sometimes rainy.
Since 2012, the flight between Seoul to Jeju City is the worlds busiest route, with 10,156,000 passengers flown between the two cities annually.
The island is scientifically valuable for its extensive system of lava tubes (also known as lateral volcanoes or in Korean as Oreum) in which we’ll see in this episode from Sanbang Mountain, a mountain formed from lava flow and the Jungmun Lava Columns; a cove full of boulder but boasts spectacular hexagonal lava columns seeming to melt into the sea.
Jeju has a lot of nature and beauty attached to it in which you’ll see in this episode too. We watch the sunset on the beautiful Hyeopjae Beach. We learn about the customs of the old days 100 years ago in Jeju by taking a tour of a Folk Village.
We sample some of Jeju’s local cuisine from it’s world famous bbq black pork to it’s seafood plus we do a green tea tasting at the O’Sulloc Tea Museum, as Jeju is known for its tea. We learn the fascinating story of the Haenyeo Women Divers as we watch women in their seventies dive for sea urchins and abalone.
Jeju is know for it’s citrus fruits, the most common is the gamgyul (Citrus unshiu or satsuma) as well as hallabong, cheonhyehyang, and redhyang.
Mandarin growing is both a regional specialty and a local treasure and the quality of Jeju native mandarins has steadily increased and citrus comprises 53 percent of total agricultural product. The benefits of citrus are not only economic, however, plentiful in vitamin C, the Jeju mandarin is great for the skin, helps relieve fatigue and promotes the absorption of calcium. As Jeju mandarins gain greater popularity with tourists and fruit lovers worldwide, Jeju’s mandarin growers continue to innovate and improve quality and production.
To get a true feel for South Korean culture, we pay a visit to Jeju’s biggest outdoor Market the 5 day market where everything and anything can be found.
Five-Day Market Jeju City
Jeju Traditional Five-Day Market is a cultural experience in Jeju. Unlike other markets, it only opens on the 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd, 27th of each month, which is about every 5 days.
The largest open-air market in Jeju has around 1,000 stalls, with everything from pet hedgehogs to spices. The five-day market is a staple for locals and a must-see cultural experience for visitors. The market is the oldest on Jeju and has been established for over 100 years. It also hosts 10,000 daily visitors to its many stores and if the dates fall on a weekend, these numbers can reach over 20,000.
The Jeju City 5 Day Traditional Market is the biggest market in the whole of the Island. It is located near the airport and close to New Jeju City. Various goods can be found here. there are over 1025 stalls for you to choose from.
If you’re looking for gifts, Jeju products like chocolate, honey, tangerine tea, peanut makgeolli, and tangerine cookies are some popular options.
Jeju Five Day Market also have restaurants that sell delicious local food, a great variety of kimchi, fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, and anything else you might not know you want until you see it. So come to Jeju Traditional Five-Day Market for a fun and food
What to explore at Jeju City Five-Day Market?
The Jeju Folk Five Day Market (commonly just called ‘The Five Day Market’) is the oldest traditional market. The Seogwipo Five Day Market, the Jungmun Hyangto Five Day Market, and the Hallim Folk Five Day Market are all located relatively near popular tourist sites, allowing visitors a very comprehensive cultural experience. The market offers fresh vegetables, fruit, seafood, and medicinal herbs that are as colorful as they can be puzzling. Even though the Five Day Market rotates locations around the island, each town has its own distinctive atmosphere and items as well.
There are also several traditional marketplaces held at fixed locations. Fresh agricultural items and seafood can also be found in the Seogwipo Maeil Market and the Dongmun Seafood Market, which are open every day. These areas, though always full of people and products (some of which may be completely new to western visitors) are particularly bustling on the weekends.
Haenyeo Museum – Haenyeo Women Divers
Haenyeo refers to female divers who dive into the ocean water to gather various shellfish, seaweed etc, without using any underwater diving equipment. When diving underwater, a haenyeo carries only a pair of goggles, a round ball-like tube to keep her balance, and a basket to put her collections in. Such women involved in the fishing industry are known to be scattered all around Jeju-do, Korea, Japan, and Russia. Jeju-do has established the Jeju Haenyeo Museum to introduce to the world the unique activities and culture of Jejudo’s haenyeo female divers. They are a UNESCO designated heritage tradition. They dive for sea urchins and Abalone and you can eat what they catch as they bring it to shore.
