What’s a road trip without some horses, submarines, and jaw-dropping sunrise hikes? This Jeju itinerary covers the island’s best, and then some. (Get S$15 off your Korea essentials with exclusive promo codes!)

Ah, South Korea: Undeniably many Singaporeans’ favourite holiday destination — and for damn good reason! There’re limitless Korean BBQ and kimchi to devour, K-pop and dramas to invest your soul in, and mountains of cheap cosmetics to shop for. Just these are enough to make anyone fly to Seoul or Busan.

Driving around Jeju in Autumn - Jeju Itinerary

Most travellers make a beeline for the cities. However, South Korea’s breathtaking islands shouldn’t be overlooked! Besides the dreamy Nami Island, we also recommend heading to the country’s biggest: Jeju Island.

Just an hour’s flight from Seoul or Busan, the volcanic island is filled with many wonderful beaches to relax at, challenging mountains to climb, and fun attractions to visit. With so many things to do, it’s little wonder why Jeju is a perfect spot for anyone who wants a relaxing weekend getaway. It’s also little wonder why Jeju is South Korea’s honeymoon island — well, unofficial. But who’s keeping tabs? 😛

Team Korea with Rental Car in Jeju

Before you dive right in, you should know that Jeju Island is twice the size of Singapore. The easiest way to get around is to rent a car, but we’ve included some alternatives below if you don’t want to get behind the wheel.

Budget Breakdown for 4-Day Jeju Itinerary

Accommodation: S$83.20
Transport:
 S$68.46 (incl. 4-day car rental)
Activities: 
S$121.28
Food & Miscellaneous: 
S$186.50

Total: S$459.44/pax (cost was split amongst 4 pax)
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Flights aren’t included in this Jeju itinerary as prices vary depending on the season. That said, plenty of flights depart for Jeju daily from Seoul and Busan. Prices can even start from as low as S$23! Check current flight prices to Jeju here:


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Jeju Itinerary Road Trip Route

Our Jeju itinerary mainly explores Jeju city, as well as the Eastern and Southern parts of the island. Highlights include hiking Seongsan Ilchubong Peak at sunrise, going on an underwater submarine adventure, and exploring Jeju’s natural wonders. It’s rather busy, but better an action-packed road trip than a boring one!

Day 1: Jeju City — Eastern Jeju 

Indulge at the Famous Black Pork (Heuk-Dwaeji 흑돼지) Street

Jeju KBBQ Black Pork Street Hwaro Hyang - Jeju Itinerary

You may have had KBBQ, but have you had KBBQ with Jeju’s black pork? At the Black Pork Street, rows of restaurants serve the delectable delicacy. Cooked over charcoal, the fine black pork is grilled with garlic to tender perfection. To eat, just wrap the meat in a perilla leaf with kimchi and beansprouts, then shovel it all in your mouth!

Kimchi Fried Rice Hwaro Hyang Jeju

If you’ve still got stomach space at the end of the meal, order some rice to mix with the leftover veggies and meat on the grill. Now, you have your very own bokkeumbap (kimchi fried rice).

Cost: ₩24,000/pax (~S$28.10)
Address: Gwandeong-ro 15(sibo)-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Cross the Yongyeon Suspension Bridge (용연계곡)

Jeju Yongyeon Suspension Bridge - Jeju Itinerary

Located near the airport, the Yongyeon Suspension Bridge is a very scenic area. On one side, there’s a picturesque gorge with lush greenery and deep blue waters. On the other, you get clear views of the ocean and planes landing in the distance. The bridge lights up at night, so you’d still get excellent scenery at any time of the day.

Address: 2581-4, Yongdam 1-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju
Tel: 728-2755
Parking: Paid parking lot nearby for ₩2,000 (~S$2.30).

*Photo Pro-tip: Walk up the short hill by the side of the entrance to get wider photos of the suspension bridge.

