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Jeju, a small island off of the southern coast of South Korea, is a hotspot of tourism for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean tourists. The island is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, hiking trails, shopping areas, small amusement parks, various museums, and beaches.

We heard great things about Jeju so we devoted most of our time in South Korea here. For us, Jeju Island became a “been there done that” sort of place. None of us were all that impressed with the things to do and see here…maybe we are just hard to please now but more likely this was just not our kind of place.

In a car you can drive the entire circumference of the island in less than a day. We chose to explore it piece by piece. The four of us visited some of the “museums,” hiked up Mt Hallasan, toured the coastline, and visited some of the beaches.

Trick Eye Museum

One of our favorite “museums” was the Trick Eye Museum, a place where paintings and props are used to create illusions.

Good job Kiddos

Giant Tim

Giant Kara

Trick Eye

Poor Santa

Save Kara

Mona and Tim

Tim and Julie Jeju

Jeju Stone Park

Jeju is a volcanic island. The island is littered with small stones, pockmarked and formed with holes that, with a little imagination, look like faces.

We visited the Jeju Stone Park, where hundreds of these little stone people were made from the volcanic rocks. It was a bit corny, but we loved the story of Dolyi and Mengyi, a man and a woman who got married, and (oh, the horror!) had two girl children before having a boy. This story was hysterical but also conveyed the importance of having a male child in Korean society.


Jeju Stone Park

Purple Hydrangeas


Here are the Jeju rock people souvenirs that were for sale everywhere!

Jeju Little People

Seafood Stew for Lunch

Eating was always an adventure. Here we ate some of the best seafood ever…clams, mussels, crabs, abalones, and fish, all in a big pot of broth.  Yum!

Jeju Restaurant

Seafood in Jeju


We made it to many of Jeju’s UNESCO sites. Here is Suwolbong, located on the west side of the island, famous for its stratus rock.


Climbing Mt. Hallasan

We also climbed Mt. Hallasan, probably the longest and most difficult hike we’ve done this year. Basically, we climbed the volcano that formed Jeju.

It was a 20 km (12.5 mile) round trip hike up the side of an inactive volcano. During the summer, Jeju gets a lot of rain, and everyday we were here we had mostly cloudy skies. Today was no different and we actually got rained on during the hike.

Tim in Jeju

Mt Hallasan Summit

Hallasan Caldera

Maze Land

Tyler and Kara’s favorite thing was Maze Land, a collection of mazes that they had fun racing through.


Jeongbang Falls

Finally, here are the kids and I at Jeongbang Falls.

Jeongbang Falls

This concludes my brief photo tour of Jeju island.  Next up…Japan!

More Information for Your Trip to South Korea

SOUTH KOREA: Learn how we spent 24 hours in Seoul and our experience making new friends in South Korea.

JAPAN: Learn about the best things to do in Kyoto, how to day trip to Hiroshima, how to watch Sumo wrestling, and journey through Tokyo in photos.

DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: For more places to visit around the world, check out our Destinations page.

TRAVEL INSPIRATION: For more travel ideas, here are 10 unique destinations to put on your travel wish list and 10 bucket list destinations from around the world.


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