6 Healing Places in Jeju Island
I recap six places I have visited in Jeju Island, South Korea last October. Most of the places are located in the east part of Jeju with natural scenery and healing essential. An addition to add, fall is the perfect season to travel! 🌼
1. U-Do Island 우도 / 牛島
Situated on the eastern end of Jeju Island, Udo Island was named because it resembles a lying cow. It boasts fertile soils, abundant schools of fish, and scenic sights; local heritage (female divers, stone walls, and stone tombs) as well as natural attractions abound on the island, making it a miniature of Jeju Island. The island is also full of amenities and tourism outlets: fishing, bike trails, sand massaging, tour submarines and cruises.
I walked around one third of the island for few hours and seriously enjoyed my walking accompanied by sea breeze along the way. If you don't feel to walk that much, you can also rent a bicycle upon arriving the island.
2. Seongsan Ilchubong Peak 성산일출봉
From Seongsan Harbour (ferry terminal to Udo Island), I headed to Seongsan Ilchubong by taxi since it is near. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jeju and designated as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site.
Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak rose from under the sea in a volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago. Located on the eastern end of Jeju Island, there is a huge crater at the top of Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak which looks like a gigantic crown. While the southeast and north sides are cliffs, the northwest side is a verdant grassy hill that is connected to the Seongsan Village. The ridge provides an ideal spot for walks and for horse riding as well. The sunrise from the crater is magnificent. Also the Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak surrounded by bright yellow colored rapeseed flowers in the spring is truly a sight to behold.
3. Bijarim Forest 비자림
I visited Bijarim the next morning. Designated as a natural monument, Bijarim Forest has a group of about 2,800 nutmeg trees between 500 and 800 years old. The evergreen trees emit a lot of Phytoncide, which is said to strengthen immune system and natural healing ability of human body. Actually, nutmeg tree blossoms and the oil are said to be used as insecticides in the past. There are also rare orchids and plants growing in the forest and walkway in the forest renovated for visitors to enjoy forest walks through the wonderful forest. 🌲
It was a good experience to walk through the forest where you'll be surrounded by trees and the fresh fragrance. If you love nature especially trees, you'll love this place. I do love trees! That is why I use the word on my brand name. XD
4. Maze Land 메이즈랜드
Maze Land is a themed park boasting the world’s longest stone maze, measuring roughly 5.3km in total length. The maze is made mainly using stone and wood found on Jeju and is created to reflect the Jeju principle of "three somethings" (Samda), which describes the things abundant on Jeju Island: rocks, wind, and women. It is said that the maze is good for your health, as the stone emits high levels of far-infrared radiation. The park, with its variety of trees several decades old, is the perfect place for what Koreans term “forest bathing,” in which people surround themselves with nature (particularly trees) to soak in their natural benefits.
From Bijarim, I rode a public bus to get to Maze Land. It is a large park with two main mazes. Upon going in, you will get a paper with map of the mazes. Do not assume it will be easy to get out from the maze even when you have the map! I lost my way several times haha! It is a fun activity to get in the maze with friends. I went there alone but luckily there were many high school students on their school trip, so I was having fun saw them playing around (and stalking their way to get out the maze XD).
5. Hamdeok Beach 함덕 서우봉해변
From Maze Land, I took another bus to Hamdeok Beach, enjoyed the breeze and sunset before I ended my day. Located 14 km east of Jeju City, Hamdeok Beach is famous for its clean and shallow water, attracting many family visitors during summer vacations. The beach offers great scenery with its emerald-blue water, an arched bridge over black basalt and a red lighthouse. It boasts excellent amenities including dressing and shower rooms, guesthouses, hotels, and a camping site. In addition, motorboats, on-board fishing, water skiing, and banana boats are available.
6. Woljeong-ri Beach 월정리 해변
It was my last day in Jeju and I decided to visit one more interesting place before I flew back to Seoul. My AirBnB host recommended this place to me. Woljeong-ri is known for the clean white sand beach scenery with beautiful cafes in the area. I went to one of the coffee shops opposite the beach, ordered a cup of hot cappuccino and had my time in the rooftop outdoor area for an hour and half. The coffee does taste different when all you see is a wide calm beach... 🌴🌴🌴
It was an unforgettable trip I have ever had and I hope one day I can visit Jeju Island again!