Explore Manjanggul Cave (만장굴)

Manjanggul Cave - Jeju Itinerary

Massive enough to fit entire streetlamps inside, the Manjanggul Cave is one of the largest lava tubes in the world. Within the cave, you’ll come across well-preserved lava formations like stalactites, flowlines, and benches. There’s also the world’s largest lava column, standing at 7.6m.

As the cave is wet and has uneven surfaces, it’s advisable to wear a jacket and proper footwear.

The World's Largest Lava Column in Jeju Manjanggul Cave

Entrance Fee: ₩4,000 (~S$4.70)
Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM (last entry at 5:10PM), closed on first Wednesday of the month
Tel: 783-4818
Parking: Free on premises.

Dine on Succulent Abalone at Myeongjin Jeonbok (명진전복)

Abalone Dishes at Myeongjin Jeonbok Abalone Restaurant - Jeju Itinerary

Popular with locals and foreigners alike, Myeongjin Jeonbok Abalone Restaurant sells fresh, highly sought-after abalone. There’re only four items on their menu: Abalone porridge, abalone sizzling stone rice, grilled and sliced raw abalones. TL;DR: They’re all good.

Although the porridge was the apparent “must-try”, we preferred the charred flavours of the fragrant abalone stone rice. Served in a large pot, it’s big enough to share. The meal also comes with an appetising fried mackerel, completely free of charge!

Cost: ₩12,000 – ₩30,000 (~S$14 – ~S$35.10)
Opening Hours: 9AM – 9:30PM, closed on Tuesdays
Tel: 782-9944
Parking: Free on premises.

Accommodation: Airbnb — we stayed in a private house near Seongsan Ilchubong Peak for ~S$95/night. It’s a 15-minute drive from the restaurant.

Day 2: Eastern Jeju — Southern Jeju (Seowipo) 

Climb up Seongsan Ilchubong (성산일출봉)

Sunrise at Seongsan Ilchubong Peak - Jeju Itinerary

Seongsan Ilchubong is an enormous tuff cone crater that doubles as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Jeju’s most well-known attractions.

It’s also called “sunrise peak”, and sees dozens of early-morning hikers racing up a stairway to catch daybreak. This Jeju itinerary joins in on the action and was rewarded with a magnificent view of the sunrise. So magnificent that (no kidding) people started clapping when the sun rose. Yay, sun!

Haenyeo Women Divers at Seongsan Ilchubong

Photo credit: Thisiskoreatours.com

No worries if you’re not an early riser. At other times of the day, you can still head up the peak to enjoy a spectacular vantage view. Catch the Jeju haenyeo (women divers) perform at 1:30PM and 3:30PM at the bottom of the crater. These tough, elderly ladies will free-dive for fresh shellfish in blistering cold waters — pretty sick considering they’re old enough to be your grandma!

Entrance Fee: ₩2,000 (~S$2.30)
Trail Closing Times: Every first Monday of the month
Tel: 783-0959
Parking: Free on premises.

Savour Fresh Seafood at the Baekgi Haenyeo House (백기해녀의 집)

Korean Seafood Dishes at Baekgi Haenyeo House - Jeju Itinerary

Besides watching the haenyeo dive for shellfish, why not taste the fruits (or seafood) of their labour too? Like the ama of Japan, the Baekgi Haenyeo House is a haenyeo hut-cum-eatery that dishes out seafood harvested and cooked by the female divers.

We ordered the chopped noodles with sea urchin (₩10,000, ~S$11.70) and sea urchin seaweed soup (₩12,000, ~S$14). Served piping hot, we liked how springy the handmade noodles were. The generous amount of sea urchins in the light broth was also delicious and nourishing.

Unfortunately, the divers knew limited English so we couldn’t ask them about their diving stories. However, it’s something you can do if you’re travelling with a translator or someone who’s proficient in Korean. It’ll make the authentic dining experience more fascinating.

Cost: ₩10,000 – ₩40,000 (~S$11.70 – ~S$46.60)
Opening Hours: 8AM – 6PM
Tel: 782-0673
Parking: Free on premises.

