Jeju Island, South Korea

We enjoyed our trip to Jeju but found it more suitable for a vacation destination than a work remote location. 
Jeju Island South Korea

Jeju is the equivalent of Hawaii for South Koreans – close to the size of Oahu, Jeju offers a subtropical getaway only an hour flight from the South Korea mainland. We enjoyed our trip to Jeju but found it more suitable for a vacation destination than a work remote location. 

Jeju Island is a volcanic island located in the Korea Strait, off the southern coast of South Korea. It is the largest island in the country and a popular tourist destination known for its beaches, waterfalls, and scenic hiking trails. Jeju Island is also home to the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes UNESCO World Heritage site, which features a variety of volcanic features, including volcanic cones, crater lakes, and underground lava tubes. Additionally, Jeju Island has a unique culture, dialect, and traditional customs that differ from the mainland of South Korea.

The island is also known for its traditional folk village, theme parks, and the Haenyeo, a group of female divers who have been diving for seafood for centuries. Jeju island is also famous for its tangerine farm and the Hallasan National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The island is particularly known for its production of Camellia Sinensis var. Jeju (Jeju tea), which is considered to be of high quality. The tea is grown on the island’s volcanic soil and is known for its unique taste and aroma. Jeju Island’s tea farms are open for visitors to tour and learn about the history and process of growing and producing tea. Some tea farms also offer tea-tasting experiences, where visitors can sample different types of Jeju tea. Tea production in Jeju Island is a traditional craft that has been passed down from generation to generation, and today you can find many tea farms and tea houses around the island.

The amount of time you should spend in Jeju Island depends on your interests and how much you want to see and do. However, most people recommend spending at least 3 to 4 days on the island to get a good sense of its attractions and culture.

With 3-4 days you can explore the island’s natural beauty, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes and also take a hike to the top of the Hallasan National Park. Additionally, you can also visit some of the island’s popular beaches, such as Hyeopjae Beach or Hamdeok Beach, and take a dip in the ocean. There are also many traditional villages and museums to visit, such as the Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum or the Jeju Stone Park.

If you have more time, you can explore the island further and visit more remote areas or take part in more outdoor activities such as horse riding, paragliding or Surfing. It all depends on your interests, but a trip to Jeju Island is definitely worth at least 3-4 days to fully enjoy it.

Here is our WanderLawyer rating for Jeju Island, South Korea 

Accessibility 3/5 stars. 

Delicious food 4/5 stars. 

Affordability 4/5 stars. 

Work remote locations & internet access 2/5 stars. 

Weather 4/5 stars 

Friendliness 3.5/5 stars

Nightlife 2/5 stars

Vibe: 4/5 stars

Overall Score – 3/5 Stars 

Here are some of our recommendations for things to do on Jeju: 

  1. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes: This site features a variety of volcanic features, including volcanic cones, crater lakes, and underground lava tubes.
  2. Hike to the top of Hallasan National Park: This is the highest mountain in South Korea and offers spectacular views from the summit.
  3. Visit some of the island’s popular beaches: Some popular options include Hyeopjae Beach, Hamdeok Beach, and Jungmun Beach.
  4. Visit traditional villages and museums: Jeju Folklore & Natural History Museum, Jeju Stone Park, and the Jeju Horse Park are some of the popular options.
  5. Take a dip in the ocean: Jeju Island is known for its clear blue waters, and there are many options for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
  6. Visit the O’sulloc Tea Museum: Learn about the history of tea on Jeju Island and sample different types of Jeju tea. We really enjoyed our trip to the Tea Museum and had the opportunity to play around in the tea fields as you can see from the title image. 
  7. Visit the Jeju Folk Village: This traditional village offers a glimpse into the island’s past and its unique culture.
  8. Visit the Jeju Island Stone Park. The Jeju Stone Park features a collection of large, unusual shaped stones. The park is also known as the “Jeju Loveland” because it features over 140 sculptures of humans and animals. Here you can see the Dol hareubang stone statutes. The statues are thought to have been created by the indigenous people of the island, and are believed to have been used for religious or spiritual purposes. They are typically made of basalt and range in size from about 60 centimeters to over 2 meters tall. They are carved in the shape of a human with a large head and a long nose, and are sometimes referred to as “grandfather stones” or “stone grandfathers”.

