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* '''Gimyeong''' - village closest to the Manjangmul Lava Tube and adjacent Gimyoung Maze.
* '''Seongsan''' - village in the east of the island, conveniently located for Udo Island and Seongsan Ilchubong, a volcanic crater. The village has a number of interesting seafood restaurants and can make for a pleasant overnight stay, but be aware that there are no nightlife options (apart from a disproportionate number of marts for the size of the village).
* [[Udo Island]] - a tiny island off the coast of Seongsan great for an afternoon countryside bike or ATV ride.
* '''Gangjeong''' - small coastal village just west out of central Seogwipo. Non-noteworthy if not for the fact that it is the proposed site and thus ground zero for the battle over keeping naval bases off Jeju.
* '''Hallim''' - also romanised as '''Hanrim'''. Close to many inland themeparks and golf courses but in an area generally poorly serviced by inter-city buses.
Unfortunately, travel between Jeju and almost anywhere outside of Asia is not very convenient. Most itineraries will require either changing airports (likely in Seoul between Gimpo and Incheon), or spending a night in some other city. Your best bet is to try to sandwich the flight to Jeju between time in other cities in Asia. Jeju airport is undergoing active expansion so keep an eye out as more convenient routes may pop up in the near future.
 
Upon leaving the terminal, you will see taxis as well as two bus stands, one for the inner-city Jeju City bus services, and one for the Airport Limousine service to Seogwipo (more information about this service below).
===By boat===
*Furthermore, an extensive series of inter-city (''shi-wei'') buses run between the inter-city bus terminals of Jeju City and Seogwipo by one of a number of different routes. All buses servicing western Jeju pass by Halla Medical Center in Jeju City and most by Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex in Seogwipo making these alternate departure points. Prices for the bus vary by distance between 1000 won for a short trip and 3000 won to go between the two end points. The ones cutting the centre of the island (primarily feeding the start points of the Mt Halla hiking trails) tend to cease operation around sundown, but the coastal routes run until late. As such it is easy to jump on and off, although the cost can mount up. Note that the English information on the island often erroneously translate ''shi-wei'' buses as "local bus" so don't be too concerned if you're directed to the "local bus terminal" when traversing the island end to end.
*The '''Airport Limousine''' (route #600) bus runs every 18-20 minutes between Seogwipo and the airport in Jeju City express, stopping only at a few select stops, including Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex (and International Convention Center), World Cup Stadium and terminating at the Seogwipo KAL Hotel.
 
If arriving at Jeju International Airport, there are two bus stands, one for the inner-city Jeju City bus services, and one for the Airport Limousine service to Seogwipo.
All buses on Jeju utilise Seoul's T-money transportation cards and do not accept Busan Mybi, Daejeon Hakkumi nor Daegu cards.
===By taxi===
While the taxi rates are reasonable, the island is large enough that the fares can add up. The initial meter charge is at 2,200 KRW. Hiring a taxi for the day costs about Kw 100 000, but the driver will likely not speak much English, so have the hotel write down the itinerary ahead of time.
===By car===
* <see name="Manjanggul Lava-tube" alt="" address="" directions="Jeju North Coast" phone="064-710-7908" url="" hours="" price="2000 won" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A 7 km cave, of which only a 1 km part can be accessed by the public. The tube is up to 23 m high and has been created by lava streams running through. Bring a jacket, since it is fairly cold and water drops from the ceiling. The lava-tubes can be reached by taking the coastal bus from Jeju, then walking the 2.5km from the bus station. It's possible to hitchhike as most cars on the road from the bus station will also be heading to the lava tubes. One of Jeju's three [[World Heritage Site|UNESCO World Natural Heritage]] rated attractions.</see>
* <see name="Seongsan Ilchubong" alt="" address="Seongsan" directions="" phone="064) 783-0959" url="" hours="" price="2000 won, if the booth is actually active" lat="" long="">This is the famous round almost-island you'll see pictures of everywhere in Jeju. A 180 m high tuff volcano, quite literally named "Sunrise Peak" because climbing to the top to view the sunrise is a popular activity (or, hoping to see it, due to most mornings being foggy!) About a 25 minute walk to the top, covering over 600 steps. Very imposing from a distance, but less so on approach and the very top would be somewhat anticlimatic to anyone but a rock-licking geologist. Still worth the visit though. As a bonus, on the cliffs off to the left as you ascend, there is a stairwell down that leads to a place where you can see regular performances of the '''Jeju Women Divers''' group. One of Jeju's three [[World Heritage Site|UNESCO World Natural Heritage]] rated attractions</see>
* <see name="Hallim Park" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hallimpark.co.kr" hours="" price="">Take a stroll through a 27.000m2 botanical garden including 2 caves. The park's total area is divided into 16 gardens, including a tropical garden, garden of Washington palms, a garden of foliage plants, and a bonsai gardens with bonsai trees that are over 150 years old. Also has a Folk Village.</see>
* <see name="Yeomiji Botanic Garden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="8000 won" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">A big indoor botanic garden with halls of cacti, tropical fruits, flowers, water lilies, and much more. Yeomiji is home to a total of 2000 species of rare plants and 1700 species of flowers and trees. There are also open gardens in Japanese, Italian, French and Korean styles. The Garden is 1,120m2 120 m2 and is described as one of the best botanical gardens in Asia.</see>
* <see name="Iho Beach" alt="" address="" directions="about 7 km east of Jeju-City" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A beach, whose main feature is two types of sand, one dark gray, one yellow which produces brilliant structural effects in the water. There is a variety of diving schools in town. Best seen during the late summer months, when the water is not too cold for swimming.</see>
* "Ripley's Believe it or Not" museum and collection of oddities. A massive exhibit of the bizarre and exotic from around the world. Can easily take a few hours to get through there is so much contained within. Across from the Teddy Bear museum near Seogwipo.