Roam around Aqua Planet Jeju (한화아쿠아플라넷 제주)

Otters Swimming at Aqua Planet Jeju

Otterly adorable!

There’s a whimsical beauty about aquariums that can make anyone go “oooh” or “aaahhh“. Aqua Planet Jeju is no different. The sizeable aquarium is home to a variety of animals like otters, rays, seals, walruses, bottlenose dolphins, and sharks.

Haenyeo Diving Demonstration at Aqua Planet Jeju - Jeju Itinerary

Aqua Planet also has numerous programmes throughout the day. A drawback is that they’re only in Korean, but are still interesting to watch. We highly recommend catching the haenyeo diving demonstration at the main tank. Before your very eyes, two women dive deep to 8m to harvest shellfish — all while holding their breaths for a minute!

Cost: ₩41,000 (~S$47.80, ~S$25.55 online)
Opening Hours: 10AM – 7PM (last entry at 6:10PM)
Tel: 780-0900
Parking: Free on premises.

Ride like the Wind on Jeju’s Majestic Horses

Jeju Land Horseback Riding - Jeju Itinerary

When you tire of the car, take a break to experience actual horsepower instead! At Jeju Land ATV & Horse Riding (제주랜드ATV&승마), you get to ride adorably furry horses through a charming countryside trail. The refreshing 15-minute journey includes a segment where the horse will trot. There’s a lot of bouncing involved, so hang on tight!

Do note that there’s no need to book a timeslot. Just show up on the date you booked during opening hours and enjoy the ride.

Cost: ~S$21.35
Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM (last entry at 5PM)
Tel: 784-3631
Parking: Free on premises.

Accommodation: Airbnb — we stayed in a private apartment in Seogwipo for ~S$118.86/night. It’s about an hour’s drive from horseback riding.

Day 3: Southern Jeju 

Feast on local Korean eats

Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market - Jeju Itinerary

What’s a Jeju itinerary without some good grub? In Seogwipo, you can get an extensive variety of local foods at the Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market (서귀포 매일올레시장). These include snacks like spicy tteokbokki (rice cakes) and cheesy squid pancakes. For more lavish meals, head to the restaurants on Arang Joeul Food Street.

Eating Korean Food at Yongwoo-dong in Jeju

Warning: Korean food is much spicier in Korea!

We had our Korean chicken cravings satisfied at Don Chicken (돈치킨). The eatery serves absurdly juicy grilled chicken, instead of typical fried ones. We also ate at Yongwoo-dong (용우동), a simple diner that serves comforting Korean dishes under ₩10,000 (~S$11.70).

Go on an Underwater Submarine Adventure

Underwater Colourful Corals in Seogwipo Submarine Adventure

Like on land, did you know the ocean undergoes changing seasons as well? On a Seogwipo Submarine Adventure, you’ll learn intriguing facts about underwater life in a commercial submarine. The Seogwipo submarine will also dive to depths of up to 40–45m. There, you get to view colourful fishes, soft corals, and even an old shipwreck up-close.

Cost: ₩55,000 (~S$64.20, ~S$50.30 online)
Tour Timings: Every 40 minutes from 10AM – 3:20PM
Tel: 732-6060
Parking: ₩1,000 per adult (aged 25 and above).

Visit Jeju’s Natural Wonders

Jeongbang Waterfall - Jeju Itinerary

Jeju Island holds many natural gems ranging from waterfalls to rock formations. Our Jeju itinerary mainly explores the ones within Seogwipo city, which are closeby each other.

One of the most popular icons is Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포). The 23m waterfall is the only one that falls directly into the ocean, and is a pretty place to take photos. Nearby, there’s also a makeshift tent where you can purchase fresh shellfish harvested and prepared by the haenyeo. Entry to the waterfall costs ₩2,000 (~S$2.30).

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall - Jeju Itinerary

Cheonjiyeon Waterfall (천지연폭포) is easily one of the most beautiful places on Jeju Island. The falls are surrounded by a well-kept park, perfect for a leisurely stroll even at night. Entry to the waterfall similarly costs ₩2,000 (~S$2.30).

