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Where to Stay in Jeju: The Seven Main Areas

Here’s a rundown of Jeju’s main areas. From city to beaches and beyond.

Hallasan Mountain Hamdeok Beach

Planning a trip to Jeju Island and not sure where to stay? Then read our guide to the best areas to stay in Jeju. We’ll introduce the highlights of each area and some reasons why you might want want to stay in that location.

The first thing to remember deciding where to stay in Jeju is that while the island is relatively small, it can still take a long time to get from one side to the other. Because of this, it can be worth deciding what you want to do before deciding where to stay. Check out our list of the best things to do on Jeju to help.

For example, if you want to tour the entire island, then staying in Jeju City is your best bet. It’s central and you can reach pretty much anywhere within an hour by car or 90 minutes by bus. If you’d rather have a relaxing stay in a resort, then consider Jungmun Tourist Complex.

Once you have a better idea of the type of trip you want to have, read this article to decide where to stay on Jeju.

Jeju City – Nohyeong Dong

Jeju City view from Dream Tower
Photo: Jeju City view from Dream Tower

Nohyeong Dong is in the center of Shin Jeju—the newer half of Jeju City. It’s the most populous area of the island and has everything you’d expect including plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, and culture. If you want to try out the city life, then this is the area to stay in.

Nohyeong Dong also has good transport connections. The airport is around a fifteen-minute taxi drive away—although traffic can see this increase significantly.

You can also get direct buses to many popular spots on the west and south of the island. And Jeju Bus Terminal is a short ride away for everywhere else. All this means that if you want to visit multiple areas without switching hotels, then Jeju City is a good option.

See

  • Go shopping in Jaewon Shopping Street
  • Take in nature at Halla Arboretum
  • Enjoy a steak on the 38th floor of Jeju Dream Tower
  • Visit Jeju Five-Day Market
  • Head to Iho Beach

Jeju City: Coastal Gu Jeju

Jeju City Tulips
Photo: A field of tulips in front of Arario Museum in Jeju City

Gu Jeju is the older area of Jeju City. The coast here has plenty of hotels as well as easy access to Dongmun Traditional Market and shopping at Chilseongro Shopping Center. There are also plenty of places to eat and drink in this area, including the famous Jeju Black Pork Street and a section of coastline near Tapdong known for its raw fish restaurants.

The area is home to trendier spots, too. It’s full of independent cafes and there are several art galleries, including one built into an old motel and one built in an old sauna. You’re also close to plenty of international food options including Bagdad Cafe for India food, Asalam and Wardah restaurants for Yemeni food, and Magpie Brewery for craft beer, pizza, and chicken.

Jeju bus terminal is a short taxi or bus ride away, which gives you easy access to pretty much anywhere on the island.

See

  • Go shopping in Chilseong-ro Shopping Center
  • Eat a Korean raw fish set at Tapdong
  • Visit Dongmun Market for a traditional market experience
  • Or head to Dongmun Night Market and try some tasty treats
  • Try a Jeju-brewed craft beer at Magpie
  • Enjoy the ocean breeze with a walk along Yongduam Coast

Seogwipo City

Jeongbang Falls
Photo: Cheonjiyeon Falls, one of Jeju’s most famous sights, is located in Seogwipo City

Seogwipo City is located on the south side of the island. It’s the second most populous area, but is significantly smaller than Jeju City. It’s home to some of the island’s most famous attractions including Jeongbang Waterfall, Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, and Oedolgae Rock.

The island’s southern city also provides good access to other sites on the south side of Jeju. It’s a short bus or taxi ride to Jungmun and Soesokkak Estuary, while Sanbangsan Mountain and Songaksan Mountain are further away but still accessible.

See

  • Take a relaxing walk to Jeonbang Waterfall
  • Visit Cheonjiyeon Waterfall, the only waterfall in Korea that falls into the ocean
  • Eat, drink, and shop at Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market
  • Watch a Jeju United Game in the Seogwipo World Cup Stadium
  • Head to Lee Jung-seob street to learn about one of Korea’s most famous artists
  • Walk along one of the three Seogwipo City Hayoung Olle Trails

Jungmun Tourist Complex

Hidden Cliff Hotel
Photo: View of the infinity pool at The Hidden Cliff hotel in Jungmun.