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 Address: 26, Haenyeobangmulgwan-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
O’Sulloc Tea Museum
AmorePacific opened OSULLOC Tea Museum nearby the Seokwang tea fields in Jeju in September 2001 as the first tea museum in Korea aiming to introduce and widespread Korean tea history and its tradition. Putting together the East and the West, and tradition and today, Tea Museum has grown to become a tea museum of the 21st century featuring a variety of spaces including indoor garden, Tea Cup Gallery, and Tea Stone opened in 2013.
Tea museum was chosen as one of top 10 museums in the world by designboom, the world’s most popular online magazine for architecture, art, and design for the beautiful scenery in and outside the Museum. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jeju visited by 1.5 million people annually. The first tea museum in Korea owned by the same family who own the Innis-Free Cosmetics (sold in Ireland as well). They have a lot of items on display, all made from green tea like ice-cream. Here, Catherine will enjoy some tea tasting and pay a visit to the Tea Farm.
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00, open all year Phone No: +82 64-794-5312
Admission free. Address: 1235-3 Seogwang-ri, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea http://www.osulloc.co.kr/
Geuk Don Ka (Black Pork Restaurant)
There is a very popular restaurant called 훅돈가 (Geuk Don Ka) that specializes in BBQ Black Pork. Address: Jeju City
Seafood Restaurant Sambunji heotjip. 삼번지 횟집
Sambunji Sashimi restaurant in hae-an-do-ro (seaside road)
Very popular restaurant that prepares local catches directly from the fish tanks in front of the restaurant. This particular restaurant does a multi-course offering of both raw and cooked fishes with a huge array of Panchan (side dishes) all of which are local & fresh.
General Places we visited
- Sanbang Mountain
- Saebyeol Oreum
- Jungmun Lava Columns
- Hyeopjae Beach
- Minsok Chun(Jeju Folk Village)
- Seongsan Ilchulbong, (Sunrise Peak)
Minsok Chun (Jeju Folk Village)
Well planned tours that give a real feeling for life in Jeju 100 years ago. Some of the extensive ranges of folk items on display are 1,627 Woodenware, 1,046-bamboo ware, 1,699 earthenware, 1,544 porcelain ware, 765 wax candles, 921 ironware and 579 other items. The Jeju Folk Village is the island’s main tourist attraction where customs of the old days can be explored. Korean Folk Village introduces traditional culture from the late Joseon period to both local and international visitors through cultural classes experience, shaman faith, seasonal customs and others. Also, the village shows various places with unique features such as a farming village, private house, official districts, Confucian academy, seodang (village school), and a village street in realistic descriptions, as well as, a nobleman’s house and traditional workshop.
Performances including nongak (farmer’s music), martial art on horseback, traditional wedding ceremony, and other special events are available by season. In particular, ‘Welcome to Joseon’, held every May is a performance featuring time travel back to the olden days. In addition, a large family park where the eruption of a volcano site, ice sledding site, and markets are located. Visitors can enjoy Korean traditional rice cake like jeungpyeon (steamed and fermented rice cake), injeolmi (rice cake coated with bean powder), bukeo-gui (grilled dried pollack), or pajeon (green onion pancake) along with dongdongju (traditional Korean liquor).
(1) Nongak (farmer’s music): 10:30 / 14:00
(2) Martial art on horseback: 11:30 / 15:00
(3) Traditional wedding ceremony (closed in December to February): 12:00 / 16:00
(4) Jultagi (tightrope walking) (closed on Monday): 11:00 / 14:30
(5) Gukak B-boy: 13:00 / 15:30
* In case of rain, the programs are subject to cancel.