Food

Jeju Island is known for its delicious seafood and traditional Korean cuisine, and there are many great restaurants to choose from. Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Seonangdang: This is a traditional Korean restaurant that specializes in dishes made with abalone, a type of sea snail that is considered a delicacy on Jeju Island. They also serve other seafood dishes and traditional Korean dishes.
  2. Sanbokdong Minbak: This is a popular restaurant that serves traditional Jeju Island dishes such as black pork, a type of pork that is raised on the island, and haemul pajeon, a seafood pancake.
  3. Jeju Black Pork BBQ: This restaurant specializes in black pork, which is a specialty of Jeju Island. They offer a variety of dishes made with the pork, including BBQ and soups.
  4. Jeju Minbak: This is a traditional Korean restaurant that serves a variety of seafood dishes, including Jeju Island’s famous raw fish.
  5. Jeju Jeonggwan: This is a traditional Korean restaurant that serves a variety of seafood dishes, including Jeju Island’s famous raw fish.
  6. Gaonnuri: This is a fancy restaurant that serves a variety of Korean dishes, including Jeju Island’s famous raw fish.
  7. Jeju Haemul Sundubu: This is a traditional Korean restaurant that serves a variety of seafood dishes, including Jeju Island’s famous raw fish.
  8. Jeju Manduk: This is a traditional Korean restaurant that serves a variety of seafood dishes, including Jeju Island’s famous raw fish.

Lodging 

  1. The Shilla Jeju: This is a luxury hotel that offers stunning views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan. The hotel features a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants.
  2. Jeju Hyatt Regency Hotel: This is a five-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.
  3. Jeju KAL Hotel: This is a four-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.
  4. Jeju Pacific Hotel: This is a four-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.
  5. Jeju Interburgo Hotel: This is a three-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.
  6. Jeju Seogwipo KAL Hotel: This is a four-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.
  7. Jeju Seogwipo Hotel: This is a three-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.
  8. Jeju Hotel: This is a two-star hotel that offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, a fitness center, and several restaurants. The hotel also offers great views of the ocean and the island’s famous Mount Hallasan.

Cafes and nightlife 

We didnt get an opportunity to stay outside of Jeju City, but found that it offered tons of cute cafes and a descent amount of bars. 

  1. Coffee Prince: This is a popular cafe that offers a variety of coffee drinks, as well as a selection of pastries and sandwiches. The cafe has a cozy atmosphere and is a great place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.
  2. The Nightingale: This is a popular bar that offers a variety of drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails. The bar has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to spend an evening out.
  3. The Door: This is a popular bar that offers a variety of drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails. The bar has a cozy atmosphere and is a great place to spend an evening out.
  4. The Beach House: This is a popular bar that offers a variety of drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails. The bar has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to spend an evening out.
  5. The Marmot: This is a popular bar that offers a variety of drinks, including beer, wine, and cocktails. The bar has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to spend an evening out. 

Jeju also has a few descent breweries worth checking out: 

  1. Jeju Brewing Company: This brewery produces a variety of beers using ingredients sourced from Jeju Island, including locally grown barley, hops, and yeasts. They offer a wide range of beer styles, from light lagers to more complex ales. They also have a taproom where you can sample their beers.
  2. Jeju Island Beer: This brewery produces a variety of beers using ingredients sourced from Jeju Island, including locally grown barley, hops, and yeasts. They offer a wide range of beer styles, from light lagers to more complex ales. They also have a taproom where you can sample their beers.
  3. Jeju Beer Company: This brewery is known for producing beer using natural water from Jeju Island’s clean underground water source and local ingredients such as Jeju black pig and Jeju tangerines. They have a taproom and a restaurant where you can sample their beers and enjoy a meal.
  4. Magpie Brewery. This is an expansive brewery with a large tasting room and many different ales to try. We found this one to be our favorite! 

Coworking 

We found Jeju to have a limited coworking options, but did discover a few places which could work for WanderLawyers- 

Jeju Space 

Address:  South Korea, Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Ido 2(i)-dong, Jungang-Ro 3F Venture Maru 217

 O Peace 

Address: South Korea, Jeju-do, Jeju-si, 특별자치도, Jochon-eup, Jocheon 2-gil, 25 KR 1층

Banna 

Address: South Korea, Jeju-si, KR특별자치도 제주시 노형동 원노형3길 4-9 1층 바나나 오피스

Public Transportation

Jeju Island has an extensive bus network that connects major cities and tourist destinations. Buses are operated by the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and run frequently throughout the day. The buses are a convenient and affordable way to get around the island, allowing you to explore the different tourist destinations. You can purchase tickets on the bus or at the terminal. You can check the Jeju Island bus schedule in advance or ask for it at the bus terminal or tourist information center to plan your trip.

However, we found that the best way to explore the island is to rent a car. Driving in Jeju is not difficult and the roads are very well maintained. The island is small so its possible to drive anywhere in 3 hours or less. 

Verdict 

We loved our time in Jeju, finding it a perfect getaway with tons to do. As a work remote location though, it was a bit challenging. Although there are some options for coworking, the island is not set up for digital nomads who may need public transportation to get around. We would recommend not spending more than a few days trying to work from Jeju. However, the islands incredible sites and natural beauty are worth any minor working inconvenience. 

-WL  

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.