Jungmun is home to Jungmun Tourist Complex. Here you’ll find large resorts complete with everything you need to enjoy a holiday such as pools and restaurants.

There’s also plenty of nature here. Jungmun Beach is one of the island’s most popular beaches due to its golden sand. You’ll also find Daepo Junsangeolli Cliff, a cliff formation formed by volcanic eruptions, and Cheonjeyeon Waterfall, a three-tier waterfall.

It’s the area to go to if you are looking for a relaxing vacation. While it would be a shame not to, you wouldn’t ever really need to leave the area.

Jungmun is also home to the International Conference Center Jeju. If you’re visiting the island for a conference, there’s a good chance that you’ll be staying in Jungmun.

See

  • Go surfing at Jungmun Beach
  • Walk to Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff, a distinctive volcanic cliff formation
  • Enjoy a drink with a view at The Cliff Jeju
  • Walk along the path to Cheonjeyeon Waterfall
  • Spend the day relaxing at your resort’s pool

South West Jeju

Sanbangsan Mountain 3
Photo: Sanbangsan Mountain is located in the south west of Jeju

Jeju’s South West, including the areas around Daejeong and Andeok Myeon, is another popular place to stay.

It’s home to Shinhwa World Jeju. This is a resort on the southwest side of the island. It is a popular place to stay and it is home to a theme park, a waterpark, a shopping outlet, restaurants, and four resorts.

You can also visit the Gojawal Provincial Park, a walking path that goes through a section of Jeju’s forest.

The coast in this area is also well worth a visit. You’ll see Sangbangsan Mountain, which is a huge volcanic dome and one of the most dramatic views of Jeju.

There’s also Yeongmeori Coast, a unique coastal cliff formation, and Hwasun Beach, a large stretch of golden sand and one of the less developed beaches on the island.

See

  • Ride the rollercoasters at Shinhwa Theme Park
  • Walk along the cliffs at Yeongmori Coast
  • View Sanbangsan Mountain
  • Go shopping at the Shinhwa World Outlet
  • Walk through the forest at the Gotjawal Theme Park
  • Take a ferry to Marado Island, Korea’s southernmost point

Seongsan

Seongsan Ilchulbong
Photo: Seongsan Ilchulbong peak

Seongsan is on the island’s easternmost point. It’s home to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, a volcanic tuff cone and perhaps Jeju’s most recognizable attraction. You also get easy access to Udo Island, which is a small island just off Jeju’s coast.

Other attractions include Aquaplanet Jeju, a large aquarium, and Bunker de Lumières, an innovative art show that showcases famous paintings in a new light.

The area is home to plenty of hotels and staying in one of these is practically essential if you want to attempt to watch the sunrise at Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.

See

  • Climb Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
  • Explore Udo Island’s beaches and nature
  • Walk around Seopjikoji Cape
  • View the ocean at Aqua Planet Jeju Aquarium
  • View a multimedia art experience at Bunker De Lumieres

Hamdeok

Hamdeok Beach Sunset
Photo: Sunset during one of Hamdeok Beach’s summer festivals

Hamdeok is an area around 15 km east of Jeju. Its major attraction is the beach and it’s white sand and turquoise water make it one of the best beaches on Jeju.

The coast here is home to several hotels as well as plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes, all of which are a stone’s through from the beach. There’s also the neighboring Seoubong Peak, which is a small hill with a walking path you can enjoy when you finish relaxing.

The main reason to stay here is if you want to enjoy a seaside-type atmosphere. There are also good bus connections to the other attractions on the east side of the island such as Gimnyeong Beach, Manjanggul Cave, and even Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.

See

  • Relax on the white sand of Hamdeok Beach
  • Climb Seoubong Peak
  • Enjoy food and drink with a coastal view
  • Get the bus to Manjanggul Cave

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Duncan Elder

Duncan first came to Jeju in 2011. The plan was to stay for six months. 11 years later, he's still here and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island on Inside Jeju.