90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)
Old Houses/ Birth houses/Folk Villages
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-31-288-0000
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Seongsan Ilchulbong, (Sunrise Peak)
This is the famous round almost-island you’ll see pictures of everywhere in Jeju. A 180 m high tuff volcano, quite literally named “Sunrise Peak” Very imposing from a distance, but less so on approach. Address: Seongsan Ilchulbong, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jejudo Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. The crater is about 600m in diameter and 90m high. With the 99 sharp rocks surrounding the crater, it looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well.
The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored canola flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.
284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 284-12
Ecological Tourist Sites
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-64-710-7923
“Oreum” (parasitic volcano) – that is an easy climb, Great views of surrounding countryside, walking time from parking to top of Oreum is 20 minutes. Ample parking & Outdoor venue.. Weather dependent venue
Located in Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Saebyeol Oreum (called Hyoseongak) is a parasitic volcano set alone that looks like a lonely star (Saetbyeol in Korean) in the night sky, giving this volcano its name. Based on the highest south peak, small peaks continue in the northwest direction, forming an oval-shape. The oreum is a mid-sized oreum among 360 oreums on Jeju Island and it features a stunning view from the peak of the beautiful ridges connecting to one another.
Mountain formed from Lava flow. A cave near its peak that is a Buddhist temple housing relics. Fantastic views. Must ascend (via footpath) to temple cave. Ample parking.
Sanbangsan Mountain is the result of violent volcanic activity some 700,000 to 800,000 years ago and is in fact a huge body of lava. The cliffs on the southern side of the lava dome are marked with a rich variety of curious formations such as weathering pits and talus scree slopes, some of which are as high as 200m. As its name ‘sanbang’ – literally meaning ‘a cave inside a mountain’ – suggests, this mountain contains a cave, which is located about 150m above sea level and has a spectacular view out over the ocean. Due to its close location to the sea and its high elevation, the peak is often ringed with clouds. The upper slopes of the mountain have their own distinct climatic conditions and are protected for their value for botanical research.
The Sanbangsa Temple and also the Bomunsa Temple, which holds the relics of Buddha, are also located on the mountain. Walk along the stone-steps between the two temples and you will find the Sanbanggulsa Grotto. A signal beacon called ‘Yeondae’ in Korean stands at the roadside in front of the mountain, which, in the past, used to fire and smoke to relay urgent messages. Regarding function, it is similar to the more well-known ‘Bongsudae’ signal beacons; but ‘Yeondae’ beacons were built around hilly or coastal areas while ‘Bongsudae’ beacons were built on mountain tops. During the daytime, smoke was used to send warning signals, while fire was used at night.
*Height above sea level: 395.2m/ Height above ground-level: 345m/ Circumference: 3,780m / Area: 988,332㎡/ Diameter 1,314m
Jungmun Lava Columns
10-minute walk behind Jungmun Resort’s Football Stadium. A cove full of boulders butboasts spectacular hexagonal lava columns seeming to melt into the sea, just like the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.
Jusangjeolli are stone pillars piled up along the coast and is a designated cultural monument of Jeju Island. Jusangjeolli Cliff was formed when the lava from Hallasan Mountain erupted into the sea of Jungmun. They are rock pillars shaped like cubes or hexagons of various sizes and almost seem as if stone masons had carved them out. The administration of the district named them ‘Jisatgae Rocks’ from their old name ‘Jisatgae’. The 20m cliff makes it a popular spot for high tide and sea angling. The waves of the high tide crashing into the side of the cliff provide a breathtaking view of the ocean surrounding the pillars.
Sunset on Hyeopjae Beach
Sunset is normally between 7.30pm & 7.45pm. Weather permitting also.
Address: 329-10 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eub, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea
Chief Manager/Marketing Dept.
Jeju Tourism Organization
23 SeonDeok-ro, Jeju-si,
Jeju, Republic of Korea
T. +82 64 740 6058
F. +82 64 740 6034
M. +82 10 3696 5527
Jeju Tourism was our main point of contact when setting up filming at the different locations.
Or the South Korean Embassy in Dublin
Clyde House, 15 Clyde Rd, Dublin 4, D04 EN28,
Harim Park, Second Secretary of the embassy of the Republic of Korea in Ireland
Economic and Cultural Affairs