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Four Cheap Things to Do in Jeju, South Korea

cheap things to do in jeju

Pick your spot for a makeshift tripod and make some photo magic,

Travel guidebooks sometimes call Jeju “the Hawaii of South Korea.” Though it falls short of Hawaii’s scenery, I really liked it. It has everything from a city of nearly half a million people to outdoor recreation. Also, this list of cheap things to do in Jeju will show you how to have fun without spending a lot. Here are a few of my favorite parts of a visit to Jeju, along with one spot I regret missing. Transportation is plentiful to all destinations; city buses run often, and taxis are a reasonably priced option for quick trips around the city.

Seongsan Ilchulbong Cheap things to do in Jeju

At the base of Seongsan Ilchulbong

Hike: Mount Halla (aka Hallasan)

A visit to the island’s highest point will give you a great view of the entire island. I enjoyed views of the many smaller volcanic cinder cones that dot the landscape. Along the way, I passed through forests populated by roe deer. Be sure to get an early start — there’s a 1 p.m. cutoff time to climb all the way to the summit. Hallasan not a technical hike, but the longest trail is 6 miles. There’s a 1,600 won fee to use the trails, which is about $1.50 U.S.

Climb: Seongsan Ilchulbong

Cheap things to do in Jeju

One of the cute little deer you might spot while hiking Mt. Hala in Jeju.

This volcanic tuff cone pops up along the seashore and draws flocks of tour buses. The climb to the top is short, steep, and very crowded. But it’s worth the trip. On the way down, I found a second path that leads to the shore. There, you can try fresh raw seafood like abalone and octopus fresh from the water. The admission to climb Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak was 2,000 won, or about $1.70 U.S.

Go Underground: Majanggul Lava Tube

A few miles south of the seashore, there’s massive lava tube designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not all of Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup is open to visitors, and those familiar with caving may be shocked at how developed it is. Still, the sheer size makes it worth mentioning on my list of cheap things to do in Jeju. A few features inside are well lit, and people handy with their camera settings can capture some images worthy of framing. I prefer my caves and lava tubes less developed, but I still enjoy any chance to go underground. The admission fee will fluctuate according to exchange rates, but it was less than $2 during my visit.

Imbibe: Boris Brewery

Travel guides say Modern Times is the best-known brewery at the moment. “Best-known” and “best beer” are two different things. Had I known about Boris Brewery, I would’ve bypassed Modern Times (the beer there is simply awful). The latest venture by brewer Boris de Mesones, Boris Brewery earned a bronze medal at the Australian AIWA international beer competition and a silver medal at the European Beer Star. I like hoppy brews, so I’d suggest trying the two India Pale Ales on tap.

If you’ll be in Jeju anyway, be sure to check out Jeju Loveland. I also have a blog post all about it. Enjoy!

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  1. Jeju
    City in South Korea

    Jeju South Korea
  2. Hallasan
    Attraction in Jeju-si South Korea

    Jeju-si South Korea
  3. Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak
    Attraction in Seogwipo-si South Korea

    Seogwipo-si South Korea
    064-783-0959
  4. Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup
    Jeju-si South Korea

    Jeju-si South Korea
  5. Jeju Loveland
    Attraction in Jeju-si South Korea

    680-26 Yeon-dong
    Jeju-si South Korea
    064-712-6988

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