 
* '''"Aqua Planet (Aquarium)"'''. This aquarium, opened in July 2012, is worth a visit, especially if you have kids. It has quite a good collection of fishes from all over the world. Outside the aquarium, you can also have a very good vew of "Sunrise Peak".
==Do==
At 1,950 m (6,400 ft), this is Jeju's most distinctive landmark, and South Korea's highest peak. Furthermore, it is one of Jeju's three [[World Heritage Site|UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites]].
Detailed information in English on the trails and hiking advice is given on the webpage of Hallasan National Park [http://www.hallasan.go.kr/english/]. There are five hiking routes available, only two of which actually goes to Baeknok Lake (''Baekrokdam'' 백록담) at the top. Despite this, the routes terminating at Witse Oreum (윗세오름) are in themselves popular for good reason. Note that the trails are regularly closed and re-opened for conservational reasons. The 1.5 km route linking the trails on the west side and the top of Mt Halla has been closed for some time. Witse Oreum has a manned rest house and a ''very'' basic shop that sells coffee and ramen.
* '''Eorimok''' (어리목) - A 4.7 km longish (+1km from the bus stop to the trail start), gentle and fairly consitently sloped walk up a forested valley. In winter, the trail is packed with children using the packed down snow for sledding downhill (bring an E-mart bag!) Has a rest house and basic shop at the trail start. Terminates at Witse Oreum.
[[Image:Jeju loveland.jpg|thumb|200px|Jeju's infamous Loveland]]
* <do name="Loveland" alt="" address="680-26, Yeon-dong, Jeju" directions="On the road between Jeju City and Seogwipo. 1500 won by intercity bus, about 10,000 won by taxi." phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="7000 won" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="7000 won">Jeju's most eccentric and internationally infamous attraction and almost a reason in itself to visit Jeju, this bizarre sculpture park was created by graduates of Seoul's Hongik University. Few of the (over 140) exhibits are generally shocking, and it makes for some interesting holiday snaps that you won't want to show your parents. Although you will likely see some Korean families in the park, this is one where you should definitely leave the children at home or in the attached playground. Has a sex shop attached, naturally. Elsewhere on Jeju you will find phallic representations are an ancient symbol of the island. Amusingly, the Chinese government recently prevented the opening of an imitation loveland in Chongqing.</do>
* <do name="Kimyoung Maze" alt="" address="San16 Gimyong-ri Ggujwa-up, Jeju-si" directions="About 500 m down the road from the Manjanggul lava-tube cave." url="http://www.jejumaze.com" hours="" price="3300 won, discounts off-peak">A Jeju-shaped hedge maze which is interestingly complex and fun to walk through. The hedges are evergreen so it runs all year round. The maze claims fewer than 5% of visitors complete it in under 5 minutes, and the layout tends not to favor blind-luck too heavily so try timing yourself.</do>
Restaurants are scattered across the entire island, usually near highway intersections, but the majority naturally lie aroun the coast and particularly in the urban centers of [[Jeju (city)|Jeju City]] and [[Seogwipo|Jungmun/Seogwipo]].
 
For non-Korean dining, the best option is Gecko's near Seogwipo (see details in the drinking section). In Jeju city there are some options. There is a Mexican restaurant near City Hall/Sinsan Park named El Paso that apparently serves up mediocre but passable Mexican fare. In Shin-jeju there is also an Indian restaurant named Rajmahal that serves up quality spicy Indian dishes. There is also another place with Pakistani/Indian cuisine called Baghdad Cafe around the City Hall/Sinsan Park area.
