Driving around Jeju Island by scooter was a big part of the first trip Christina and I took together. During our first job in Korea, we got a two-week vacation that gave us enough time to visit South Korea’s most famous destination for a nice stretch of time. We’ve also created a guide to enjoying a long weekend on Jeju Island, in case you don’t have that much time. If you’ve got more than a minute, here’s our story from that awesome vacation on Jeju Island, a travel destination that you’ll hopefully get to visit someday, too!
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Driving Around Jeju Island by Scooter
This Jeju travel guide is part of our series on South Korea Travel and East Asia Travel. It was originally created on July 18, 2014. It has been maintained and updated (as of December 28, 2018) to reflect current viewpoints and travel trends.
Fun Facts & Background
Jeju is a beautiful place full of imaginative landscapes and heart-warming encounters. The island is known for many things and before the international travel boom took off, Koreans used to flock here as their ONE away-from-mainland-South Korea trip. Newlyweds and tour groups would clog up the island during the peak season and during South Korea holidays but today, foreign tourists and couples are catching on while Koreans are going elsewhere.
Where to Stay & When to Go
Our vacation comes just outside the summer peak season so aside from Jeju City, the roads are sparsely populated. If you visit Jeju during the summer, expect higher prices and larger crowds. Luckily, we found a decent guesthouse near Hallim Park and chilled there most mornings and nights after long days out. The beach near Hallim Park is nice, but anywhere you find yourself on Jeju, there should be a nice place to swim and get some sun nearby.
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Fun Things to Do
Each day, we’d jump on the scooter and pick a spot on our map and go there. There are tons of things to do in Jeju, so you can really spend a lot of time trying your best to do it all. As long as you see some beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, caves, and museums galore. Loveland is one thing many people search for when looking at things to do around Jeju City. If you’ve got a whole day to spare, coupled with good weather, try and hike Halla San. The views from the top are pretty awesome, as one person mentioned in our South Korea winter travel guide.
That place always has a relaxed atmosphere and that feeling surrounds our entire visit to Jeju. Everywhere we went, there was no hustle and bustle that we usually found on mainland South Korea. For once, I was able to stretch out my arms without them getting hit by a car or old lady rushing through. The beaches were so empty that I felt like finding a flag to claim them as my own. Driving around Jeju Island by scooter and exploring this awesome place was truly a dream for us.