Oedolgae Rock - Jeju Itinerary

Oedolgae Rock (외돌개) is another famous attraction. Legend has it that the solitary rock came to be after a grandmother waited a long time for her husband to return from fishing, that she turned into rock. Besides viewing the rock, you can also wander around the foresty area and catch the sunset. Parking costs ₩2,000 (~S$2.30).

Day 4: Southern Jeju — Jeju City

Marvel at Jusangjeollidae Cliffs

Jusangjeollidae Cliffs - Jeju Itinerary

A geologic wonder, the Jusangjeollidae Cliffs (주상절리대) were born from molten lava cooling down to form intricate hexagonal rock columns. One of Jeju’s national icons, the cliff face makes a great photo-taking stop.

Entrance Fee: ₩2,000 (~S$2.30)
Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM
Tel: 738-1521
Parking: Paid parking for ₩1,000 – ₩3,000.

*Pro-tip: To avoid the crowds on the viewing platform, follow the signs to the Promenade instead. The open-spaced park is far less busy and offers equally clear views of the cliffs.

Meet Fuzzy Friends at the Teddy Bear Museum (테디베어박물관)

The Creation of Adam in Jeju Teddy Bear Museum - Jeju Itinerary

For the young and young at heart, the Jeju Teddy Bear Museum displays a diverse collection of the beloved cuddly toy. From a towering 9m-tall teddy bear, to bear renditions of masterpieces like the Creation of Adam, the cutesy museum has plenty of things to see.

Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear

The museum also houses the world’s most expensive bear: A luxurious Louis Vuitton teddy bear (with matching luggage). In 2000, the bear fetched a mindblowing price of nearly €2 million in a charity auction. Beary luxurious indeed!

Entrance Fee: ₩10,000 (~S$11.65, ~S$9.70 online)
Opening Hours: 9AM – 7PM (last entry at 6PM)
Tel: 738-7600
Parking: Free on premises.

Taste Tea and More at Osulloc Tea Museum (오설록 티하우스)

Green Tea Desserts at Osulloc Tea Museum - Jeju Itinerary

A popular tourist destination, the Osulloc Tea Museum is admittedly more of a tea house than a museum. There’s a small exhibit describing the history of Jeju’s tea plantations, but the main highlight is the cafe that sells desserts and a wide selection of green tea and special blends.

We ordered a set consisting of Green Tea O Fredo, a slice of Green Tea Swiss Roll Cake and Green Tea Ice Cream (₩17,300, ~S$20.15). Though pricey, we liked how the desserts had a rich green tea flavour, and were not too bitter or overbearingly sweet.

Drone Shot of Osulloc Tea Fields

Before the food coma sets in, head outside to wander around the surrounding green tea fields. Reminiscent of Cameron Highlands, the fields are a lovely place to chill out, breathe in the crisp cool air, and snap loads of photos.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9AM – 6PM
Tel: 794-5312
Parking: Free on premises.

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Getting around Jeju Island

Leaning out Rental Car in Jeju

Car Rental: We rented from Lotte Rent-a-car. A standard sedan car costs ₩182,400 (~S$210) for four days but when you share it with three other friends, it comes down to only ~S$50/pax! Driving tips in Jeju below!

For non-drivers

Seongsan Ilchubong Stairway down

(1) Jeju Island day tours: If you only have a short amount of time, hopping on a day tour is a great way to cover some of Jeju’s best attractions.

The Eastern Jeju Discovery tour brings you to Jeju’s natural wonders like Manjanggul Cave and Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. You also get to ride on Jeju horses, a horse breed that’s native to the island! Tours operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Topdown Drone Shot of Osulloc Green Tea Fields

Nature-lovers would love the Western Island Exploration tour. Highlights include Hallim Park, a wasteland-turned-subtropical garden. There’s also stops at the pristine Hyupjae Beach and aesthetic Osulloc green tea field. Tours operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The Southern Jeju Adventure day tour provides a delightful mix of Jeju’s nature and cultural side. Participants can explore the famous Yakcheonsa Temple, marvel at the interesting Jusangjeolli Cliffs, and even hike the Eoseungsaengak Trail at Mt Halla! The seasonal tour only runs between Jun to end-Nov.

