Jeju-do can either be a relaxing recharge or just as hectic as exploring any other city (or island for that matter!). Our experience was closer to the latter even though we had rented a car, mostly because we only had one weekend and everything closed really early (6pm!). Regardless, this is a list of things you don't want to miss while in Jeju-do!
Aewol Coastal Walk
When you stare into the vast ocean, your worries naturally disappear. Walk along this coastal walk and take in the thrashing waves relentlessly coming against the rocks- it's therapeutic.
Fans of the Kpop group Big Bang will recognize this cafe that is opened by the group's leader, G-Dragon. However, this cafe makes it to the list not because of it's celebrity recognition but because it's such a pretty building to take pictures of! Also situated just beside the ocean for a relaxing coffee.
TIp: Food and drinks here are unsurprisingly expensive so I would recommend just going for the pictures or be prepared to spend!
When in Jeju, you have to visit at least a waterfall or two. Cheonjeyeon Falls is nicknamed "the Pond of Gods" and is separated into 3 sections (or 3 watefalls) before the water flows into the ocean. There are quite a few steps to climb so make sure to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes!
Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff
The cliff was formed from the eruption of Hallasan Mountain and lava was thus, erupted into the sea. This created the "stone-like pillars" and the lookout provides a breathtaking view into the limitless ocean.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage and is a result of a volcanic eruption 100,000 years ago. There are rocks surrounding the crater in the middle, making it look like a gigantic crown from a bird's eye view.
Tip: The best pictures can be taken either at the bottom or at the very top (if you can catch the sunrise or sunset!). If you don't have time to hike all the way to the top, you can take pictures from the bottom free of charge!
Manjanggul Cave is another UNESCO Heritage site and the pictures below does it no justice. It is one of the largest lava caves in the world and 1km of it is open to the public. Inside the cave, you can see remnants of the lava flow and how the cave was formed.
You absolutely cannot leave Jeju without having O-gyeupsal (pork belly but even better). There are mixed reviews about Haeoreum Sikdang but we loved it there. The service was great and the food was really good. Our server refilled our lettuce, side dishes etc without us asking and despite his minimal English, he tried to explain what each dish was. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here!
If you just want a simple beach to sit at and catch the susnset (or stars), head to Woljeongri Beach. We couldn't make it there to catch the sunset which is my biggest regret of the trip but just to stand there at night and hear the waves crashing against the beach, is therapeutic.