==Drink==
Except for Gecko's in the South, there aren't any other genuine Western pubs on the island, but there are some good options. In Jeju city, all the real partying establishments are located in Shin-Jeju, about a 5,000 taxi ride from Jeju city proper. Some of the establishments in this area rumored to be worthwhile are La Vie, Boris Brewery, Modern Time, Blue Agave, and GP.
There is also Led Zeppelin, a vinyl bar which as the name suggests os is focused on album-oriented rock, and has a massive selection of records, cdsCDs, tapes, and DVDs. Song requests are the main pastime and the sound-system rules. Off the main drag in Shin-jeju next to the Indian restaurant.
*<drink name="Gecko's" alt="" address="2156-3 Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo" directions="Get a taxi from Seogwipo, about 10,000 won, some buses around, but difficult. " phone="064-739-0845" url="http://www.geckosterrace.com/index.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The infamous Gecko's from Itaewon in Seoul, Busan, and beyond has a location in Jeju. Although slightly a pain to get to, it features the only real-deal western food on the island in a real pub atmosphere. Good hearty beer is available as well. Well worth the trip. </drink>
==Sleep==
For budget travellers, ''jjimjillbangs'' are pretty ubiquitous in Jeju City but outside of the capital city's limits, the only other ''jjimjillbang'' options exist under the World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo.
*<sleep name="Hani Guesthouse" alt="" address="Jeju-si, Hallim-eup, Geumneung-ri, 1258" directions="Take a bus from the Jeju-si local bus terminal gate No.11, get off at Guemnueung-ri (금능리) bus stop (1 stop after Hallimpark)" phone="+82-64-796-5000" url="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeju-Hani-Hotel-Guest-House/185765068135547" checkin="14.00" checkout="12.00" price="Dorm: from 18,000KW - Private Standard/Deluxe Room Available" lat="33.41998" long="126.514435">Aimed at younger travellers. A hotel like atmosphere with all the usual amenities like a communual kitchen/lounge area, washing facilities, PCs, WiFi.</sleep>
 *<sleep name="Jeju Springflower Sleeper Guesthouse" alt="" address="276-14, seogwi-dong" directions="Located in Olle Traditional Market" phone="010-79-38-00-96" url="www.sleeper.co.kr" checkin="15:00" checkout="11:00" price="22000-55000" lat="" long="" in="in" olle="OLLE" traditional="Traditional" 10="10" mins="mins" from="from" chonjiyeon="ChonJiyeon" seogwipo="Seogwipo" bus="Bus" see="See" website="website" for="for"> Private/Family/Group rooms available from 22000 KRW Close to Banks,Shops, Cafes. Public parking space. Convenient for Halla Mt. Climbers, as well as Olle courses 6-7 hikers.</sleep> *<sleep name="Jeju Springflower Guesthouse" alt="" address="Seogwipo City, Daejeong1046-eup, 1 Hamo-ri 1046, Daejeong-1eup" directions="5 mins from bus terminal or harbour, see Moseulpo Bus Terminal/2 mins from Moseulpo harbor - See website for map" phone="+82 70 4273 6668010-6816-8878" url="http://www.gojejuguesthouse.com/" checkin="10AM10am-10PM10pm" checkout="10AM10am" price="W18,000" lat="" long="">A British owned guesthouse in Moseulpo, Jeju Island. Dorm beds from W18,000. Private/Family/Group rooms available.Convenient for boats to Gapado and Marado, as well as Olle courses 9-14</sleep> *"Lotte Jeju Resort Art Villa" (Luxury) See website for map and address "http://www.lottejejuresort.com/ENG/index.asp". Newly-opened double-storey villas with 3 or 4 bedrooms, 3 or 4 washrooms, big fully-equipped kitchens, large living rooms, big dining areas. Great for families. Luxury and high-tech furnishings. Located within lush greenery at the foot of mountain.
==Stay safe==
==Get out==
Short of chartering If you want, you could charter your own boat or light aircraft. If not: By ferry: The ferry terminal in Jeju City has boats to Busan (부산), your options are [[Yeosu, Mokpo (목포), Wando (완도), Nokdong (녹동), Samcheonpo (삼천포), Jangheung and Incheon]](인천) on the mainland, as well as several boats to Japan. Several other smaller ports have boats to the outlying islands of Kapa-do, [[Seoul]]Mara-do, Piyang-do, [[and U-do (all of these are smaller islands around Jeju). You can also take a ferry to various cities in Japan and China.  By air: You can fly domestically to other airports in Korea: Gimhae airport in Busan]], [[Gimpo airport in Seoul, Daegu]]airport, Incheon airport in Incheon, [[Cheongju]] ([[aiport, Daejeon]])airport, [[or Gunsan]], [[Mokpo]] and [[Wando]] domestically and airport. You can fly to various ports cities in [[Japan and China]] or [[Japan]] internationally. Take your pick .
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