(2) Private car charter: Hiring a Jeju private car charter is ideal for those who don’t like to be bogged down by the strict schedule that comes with day tours. You can also enjoy greater freedom and flexibility in your itinerary. The car charter operates from 9AM – 5PM, enough to visit four or five attractions.

Jeju City Bus - Jeju Itinerary

(3) Jeju City Bus: To explore Jeju, the Jeju City Bus provides a hassle-free way of sightseeing. A one-day pass allows you to hop-on-hop-off whenever and wherever you like. It’s a pretty efficient way of touring the city — you just need to plan which attractions you’d like to see!

Riding the Jeju City Bus

(4) Public transport: Jeju has an islandwide public bus service. These include intercity buses, airport shuttles, and tourist shuttle buses. A one-way fare typically costs ₩1,200. While cheap, the downsides are that the journeys and intervals are long.

Alternatively, you can hire a taxi to reach your destination faster. The basic fare starts from ₩2,200 – ₩3,800 (~S$2.60 – ~S$4.50).

Explori SIM Cards for South Korea - Jeju Itinerary

4G SIM Card: Whether you’re a driver or not, it’s important to stay connected with trustable connection. We ordered this SIM card at ~S$26.50, and it was delivered to our office in Singapore before we left for South Korea. The card comes with 5GB of data (for 20 days), and provided good coverage throughout our road trip.

Activities in Jeju Island

Waving to Diver in Seogwipo Submarine Adventure - Jeju Itinerary

We booked our activities via Klook and got to enjoy savings as compared to purchasing on the spot. Booking with Klook was also a smooth, fuss-free process without any language barriers. This minimised any chances of miscommunication with the vendors, so we could fully enjoy ourselves on our island adventure!

To help ease your Jeju itinerary planning, here’s a summary of what we booked:

Klook - Jeju Itinerary

4G SIM Card (SG Delivery) for South Korea (~S$26.50)
Jeju Land Horseback Riding (~S$21.35)
Seogwipo Submarine (~S$50.29)
Aqua Planet Jeju Admission Ticket (~S$25.55)
Jeju Teddy Bear Museum (~S$9.69)

Book any Korea activities before 30th Nov with the promo code <ANNYEONG> and get S$15 off when you check out! Minimum spend applies — more details here!

Team Korea

Jeju combines the best of South Korea’s goodies (e.g. KBBQ, shopping) with the amazing experiences you’d get from an island vacation. 👙🌴 Whether you’re driving or not, Jeju will definitely spoil you with its incredible nature spots and ultra-relaxed vibes. So what are you waiting for? Grab this Jeju itinerary and go!

Read also: 4D3N Busan Itinerary — Why You Need To Spend More Than A Day Trip In Korea’s Charming Coastal City

Driving Tips 

Checking GPS Navigation in Rental Car

0) Avoid driving with a finger injury.

1) Get an International Driving Permit. You’ll need to provide this document and your passport for verification when collecting your rental car.

2) Read up on traffic rules. Koreans drive on the right, which means you can turn right even on a red light. Do keep a lookout for pedestrians if you’re doing so. Speed cameras are also all over Jeju, so lay off the accelerator pedal.

3) Take extra care when driving at night. There’re no streetlights along the way. Additionally, the warm and humid environment of Jeju may produce heavy fog at night.

4) Prepare the telephone numbers of your destinations. Enter them into the car’s GPS for quick and easy navigation. Use this website to find telephone numbers of places not listed in this itinerary.

5) Download navigation apps like Kakao or Naver Maps. Google Maps doesn’t work in South Korea — the most it does is only for public transportation. We used Naver Maps to plan our itinerary and search for amenities like petrol stations. Alternatively, you can also use Kakao Maps.

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